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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday April 14th 2002

Silent Key

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death on Wednesday last of Jimmy Upton EI8Z. Jimmy was President of the Society from 1979 to 1982 and did great work for the Society over a long number of years both as President and subsequently in his involvement in organizing a number of the revived EI/GI conventions held at Ballymacscanlon. Jimmy was a founder member of the Fingal Radio Club and for many years taught CW to those members studying for licenses. He will be well remembered for the help he gave to so many new applicants for the experimenters' license.

Jimmy will be sadly missed by his many friends in amateur radio. To his wife Tess and to his family we extend our deepest sympathy.

Ar dheis De go raibh a Anam dilis.

Theory Examination

A theory examination, hosted by the North Dublin Radio Club, has been provisionally fixed for Wednesday April the 17th (not the 15th as reported last week) at 1400 at St. Brendan's parish Hall in Coolock Village, Dublin 5. Persons wishing to sit the examination should make contact with Tony Fay EI6EQB on 087-2047008 as soon as possible. Advance notice is required to allow facilities be organized.

Nuacht na Gaeilge

This news bulletin is read in Irish every Sunday at 11.30 hrs local time on 7.068 MHz. Newsreaders Paddy EI7GK and Mickey EI6HY welcome call-ins regardless of the level of Irish, so don't be shy about calling in even if you can only give "cúig is a naoi". Paddy has even got emails from SWL's in England and Germany. Beidh Fáilte rómhat.


This year's Jamboree on the Air will take place on the 19th and 20th of October. In order to maximise participation the 132nd Bayside Scout Unit will be publicising the event at the Scouting Ireland Nation Council on Saturday and Sunday May the 11th and 12th.

In order that Units interested in participating in JOTA can be put in touch with clubs and individuals interested in setting up stations for the event, any club or individual who are willing to assist can contact the Bayside Scout Troop at or Sean O'Suilleabhain at or phone 087-232 6994 by May 10th in order that contact details may be passed on.

Enniskillen Rally

Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club will host the 21st annual Enniskillen Amateur Radio Show in the Killyhevlin Hotel today Sunday the 14th of April from 12.00 noon. The rally will feature Amateur Radio, Electronics, Computers, traders big and small, equipment, accessories, components, new surplus and second-hand, bring & buy, no commission and a raffle, with traditional attendance from all over Ireland, north and south.

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

South Eastern Amateur Radio Club has launched it's new website. The site retains it's original content but has a different look and feel along with some new information and is now more compatible with Netscape and other browsers. The club would welcome comments on the site and especially reports of errors, broken links etc. This can be found at the original address:

The next general meeting of South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place at 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th of April in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford. Members are asked to attend and visitors are welcome.

International Marconi Day

The Kerry Wireless Group will operate from the original Marconi site in Ballybunion to commemorate International Marconi Day on the 27th of April next.

Upcoming contests

The Holyland DX contest is a 24 hour contest and will be held from 1800 hrs on the 20th of April until 1800 hrs on the 21st of April next. The GACW and YU DX will be held over the same weekend both contests running from 1200 hrs to 1200 hrs. The EU Spring Sprint will take place from 1500 hrs to 1859 hrs on the 20th of April.

Items for inclusion in Echo Ireland should be forwarded to Dave Moore EI4BZ at 021-4883555. Items can also be submitted to Dave by e-mail at

Items for inclusion in the Radio News should be forwarded to Mark Wall EI7IS at QTHR or via e-mail to or Items can also be sent to Mark over the phone at 087-6302026.

News can also be submitted via e-mail to for automatic forwarding to both news services.


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