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Irelands Biggest Radio Club
Well it’s official, not alone are SEARG Ireland’s most active club we are now recognised as Ireland’s biggest judging from this week’s IRTS weekly news on Sunday the 20th of September. An article in this news edition states “ Irelands biggest radio club, the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group” The article itself was written and sent in to the IRTS news by a person with no ties or involvement in the club. It is all thanks to a great bunch of members and their families who continue year after year to make the club what it is. Well done to all our members and hopefully we can continue to grow even larger and become more active.
Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 20 September 2020 at 14:00

Railways On The Air 2020
The group will be QRV from from Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford on Saturday/Sunday the 26/27th September as part of the Railways On The Air Weekend 2020. This actiavtion will of course depend on latet Goverment restrictions.The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway Company is a community heritage project. The project has enabled the magic of rails golden age to be brought to life in Kilmeaden. A heritage narrow gauge railway runs along 17 kilometers of the abandoned Waterford to Dungarvan line. For more information about the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway please see https://www.wsvrailway.ie/ and for more information on the Railways On The Air event please see https://rota.barac.org.uk/
Posted by EI2WRC Monday 14 September 2020 at 10:00

IRTS 2/70 Counties Contest Weekend 

 Over the weekend of the 13/14th September Ei2WRC/P were QRV from Kilmurrin Cove as part of the IRTS 2/70 Counties Contest on the Sunday. The main aim was to do the 2m contest on Sunday, but the club decided to go out on Saturday afternoon and stay over. This gave us a chance to see again how good Wayne’s latest 49/1 end fed antenna worked with 136 ft of wire. The set up commenced at about 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

It was blowing a bit of a gale, so the fibreglass mast up was erected and guyed and a length of wire was cut which was connected to the 49/1 balun. SWR was almost perfect so the group preceded to work a few stations in the evening from the Caribbean to the Middle East eventually going QRT around 11 p.m. It was an early start at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning and even though weather conditions were miserable several stations were heard from Australia and New Zealand. Due to the fact a worldwide contest was on it was impossible to make contact with them. Israel was logged before breakfast, the usual “MasterChef Wayne” style. The beam was then then setup for the 2/70 IRTS Counties Contest. The beam was placed in a horizontal configuration which did not really suit the competition, but a great afternoon of fun was had. 

Thanks to all the club members who took part over the weekend and thanks to all the visitors including a newly licensed operator and a SWL who is extremely interested in getting on the air. The next club outing (pending restrictions) will be Railways On The Air from Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford on Saturday/Sunday the 26/27th September. Special thanks to John EI3HQB for the above report and photographs.
Posted by EI2WRC Monday 14 August 2020 at 9:30

Lighthouses On The Air 2020

EI2WRC/P was QRV for the 23rd Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship weekend which was held on Saturday and Sunday August 22nd and 23rd from Hook Lighthouse ILLW Ref 003 in the Hook Peninsula Co. Wexford. Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. A great weekend was had by all who attended including a large amount of club members and other friends of the club. Radio conditions were good, and many contacts were made across Europe and even some DX into USA, Jamaica, and Australia. This was the club’s 1st major event of the year due to Covid and thanks to all to all the members and visitors to the event. Our next possible event if restrictions allow could be JOTA with a local scout group. Keep an eye on here and our Facebook page for more details.

Posted by EI2WRC Monday 24 August 2020 at 10:00

Zoom CW Course
EI2WRC members who were interested in learning or improving their CW met via Zoom on Wednesday 19th August to plan out the upcoming Zoom CW course. The course which will run for 6-8 weeks hopes to help those who take part with their CW skills. A report of the course will be posted here once completed.
Posted by EI2WRC Thursday 20 August 2020 at 11:00

23rd Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend

The 23rd Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 22nd and 23rd and the decision has been reached that EI2WRC will take part in the event while adhering to the Covid -19 guidelines and restrictions. If past restrictions are imposed again due to the rising numbers, the decision will be looked at again.

Club members will be arriving at Hook Lighthouse at around 11 a.m. (local) on Saturday the 22nd and proceed to set up the station for the event. The club caravan will be on site for the weekend after it’s recent tidy up by John EI3HQB, Wayne EI7HKB and Alex SWL and a massive thanks to all 3 for the great work carried out on the caravan.

Only 2 people shall be allowed to enter the caravan at any given time and social distancing will be in operation outside of the caravan. As this is the 1st major event of the year for the club all members and visitors are very welcome to come along. There is adequate camping space for those who wish to camp. Club members hope to be on site till around 3.30 on Sunday the 23rd so try come along at some stage to say hello.

