Irish Radio Transmitters Society
Radio News Bulletin
Sunday 27th November 2011
IRTS Committee Meeting
Club Representatives of affiliated clubs are asked to send their email
details in order
to be kept up to date with notifications of upcoming
IRTS committee meetings. Please send email addresses to info /at/
irts.ie or to Hon. Secretary Ger McNamara ei4gxb/ at/ gmail / dot /com
The Next Committee meeting will take place on Saturday 10 December at
11.00 at the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise, and club reps are encouraged
The December issue of Echo Ireland will go to print in the early days
of December. With the CQWW CW contest taking place that means a
deadline for ECHO Ireland is two weeks from now, that is the first few
days in December. No later please. Your co-operation is gratefully
The annual Mayo Rally took place in Castlebar on Sunday of last week.
There was a good attendance of traders and punters on the day, with
plenty of buying, selling and eyeball QSOs taking place. We also noted
hat Dave EI9FBB, our local DXCC card checker, was kept busy.
On Saturday night, ahead of the rally itself, Mayo Radio Experimenters
Network, the rally organisers, had arranged presentations on Amateur
Television and on Logbook of the World. Pat EI2HX gave us an excellent
introduction to Amateur Television, showing us some of his collection
of antennas, transmitters, receivers and connectors. For those in the
audience more used to working with equipment designed for Kilohertz or
Megahertz frequencies, the "Gigahertz" hardware Pat works with seems
Dave EI9FBB, who is not long back from DXpeditioning with the T32C
group on Kiritimati, explained the ins and outs of the ARRL's Logbook
of the World - an online alternative to paper QSL cards for those
working towards a DXCC award. Dave outlined the steps involved in
setting up and maintaining a Logbook of the World account and also
covered the security measures in place to ensure the integrity of the
Ham Radio on the Increase
There are over 700,314 ham radio licence holders in the United States,
according to the FCC. There has been an increase of over 40,000 ham
radio licences in the last five years alone. The ARRL refers to this
era as the 'golden years.' According to Allen Pitts of the ARRL, he
reckons that the USA has had over 20-25,000 new hams per year.
RTE may charge licence-fee payers for access to certain parts of its
online operations, it has been revealed. The broadcaster is looking at
ways to increase its revenue from its online and digital business. No
firm decisions have yet been made.
Space Plasma Experiment
The Space Plasma experiment "Shadow" onboard the International Space
Station (ISS) takes place using 145.825 MHz FM AX.25 packet radio at
the end of this week Nov 25-28 and again on Dec 2-5.
Brian ND3F is at present active from the Bahamas as C6AQQ. He will be
there till 6 December with activity mostly on the lower bands. QSLs go
via his home call and also Logbook of the World.
Jim ND9M is back on the island of Diego Garcia in the Chagos
Archipelago. The good news for the prefix chasers is that Jim has been
issued a short-term special prefix licence, VQ91JC, for use until 4
December. After that date he will be using his usual callsign VQ9JC. He
expects to be on the island till early March next.
For the 60m enthusiasts there is news from Chris GM3WOJ, who is now
active as ZK2V on Niue Island in the Pacific, that he has permission to
operate on 5403.5 kHz. This special permit is only valid from 1 - 7
December local time.
A Belgian group operated from the island of Rockall at the beginning of
October and a number of EI stations were among the 1100+ stations that
made it into the log. QSLs have already been printed and are on the way
to their lucky recipients. To those who were not in the log in October
there are rumours that another group will try to activate this
difficult and dangerous location in the summer of 2013.
New TV Repeater
South Dublin Radio Club is in the process of installing a new
television repeater with coverage over the greater Dublin area. The
repeater, which is located on the three rock mountain, will transmit on
2390Mhz and receive signal in on 1249Mhz. While not on the air yet,
initial tests have proved sucessful with perfect pictures received 60
miles away at the EI2ATR Cavan repeater site. The repeater will be
linked by radio to the existing TV repeater system currently operating
in Co Cavan, This repeater currently transmits on 1276.5Mhz, 2370 Mhz
and 10.040Mhz and gives good coverage of Cavan/Louth/Meath Area.
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 maybe telephoned to the radio news editor, Aidan, EI7JC on
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.