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Balbriggan Mini Maker Day

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There will be a free Balbriggan Mini Maker Day on Saturday 23rd of April from 10am till 5pm in Balbriggan Library, Saint George’s Square, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. K32 TW27. The day is part of the "Loves Learning" festival and is open to visitors both young and old for a day of family-friendly workshops and maker showcases.  On the day there will be a mix of workshops suitable for all ages, from coding and game crafting to lego making and LED art. A giant maker showcase with all sorts from CNCs, crafting to VR experiences.  Members from East Leinster Amateur Radio Club EI0EL will be joining in the fun. We will be demonstrating amateur radio to all the visitors, embedding the spark of our hobby in the new generation.  We will be setting up a number of radio stations operating on VHF and HF Bands on emergency power.  Jeffrey, EI7IRB will also be there showcasing his homemade tinyGS  satellite ground station.  To find out more about the event visit www.balbriggan.ie/mini-maker-day

4M / 70Mhz IRTS Radio News Service 3 April 2022

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T he East Leinster Amateur Radio Club (ELARC) will continue the portable nature of the station and will be transmitting this week's news on 4m from the hills outside Skerries, County Dublin. The club will be putting out a few radio check calls from 1015am on 70.400 using the callsign of EI 0 EL This location has given us good coverage into Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare in the past. Date : Sunday 3 April 2022 Time : 1030am local time Frequency : 70.400Mhz Looking forward to talking to you either before the news or during the call-ins.

Winlink p2p 80m NVIS

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Today club members Tom EI5IEB and Frank EI8HIB concocted a successful test of being able to send and receive email over HF. Tom and Frank setup two portable field stations in the hills outside of Skerries, IO63vn  on Sunday morning. A schedule had been setup in advance with David EI3HIB  to test both the sending and receiving of email using Winlink over HF on 80m. This test formed part of a wider AREN (Amateur Radio Emergency Network) initiative to understand the practicalities of country wide email communication over HF in the event of a grid down and as a mechanism for radio armatures to aid the emergency services in passing messages. 80m was chosen as it lends itself to NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) communication. The club noticed that every Sunday at 1200 local time the IRTS news is broadcast on 3.650Mhz from locations around the country. Call in's afterwards are received from both fixed and portable station country wide. From one of the club's primary portable s

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