Dominic Smith ⇓

IOTA Activations from Ireland, 2011

In June 2011, I operated from the West coast of Ireland for the Islands on the Air award scheme.
This page is archived. It was last modified in August 2011 and it will probably not be updated.

Inishmore, Aran Islands (EU-006)

  • Dates: 24-27 June 2011
  • Operators: G3ZAY, M0BLF, M0TOC
  • Callsigns: EJ/G3ZAY, EJ/M0BLF, EJ/M0TOC
  • Bands: HF and 6m
  • Modes: SSB & CW
  • Equipment: K3, FT-100, Wire antennas
  • QSL Information: via Homecalls, direct or bureau.
    Use the log search to request a bureau card.
    Please check the operator's callsign, especially if we had recently changed operators, since you may not receive a reply if you send your card to the wrong person!
    QSL Information for EJ/M0BLF
  • Locator: IO53dd

Inishbofin, Galway (EU-121)

  • Dates: 27-29 June 2011
  • Operators: G3ZAY, M0BLF, M0TOC
  • Callsigns: EJ/G3ZAY, EJ/M0BLF, EJ/M0TOC
  • Bands: HF and 6m
  • Modes: SSB & CW
  • Equipment: K3, FT-100, Wire antennas
  • QSL Information: via Homecalls, direct or bureau.
    Use the log search to request a bureau card.
    Please check the operator's callsign, especially if we had recently changed operators, since you may not receive a reply if you send your card to the wrong person!
    QSL Information for EJ/M0BLF
  • Locator: IO43vo

Both activations are a Cambridge University Wireless Society DXpedition.

Please note that the log search below only includes EJ/M0BLF logs. Logs for EJ/M0TOC and EJ/G3ZAY are unavailable.

Twitter updates

During the activation, I posted updates on my Twitter feed:

Arrived on Inishmore, Aran Is. after a slightly bumpy boat trip across Galway Bay. Raining.
2:19PM 24 June

Just worked a full hour at 90 QSOs/hr as EJ/M0BLF. Learnt a 15sec CQ on DVK is perfect for eating a Pringle.
6:57PM 24 June

Some theatre students from UC Berkeley are staying on the island too. They were rehearsing in costume in the hostel lobby last night. Odd.
8:38AM 25 June

EJ/M0TOC running at about 145qs/hr on 14.262MHz.
11:00AM 25 June

Why does Guinness still taste better in Ireland? I thought Diageo had fixed this. Not complaining though. It's good.
7:52PM 25 June

Maybe a bit too much black stuff last night. Head was a bit hurty earlier. At least the fog has lifted & we can see the mainland now.
11:34AM 26 June

I've made just over 300 radio contacts from the Aran Islands since Friday evening. Not bad.
11:44AM 26 June

My Twitter feed tells me it's sunny & warm in Cambridge. It's raining, cool and murky here in West Ireland.
2:36PM 26 June

Great line by old guy in the pub last night: 'Ah you're like me, you don't need much sex. My wife's Japanese.'
5:13PM 26 June

Finished the radio operation from Inishmore. EJ/M0TOC made 471 contacts, I made 425 & EJ/G3ZAY 190 since Fri eve.
10:54PM 26 June

Leaving Inishmore & heading up the coast to Inishbofin EU-121. We'll be there til Weds, inc 6m UKAC on Tues eve.
7:06AM 27 June

Odd thing last night: people from Cambridge & California talking Scots Gallic at a Ceilidh in the Irish Gaeltacht.
10:59AM 28 June

If any #hamr followers speak to EJ/M0TOC this eve, congratulate him. He just heard he got a 1st in his exams in Cambridge.
5:07PM 28 June

Fellow hosteler returns with 12 fish he caught today. Takes pity on my beans on toast & gives me fresh pollack. #win
7:19PM 28 June

Nice contacts on 50MHz into Central Europe this eve. I've made 937 since Friday. Should hit 1k before leaving tomorrow lunchtime.
10:28PM 28 June

At Shannon airport, which has free wifi! Total radio contacts from Inishbofin: EJ/M0BLF 593, EJ/M0TOC 498.
6:59PM 29 June

Total contacts from EU-006 & EU-121 combined: EJ/M0BLF 1018, EJ/M0TOC 969, EJ/G3ZAY 190 #hamr
7:03PM 29 June

Times in BST (UTC+1).

Map

Write-up

The trip started on 24th June, when M0BLF, M0TOC and G3ZAY left London Stansted airport early in the morning to go fly to Shannon. Once there, we hired a car and drove to Rossaveal, from where we got the ferry to Inishmore at lunchtime.

The journey was a bit rough, as heavy rain and wind started to set in. Once we had arrived at Mainistair House where we were staying, the weather made putting up the antennas rather wet.

Mainistair House is an interesting place, not sure whether it is a low-class hotel or a high-class youth hostel, but with excellent dinners cooked by the hostel's owner Joel.

While on the Aran Islands, we walked to two of the ancient forts on the island at Dún Aonghasa and Dún Eochla.

