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International Weekend for Lighthouses and Lightships

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The third full weekend of August has become the regular date for the International Weekend for Lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in lighthouse activations on HF. A few years ago the United States Congress declared the 7th of August as their National Lighthouse Day and during the event amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and contact each other. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, the keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and associated visitors centres to the public, thus raising the profile of lighthouses, light vessels and other navigational aids, and preserving their maritime heritage. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week. In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts their International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the same August weekend as the ILLW. It came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Ra

4 Meter News Sunnday 1 August 2021 from Kippure

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We continued the travelling nature of the station and transmitted from Kippure in the Dublin Wicklow Mountains, Grid IO63ue, SOTA Summit Reference EI/IE-005. Arriving at the base of the summit about 8:45am we re-checked our gear was securely packed and made out way to the top. The weather was dry and overcast. It was pretty windy at the summit so we set the station up in a suitable location and improvised a shelter with a tarp in a effort to limit the wind noise. This also helped with sheltering the stove while brewing the all important coffee. Members of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team who were on routine patrol in the area dropped by for a chat and showed great interest in what we doing. We're not sure but it might have been the smell of freshly brewed coffee and chocolate biscuits that piqued their interest. The club would like to thank all callers but especially SWL's and those who get out and operated mobile to call in to the service. A rough map of todays call in

Announcement 4m News from Kippure

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The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club, www.EI0EL.com having successfully completed their monthly pilot of the IRTS News Broadcast on 4 Metres continue their monthly broadcasts.  Our next broadcast will be on Sunday 1st August at 10.30am local time on a frequency of 70.400MHz FM.   The club will continue with the travelling nature of the station and plan on transmitting from Kippure, Grid IO63ue, SOTA Summit EI/IE-005. The club would like to thank all callers but especially those who get out and operate mobile to call in to the service. We look forward to your call in's tomorrow.

4 Meter News Sunday 4 July 2021

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On Sunday, 4 July 2021, we maintained the traveling nature of the IRTS News 4 Meters News  Station by transmitting from Clermont Carn, Grid IO64UB19. The weather was not great with thick fog and rain, however the great take off in all directions more than made up for this. While setting up Declan, EI6FR, stopped by to say hello before he setup to activate Clermont Carn EI/IE021. Declan setup his station a short distance from the 4m antenna so as to limit any CW interference. Thanks for that Declan, we apricated it. We put out a few calls before the news to make sure everything was working as expected and we were not getting desensed from the towers behind us. Harper, MI5AFK, came back and a we had a brief QSO. He kindly offered to reach out to other local amateurs in the area who also operate on 4m that we would be broadcasting the IRTS news at 1030. Thanks for that Harper and we hope to talk to you again. We had a total of 12 call in's and 1 report via email were received form sta

IRTS News Broadcasts on 4 Metres

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The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club EI0EL successfully completed their pilot of the IRTS News Broadcast on 4 Meters. Their next broadcast will be on Sunday 4 July at 10.30am local time on a new frequency of 70.400Mhz FM. Going forward the broadcast will be on the first Sunday of every month. The club will maintain the travelling nature of the 4m News Station, probably broadcasting from more elevated sites, maybe even the odd mountain top. The East Leinster Amateur Radio Club would like to thank all radio amateur’s and shortwave listeners that called in to the 4m news and supplied signal reports, and also to those Amateurs who gave feedback and encouragement.

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