Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Theory Class Information Evening a Great Success!

We are pleased to report an excellent turnout for our theory course information evening in Waterford Institute of Technology on Monday 9 November last. There were a number of visitors from around the South East with an interest in doing the theory classes in January.

Thanks to Eoghan Kinane for arranging the venue and Seany Byrne for the admin and PR work.

Course Tutors David EI6GVB and Mark EI7IS
The amateur radio station at Waterford Institute of Technology

Sunday, 8 November 2015

SEARG Theory Classes - Information Night

  • Are you interested in radio communications?
  • Are you a Shortwave Listener (SWL)?
  • Were you a CB'er back in the day?
  • Would you like to get your Amateur Radio Licence?

We (South Eastern Amateur Radio Group) are pleased to announce that we are running a theory course for the HAREC syllabus for anyone who wishes to sit the exam to obtain an amateur radio licence.

The introductory night for the theory course will be held on Monday 9th of November at 7:30 p.m. sharp in Room C39 at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.

Room C39 is located on teh first floor of the main building and interested people are asked to be in attendance 15 minutes prior to the start time. This is an open night, so anyone interested in seeing what the course involves are very welcome to come along on the night.

For more information contact Sean EI2HZB on 083 137 9764 or via email to PRoffice /at/ searg.ie

Thursday, 29 October 2015

November General Meeting at SEMS

Our November general meeting will take place on Monday 30 November 2015 at 8:00 p.m. sharp.

In a departure from our regular meeting format, our November meeting will take place in conjunction with South East Maker Space (SEMS) and will be held at the SEMS workshops in Waterford (located at the old Munster Express printing works).

Members of SEMS will give a talk about what they do and show us around the workshops. There will also be a number of projects on display for the night of the meeting.

We strongly encourage all our members to make an effort to attend this meeting.

South East Makerspace
Old Printworks (a.k.a. old Munster Express building)
Thomas Hill
Waterford City

What is a makerspace?
A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art; can meet, socialize and collaborate. (Wikipedia)

For more information about South East Maker Space, please visit; https://www.southeastmakerspace.org/ 

Some pictures from SEMS......



Monday, 5 October 2015

AGM Talks Now Available For Viewing on YouTube


Many thanks to Eoghan Kinane EI5HBB for doing the recordings and editing
the videos and publishing them for viewing

Friday, 25 September 2015

EI2WSVR at Kilmeaden for Railways on the Air (ROTA)

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WSVR  from the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway station in Kilmeaden Co. Waterford on Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th September. This is to coincide with the Railways On The Air Weekend.

Proposed frequencies for the weekend include; 

     3650 kHz
     7120 kHz
   14.120 MHz

We look forward to getting you in the log over the course of the weekend.

The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway Company is a community heritage project. The project has enabled the magic of the railways golden age to be brought to life in Kilmeaden. A heritage narrow gauge railway runs along 17 kilometres of the abandoned Waterford to Dungarvan line with spectacular views. The railway is currently operated by a volunteer crew.

It opens from April to the 30th September for the summer season. 

For more information about W&SVR see www.wsvrailway.ie

For more information about Railways On The Air see http://rota.barac.org.uk/

Monday, 31 August 2015

EI2WRC/p at Ardattin Village Fair

Some photographs of the EI2WRC/p activation at the Ardattin Village Fair, Co. Carlow on Sunday 30 August 2015. The station operated on HF and between 2 and 4 p.m. took part in the IRTS 2m Counties Contest.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

New QSL Manager


The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group (EI2WRC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Buckley EI3HDB as the QSL manager for the club. All QSL's for SEARG activations can be forwarded to Alan via his address listed on QRZ.com The club would like to thank Alan for taking on this job and we wish him the best of luck in taking care of our QSL's

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

18th International Lighhouse & Lighships Weekend 15th/16th August 2015

Once again The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group (SEARG) had the great pleasure of activating EI2WRC/P at Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford Ref # IE0003 for the 18th International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend which took place over the 15th & 16th August

Hook Lighthouse is the World’s oldest intact working lighthouse and is situated at the tip of the Hook peninsula in County Wexford, in the southeast of Ireland. More details can be found at http://hookheritage.ie/

Last year we operated from inside the watchtower, however  this year because of our increased number of operators, we decided to operate just outside the lighthouse property so as not to disrupt the visitors centre at the lighthouse.(also for safety)

David EI6GVB landed at the lighthouse with his caravan on Friday night. He got the radio and main antenna set up and was testing on air a short time after, ALL stations were running on battery power only with some solar panels that were trickle charging the night battery which ran the lights in the caravan. Alan EI3HDB was the next in site at around 9:00am, during the day more operators from SEARG arrived, Martin, Sean, Eoghan, Kieran, Eamonn, John, Mark and some family members all joined the team throughout the day. Band conditions were variable with 40m being the band seeing the most activity at first and 20m a little later on.

