Mark Ei4HDB has recruited a great crowd of traders and exhibitors to the 35th Lough Erne Rally on Sunday 8 May 2016. The usual big traders are all there and a lot of others, including a return visit from Yorkshire by Graham Firth G3MFJ with the popular GQRP club stand and shop, loads of parts, kits and literature for the home-brew and low-power fraternity.
The 35th lough Erne ARC Rally is on Sunday 8 May 2016 in the Arena building at the SHARE Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, BT92 0EQ (use for SatNav) Doors open 11.30.
Since 1982, this has been the traditional big annual gathering of radio amateurs and experimenters, EI, GI & MI.
Tables are free. Everyone in the hall, including all at tables, pay the same door entry fee.
For tables and other enquiries, contact Mark Ei4HDB, Mob 087-6574-668.
The previous 2015 rally was a huge success featured on You Tube.
Title 34th Lough Erne Amateur Radio Rally in Share Centre Fermanagh on Sunday 10 May 2015.
This video shows the big SHARE Arena packed with stands, stalls, tables and displays, representing in range and depth the huge variety of amateur radio interests represented at the 2015 rally. Soon after the video was taken, the place was packed - Peter's detailed pictures of individual stands would have been impossible.
Very sad news. Tommy and Raymond Nelson's Father Jim died today after some year illness, age 87. The Nelson family has made a huge and vital contribution to the life and work of Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club. More details later. Link below to Raymond's facebook pages
Sadly, it is a year ago since Jamie's tragic death
Latest (10 May 2015) About 60 signed and/or left condolence notes at a small display set up at the rally in memory of Jamie. Much appreciated.
Jamie Nelson 2i0MFB, a much loved and greatly valued member of Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club, was laid to rest on Saturday 21 March 2015 at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Clogh in south east Fermanagh.
Aged just 21, Jamie had lost his life in a road traffic accident in thick morning fog the previous Wednesday.
Sincere condolences go from the Club to Jamie’s father Raymond MI0RMD, his mother Valerie, and the Nelson family circle who include Gemma MI6GDN, Tommy MI0RVH, William 2i0XAN and Jonathan Mi0PPW.
The UK amateur radio body, RSGB was represented at Jamie’s funeral by DRM, Bobby Wadey Mi0RYL. A very large number attended the funeral or visited the family home including LEARC members and other radio amateurs.
The Nelsons joined Lough Erne ARC in 2010 to take courses for Ofcom amateur radio licenses, Foundation, Intermediate then Full. They enriched the club’s activities with enthusiastic, effective efficiency, for example helping run the annual Lough Erne Amateur Radio Rally – the 34th is due on 10 May 2015.
Northern Ireland’s best amateur radio club will have a display stand at the 34th Lough Erne Amateur Radio Rally in SHARE on Sunday 10 May 2015.
Describing Mid Ulster ARC as ‘best’ is conservative, a stronger adjective would well be more apt, for MURAC has been selected as Region 8 Club of the Year twice then again twice selected in the UK top three among top clubs representing the RSGB’s 13 regions.
First time MURAC came UK third then at May 2015’s RSGB AGM, emerged joint second. Hearty Congratulations.
RSGB's Club of the Year initiative has matured into a fair, firm and searching peer evaluation of clubs that put their case in each region. MUARC cream rose each time to the top.
More evidence: an over 50-strong membership and ten Intermediate Licensees from a Spring Club course spanning twelve weeks where all candidates passed.
At the rally, MURAC will be alongside its close associate, the Ulster Aviation Society, another excellent club in this region whose core interest , aviation includes many aspects of radio.
Do take this opportunity of a congratulatory chat with MUARC members, and perhaps add a wee bit of banter too, just as kindly help for them to evade the expense of having to buy bigger hats.
David Calderwood CE2WZ was born in Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh, in the RUC station as it used to be. Until recently he lived in northern Chile, South America. David's first email contact with Lough Erne ARC was about four years ago, seeking a QSO sked with Fermanagh.
Now he and Linda CE2EYO are here, living near Lisbellaw and planning to make many QSO's not to but from Fermanagh as soon as a suitable antenna is erected and rig set up in the new shack. Might even be operating one of the LEARC Club Stations, MN0RCF - Radio Club Fermanagh.
Past news on this website featured Fermanagh-born David CE2WZ in Chile looking for a QSO with his home county. David GiVHO and lady Linda CE2EYO are here now, living near Lisbellaw and were at this February LEARC meeting having seen the invitation on the website. Very welcome.
There will be an excellent demonstration at March meeting by Gabriel on his skillful approach to the design and building of a rotating Hex Beam. 7.30 on Thursday 5 March in SHARE Centre.
Alan Gi6PYP is project leader for GB2MAC the Club's annual flagship special event station at the MarbleArch Caves International Geopark, on the bank holiday weekend 23 to 25 May.
That's a couple of weeks after 2015's most important amateur radio event, the 34th Lough Erne Rally in the big SHARE Arena on Sunday 10 May. Much work-sharing was done at this meeting.
One car (or more) is going down to the Coolmine Rally 15 February, Two or three seats available. Contact mi5mtc at learc.eu
This is just a few key points. More later variously placed on the website.
Many amateurs celebrate St Patricks Day on the air. This year a new St Patricks day award will be started. A group of Northern Ireland Amateurs hope to organise this award annually on the 17th March, of course
The award runs over the full 24 hour period of the 17th March (0000 UTC - 0000 UTC). If you want details of how to participate or for more information on how you can gain the award, go to the award website
Just a reminder that the LVARS rally takes place this year on Saturday the 1st of March in the Village Centre, Hillsborough commencing at 11:30 a.m. Admission remains at £3:00 per person and your door ticket is also your raffle ticket. The top prize in this years raffle will be a twin-band hand held transceiver.
The usual bring and buy facilities will be provided by the Club. GI8LCJ will be present and offering his usual range of programming services.
Met at the IRTS Rally in Athlone, Raymond Long EI9DM with XYL Anne, lauded the Lough Erne Rally – run with precision, he declared, with a line of willing LEARC members there to help carry in and afterwards to carry out a whole van-load of boxes for his Long Communications stand.
Also mentioned was the tea, coffee and sandwiches that the LEARC rally team served from a trolley round each Trader and Exhibitor’s stand shortly before the rally opened.
It is good to be told when efforts are appreciated, as we have been by many others after this latest and earlier Lough Erne rallies.
For contact details for Long Communications and other Rally traders click the home page top line menu items Rally then Traders.