Wild Atlantic Way

Finally after 2 years of planning and negotiations the Wild Atlantic Way special event kicked into action on the 1st January.  It is the brainchild of Alan Cronin EI8EM.  It consists of 9 special callsigns EI11WAW to EI99WAW which represent the 9 counties of the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland.  It has proved to be very popular so far with a diploma available for working all 9 counties.  I have around 650 RTTY qsos racked up so far.  I am the co-ordinator of the Limerick callsign EI77WAW and if you wish to operate it please feel free to contact me.  It is open for all EI operators regardless of county.  More info can be found at www.irts.ie/waw

I’m back…

Yes I forgot I had a blog.  Then again I didn’t have much to write either.  HF conditions have been terrible and its been a while since I heard anything new.  But today I did manage another ATNO and it took a bit of work too.  TU5MH is a dxpedition in the Ivory Coast.  They were very loud on 17m CW in the morning and early afternoon but pileups were big as it was their first full day.  Then later on they appeared on 17m SSB but not too strong with me but again there was a lot of KWs being thrown at them so no joy.  Finally I got them on 20m CW – they weren’t strong with me but were working around 25wpm and maybe they were ignoring those that were keying slowly.  I upped my speed to 20wpm and got them on the 3rd call – nice.