Very sad news: Terry Barnes Gi3USS has died. He is pictured here attending his trade stand at the 2011 Lough Erne Rally in SHARE.
Sad news to begin this week’s broadcast ( RSGB News due Sunday 25 September). Former RSGB President Terry Barnes, GI3USS has recently become a Silent Key.Terry served as RSGB President in 1992.He was the first GI callsign to hold the position for around 25 years.Terry had been a volunteer for the Society for some years before his election to President, and put this experience to good use during his term of office. He was also the President of the Radio Amateur Old Timers’ Association ( RAOTA) from 1994 until 1998.Our thoughts are with his family and many friends around the world.
Terry was a well known and very good friend to Lough Erne ARC and many of our members. And, very much likewise across the entire UK amateur radio community. Terry attended rallies with the RAIBC stand and later Barnes Books. He strode the UK stage in Amateur Radio as Past RSGB President and other amateur radio roles.
He was a long standing stalwart of the former RAIBC (UK & NI) the charity supporting radio amateurs with a disability.
In LEARC we owe Terry particular gratitude for his work behind the scenes that helped make the breakthrough resolving our club's major dispute with the Radio Communications Foundation - then responsible for amateur radio examinations, a responsibility since and wisely returned to RSGB care.
Terry's funeral is in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor next Tuesday 27 September at 1.00 pm, then at Roselawn at 4.00 pm.
Condolences from Lough Erne ARC to Terry's family and to his club Bangor and District Amateur Radio Club (BDARS).
More since above from BDARS - Terry Barnes GI3USS, former Chairman/Treasurer and Hon member of BDARS has passed away.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family circle at this sad time. Funeral arragements 13.00 on Tuesday 27th Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor and on to to Roselawn Crematorium 16.00. Donations in lieu to the RNLI
In early 2016, three candidates took a Foundation course over two separate full weekends and examination run by Lough Erne ARC in the SHARE Centre. They each did very well and ten days later had an RSGB Pass Certificate, and License from Ofcom - Roy Mi6LLI, Linda Mi6UBE and Nathan Mi6NTP.
Now in November-December an Intermediate course is planned in November with examination in December for these three and for any other Foundation license holders interested - please contact Michael Mi5MTC
The following members were proposed and elected: Chair Alan Gault Deputy Chair Linda Calderwood Treasurer Tommy Nelson Assistant Treasurer Herbie Graham Secretary David Calderwood Rally Coordinator Mark Mullaney Training Officer Michael Clarke Construction Projects Gabriel Leonard
Alert from RSGB An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ with C.E.PR. Almadén, Jaén, Spain. The event is scheduled for Thursday 15 September at approximately 08:14 UTC.
This will be a direct radio contact, operated by EA7URJ. The downlink signal will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.
At November’s LEARC meeting in SHARE, ten members heard and discussed a very interesting presentation by Vice Chairman, David (GI4VHO) about QSL techniques. Issues covered included: Paper QSLs - content, where to obtain QSL cards, how to send and receive from RSGB bureau, Electronic QSLs: LoTW what it is, how to join and use it and awards available; eQSL registering and using, awards available, and Clublog. An avid DXer, David described the role of QSL managers - what they do and how to find one.
David had spent given much skill and time gathering and weeding data to make electronic logs of the Club’s QSOs during our annual International Geopark special event station at MarbleArch Caves each May for some years past – call sign GB2MAC, and NoV on Alan’s license Gi6PYP.
David’s illustrations on screen and the discussion brought out and clear the easy usefulness of computer assisted logging - due put to very good use at the next May 2016 special event station GB2MAC.
Concluding the meeting, members agreed expenditure sufficient to prepare and print a substantial stock of GB2MAC QSL cards. More later on these and other plans for GB2MAC 2016.
Meantime David's report on the 2015 GB2MAC is below on the website and includes Gi4VHO operating in fluent Spanish. Very latest news, above is the prototype 2016 QSL card for Special Event Station GB2MAC.
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.
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.