A new arrival…

And not another baby thankfully.  I picked up a Yaesu FT-897 with the intentions of doing a bit of stroke portable work this summer.  Or maybe I could be really adventurous and try some SOTA activations!  I had to replace the mic connector and the internal speaker but I’ve got a nice little rig for small money.  Now to get a battery.

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And they say good things come in threes…

Finally I got FT4JA in the log on 15m RTTY.  Got them on the third call this morning before they got busy.  RF conditions didn’t seem to be good today – they were not very loud on SSB so pleased to get this so easy.  And I later got them on 15m SSB around 6pm  thanks to an alert from EI2HI that they were coming in strong.  They were S7 on my rig with preamps off which is not bad at all.  It took about 20 minutes to get them on SSB.  They pile-ups seem to have abated a little thankfully although the behaviour on 20m RTTY was awful leading to FT4JA taking a (long) break.

IRTS AGM & Limerick Rally

IRTS 2016 AGM & Limerick RC Rally
The 84th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society will be hosted by the Limerick Radio Club over the weekend of 9/10 April 2016. The venue will be the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Ennis Road, Limerick.

Dinner
Tickets for the Dinner on Saturday night 9th April, (7.30 for 8.00pm) cost €35 each and are available from Tony EI2AW QTHR – Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick
Payment can be made by cheque or money order. Contact Tony EI2AW by telephone or Email.

Saturday Workshop Talks
On the afternoon of Saturday the 9th there will four wrokshop workshop talks at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa. Admission to all workshop talks is free and we do look forward to seeing you all in attendance.
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Saturday Workshop Demonstration
There will be a live demo of EME in the Car Park following the Workshop. Using simple 1296MHz equipment supplied by Joe EI3IX both CW and WSJT QSOs will be attempted with Dwingeloo (PI9CAM).

Rally
The Limerick Radio Club Rally will be on Sunday 10th with doors opening at 11.00am, entrance €5.
For more information contact Simon EI7ALB.
The Trade Show will be geared towards a Radio, Electronics, Hobbies and Crafts Show, so there should be something for everyone. All the usual traders will be represented plus some new ones.

IRTS Stand

Linerick Repeater Fund Stand

Traders [so far]

Long Communications
Wescom Ireland Ltd
Seán Martin

Bring & Buy Section [so far]

Gary O’Hanlon EI3EVB
Eddie Kavanagh EI3FFB
Albert Lahoud EI9IY
Tony Liddy EI9IL
Gerry Birkhead EI9DZ
There is no charge for tables.

LRC members will be available to help dealers load/unload equipment on Sunday.
For enquiries about Tables or Bring & Buy contact Simon EI7ALB.

Hobbies/Demos

Atlantic AirVenture
Irish Plastic Modellers Association
Shannonside Astronomy Club
Fab Limerick 3D Printing
Demo of Digital Voice (Yaesu Fusion) in operation on LRC 2m Repeater by Limerick Radio Club

Annual General Meeting
The IRTS AGM will start at 2pm on Sunday 10th; all paid up IRTS Members are welcome to attend.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa
Single rooms are available in the hotel at the special rate of €90 including breakfast.
Double rooms are €105 including breakfast
Please quote IRTS/LRC 2016 AGM when booking! Telephone Radisson Blu Limerick (061) 456200.
For further details on the hotel please check out the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick Website.
General enquiries about the weekend to Simon EI7ALB

Another rig upgrade

A second hand FL-232 350Hz filter for CW & RTTY arrived today.  This is really effective (I can now listen to one CW QSO at a time which hopefully will help my ears pick it up as I strive to get it to sink into my skull.  It works well on RTTY too but FT4JA still eludes me despite a lot of trying.  I did bag EY8MM on 20m RTTY today (ATNO) so that compensates a little.