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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday 3rd October 2010

IRTS Committee Meeting

The Next IRTS Committee meeting will be held at 11am on Saturday 9th of October in the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. IRTS would like to invite affiliated club reps to attend.

Continued Church Broadcasts on 10m

Ger EI4GXB our IARUMS coordinator would like to ask amateurs & SWL's please keep a listening watch around 28.265 FM as there have been incursions by churches on this frequency heard throughout Europe at up to 59 +20db. Recently there has also been a Church in the Dublin area transmitting on 28.030 in the CW portion of the band.

Please send details of names etc used so we can try to identify locations and report them to ComReg for investigation.

All information can be sent to Ger McNamara EI4GXB who is the IRTS IARUMS coordinator at ei4gxb /at/ gmail / com or by phone to 087 2532512.

WAI Activity on 80m

Last Sunday there was a lot of WAI activity on 3.680MHz after the Nuacht as Gaeilge. There were 2 mobile stations out making squares available. Declan EI9HQ/m was active in Co. Wicklow and Noel EI6HW/m was active in Co Westmeath and Co. Offaly.

Paddy EI7GK in Wicklow was net controller. Stations taking part were George GI4SRQ, in Co. Armagh, Mike EI2EO in Co. Galway, Peter EI4HX in co. Louth, Eddie EI3FFB in Co. Tipperary, EI2LRC/p were activating Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare (Operator Dave), Jimmy EI8FC in Co Limerick, Brendan EI0CZ in Co. Clare and Rodney EI2KD in Donegal.

The net ran from midday till 15.30 local. All stations exchanged signal reports, WAI squares Counties and book numbers.

The Galway VHF Group sponsors the Certificates and manages the awards.

Stations calling into the radio news are encouraged to give their WAI square as well as the report.

Irish Amateur Achieves 10 Band DXCC

Congratulations to Dave Deane EI9FBB who just received notification from the ARRL DXCC desk that he now holds credit for obtaining 10 band DXCC.(160M -6M)

Dave is the first EI to obtain DXCC across 10 bands. Dave has only been qrv on HF for about 6 Years & has achieved more than most Hams in a Lifetime of working DX, Well done Dave.

DAR News

Currently there are classes being scheduled for Theory Classes at Dundalk Amateur Radio Society Please contact Tony EI4DIB at ei4dib /at/ or via text to 086 4066660.

DAR has also begun live Morse tuition on Tuesday nights commencing at 20:40 on 145.400 If the tuition nights become a success DAR may eventually QSY to the Dundalk 2m repeater, giving National and International coverage with the Repeater linked for live streaming on the Internet.

The idea is to send some Morse at a slow and easy pace with good gaps between words. It is hoped to help those of you who are just starting out and those that want to sharpen up. So please tune in to 145.400 with pen and paper at the ready.

The 4m (70 MHz) band is growing in the north east and Tony EI4DIB would like to suggest a 4m activity night which would start after the IRTS news on a Monday night, 8:30pm approx.

It is suggested that stations who have 4m to QSY to 145.400 MHz and 70.400 MHz (FM), after the news call ins on the DAR Repeater. Anybody wanting to do a test on 4m can call out on 2m to arrange a test. Do not worry if your 4m radio does not have 70.400 MHz as we can QSY to your frequency.

The next meeting of the Society will be held at 8.30pm this coming Wednesday the 6th October at the clubhouse in Dundalk. All are very welcome to attend.

More info is available on the DAR website at

Amateur Radio Licence Study Group

Michael EI2GKB is starting a study group in the Naas Newbridge and Kildare area, for further details Michael can be contacted by mobile on 087 2481970 or via email miklef /at/

Listener's Guide on the move

After many years with AOR UK, the Listener's Guide has a new home at W3Z.

All your favourites are there in a clearer layout, from old radios to new media.

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group

The next monthly meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will take place on Thursday next the 7th of October in Raheen House Hotel, Raheen Road Clonmel at 8 pm. All are welcome.

Wicklow Radio Club

The Wicklow Radio Club will resume its Monthly Meetings from Thursday next the 7th October in the Glebe National School, Wicklow Town.


For further details on Rallies please see

History this Week

1864 Radio telegraphy is demonstrated by Dr Mahlon Loomis over 22km at Bear's Den, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA.

1910 R. Loraine transmits from aeroplane to Larkhill on Salisbury Plain

Items for inclusion in next weeks Radio News should be forwarded to Charlie EI8JB, preferably via e-mail to “charlie dot carolan at gmail dot com” Or by phone to 087-6265418 News can also be submitted via e-mail to “newsteam at irts dot ie” for automatic forwarding to both the radio and printed news services.

Please note that items for the radio news should reach the editor no later than midday on Thursday in order to be guaranteed inclusion in the following Sunday’s bulletin.


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