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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday 20th December 2015

Counties Contest

New Year's Day, Friday 1st January, sees the 80 metres counties contest. It runs from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC, with the 32 EI and GI counties as multipliers. There are fixed and portable sections, with SSB only or mixed mode SSB / CW options, also a section for Shortwave Listeners. See the web site at for the contest rules, and note in particular the rule about permitted frequencies for this contest.

To encourage more CW operation in the mixed mode sections, there is a final score bonus of 1,000 points for any entry that includes at least 10 valid CW QSOs with EI or GI stations; note also that there is a suggested CW "centre of activity" of 3522.

UK/EI DX Contest

The first DX contest run by the United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club (UKEICC) was held over the weekend 5th & 6th December. Despite relatively poor propagation, especially on Saturday, the contest was well supported, with over 200 logs submitted. There were eight EI entries, and congratulations to Peter EI7CC who won the IRTS-sponsored plaque for the leading EI station in the single operator unassisted 12-hour section.

The December contest was an SSB contest, the CW event takes place over the weekend of 23rd & 24th January.

IRTS AGM 2016 & 2017

The 2016 Annual Dinner and AGM hosted by Limerick Radio Club will be held on the weekend of 9th and 10th April at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick. Preliminary information is on the IRTS website at

A decision regarding the 2017 AGM Weekend will be made shortly. Clubs who are interested in hosting the 2017 Weekend should send a note to secretary /at/ to be considered


ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is working with the UK Space Agency to give a number of UK schools the opportunity to speak directly to Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, during his mission on-board the International Space Station (ISS).

This live interaction between Tim and pupils will be one of the highlights of the Principia STEM outreach programme.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is supporting this initiative and will be working with the selected schools in the run-up to the contacts and on the contact days.

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group’s Theory Course will start in mid-January 2016. Anyone interested should get in contact with Sean EI2HZB on 083-1379764 or email to proffice /at/

For up-to-date news about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and it’s actives you can check our website and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Limerick 2m Repeater

The Limerick 2M repeater will be off air until further notice due to the adverse weather conditions on site. The Monday IRTS news will now be read on the club's 70cm repeater.

DX News

Ravi M0XUU will be holidaying in Botswana from 22nd to 30th December. He will sign A25GR from Kasane and Gaborone. He hopes to be on SSB and CW on 40m to 15m. QSL to his home call.

Another upcoming holiday-style operation is by Laci OM3AG who will sign V25LK from Antigua between 23rd December and 10th January. He will operate on 20m to 10m with emphasis on CW. QSL to the home call.

Frank I2DMI will operate RTTY from Palau using the callsign T88RY from 22nd to 29th December. Bands will be 40m to 10m. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW in January.

Once again the ‘Santa Claus’ stations of OF9X and OH9SCL are to be heard on the air from Finland. Other seasonal stations are recognisable by the ‘XMAS’ suffix in their callsigns.

Draft Radio Spectrum Strategy 2016 to 2018

The ComReg Draft Radio Spectrum Strategy for 2016 to 2018 was published on 14th December. It can be accessed on and search for document.

IRTS Publications

IRTS news editors wish to thank everyone who has submitted news and items for publication in IRTS publications in 2015.

Echo Ireland editor is now seeking submissions from amateur radio operators who would like their station featured in future editions of Echo Ireland to register their interest by contacting the newsteam on newsteam /at/ Thank you and Seasons Greeting to everyone.

Items for inclusion in next week’s Radio News can be submitted via e-mail to “newsteam /at/ irts / dot / ie” for automatic forwarding to both the radio and printed news services. Urgent news items for the radio news may be telephoned to the radio news editor, Aidan, EI7JC on 085 7100511.

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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