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IRTS Radio News Bulletin Sunday 16th February 2020


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An important reminder: Following reports that holders of eircom.net email addresses will shortly incur a monthly charge for the use of their email address, we expect that a number of those who receive this news bulletin by email will want to change the email address to which the bulletin is sent. This can be done by sending an email to Joe EI7GY (contacts \at\ irts \dot\ ie) with details of the existing email address and new email address.

IRTS members who wish to change the contact details used for membership renewals and EiNews circulation should contact the Membership Records Officer, Dave EI6AL (memrecords \at\ irts \dot\ ie).


South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

The 2020 AGM of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place on Monday the 24th February 2020 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8.00 p.m. sharp. As this is the AGM of the group all members are please asked to attend. New members or anyone interested in learning more about the group or amateur radio are as always very welcome to attend also.

Clubs/groups or individual traders who wish to attend the SEARG Radio Rally over the weekend of the IRTS AGM are reminded that tables must be booked beforehand. Tables which cost €5 per table for individual traders and free for clubs/groups must be booked as soon as possible but no later than by Friday the 13th of March 2020 in order to be guaranteed a place. Full details can be got on the SEARG Radio Rally Page on the event website https://agm2020cw.blogspot.com/p/home

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


Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

The LCARC AGM was held in Limerick Institute of Technology on Thursday 13th February. The following members were elected: Chairman: Dermot Gleeson EI2GT Secretary: Michael Kirwan EI3KO Treasurer: Liam Rainford EI7DSB Committee: Michael Kingston EI2IX, Brendan Kilmartin EI0CZ, John Phelan EI4EY, Albert Price EI5HXB QSL Manager: Albert Price EI5HXB A note for your diary, the LCARC Rally will be held on Sunday the 15th March, at the usual venue, the Radisson Hotel on the Ennis Road. Doors open at 11:00.


EIDX Group

As the EIDX Group (EIDXG) prepare for their upcoming activities, the group have organised a workshop/activity weekend as they maintain/service some of their equipment. Stopping for dinner and a social evening in the local village, all things radio will be discussed along with plenty of help/advice on hand.

This is an ideal opportunity and an open invitation for any newly licensed Amateurs or new recruits to get hands-on and learn how to build antennas, solder coax cables, repair masts etc.... and maybe even make some QSOs!

Why not pop down to the wonderful Ballyhoura Luxury Hostel, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick on the weekend of March 14/15th and if you'd like any further information please feel free to contact “ei6fr /at/ gofree /dot/ indigo /dot/ ie” or “ei9fbb /at/ gmail /dot/ com”


DX News

VY0ERC is QRV again from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club located on Ellesmere Island in northern Canada. The station is at the Eureka Weather Station which is in CQ Zone 2. Activity at present is on 40 and 20m on SSB, CW and FT8 as time and weather permits. QSL via M0OXO OQRS.

A group of Stateside amateurs will be active from St Barts in the Caribbean until 22nd February. Look for FJ/N2IEN operating holiday-style on HF.

Charles NK8O and Fred N8AX will be in Tanzania from 24th February until 21st March using the callsigns 5H3DX and 5H3AX. They will be mainly on CW with possibly some FT8 and PSK-31. QSLs go via NK8O.

A major DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands by the Perseverance DX Group is planned for 21st February – 6th March. A multi-national team will sign VP8PJ on 160 – 10m on SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8. Full details can be found on www.sorkney.com


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