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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday 30th December 2018

New Year's Day Contest

A reminder that the IRTS 80 metres Counties Contest takes place on Tuesday next from 15:00 to 17:00 UTC. There are SSB only and SSB/CW mixed mode sections for both fixed and portable stations. Multipliers are the 32 EI and GI counties as well as overseas DXCC entities. See for the full rules which include permitted frequency ranges.

Happy New Year

IRTS would like to wish all amateur radio operators and SWL’s a very happy 2019. We hope that it will be a great year for all.

Next IRTS Committee Meeting

Reminder. Notice to members from Robert EI5KH Hon. Secretary IRTS. Please note that the date of the next IRTS Committee meeting is the 19th January 2019. The venue remains as planned, Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. This is a change from the date published in the current edition of Echo Ireland, as the decision was taken after publication and distribution.

The dates for the next 2 meetings are 19th January Portlaoise and 2nd March Athlone.

Limerick Radio Club

The January meeting of the club will take place, as usual, in the Limerick Institute of Technology, at 7:30 pm on Thursday 10th January. All are welcome, particularly Short Wave Listeners.

LRC members are reminded that annual subs for 2019 are now due.

Along with the usual club business, Liam EI7DSB will give a talk on Digital Modes and the rise of FT8.

The club would like to wish all a very Happy New Year.

South Dublin Radio Club

A reminder that the club will return to normal meeting schedule on January 8th 2019. SDR would like to wish everyone a happy holidays.

IECRO Ireland Radio Club

IECRO wishes everyone a happy new year. The next meeting of the IECRO Ireland Radio Club will take place on Monday 14th January 2019 in Mullingar at 7:20pm. Anyone who would like to learn more about ham radio and discover how they can become licensed is very welcome to attend.

For more information about the club, its meeting locations or to book a place for license training, please submit a request via or telephone 086 355 2370

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

The next SEARG meeting will be on Monday the 28th January 2019 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8.00 p.m. sharp. New members or anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio or the group are as always very welcome to attend.

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group would like to take this opportunity to wish all their radio friends and their families in Ireland and around the world a very happy 2019. Hopefully 2019 brings you all good health, good wealth and plenty of new DXCC’s.

For anyone who wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and their activities you can drop them an email to “info /at/ searg /dot/ ie” or please feel free to come along to any of their meetings. You can check out their website and you can also join them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

DX News

Philippe F6OBD will sign FK/F6OBD until 20th February on HF using wire antennas. New Caledonia has the IOTA reference OC-032. QSL via the bureau to his home call.

Roland F8EN is back in Libreville, Gabon until mid-March. He will use his TR8CR callsign on 40 – 17m on CW and SSB. QSL manager is F6AJA.

Michael OE6MBG will be in the Seychelles signing S79AA from 5th January until 2nd February. He will be QRV on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m running 400w. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

A group of French and Belgian operators will travel to Sierra Leone and activate Banana Island from 9th – 21st January. The IOTA reference is AF-037 and the callsign will be 9LY1JM.

Alexei RD1AV is now QRV as RI1ANV from Vostok Research Station in the Antarctic. This callsign replaces RI1ANC which expired on Christmas Eve. QSL manager is RN1ON.

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, Mark EI6HPB on 086 355 2370.

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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