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4 Summits On 4 Meters Results

Club members made their way to their allocated summits on Saturday morning. This is the first time some of these summits have been activated on 4m. Ad-hoc check-ins were maintained between members on route via EI2KPR. Tom (EI5IEB) and Johnnie (EI6IPB) setup a portable station on SOTA Ref EI/IE-021 Clermont Carn. The station consisted of a SOTA Beams 6m telescopic mast, Hawkins Viper 5/8 4m rollup flowerpot antenna, Homebrew 15Ah LiFePO4 battery pack and an Anytone AT-588 radio. WX was not great. Rain, low cloud cover with visibility of 20 to 30 meters on the summit. After setting up the station a radio check was carried out. Frank, Dom and Michael all came back reporting 59. We had 15 minutes to spare before the start of the net so used this time to fire up the stove and make a coffee. This nicely complemented the breakfast rolls picked up on route. The net started at 1200 Local Time and continued until 1300 local time. A total of 8 stations called in to the net. The format of the net

4 Summits On 4 Meters (70Mhz)

On Saturday 30 July 2022 the East Leinster Amateur Radio Club (ELARC) will be attempting to activate 4 Summits on 4 Meters (70Mhz). In an effort to promote the use of 4 meters the Club would encourage those of you with 4m rigs to listen out for our CQ calls on 70.400 FM We know there are a lot of you out there with ex-PMR (Private Mobile Radio) rigs that have been modified and reprogrammed to operate within our allocation on the 4 meter / 70Mhz band. Many of you may already have off-the-shelf amateur radio rigs that have 4m built-in such as the Kenwood TS 890, Icom IC-7300, and Yaesu FT-847. This is a great opportunity to dust it off and get an antenna up and join us on 4m.  Based on our experiences in broadcasting the IRTS 4M News while operating portable, long-distance contacts can be made. For example, Dublin/Wicklow mountains into both North Anglesey (~160 km) and Sligo (~195km). We would especially be interested in making QSO's with anyone who may be operating portable on 4m o