Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Wishes

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group would like to wish all our members and friends a happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2013. Many thanks to everyone that supported our various events and activities throughout the past year.

Please note, there is no meetings in December (anyone wishing to renew membership can still do so by contacting any committee member). The next meeting will take place on Monday 28 January 2013.

Summary of SEARG activities in 2012;
  • EI2DBR Repeater installed and commissioned on Devils Bit, Co. Tipperary (April)
  • IRTS 2m Counties Contest (April)
  • EI2GEO - Copper Coast Geopark Activation for European Geoparks Week (May)
  • IRTS 80m Counties Contest (June)
  • Butlerstown Vintage Show, Orchardstown, Co. Waterford (June)
  • Theory Classes (June to October)
  • Inistioge Vintage Show, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny (August)
  • IVETA Vintage Show, Co. Cavan (October)
  • Christmas Get-Together in Kilkenny (December)
  • Donation of 1 years membership and Weather Station to WLR/Lions Club Hamper Appeal (donated by a club member) - Lot No. 91330
(Please let me know if I've left anything out or if anyone would like anything added)!

Monday, 12 November 2012

SEARG Christmas Get-Together

The SEARG Christmas get-together took place this year on Friday the 7th December in Langtons Bar, Kilkenny. 

This was an informal get-together among members of the club who enjoyed the food and drinks. There was also be a raffle spot prizes and top prize of a dual-band hand-held radio went to Seany Byrne, EI2HZB. Runners-up prizes (whiskey and wine) went to  Martin Murphy, EI2HIB, Mark Wall, EI7IS and David O'Connor, SWL.

A very enjoyable night out was had by all!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

New call-signs

Congratulations to everyone who recently passed the HAREC theory exam.

So far, we are aware of the following new calls (other calls will be posted here once they become available)....

Name  Call-Sign  Location
Seany Byrne
Co. Carlow
Declan Byrne
Co. Kilkenny
Alan Buckley
Co. Wexford
Jim Whitty
Co. Wexford

* NOTE: For anyone that was not successful in this round, SEARG will provide help to brush up for the next exam in early 2013 and some 'one to one' tutorial sessions will be arranged for January.

Morse Code tuition will also be planned for early 2013.

Friday, 19 October 2012

SEARG 1st place in IRTS 80m Counties Contest

IRTS 80m Counties Contest - Summer 2012 Results

We again got a good result from the IRTS 80m Counties Contest (Summer), held on Sunday 17 June 2012. Operating as EI2WRC/P from the Old Copper Mine in Tankardstown (Bunmahon), Co. Waterford (same location as the EI2GEO operations), we racked up 35 QSOs in 18 Counties giving a total score of 2,000 points and first place in the SSB Only (Portable) section.

This follows on from our previous successful entry in the 2012 IRTS 2m Counties Contest (Spring) where we took second place with 1,830 points in the Low Power Portable section when we operated from Devils Bit Mountain in Co. Tipperary.

(Many thanks to Paula McCarthy from the Copper Coast Geopark for providing us with this excellent location). 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Exam Results

Congratulations to everyone that recently passed the HAREC Theory Exam! We're looking forward to hearing some new call-signs on the air in the near future!

New calls will be published here once they become available.

For anyone that was not successful in this round, SEARG will provide help to brush up for the next exam in early 2013 and some 'one to one' tutorial sessions will be arranged for January.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

EI2WRC/p at IVETA Vintage Show, Cavan - 14 Oct.

The National IVETA (Irish Vintage Engine and Tractor Association) Indoor Show, Auction and The Irish Vintage Scene Ladies and The All Ireland Finals of Gents Tractor Build League will take place at Cavan Equestrian Center on Sunday 14 October.

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will have a stall / display at the event and in-keeping with the vintage theme, we will operate CW (Morse Code) and have some old radio equipment on display. 

This follows on from our very successful participation recently at the vintage rally's in Orchardstown, Co. Waterford and Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny.

Any radio amateurs or SWLs in the Cavan area are more than welcome to come visit and operate the station.

The call-sign will be EI2WRC/P, keep a listen for us on the HF bands.

Those participating from SEARG are;
  • David, EI6GVB
  • Dennis, EI2HSB
  • Seany, EI1632
  • Mark, EI7IS
If anyone else would like to participate, please call Mark Wall on 087-6302026.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Theory Exam, Thursday 4 October 2012

The Amateur Station Licence Examination will be held on Thursday 4th October 2012, at 2.00 p.m. in the ComReg offices in Dublin. Another examination is due to be held in June / July 2013. The exact date and venue(s) will be announced nearer the date.

For those sitting the exam, please note that you need to bring the following;

(1) Confirmation Letter
Please bring the letter you got from Sean Nolan confirming your exam place.

(2) Photo ID
Intending candidates should note that anyone who fails to produce a photo identity on the day of the examination will not be allowed to sit the examination. The photo ID can be a driving licence, a passport, an employment photo identity card or a student card containing a photograph. A national Garda photo ID is also acceptable.

(3) Signed Declaration
The signed declaration that was sent with your letter from Sean Nolan (it's the last page of the notes that were stapled together).

