Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dundalk Amateur Radio Society monthly meeting

I thoroughly enjoyed the monthly meeting of Dundalk Amateur Radio Society last night. Held at Marconi House, Castletown Road, there was a good attendance of local amateur station operators from the area, including operators from north and south of the border, and some from Drogheda.

The meeting was introduced to one of the new Mike India operators, Mickey MI6MMT, who was given a warm welcome.

Of particular note at the EI7DAR meeting was the fact that the Echolink station EI2MOG (Mount Oriel Gateway at Collon) is up and running again after a power cut and a problem with hardware. Thanks to Richard MI3CQR for the speedy repairs.

I heard a Zulu Lima station (ZL = New Zealand) working a G (England) station through the EI2MOG this morning at about 8.50am. I am looking forward to working my first DX contact through Echolink soon.

The club's contest team, EI0W, is taking part in the Ukraine contest this weekend on 40 metres. I hope to be operating the contest station for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon/evening, so keep an ear out as this will be my first venture into the world of HF contesting.

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