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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

80m NVIS Excerise

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We tried something different this weekend and took advantage of traveling to another county. This was something we as a club wanted to try for a while.  Could we communicate effectively between Skerries and Rathangan, Co Kildare on 80m utilising NVIS? The weekends spent building and fine tuning our portable 80m linked dipoles was about to be put to the test Tom  travelled Rathangan, Co Kildare and met up with John EI1762. They setup a portable station using a FT857D a custom built 15Ah LifePO4 battery pack, and 80m homebrew linked dipole at the local Men Shed in time to call in to the 80m IRTS News.  Meanwhile  Frank  was operating portable from Badlungon and both  Ben  and  Dom  where operating from their home locations in Skerries. After the news all stations moved to a free frequency and got a net going. Signal reports of 59 were exchanged between  Tom  and John in Rathangan with  Frank  in Badlungon.  Ben , operating from home also gave a 59 report to the guys in Rathangan.  Dom  w

Results - Portable s Challenge 2020

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I am pleased to announce that EI0EL placed 9th overall, 3rd place in Europe and 1st place in Ireland for the Portable Operation Challenge 2020. Well done to all that took place and a special congratulations to  Magnus Samuelson (SA0AQT)  who placed 1st overall. 

Giving the 20m Portable Yagi a Shot

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Another lovey day here at one of the sport we like to operate portable from. Great success again on Franks 80m linked dipole with the IRTS News coming in strong. Frank was able to hear a large number of signal reporting coming in after the news. Dom successfully make contact with the IRTS 2m news from his HT and received a good signal report from the news reader. Tom and John set up a "portable" 20m two element Yagi and had great success making contact with K3LR in to Mercer County, Pennsylvania, a distance of over 5,500km, and received a signal report of 59. Contact was also make with KV2K in Johnsonburg, New Jersey again a signal report of 59 was received. Contact was also made with stations in Slovenia and Hungry.