Due to Goverment guidelines and restrictions set in place if anyone going to the event needs to use the toilet or cafe they need a ground pass available free of charge from https://hookheritage.ie/ticketing/grounds-access-pass/


This event will of course depend on Government guidelines and the dreaded weather. A final decision will be made closer to the event. See the club’s Facebook page for updates

For more info on the International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend please see www.illw.net

Hook Lighthouse is located on the South East coast of Ireland in Co. Wexford. The present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year round and is one of the top things to do Wexford and Waterford. For more info please see www.hookheritage.ie

Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 10 August 2020 at 12:15

IRTS Weekly News Callers Map 04/08/2020
Thanks to Dave EI4BZ for the map


Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 04 August 2020 at 21:15

IRTS Weekly News Callers Map 28/07/2020
Thanks to Dave EI4BZ for the map

Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 21:30


IRTS Weekly News Callers Map 21/072020
Thanks to Dave EI4BZ for the map

Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 21:15

IRTS Weekly News Callers Map 14/07/2020
Thanks to Dave EI4BZ for the map

Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 22:15

Club Donations
The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group would like to thank Pat EI9HX and Robert EI5KH for their recent kind donations to the club. Thanks also to JJ EI7HGB and John EI3ICB for their donations which the club passed on to the St. Vincent De Paul on the lad’s behalf.
Posted by EI2WRC Thursday 02 July 2020 at 15:45

Rescheduling of HAREC Exams
Following the postponement of the exam scheduled for May due to Covid-19, exams have now been arranged at venues in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Dates for the next exams are as follows 
  • Dublin: Saturday 25th July at 2:00 p.m. in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Latest date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 15th July 





  • Cork: Saturday 8th August at 2:00 p.m. in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ditchley House, Little Island, Cork. Latest date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 29th July 
  • Galway: Saturday 15th August at 2:00 p.m. in the Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Headford Road, Galway. Latest date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 5th August 
  •  See https://www.irts.ie/exam for full details of these exams
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 23 June 2020 at 17:00

    23rd Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend
    The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be active as EI2WRC/P over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of August from Hook Lighthouse (ILLW No. IE003) as part of the 23rd Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. For more information on the Annual International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend please see www.illw.net. The club’s participation in this year’s event will of course depend on Covid-19 restrictions and Government guidelines and more details whether the club will take place or not will be published nearer to the event. Hook Lighthouse is located on the South East coast of Ireland in Co. Wexford. The present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year around and is counted as one of the top tourist sites to visit in the Wexford and Waterford areas. For more info on the Hook Lighthouse please see www.hookheritage.ie
    Posted by EI2WRC Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 19:00

    HAREC Exam Update
    The amateur station licence exam which was due to be held in May was postponed due to the public health situation. Following recent announcements on the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions it is now planned to hold exams in July or August. As soon as arrangements have been finalised, full details will be posted on the IRTS web site at www.irts.ie/exam and in news bulletins
    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 07 June 2020 at 22:00

    Suspension Of Club Meetings
    Considering the implications of the Covid-19 virus and the general age group of the club all meetings of the club will remain suspended until further notice.
    Posted by EI2WRC Thursday 21 May 2020 at 16:00

    VHF Lockdown Competition Success
    Congratulations to EI2WRC club officer Roger EI8KN on his recent success in the VHF Lockdown EI/GI 2m FM and FT8 Radio Contest which took place on May 4th. Roger topped the FT8 High Power section with 10 QSO’s and 7 Grids giving him a total of 18823 points. For full details of the competition please see here.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 19 May 2020 at 15:00

    Zoom Club Meetings
    Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic members of the group having been using the Zoom video conferencing app to have their meetings. Over the past few weeks members have enjoyed talks from John EI7IG on DMR radio, David EI6GVB on the Icom RS-BA1 software, Sean EI2HZB on Ham Radio Deluxe, Edwin EI2HEB on the Folding@home project and a fun table quiz hosted by Wayne EI7HKB. Thanks to the members for taking the time to prepare and present the material for the club nights on Zoom. These Zoom meetings will continue to keep club members connected and provide a fun way to pass an hour or two on a Monday evening. Everyone at EI2WRC hopes that all our friends and their families in Ireland and around the world stay safe during these uncertain times.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 21:45

    Help With The Covid-19 Fight

    My Dear Radio Friends,

    I am writing to ask you to donate some CPU cycles of your computers to the research of the SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) virus. We all have computers can participate in this research, and they may find a cure or vaccine faster. A distributed computer project has started (years ago) by the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. More details and links below.

