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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday April 21st 2002


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.


JOTA

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 ei4bst@qsl.net or Sean O'Suilleabhain at ei3ip@qsl.net or phone 087-232 6994 by May 10th in order that contact details may be passed on.


South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

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. At this meeting, Gary O'Hanlon will demonstrate some of the top line equipment currently available on the market including a Yaesu FT-1000 Mk. 5. This will be followed by a mini bring-and-buy which is open to members and visitors. Members are asked to attend and visitors are welcome.

The club has launched it's new website recently. 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: www.angelfire.com/tx3/searg


Rare WAI Squares

Joe Fadden EI3IX is hoping to travel to Inishkea (South island) which is off the Mayo coast either on the 11th or 12th of May, subject to ferry, weather conditions etc.

There are 2 WAI squares on the south island F51 & F52. The maidenhead locator is IO44. Joe intends operating on HF (Mainly 7.068 Mhz) and also on VHF/UHF (2m, 4m, 6m & 70cm) using inverted V's for HF, yagis for 2m & 70cm, Vertical for 4m and possibly a vertical for 6 meters.

If there is any change with the dates due to any unforeseen problems Joe will try and give as much notice as possible.


DX News

The Ducie Island DXpedition was a major success. The first ever DXpedition to the newest DXCC entity ended on March the 26th. The VP6DI team was on the air for just over nine days and loged over 39,000 contacts. VP6DI HF QSLs go via VE3HO, and 6-meter QSLs go to JA1BK.

ARRL will now accept SSB contacts with P5/4L4FN in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea for DXCC credit. The operator Ed Giorgadze of the Republic of Georgia has been active from the capital city of Pyongyang since last November. Valid contacts from the beginning his P5 operation last autumn may be submitted for credit, effective immediately.

The Islands of Ukraine on the Air Award Program Expedition will take place from May the 1st through August 31st. The call sign to be use is E-M-11-E. The expedition will cover the Dniper River islands, the islands of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. More info is on the web at www.qsy.to/ur5eaw The QSL manager is UR5EAW.


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 ei4bz@eircom.net.


Items for inclusion in the Radio News should be forwarded to Mark Wall EI7IS at QTHR or via e-mail to ei7is@qsl.net or cyberis@e-merge.ie. Items can also be sent to Mark over the phone at 087-6302026.

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

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