We had 3 stations on air, the main station was the caravan which had a Yaesu FT897 and nested dipole, next we had the 2m station a Yaesu FT857D which worked mostly local stations (EI) then we had the outside tent station (Mark EI7IS) with his battery powered FT897 and buddypole which Mark done some CW with during
the weekend

We had contacts from far and wide and wish to thank everyone who took the time to call our station it was a pleasure to work you all. All going well, we hope to activate the Hook lighthouse next year again, not only is it a fantastic location, but also a very historic one also, it being the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the World.


Sunday, 9 August 2015



The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group are pleased to announce that they are looking at the possibility of running a theory course for the Harec exam. Depending on numbers interested we would hope to start the course in September/October 2015.
For any individual that’s interested or if you know someone
that wishes to do the course with a view to sitting the exam
please get in touch with Mark EI7IS or Sean EI2HZB


Monday, 3 August 2015

EI2WRC/p on air from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

 EI2WRC/p is currently on air from the Nenagh Agricultural Show in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Activity is mainly on 40, 20 and 2m.

Please feel free to give John a call if you hear him.

73 de SEARG :)

John EI5HDB on air From Nenagh show

Sunday, 2 August 2015

EI2WRC/p at Nenagh Agricultural Show

Thanks to everyone who visited or helped out at the Inistioge Vintage Show today (Sun 2 Aug 2015).

EI2WRC/p will be active again tomorrow (Monday 3 August 2015) from the Nenagh Agricultural Show in Co. Tipperary. Activity will be mainly on 40 and 20m SSB and possibly some activity on 2m.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Inistioge Vintage Rally 2015

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will again be QRV at the Inistioge Vintage Rally 2015 on 2nd August 2015. Activity will be on HF (CW and SSB). The Rally is a great fun-filled family event with lots of vintage vehicles and engines on display. There's amusements for the kids and a number of trade stands. If you're looking for a great day out, head to Inistioge and don't forget to call by the SEARG stand where we will be happy to answer any questions about amateur radio.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

EI2WRC/p at #ILLW Hook Lighthouse 15-16 Aug.

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will activate Hook Head Lighthouse (the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world) on Saturday and Sunday the 15th/16th of August as part of the 18th International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend. For more info on the International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend please see www.illw.net 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Latest Harec Exam Results

Congratulation's to SEARG club members
Mick Holmes and Raymond Cowman on passing the recent HAREC radio license exam. Congratulations lads and we all hope both of you have many years of enjoyment with the hobby.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

EI2GEO - Geoparks 2015

Tankardstown, Co. Waterford
For the 8th consecutive year, South Eastern Amateur Radio Group were QRV as EI2GEO from the same location at the Old Copper Mine at Tankardstown (near Bonmahon) on the Copper Coast Geopark over the 23rd and 24th of May 2015 for European Geoparks Week. (Loc: IO62hd)
The annual Geopark communications weekend is co-ordinated from GB6GEO at Kents Cavern in Torquay, in the heart of the English Riviera Global Geopark.

The Copper Coast European Geopark is located on the South East coast of Ireland. It extends from Fenor in the east to Stradbally in the west and as far north as Dunhill. The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that were once predominant in the area.

The Copper Coast consists of 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline. Oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks, which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Copper Coast.

The Copper Coast is an outdoor geology museum with geological heritage that reflects a variety of environments under which the area has evolved over the last 460 million years. Sedimentary and volcanic rocks illustrate the closure of the Iapetus Ocean, the resulting volcanic activity, evidence of the collision of two continents leading to the creation of Ireland and finally the effects of glaciation from the Ice Age. Cross-sections of these are exposed on the many spectacular cliffs along the Co. Waterford coastline.

Activity for the event was on HF and luckily the weekend produced not only good band conditions but also good weather. There were many visitors to the station from the amateur radio community and the general public alike. QSOs were made all over Europe with many into the US and Canada during late Saturday evening. 40, 20 and 17 metres were the main bands of operation for the event. Amazingly, our first contact was made with GB6GEO at Kents Cavern. Contact was also made with GB2MAC which was operated by the Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club from the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in Co. Fermanagh.

Paula McCarthy (Copper Coast Geopark) and
Eddie McCarthy (Castle Cafe, Dunhill Ecopark)
As usual, the food, drinks and camp-fire were the highlight of Saturday evening and special thanks to Eddie McCarthy of Castle Café, in Dunhill Ecopark who provided the catering. Later that night, Eoghan (EI5HBB) put on a very impressive light show using the old mining building at Tankardstown.

We would like to thank everyone who helped out, participated, called in to visit or made contact with us via radio. Special thanks to Paula McCarthy, Manager of the Copper Coast Geopark, for whom sadly, this is the last year that she is managing the Geopark. On behalf of SEARG we would like to wish Paula the very best of luck for her future endeavours as she retires from The Copper Coast Geopark Centre after almost 10 years. Paula has worked closely with SEARG for the past 8 years in running the EI2GEO activation from Tankardstown and has additionally facilitated other events for us. Without her help and support, the Geopark event would not have grown in to the massive success it is today.

QSL Info: QSL via Sean Byrne, EI2HZB (Buro). Note: NO eQSL!

