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4 Meter News Pilot Report

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By Frank McKeown EI8HIB, Chairperson ELARC The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club (ELARC) conducted a Pilot IRTS News Broadcast on the 4 metre band, on the first Sunday of April, May and June.  The News Broadcasts took place from Field stations in the East Leinster region with a portable station on 70.350 MHz using FM. ELARC had several objectives, firstly to generate greater interest in the 4 metre band, secondly to operate Field Day style with portable power and finally to have a bit of fun while operating as a team under some pressure. ELARC believe they achieved all objectives with a good number of Call-ins and a lot of experience gained.  First Broadcast, Sunday 4th April. We set-up the station on a hill approximately 2km south of Skerries. The antenna was a Viper 7/8th wave 4m antenna strung up into a tree, with the top of the antenna approximately 12m above ground. The location was about 100 metres above sea level with a good take-off to the south and west. The radio was an Anyton

EI7DKD DMR Repeater

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Well done to the Dundalk Amateur Radio Society , EI7DAR , who have announced that EI7DKD is now operational again on DMR in stand alone mode (not connected to an ISP) and is also dual mode so analogue FM can be used on the same frequency. EI7DKD TX on 439.5625 MHz EI7DKD RX on 430.5625 MHz Colour Code 1 Time Slot 1 CTCSS 110.9 Hz (FM) Dom EI5IAB operating portable, by bike, field tested repeater coverage from areas around Skerries using an  Anytone 878UV HT with an outpower power of 5 Watts using the stock Rubber Duckie antenna,  The average line of sight was a distance of about distance 55km.  Dom was able to confirm great coverage and audio quality reception reports during QSOs with other club members and from reception reports via the club's WhatsApp chat group from our SWL Members. Dom covered the general area covered was around Skerries, Rush and The Naul. The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club, EI0EL , we greatly appreciate the work that the  Dundalk Amateur Radio Society ,  EI

Working with The National Shortwave Listeners Club

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By Tom EI5IEB One of the founding principles of the club is to have fun, build project and to prepare members for the HAREC exam. Over time we have developed training programs covering the theory with practical demonstrations for members and created a number of quiz's as training aids to highlight areas requiring more study. In the past few months a club,  the  National Shortwave Listeners Club , (SWL Club) has been setup with the purpose of helping members take and pass the HAREC exam. Meetings are held regularly over Zoom. This is a great step forward in encouraging new people in to the hobby. All courses are led by volunteers who are experienced radio operators, have specialist knowledge and others who are experienced trainers. Having all the knowledge in one place is a great combination. Two of our club members are also members of the SWL Club and are studying to pass the HAREC exam. Last night, Tuesday 28 April 2021, I was invited to attend a Zoom meeting of the National Short

4 Meter News 4 April 2021

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One of the core principles on which the club was founded was to have fun while operating portable. Members are routinely calling in from portable stations to the Sunday afternoon 2 Meter and 80 Meter  IRTS News stations. Weather permitting this is completed with out fail on a weekly basis even in the winter. Over the past few months experiments were carried out between club members and other amateur's on the 4 Meter  band using a combination of repurposed PMR mobile rigs and 4 Meter band amateur mobile rigs to see what kind of coverage and how good the audio sounded from various locations around the county. We were excited to find that QSO's could be had, without difficulty, between Skerries, Kildare, Meath and Carlow. In the interests of making more use of the 4 Meter band among amateurs we decided to approach the IRTS with a proposal to read their News on 4 Meters Announcements and publicity for our reading of the IRTS News were made in the weeks leading up to it. These inclu

We've Received an Award

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John Ash Chapman Shield 2021 We were nominated for and were awarded the John Ash Chapman Shield. We are very proud to have been awarded this and would like to thank everyone for their support and nominations. A formal announcement of this award will be make at this years Annual General Meeting of the IRTS due to take place on Saturday 24 April. The Shield is awarded to an individual, group or club that undertakes significant promotion of Amateur Radio to the public. This Shield was sponsored by North Cork Radio Group in memory of their member and good friend John Ash Chapman, EI5JN. John was an enthusiastic promoter of Amateur Radio to the public in a fun and friendly manner and he believed that these qualities should be to the forefront of the modern amateur spirit.  In particular he was very supportive of activations at heritage locations such as castles, lighthouses, Geoparks, islands and places of historical distinction. 

4 Meter IRTS News Pilot

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The members of East Leinster Amateur Radio Club have proposed reading the IRTS News on 4 metres as a Pilot for a couple of months. ** Update 21 March 2021 Successful 4m QSO while operating portable from Grid Square IO63vn with Geoff, GI0LAM, near Castlewellanin Co Down. Very clear signal and great audio. Thanks for the chat Geoff and for passing on the message to the rest of your club that we were on the air. Hope to chat to you again soon. ** Update 20 March 2021 In perpetration for our reading of the IRTS News on 4m, we will be operating portable from Grid Square  IO63vn  tomorrow, Sunday 22 March, and will be calling CQ on 70.450 Mhz FM Mode from 1pm to 2pm (1300 to 1400 GMT) . We will be using an Anytone AT-588 and a flowerpot antenna hoisted up as high as we can get it in a tree. It would be great to make contact and get some signal reports from other radio armatures and SWL's either via a QSO or in the comments. **  We received a positive response from the IRTS and are now in

A Socially Distance Field Day

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By: John EI1761 DTG :1000-1600hrs 03/01/2021 Location: IO63lf or Rathangan, Co. Kildare Before Christmas 2020 we as a club managed to do a remote field day experiment with NVIS from my village location into the valleys and hilltops around Skerries, see other write up . So it was time for me to step up and put a few certain chapters of the IRTS study guide and YouTube into reality. The agenda was to build an 80 meter dipole and tune it by reducing the leg lengths in a controlled manner until it was resonant in the middle of the band I want to use. So yeah that's the long and short of it... what's missing is the phone calls, WhatsApp video group chats and our friendly Amazon which didn't close for Christmas. With a dipole center borrowed from Tom (EI5IEB), a 33-meter spool of speaker wire and taking over the kitchen on St. Stephen's day I got to work, an annoying thing about the majority of online sites that explain dipole is they convert the frequencies to Meter band pla