On the 9th April three members of Tipperary Amateur Radio Group staged a field event to participate in the IRTS 2m Counties Contest under their callsign EI7T. Our original plan was to take the Argo out of hibernation and go up Slievenamon, but unluckily for us, the heather was being burned off the mountain all weekend, so we didn’t fancy calling CQ from an inferno. So Plan B was to go to an elevated site at Tommy’s QTH.
Pictured L to R: John Ronan EI7IG; Tommy Hallinan EI2IT; Seamus Ryan EI8EPB
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Below was taken just after the contest had ended, the day never really opened up, it stayed overcast and with a little nip in the wind, still a very pleasant day though. Two of the three of us forgot our ‘nosebag’ so we didn’t delay packing up and getting on our way, despite a scare of missing car keys (7IG’s) for a period, we were gone after 45 minutes.
TARG Chairperson, John EI7IG, recently attended a South East Mountain Rescue Association excercise in the Galtees (on behalf of AREN) and is pictured below with Conor, EI4JN and Donal McNamara (SEMRA)
Persuaded the XYL and her sister to go walking yesterday, and took the opportunity to excercise the Conterra-inc Radio Harness. We walked up to the top of Suí Finn (Seefin) in the Monavullagh mountains.
I managed to raise EI2IT, EI5JF and M3MEL (Cornwall) on simplex from the cairn on the top, and EI1CN on the SEARG repeater system.
All is quiet on Helvick Head!
We hope everyone had as much fun as TARG members had today in participating in the contest, many thanks to EI2IT, EI3ENB and EI7IG for operating in quite cool conditions at the top of Slievenamban. Good luck to all that participated and Happy Easter!
After several years absence, TARG returned to the top of Slievenamban for the counties contest. Though cold, it was good fun, and to paraphrase the immortal words of Arnie, “We’ll be back”. Many thanks to Jim Ronan for working on getting the Argo 8×8 mountain-worthy.
Hmmm, will this hold?
I can’t find it, lads, Lads?
The committee of Tipperary Amateur Radio Group would like to thank everyone who helped out over the weekend of the Galtee Walking Festival on the 1st/2nd of April.
- Conor O’Neill, EI4JN
- Tommy Hallinan – EI2IT
- John Burke – EI2JB
- Luke Burke – SWL
- Stephen O’Leary – SWL
- Eamon Kavanagh – EI3FFB
- Paul Norris – EI3ENB
- John Ronan – EI7IG
We plan to have a more detailed report (and pictures) at some stage in the future.
TARG are participating in the Galtee Walking Festival hosted by the Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society over the weekend of March 31st – 2nd April.
We plan to provide voice communinications for all walks, and also hope to experiment with the usefulness of the Amateur Packet Reporting System (APRS) in this type of event.
Anyone who thinks they may be of assistance please contact John, EI7IG at +353-86-8167310.
Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will be participating in the Glen of Aherlow Walking festival on Saturday and Sunday the first and second of April 2006. It is hoped that both APRS and Voice will be used over the weekend to monitor the progress of the walks. If anyone is interested in helping out over the weekend, please contact John, EI7IG at the following co-ordinates.
ei7ig at ei3dib.#23.irl.ie,
ei7ig at ei7trg dot org
or at 086 8167310.