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
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.
A new 70cm repeater EI7HXR was installed last Sunday the 4th of December 2016 at Harneys Cross near Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The repeater operates on 430.850mhz and input on 438.450mhz (+7.6mhz) with a CTCSS tone of 103.5hz required. This new repeater is licenced and run by the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group. It is connected to the Southern Ireland Repeater Network with an output power of 30watts. On site for the Installation were Gareth EI7FZB, Neil EI3JE, John EI8JA, Tommy EI2IT, John EI7IG and Hugh EI2HI. For further information about this repeater or the Southern Ireland Repeater Network go to https://sirnrepeaters.blogspot.ie .Reception reports can be sent to Hugh EI2HI or John EI8JA
The band conditions have been poor for the past few days – I didn’t work anyone during the CQWW CW contest over the weekend. But this morning I worked 5T9VB (Mauritania) on 30M RTTY for a new one. I got him quite easily despite an IT9 calling him continuously on his working frequency. Some will never listen/read…
I just worked TL8AO (Central African Republic) on 15m SSB. I got him on the first call which I was surprised with as he wasn’t very strong with me and quite a few were calling him.
Another new one in the bag – 6V1IS/P (Senegal) on 15m SSB. Its nice to hear a good few DXpeditions on the bands again after a dull summer.
About 2 and a half weeks ago I sat my Morse test. Finally I got my new shorter callsign – EI4KN. Now for a lot of updating! Logging programs, LOTW, macros, QSL cards etc all need to be changed as well as memorising the new call hihi.