The National Short Wave Listeners Club has just started its latest Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination (HAREC) training course, class Golf. Out of 42 registered students, 30 have attended the first session, which took place on Thursday November 9th via Zoom. Courses takes place every week and will end in May 2024. If you know anyone interested in obtaining the Irish amateur station licence, let them know they are welcome to join at any time. All information is available at swl.ie.
The November meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group EI2WRC will take place on Monday, November 27th at 8 p.m. sharp at the New Community Men’s Shed, Ozanam Centre, Coffee House Lane, Waterford. Everyone is welcome to attend. They continue with a reminder that the annual SEARG Christmas get-together will take place on Saturday, December 9th at The Waterford Marina Hotel, Canada Street, Waterford City. Tickets for the dinner at 6:30 p.m. cost €37.50 per person and must be pre-booked in advance.
The club extends the hands of friendship and extends a very warm welcome to anyone who is not a club member to come along on the night and join in the festive activities. For more information or to book dinner tickets contact their Events Coordinator, Edwin EI2HEB as soon as possible please. To find out more about EI2WRC and their activities and for contact details please see www.searg.ie
Phoenix Amateur Radio Club wish to advise everyone that the provisional date for the Phoenix Amateur Radio Club Rally which was last held in 2020 is now set for Sunday 11th February 2024. Further details will be announced in due course.
Shannon Basin Radio Club is delighted to announce that Santa is taking time out from his busy schedule to have some QSOs with junior ops on Saturday December 9th. He will be QRV on Echo Icicle Two Santa Before Christmas (EI2SBC) repeater from 5 p.m. local time onwards. Junior ops are welcome to have a QSO with Santa in his home QTH. It will be an opportunity to confirm you're on his good list and that the correct presents are in the bag. The EI2SBC repeater located on Sliabh Bán in Roscommon has an output frequency of 145.775 MHz and uses a 77Hz CTCSS tone. For details on setting up a sked with the big man himself, please send your contact details to the club via email to admin /at/ sbrc.ie
The October edition of the IARU Monitoring System Region 1 Newsletter has been published. In amongst the illegal fishing buoys, over the horizon radars, and taxis, they also report observing an intriguing unknown digital signal that they had never received before. The monthly newsletters also demonstrate the highly interesting and diverse range of signals that encroach on the amateur radio bands. Each month, Michael Foertig, EI3GYB, who is the IARU Monitoring System Region 1 coordinator for Ireland includes his log of intruder signals to help build up picture for the region. The newsletters may be downloaded from the monitoring system page at www.iaru-r1.org
The RSGB 3.5MHz Autumn Series Contests continue on Thursday 23rd with a CW event. For anyone relatively new to CW, you may like to note there is a separate section at each power level for stations who send all CW at 15 words per minute or slower for the entire contest. These contests have what is called a 'Le Mans' start. This means that entrants must not transmit during the two minutes immediately before the contest start time or use any other method to reserve a frequency. Further information may be found at www.rsgbcc.org
The UK and Ireland Contest Club (UKIECC) was formed in 2014 to promote the development of HF contesting in Ireland and the UK in addition to encouraging newcomers into HF contesting. The next 80m contest of the UKEICC 2023-2024 season is on Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 8 p.m. local time on CW. The bonus station EI5G will be operated by David EI5KG. The second bonus station G5GEI will be operated by Dean G4WQI.
There are some notable DXpeditions on air at present. Oleg, ZS1ANF is active as ZS7ANF from Antarctica until 20 December 2023. He is operating on 40 to 10m bands. Peter DC0KK is operating as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka on the 20m to 6m bands using CW and digital modes. The ZL7A team members operating from the Chatham Islands are expected to conclude their DXpedition on November 22nd. In addition to the 160 to 10m bands, they are reportedly trying packet contacts via the Greencube satellite India Oscar 117. Marek is active as FH4VVK from Mayotte which is an island approximately 300km northwest of Madagascar. He is using the HF bands but should be contactable from EI using the 20, 15, or 10m bands at the moment.
Unusually for this time of the year, the Hepburn forecast indicates that moderate to high tropospheric ducting is expected from Tuesday November 21st for at least two days. From the second half of Tuesday and into early Wednesday next, the conditions may favour inter-EI QSOs before expanding to the UK and parts of the continent later. VHF and UHF operators may therefore get a welcome surprise with enhanced DX and simplex or repeater activity well beyond your normal expected range. It is also potentially an ideal first opportunity for newly minted licensees to fully experience this phenomenon for themselves.
That is the news for this week. Items for inclusion in next week’s radio news can be submitted by email to newsteam /at/ irts.ie for automatic forwarding to both the radio and printed news services. The deadline is midnight on Thursday.