    How to get started:
    1) go to https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/
    2) download and install the executable
    3) you are all set, you are now contributing to the cause

    Optional settings:
    You can choose a unique username to identify yourself https://foldingathome.org/…/sta…/how-do-i-choose-a-username/
    You can generate a pass key to ensure nobody else is using your username https://foldingathome.org/support/faq/points/passkey/
    You can choose to participate in a team. An "Irish Radio Amateurs Team" has been setup.
    Team number 263127 https://foldingathome.org/…/statistics…/can-joincreate-team/

    You can choose to participate to "Any Disease" research, or a particular one, such as Covid-19. The application-process will run in a low priority on your computer and will not interfere with your normal work. You can use the slider to choose between "light", "medium" and "full". To be honest I have this set to "full" all the time and I have not yet found any negative effect while working on my computer system.
    So please help fight this with your CPU.
    And if you like to participate in the "Irish Radio Amateurs" team, use team number 263127.
    Happy folding!
    Thanks for listening!
    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    73 DE EI2HEB
    Edwin.

    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 13:00



    IRTS Weekly News Time Update
    From Tuesday the 14th of April 2020 the weekly IRTS news bulletin on Tuesday evenings broadcast by the club will be brought forward from 9:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time. We look forward to your continued support of the service each week at the new time of 8:00 p.m.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 15:20

    St. Patrick's Day Award Station Report
    Both John EI3HQB and Sue SWL used the club call EI2WRC/P on Tuesday 17th March for the St. Patrick's Day Award special event. Due to the current situation they operated from their home QTH in Tramore, Co. Waterford. They started at 11:00 a.m and continued for most of the day. Even tough band conditions were poor a large amount of QSO's were logged throughout the day. The club would like to thank John and sue for putting the station on the air for the event.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 15:00

    St. Patrick's Day Award Station
    Both John EI3HQB and Sue SWL will be running the club call EI2WRC/P on Tuesday 17th March for the St. Patrick's Day Award special event. Due to the current situation they will operate from their home QTH and will post frequencies when they are about to go on air. The plan is to start at 11:00 a.m. and break for lunch and then resume in the afternoon. Bands operating will depend on conditions so keep an eye on the SEARG Facebook page for updates.
    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 15 March 2020 at 19:30

    Suspension Of Club Meetings
    Considering the implications of the Covid-19 virus and the general age group of the club all meetings of the club will cease until further notice.
    Posted by EI2WRC Friday 13 March 2020 at 14:30

    March Meeting
    The March meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place on Monday the 30th of March 2020 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8.00 p.m. sharp. At this meeting John EI7IG will be giving a presentation on the Southern Ireland Repeater Network. All members are please asked to attend and new members or anyone interested in learning more about the group or amateur radio are as always very welcome to attend also.
    Posted by EI2WRC Monday 09 March 2020 at 11:30


    2020 AGM Report

     
    The 2020 AGM of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group took place on Monday the 24th of February 2020 at 8pm in the Roanmore Centre, Cleaboy Rd, Waterford. Club Chairman John EI3HQB welcomed the large crowd for attending. John then went on to give a report on the highly successful year that 2019 had being for the club. John listed the 26 activations that the club took part in throughout 2019 including the regular Geopark Weekend, Lighthouse on the air and the Railways on the Air weekend. He also noted some of the new activation's that the club took part in.



     
    John thanked all the members for supporting events throughout the year and looked forward to 2020 been even busier with all the usual events and some new events already being planned including the club hosting the 88th annual IRTS Weekend in April. Club treasurer Ray EI6HFB gave a report on the finances of the club for the 2019 year noting that 2019 had been a highly successful year financially and that club finances are in a healthy position. Ray also noted that membership was at an all-time high with over 50 members at present.






    Chairman John EI3HQB then thanked the outgoing committee members for all their hard work over the previous two years and the following committee was then deemed elected for 2020 from all those present Chairman Mark Kilmartin EI4FNB, Vice Chairman Wayne Lewis EI7HKB, Secretary John Tubbritt EI3HQB ,Treasurer Sue McCormick SWL, Public Relations Officer Sean Byrne EI2HZB, Club Officer 1 John Ronan EI7IG, Club Officer 2 Eoghan Kinane EI5HBB & Club Officer 3 Roger Greengrass EI8KN
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 08:15



    International Marconi Day 2020







    The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be QRV as EI2WRC/P from Tramore on Saturday April 25th as an official International Marconi Day station for International Marconi Day. Guglielmo Marconi often stayed in Tramore as a child and then later as an adult while having breaks while working on his radio experiments on the west coast of Ireland. Marconi's mother was a sister of a Mrs. Cookman who resided at Bayview, The Cove, Tramore. Massive thanks to John EI3HQB for his work in researching and registering the club for the event
     Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 22:20







    Annual General Meeting 2020

    The 2020 Annual General Meeting of The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place at 8.00 p.m. sharp on Monday the 24th of February 2020 in the Roanmore Social & Sports Club, Cleaboy Road, Waterford. All members are asked to please attend, and as always new members are very welcome also.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 18:30


    January Meeting Report

    Close on 30 club members attended the January meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group which was held on Monday the 27th of January in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8:00 p.m. Special guests on the night were IRTS President Jim Holohan EI4HH and Vice-President Pat O'Connor EI9HX. Club Chairman John EI3HQB opened the meeting and welcomed both Jim and Pat to the club meeting. Jim then went on to address the members with a few words about the everyday running of the society. He thanked the club members for the massive amount of stuff they do each year to help the society and the hobby in Ireland.


