Irish Radio Transmitters Society
Radio News Bulletin

Sunday June 6th 1999

Midlands Radio Club

The Midlands Radio Club took part in the recent 
Windmills and Watermills on the air annual event 
organised by the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society. This 
was their third year operating from the fully restored 
18th century windmill at Elphin in County Roscommon.
This windmill was built in the early 1700's to grind 
oats and wheat into meal for the local population and 
it operated for about 100 years before falling into 
In 1992, the tower was acquired by the Elphin Area 
Community Enterprise Limited and was fully restored.
This year's event was again very successful with 
operation mainly on 40 metres where the demand for the 
station was non-stop over the two days.
Equipment used on HF was a Kenwood TS180s, Icom IC735 
and an FT101ZD. The aerials were a trapped dipole and a 
The operators were Noel EI6HW, Tom EI8AHB, Sean Martin 
SWL EI 1194, Tony EI3HA and Fergus EI6IB. Visitors to 
the station included Jack EI3FG, Jan EI6IH and Paddy 
The group would like to say a special thank you to the 
windmill committee especially Bernie Carthy and Noeleen 
Kelleher who did trojan work in supplying refreshments 
to the crew.

IRTS Meeting

The next meeting of the IRTS Committee will be held on 
Saturday next June the 12th in The Shamrock Lodge 
Hotel, Athlone at 11.00 am.
Club representatives are invited to attend.

Mayo Radio Experimenters NetworkCongratulations to 
George McHugh, GI4SRQ, who has qualified for the Worked 
All Mayo Gold Award for working 75 Mayo squares.
George is the tenth recipient of this award and 
achieved all 75 squares on 80 metres.

The date for the Theory and Morse examinations to be 
held in Mayo has been changed to Tuesday June 15th. at 
2 p.m.
The venue will be the Railway Hotel in Kiltimagh.
Anyone wishing to sit these examinations should contact 
either of the course instructors, John McDonnell EI6IR 
on 094-60127, or John Corless EI7IQ on 

Dundalk Amateur Radio Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Dundalk Amateur 
Society will take place on Tuesday June the 15th at 8pm 
in the Society's premises, Marconi House, 113 
Castletown Road in Dundalk.
All members are requested to attend this meeting where 
the main items on the agenda will be the election of 

Cork Radio Club

On May the 10th Cork Radio Club had a very interesting 
talk and demo by John EI9ESB on data decoding on the 
airwaves. John demonstrated two different programmes 
showing how much data was being transmitted on the 
amateur bands.
On May the 17th, Aedan EI3EG transmitted ATV pictures 
to the club station at Wilton Park House on 23cms and 
these were received in perfect colour. This has 
stimulated a few members to investigate this mode of 
transmission and we hope to have more ATV activity 
On May the 24th, Pat EI6DTB gave a lecture on digital 
logic, which was a follow on to our construction of a 
logic probe earlier this year. Pat put over his topic 
in a way that easy to understand. We expect to follow 
on this talk with some practical demonstrations.
Cork Radio Club meets every Monday night at Wilton Park 
House in Bishopstown in Cork City and visitors are 
always very welcome.

GM Award

To celebrate the first Scottish Parliament in almost 
300 years, the GM DX Group is pleased to announce that 
it will award a certificate to Radio Amateurs and Short 
Wave Listeners who make two way contact with or hear 
Scottish prefixes as listed below. QSL cards are not 
required but an alphabetic listing of QSOs certified 
correct by two other licensed amateurs should be sent 
GM4FDM, 3 Kings Crescent, Elderslie, Renfrewshire, 
Scotland, PA5 9AD.
The cost is two pounds fifty sterling, five US dollars 
or 10 IRC's.
The listing should include full callsign and name and 
Each 2S, 2A or 2T station is worth 3 points and each 
GM, MM or 2M is worth 1 point.
The Bronze award needs 50 points, the Silver needs 100 
points and the Gold needs 150 points.
The special prefixes are available until 31st July.
Claims for the award should only include QSOs 
made/heard between 6th May and 31st July 1999.

Looking ahead

The VHF/UHF Field Day will be held on July the 3rd and 
4th and members of the East Cork and the Wexford VHF 
Groups are holding their annual dinner and VHF Field 
Day planning meeting in Dungarvan, at the Old Mill 
Restaurant, on Tuesday night next June the 8th.

Next Saturday we have the Portugal Day SSB Contest over 
24 hours and the South American CW contest from 1200 to 
The All Asian DX CW and the RSGB Top Band CW Contests 
are on the 19th and the BARTG RTTY sprint is on the 
26th and 27th.

The Donegal Rally will be held on Sunday June 27th in 
Jackson's Hotel in Ballybofey. Enquiries to Gerry EI8HO 
on 072-52598.

Input for the radio news should be sent to Dave EI4BZ 
at 021-291099 during the day or at 021-883555 in the 

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