In March, Olivier Vandenbalck, ON4EI, was active for the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest. He operated from a temporary station which he sets up on a hill in Tipperary. While he was there, various club members visited to assist with the putting together of the station. During a break in the work, Andy, EI5JF was able to get some video footage of the station.
The next meeting of the group will take place in The Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel on Tuesday 19th March at 8.30pm. New members or anyone interested in amateur radio are very welcome.
For anyone who wishes to find out more about the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group and its activities you can come along to any of their meetings, or contact club PRO Ronan EI4KN at QTHR for further information.
Olivier ON4EI, is back again in Ireland from 18th to 28th March 2018 to operate during the CQ WPX SSB contest. He will be using EI7T for the duration of the contest.
Olivier is running contests in Low Power/Single Op SSB category using mainly green energy with his temporary ‘Field Day like’ antenna park setup.
- Inverted L 16m V/24m H monopole for 160 & 80m + 32 radials.
- Inverted V dipole for 160-80m-40m bands.
- 80m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
- Spiderbeam & Mosley TA33Jr antennas for 20/15/10m bands.
- Transceivers: 2 x Elecraft K3 + P3 SO2R 100W.
- 500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.
You can follow this one-man expedition on qrz.com or meet him on the air.
The Annual General Meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will be held at The Park Hotel, Clonmel on Thursday 14th December at 8pm.
This is the most important meeting of the calendar year and all group members are requested to attend. Short Wave Listeners are in particular very welcome. A number of radio related topics are up for discussion as well as plans for 2018.
A well attended meeting was held on Thursday last at the Clonmel Park Hotel where plans were finalized for the upcoming International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend (ILLW) event at Ballinacourty Lighthouse on the 19th/20th August. If anyone else is interested in attending (including SWLs) please contact the club as soon as possible.
Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will activate Ballinacourty Lighthouse (ILLW Reference: IE0018) on Saturday and Sunday 19th & 20th August 2017 as part of the 20th International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend. Ballinacourty Lighthouse is located on the South coast of Ireland in County Waterford. The light at Ballinacourty was first established on 1st July 1858. The club will use the callsign EI7T for the activation.
The July meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will take place in The Park Hotel, Clonmel on Thursday 27th July at 8.30pm. New members or anyone interested in amateur radio are very welcome to attend.
The next meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will be held at The Park Hotel, Clonmel on Wednesday the 20th of July 2016 at 8.30pm. This meeting is open to all and Short Wave Listeners are in particular very welcome to attend. A number of radio related topics are up for discussion along with plans for participation in the upcoming IRTS SSB Field Day and 2 Meter Counties Contest.
The next meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will take place in The Park Hotel, Clonmel on Wednesday next the 11th of May 2016 at 8pm. This meeting is open to all and Short Wave Listeners are in particular very welcome to attend. A number of radio related topics are up for discussion as well as plans for participation in up coming events for 2016.
The next meeting of the Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will be held at Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, Co Tipperary on Tuesday the 22nd of March 2016 at 8.00pm. There will be a presentation made at this meeting by Olivier ON4EI/EI8GQB on the use of green energy to power his contest station EI1A. IRTS President Ger EI8CC will also attend this meeting which is open to all and Short Wave Listeners are in particular very welcome. A number of radio related topics are up for discussion along with the Groups participation in upcoming events.
Best of luck to Olivier in the ARRL SSB Contest this coming weekend. Conditions are not the best for setting up a portable contest station at the moment. Keep up to date with the goings on at EI1A by keeping an eye on his QRZ page here.
The death of Alfie Coyle EI3BQB occurred suddenly on Friday the 9th of October 2015. He is survived by his wife Teresa, four children Steve, Santina, Nicola and Amanda. Alfie who was originally from Castlederg, County Tyrone lived in Crossroads, and Killygordan, County Donegal before he moved to Cashel in County Tipperary with his family in 1987. He got his licence and call sign EI3BQB in 1984 when he was a member of the DARC (Donegal Amateur Radio Club). Alfie Coyle was one of the founding members of Tipperary Amateur Radio Group which was formed in Grants Hotel, Cashel on the 19th of October 1994. He was elected as the groups first Chairman on the original committee and he was very proactive in the organising of group activities in its early years. Alfie was laid to rest in Rosegreen Cemetery, Cashel, Co Tipperary on Monday the 12th of
May he rest in peace.