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What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, it is a worldwide hobby/interest, which allows licensed individuals to operate homemade and commercial radio communications equipment, while using home made or commercial antennas.

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Amateur Radio can be used to talk across town, around the world or even into space. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. Amateur Radio is governed by the International Telecommunications Union and also, in Ireland, by the Communications Regulator (ComReg).

The Limerick Radio Club was founded in 1946 by a group of Radio and Electronic enthusiasts. The Club meet regularly for lectures and demonstrations on radio topics. It undertakes various activities, during the year such as Contests. Field Days, Islands On The Air, International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekends etc.

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QSL Card The club can advise and run courses to enable individuals to sit the Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate course, which is requirement for operating an Amateur Radio Station.

On passing the examination, the successful candidate will be issued with a licence and personal call sign. Amateur radio operators are permitted to use various methods of communication such as voice, Morse code and data.

About the Limerick Radio Club

Limerick Radio Club represents the interests of amateur radio in the mid-west Region of Ireland. The Club is affiliated to the national society for radio amateurs in Ireland - the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), which is the member for Ireland of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

Officers and Committee

  • Chairman: Simon Kenny EI7ALB
  • Hon. Secretary: Harry O'Loughlin EI2KL
  • Hon. Treasurer: Tony Condon EI2AW
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IRTS Radio News Bulletin

The IRTS Radio News Bulletin is broadcast every Monday night on the Limerick Radio Club repeater on frequency 145.725 Mhz. This is a repeat of the news bulletin of the previous day on HF. The local transmission commences at 20:00 local time and is read in rotation by Simon EI7ALB, Brian EI9AL, Harry EI2KL.

Radio Hobbies and Electronics Fair

The club has run a very successful Radio Hobbies and Electronics Fair in March/April each year. This fair was first mooted by Michael Kingston EI2IX in 1987 and was continued to the present time by subsequent Chairmen. Since its inception it has proved to be a major radio event in the country each year.

Contests and Field Days

Club members take part in various contests/field days each year using the club call-signs EI4LRC/EJ0A. For special events, such as the International Lighthouse week-end on the 3rd Sunday of August, the club obtains a special call-sign EI0LHL to operate from Loop Head Lighthouse. Thanks to Clare County Council and the Commissioners for Irish Lights, the club has continued to operate from Loop Head for the IL&LS weekend.

With the support of the IRTS, the Club is promoting Amateur Radio through the activation of special call signs allocated to the 9 Wild Atlantic Counties. The activation will continue from the 1st January to 31 December 2017.

Repeaters

The club operates two voice/digital repeaters. The 2 meter repeater, on 145.725 MHz, is located on an elevated site near Ballina, County Tipperary, while the 70 cms repeater on 433.125 MHz, is located to the west of the city on Woodcock Hill, County Clare. Both repeaters have been recently upgraded to the Yaesu Digital Fusion system, C4FM. The repeaters operate in carrier only access with Automatic Mode selection (AMS).

Location Call Channel Output Input Access
Ballina EI2TAG R5 145.725 145.125  
Woodcock Hill EI7WHR RB5 433.125 434.725  
Location Ballina Woodcock Hill
Call EI2TAG EI7WHR
Channel R5 RB5
Output 145.725 433.125
Input 145.125 434.725
Access    

Club Subscription

Club Subs for 2016 are now due. Recall that at the 2014 December meeting, it was suggested that the membership fee structure should be reviewed. This was done and proposals were brought to the AGM in February 2014. After a lively debate, the the following rates will apply from 2016:

€40 - Full (Transmitting licence holders)
€40 - Family Membership
€20 - Short Wave Listeners
€20 - Unwaged
€20 - Students

Payment can be made to Treasurer Tony EI2AW at QTHR. Please note that only fully paid up club members will continue to receive text alerts and emails re club activities. Membership renewal application form here.