Monday, 11 May 2015

EI2GEO European Geopark's Weekend 2015

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group's next big event for 2015 EI2GEO - European Geopark weekend
Saturday & Sunday 23rd and 24th May 2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Many thanks to all who made the SEARG rally weekend in Kilkenny such an unforgettable and successful event. From the dinner on Saturday night to the rally and AGM itself, this has been one of the most high-profile events organised by the club.

Thanks to all those on the organising sub-committee, everyone who helped out, the traders, speakers and of course everyone who attended and supported the event.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group EI2WRC’s 2015 Amateur Radio Rally will be held on Sunday the 26th of April 2015 in HotelKilkenny, College Rd, Kilkenny from 10am. Admission will be €5. The rally will be based towards the whole radio user’s world from Amateur to short wave listening, PMR, scanners and citizens band (CB radio) also. All the main radio traders will be there showcasing the latest radio equipment available. Maplin Electronics who are one of Ireland’s leading electronic components and electronic supplies will also be there. There will be a bring n’ buy section where people can bring their surplus radio gear and have the SEARG crew put it in the bring n’ buy sale and sell on behalf of the owner. Full details of the bring n’ buy available on http://www.irts.ie/cgi/agm.cgi   Come and see an amateur radio station in operation. Talk to licensed amateurs who will be happy to answer your questions and show you what’s involved. Tee shirt printing and lots lots more!!! The place to be for anyone interested in the radio communications world. See you there!!!


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New 2015 Committee

Many thanks to all who attended the 2015 AGM of South Eastern Amateur Radio Group on Monday 23 February 2015 in the Roanmore Centre, Waterford.

L-R: Mark Wall EI7IS, Seany Byrne EI2HZB, John Tubbritt EI3HQB, David Gainda EI6GVB, Raymond Cowman SWL, John Ronan EI7IG, Eoghan Kinane EI5HBB and Dennis Drennan EI2HSB

Executive Committee
Chariperson:Dennis Drennan, EI2HSB
Vice-Chariperson:John Tubbritt, EI3HQB
Secretary:David Gainda, EI6GVB
Treasurer:Mark Wall, EI7IS
PRO:Sean Byrne, EI2HZB
Committee Officers
John Ronan, EI7IG
Raymond Cowman, SWL
Eoghan Kinane, EI5HBB

Thanks to all the outgoing committee members for all their hard work throughout 2014.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Thursday, 19 February 2015

2015 AGM

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place at 8 p.m. in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford on Monday 23rd February. 

All members are asked to attend and new members are always very welcome.

As subscriptions are currently due, this meeting is an ideal opportunity to renew membership.

Please note: the meeting will commence at 8 p.m. sharp!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Tuesday Night 2m Net

We started a 2m net on the 27th of January last. The purpose of the net is to promote activity on 2m and so far, this has proven to be very popular with a number of EI counties represented in each net.

The net continues tonight (and every Tuesday) directly after the IRTS Radio News news call-in (approx 10 p.m. local) on 145.400 MHz FM. All are welcome to join in.

There are number of VHF nets currently in operation in Ireland, for more information see http://ei7is.blogspot.ie/2015/02/2m-nets-in-ireland.html

Friday, 30 January 2015

SEARG meeting with IRTS President Seamus McCague EI8BP

On Monday last (26 January 2015), the January meeting of South Eastern Amateur Radio Group took place at the usual venue of the Roanmore Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford. Our guest at the meeting was IRTS President, Seamus McCague - EI8BP.

SEARG members with Seamus EI8BP at our January meeting.

The meeting was very well attended with some members traveling a significant distance to be there. The IRTS AGM committee provided an update on the work completed to date in organising the AGM and Rally.
SEARG Chairman Dennis EI2HSB
presents IRTS President Seamus EI8BP
with a SEARG mug in recognition
of Seamus's visit to the club
There then followed a general discussion with Seamus about club activities and amateur radio in general.

Thanks to Seamus for taking the time to come and meet with us, and of course thanks to all our members who came along and supported the event.

The next meeting of SEARG will be our Annual General Meeting on Monday 23 February 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Roanmore Centre, Waterford.

Please note, membership subscriptions are now due and can be given to any committee member or can be paid at the AGM on 23 February. Thanks to all who have already paid.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Contest win

We are pleased to announce that we took first place in the 80m Counties Contest (Summer '14) - SSB, Fixed category. The station was operated by SEARG chariperson, Dennis (EI2HSB) from Kilkenny.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

SEARG Tuesday 2m Net

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will have a 2 metre net on Tuesday nights after the IRTS weekly news has finished (approx. 9:50 p.m. local - just after the call-in). 

The aim of this activity is to promote the use of the 2 metre band and the frequency used will be 145.400 MHz. Everyone is welcome to join the net and get 2 metres active again.

First net will be 27 January 2015.

Monday, 26 January 2015

January Meeting

The January meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford on Monday night the 26th of January at 8.00 p.m.

Special guest speaker on the night will be current IRTS President Seamus McCague EI8BP.

New members and anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio are very welcome to attend.