Irish Radio Transmitters Society
RADIO NEWS BULLETIN

Sunday February 8th 1998

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City of Dublin A. R. C. - Sale of the late EI7CL shack contents

Mike North's family have asked the club to sell the 
entire contents of the shack with all proceeds being 
donated to charity.

On Wednesday next, the 11th of February at 8 p.m., the 
entire contents will be sold at the club premises which 
is located at St Ann's Parish Centre Molesworth Lane 
Dublin 2. 
The contents, too numerous to list, include ham radio 
equipment, ATV gear, video gear, computers and test 
equipment etc.
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Coolmine Rally
Phoenix Radio Club are holding their annual rally today 
at the Coolmine Community School in Blanchardstown in 
Dublin.
The doors will open at 12 noon and talk-in will be on 
145.550MHz, that is S22.

Morse testing will be held on a drop-in basis from 1300 
until 1500. There is no need to book in advance, just 
bring identification.

The mark 100 years of amateur radio, a CW station will 
be operational all day.
All the usual traders will be in attendance.
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South Dublin Radio Club
The Annual General Meeting of South Dublin Radio Club 
will take place on Tuesday 24th February at 8.30 pm, in 
the club's QTH at the Ballyroan Community Centre, Marian 
Road, Rathfarnham.

All members are requested to attend.
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South East Amateur Radio Group
The Annual General meting of the South East Amateur 
Radio Group will take place in Egan's Lounge Bar on 
Wednesday March the 11th at 8.30pm.
All members are expected to attend this meeting. 
Intending members are also very welcome.
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Dutch Contest
The annual Dutch PACC Contest will be held over next 
weekend running for twenty four hours from noon on 
Saturday to noon on Sunday.
The aim in this contest is to work as many Dutch 
Stations as possible on all bands on both CW and SSB. 
The scoring is one point for each QSO and Dutch 
provinces are multipliers on each band. 
We send RST plus serial number and the Dutch stations 
send RST plus two letter province abbreviation.
The famous PACC Contest Ribbon will be presented to all 
foreign participants.
Further details from the news editor.
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KD5CHF/VK5MIR Swaps places with KC5VPF aboard MIR
There were some tense times aboard Mir last week--not as 
a result of any more mechanical problems or computer 
crashes but because of what seemed to be an ill-fitting 
space suit. 
Ham astronaut Andy Thomas, KD5CHF/VK5MIR--who last week 
replaced Dave Wolf, KC5VPF, aboard the Russian space 
station--discovered he could not get into the 
custom-fitted space suit he'd need if he ever needed to 
use the Soyuz escape module in an emergency. 
The problem was solved on Monday with a few adjustments 
to the suit. The space garb-- called a Sokol suit--is 
only worn aboard the Soyuz and is not the same one 
astronauts and cosmonauts use during space walks.

Thomas spent part of the rest of the week working 
closely with Wolf to get oriented with the routine 
aboard Mir. It's not yet known how active Thomas will be 
on Amateur Radio. 
The Australian Communications Agency recently granted 
Thomas--an Australian-born engineer--the special event 
call sign VK5MIR. 

The shuttle Endeavour, which carried Wolf back to Earth, 
 undocked from Mir on January 29 and return to Earth on 
January 31.
A new Russian crew, Talgat Musabayev, RO3FT, and Nikolai 
Budarin,  RV3FB (ex-RV3DB/R4MIR), and French astronaut 
Leopold Eyharts, 
arrived on MIR on  February 1st. Eyharts will stay for 
three weeks.

The first module of the International Space Station,  
built in Russia with US funds and originally scheduled 
to launch last November,  now is set for launch on June 
30th. 
The ISS will replace Mir, which has been in service for 
almost 12 years.
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Spratly Island DXpedition
The first big Dxpedition of 1998, 9M0C from the Spratly 
Islands is right on schedule and operations are due to 
commence on February the 12th. They will continue until 
February the 24th.

The 13 strong team, led by Neville G3NUG, will follow 
many of the procedures developed by the VK0IR operation 
including the use of pilots whose role will be to 
channel communications to and from the team on the 
island. Typically, they will receive comments about band
openings, the suitability of the announced frequencies, 
brickbats and bouquets from the amateur community at 
large and will summarise the key messages to forward to 
the island.
Martin G3ZAY will be chief pilot and his e-mail address 
is "spratly@dial.pipex.com".

Up to the minute information will be available both on 
packet radio and on the internet.
Logs will be uploaded to their web site on a daily basis 
to enable amateurs check if they have made the log. 
All QSL requests go to G3SWH.
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Items for inclusion in both the Radio News and 
Newsletter can be faxed to 021-63230 or passed on the 
telephone to Dave EI4BZ at 021-632444 during the day and 
at 021-883555 in the evening. 

Mail can also be sent on packet to EI4BZ on cluster or 
at the EI7DKB BBS or by E-mail to 
dave_moore@telecom.ie.The Radio News Editor John EI7DNB 
can be contacted at 021-353277 after 1800 or on cluster 
or on Internet at jbarry@imbolc.ucc.ie.