          Best of luck to everyone sitting the exam!          

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

SEARG Theory Classes

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group weekly Theory Classes commenced on Wednesday 13 June 2012. Classes continue at 7.00 p.m. in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will continue until early October in time for the next ComReg exam.

* All classes are now complete.

Make sure that at this point, you are going over all the notes that were provided in the class and remember, the notes and classes are only a guide, the majority of the work is what you study yourself in your own time. Keep going over everything and make good use of the links below :-)

For information contact Mark Wall, EI7IS on 087-6302026.

* Important Links *

Some notes are available at the following link......   
.... new notes uploaded (22 Sept 2012)

EI4GXB Theory Notes (Ger McNamara)......
These notes are very good and highly recommended.

IRTS theory links are available here......

The next Amateur Station Licence Examination will be held on Thursday 4th October at 2 p.m. in the ComReg Offices in Dublin city centre.

When going to the exam, make sure you have the following;

  • Signed declaration form (came with your application).
  • Photo ID (passport or drivers licence).

Best of luck to everyone with the exam and don't hesitate to contact me in the meantime if you need any help going over anything!

Full details, including entry procedure, examination fee and how to pay the fee online are available by clicking on the Licence Exam button on the IRTS home-page at

IRTS 2m Counties Contest - Spring 2012 Results

Operating with the call-sign EI2WRC/P from Devils Bit Mountain, Co. Tipperary, we scored 1830 with 36 QSOs in 15 counties taking second place in the Low Power Portable section of the contest.

Operators were David (EI6GVB) and Mark (EI7IS).

Thursday, 30 August 2012

SEARG - New Members

On Monday 27 August 2012 last we welcomed 3 new members into the club;
  • Antonio Iafrate, EI2KG (Co. Kildare)
  • Michael Fitzgerald, EI9GGB (Co. Wexford)
  • David O'Connor (Waterford)
South Eastern Amateur Radio Group now has a total of 24 members around the South East.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Repeaters Update

As most of you are probably aware by now the 70cms Repeater EI7MLR on Mt. Leinster Co. Carlow has been off air since Monday night/Tuesday morning thus disabling the link between the other repeaters in the network.

The repeater is now back on air. Thank you for your patience. 

Information about repeaters is available at

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

EI2WRC at Inistioge Vintage Rally

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group operated a portable station using the call-sign EI2WRC/P from the Inistioge Vintage Rally, Co. Kilkenny on Sunday 5th of August 2012.

The rally itself was very enjoyable, with Vintage Cars, Tractors, Motorbikes, Stationary Engines and Farm Implement Displays along with music, kids entertainment and a farmers market.

In keeping with the vintage theme, SEARG had some vintage radio equipment on display and operated some Morse Code QSOs for the benefit of the gathered spectators.

The station / stall had a great many inquiries from visitors throughout the day.

More info:

Some photos form the event.......

Monday, 25 June 2012

EI2WRC/P at Butlerstown & District Vintage Society

Many thanks to everyone who dropped in to EI2WRC/P on Sunday 24th of June and thanks to the Butlerstown and District Vintage Society for inviting us to operate a portable station from the rally.

Aided by the good weather, a great day was had by all involved.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

EI2WRC/p Butlerstown & District Vintage Society - Field Day

On Sunday 24 June, South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be active as EI2WRC/p from the Butlerstown & District Vintage Society's 4th Annual Field Day at Orchardstown, Co. Waterford in aid of the Irish Red Cross (Portlaw) and Tramore Coast Guard. 

The field day will include vintage cars, bikes and tractors as well as stationary engines, mini farm, amusements, bouncy castles, a hurling tournament and refreshments. SEARG will operate a portable station at the rally and will have an SDR radio on display for the public.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

EI2DBR active on 145.650 MHz at Devil's Bit Mountain

Devils Bit
Our 145.650 MHz (VHF) repeater is now active from Devil's Bit mountain with the call-sign EI2DBR. This will provide wider coverage of the existing network of repeaters. 

Reports are welcome - reports can be sent to or by commenting on this post.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

EI2GEO - Geopark weekend 2012

SEARG will for the 5th successive year run the special event station EI2GEO from Tankardstown on the Copper Coast Geopark in Co. Waterford over the weekend of 26/27 May 2012 as part of Geopark Week.

Anyone wanting to get involved should get in touch with Mark Wall (EI7IS) on 087-630-2026 or e-mail the club.

Latest news! The licence / permit for EI2GEO has been approved!

Participants so far are;

Call sign     Name           Operating      Equipment
EI6GVB        David Gainda   Yes (SSB)      Radio, HF Antenna, Cable, Battery
EI7IS         Mark Wall      Yes (SSB/CW)   Radio (FT-897), Morse Key, Car
EI7IG         John Ronan     Yes
EI5GOB        Francis Lenane Yes 
EI2HIB        Martin Murphy  Yes
EI1629        Dennis Drennan Yes            Caravan

For information about previous years events, click HERE!
For information about the Copper Coast Geopark, click HERE!

Footage of some CW operation from EI2GEO, May 2010!