     
    He paid particular attention to the club’s hosting of the IRTS AGM in Kilkenny in 2015 saying it was probably the best run IRTS AGM event he had ever attended. Following on from Jim, Pat EI9HX said a few words and said he was both amazed and delighted to see such a large attendance at a club meeting. Pat also spoke about ways to try and encourage more people into the hobby. John EI3HQB then gave a report on the club’s events for 2019. The 2020 events schedule was then discussed by Sean EI2HZB. The formal side of the meeting was then finished off by Ray EI6HFB with an update of how things are going for the AGM weekend in April.



    Following the formal side of the meeting there was a questions and answers session with many topics and ideas being talked about. The club then made a small presentation to both Jim and Pat and the meeting concluded. Everyone at EI2WRC would like to thank both Jim EI4HH and Pat EI9HX for taking the time to come down and visit us for the meeting. We hope you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you both back soon again. The next club meeting will be our AGM on February 24th at 8:00 p.m.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 11:30




    January Meeting 2020
    The January meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place on Monday the 27th of January in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8:00 p.m. sharp. A club committee meeting will be held before the main meeting at 7:00 p.m. IRTS President Jim Holohan EI4HH and Vice-President Pat O'Connor EI9HX will be in attendance at our main meeting. All club members are asked to attend, and new members are as always very welcome also.
    Posted by EI2WRC Monday 06 January 2020 at 10:30



    Christmas Party 2019
    Club members enjoyed a great night at the annual SEARG Christmas party which was held on Saturday the 14th of December. The venue this year was the Woodford Dolmen Hotel Carlow which will be the venue of the IRTS 88th Annual Weekend in 2020. Club members enjoyed a lovely meal a few drinks and the whole crowd enjoyed the entertainment of the SEARG "Turkey, Chef and Santa" aka club members Edwin, Alex and Wayne. A great round off to a great year at the club. Massive thanks to Wayne EI7HKB for arranging the 2019 party.
    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 15 December 2019 at 13:30


    2020 Events Calendar
    Our 2020 Events Calendar is now available to view and download from here
    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 08 December 2019 at 18:15


    December & January Meetings
    There will be no December meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group. Our next meeting will be on Monday the 27th January 2020 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8.00 p.m. sharp. IRTS President Jim Holohan EI4HH and Vice-President Pat O’Connor EI9HX will be in attendance. All members are please asked to attend. As always new members are very welcome to attend also.
    Posted by EI2WRC Monday 02 December 2019 at 15:00


    November Club Meeting
    Club members enjoyed a fun table quiz night at the November meeting on Monday the 26th November. Quiz master Roger EI8KN put the members present through their paces with a fun and interesting quiz. The questions proved to be tough at times and others were a bit easier! The club would like to thank Roger for his hard work in arranging and running the quiz.
    Posted by EI2WRC Tuesday 27 November 2019 at 09:45



    November Club Meeting
    The November meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place on Monday the 25th of November 2019 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford at 8.00 p.m. sharp. At this meeting, Roger EI8KN will be presenting a prize quiz. So you may wish to brush up on all things amateur radio! As this will be the last club meeting for 2019 all members are please asked to attend. As always new members are very welcome to attend also.
    Posted by EI2WRC Friday 13 November 2019 at 10:45


    Soldering Class Video


    A short video of the Soldering Workshop prepared and presented by Keith EI5KJ which took place in the Ballybeg Community Centre Waterford 26/10/2019.
    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 27 October 2019 at 13:30


    Soldering Class
    The club held a very successful soldering workshop on Saturday the 26yh of October in the Ballybeg Community Centre. The workshop was broken up into a number of sections firstly equipment and method of use, and then into building on to a board firstly an AM radio and procedure and soldering components into place with special attention to dissipating the head from the soldering iron via heat sink to protect the components.

    The class then went on to building an amplifier for the radio which involved an IC chip and again the method of fitting an IC holder to the circuit board and then soldering the various components from the IC pins to various areas in the board.

    Finally, one of the built boards was tested and sounding excellent. Well done to all who attended and supported the day and we look forward to the next event. A special word of thanks to Keith EI5KJ for all his hard work in preparing and doing the workshop.

    Posted by EI2WRC Sunday 27 October 2019 at 13:30


    October Club Meeting
    There will be October meeting of the club as Monday the 28th is a Bank Holiday. The next meeting will be our November meeting (25th November).
    Posted by EI2WRC Monday 21 October 2019 at 13:30