Radio-wise, conditions weren't great. We only made one contact on 50MHz and 14MHz was our main work-horse band. Tom did, however, manage a nice rate on 7MHz from here too. The weather also only started to improve just before we left the island.

On 27th June, again early in the morning, we left Mainistair House and returned to Rossaveal, where we collected the car and drove it back up the coast to Cleggan, where we caught another ferry to Inishbofin.

Both Inishmore and Inishbofin have substantial resident populations, but Inishbofin is definitely the more frequented of the two. We stayed at the hostel, although there are three hotels on the island too.

While on the island we walked to Oliver Cromwell's fort and did a bit of other sight-seeing. We also went to a Ceilidh — in rather a more formal concert setting than the traditional pub — where musicians from California joined in playing traditional music from both Ireland and Scotland.

Radio conditions were slightly better from here, although our efforts had to focus again on 40m and 20m. Small 6m openings into Central Europe allowed us to make a few more QSOs and, at times, to run a second station.

We returned to London on the evening of 29th June.

Thanks to our sponsors, Spiderbeam, we were able to leave a Spiderbeam 40ft telescopic fibreglass pole, and a drum of RG58 coaxial cable, at Inishbofin hostel. Future visitors are welcome to use that equipment.

Statistics

The following statistics are after combining all three logs from both islands:

  • Total QSOs: 2107
  • Unique calls: 1828
  • DXCC entities worked: 70

Total QSOs per operator:

            EU-006   EU-121    Total
            ------   ------    -----
EJ/M0BLF:      425      593     1018
EJ/M0TOC:      471      498      969
EJ/G3ZAY:      120        0      120
Totals:       1016     1091

QSL Cards

QSL card from Inishmore QSL card from Inishbofin

10th Anniversary

This DXpedition, and the return visit to the Aran islands, marks a special anniversary for me. On 19 June 2001, just before my 20th birthday, I went on my first DXpedition to the Aran Islands (EU-006) and also, on that occassion, to the Blasket Islands (EU-007).

That first activation marked the start of a new career in DXpeditioning, which over the last ten years has taken me to a number of fascinating, off-the-beaten-track, locations all over the world. Particular highlights include the St. Lawrence Passage in Quebec in 2003, Iceland in 2005 and 2008, the Faroe Islands in 2006, and the Minquiers islands off Jersey in 2007. For the full list, see DXpeditions.

Thanks to everyone I've contacted from islands over the last ten years; this hobby is a great excuse for travel, and I'm very grateful to all of you for making these trips so enjoyable.

DX Spots

Thanks for all the DX Spots, which really helped to generate some nice pileups.

29 June 2011

A65CA        14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   2nd day S0                         1048 29 Jun
M3ZDZ-@      14263.0 EJ/MOBLF   5/9 take care DOMINIC              1041 29 Jun
DL3VZL       14262.9 EJ/M0BLF   IOTA EU-131 tnx Dom                1029 29 Jun
EA5GXE       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   Thanks Dominic 73                  1027 29 Jun
EA1AWR       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   73                                 1015 29 Jun
G0ABY        14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121 Inishbofin Isl              1009 29 Jun
EA1GGJ       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121                             0947 29 Jun
9A2N-@       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   tks for qso  73                    0934 29 Jun
PA0AWH       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   CQ                                 0934 29 Jun
PA0AWH       14263.0 EJ/M0TOC   CQ, heavy QSB                      0928 29 Jun
G1WMJ        14263.0 EJ/M0TOC   eu-121                             0907 29 Jun
EI3GRB        7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   Tom ..inisbofin eu121              0825 29 Jun
EI3GAB        7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   Tom calling CQ from EU121          0812 29 Jun
    

28 June 2011

DL1NUX       50150.8 EJ/M0BLF   JO50LF<ES>IO43VO                   2051 28 Jun
IK2WSO        7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   5 -9 italy                         2038 28 Jun
DH2UAK       50151.0 EJ/M0BLF   IO43<ES>JO71                       2030 28 Jun
EI7IX        50150.8 EJ/M0BLF   io43 cq                            2030 28 Jun
M1VHT         7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   Tom on EU121                       2030 28 Jun
M0HDX-@       7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU121 cq cq cq                     2025 28 Jun
EA7IQT        7152.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      2001 28 Jun
EI5DD         7151.9 EJ/M0TOC   Inishbofin Island Co. Galway E     1951 28 Jun
MI0TMW-@      7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   new --op                           1947 28 Jun
MI1FCQ-@      7133.0 EJ/M0BLF   59 IN IRELAND                      1935 28 Jun
MI0TMW-@      7152.0 EJ/M0BLF   op-dom-- eu-121 inishbofin isle    1931 28 Jun
MI1FCQ-@     71330.0 EJ/M0BLF   59 IN N. IRELAND                   1925 28 Jun
EI5DD         7151.9 EJ/M0BLF   Inishboffin Island Co. Galway      1916 28 Jun
MW0DHF        7133.0 EJ/M0BLF   DOM   EU-121                       1914 28 Jun
M1ACB         7133.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121 Inishbofin                  1900 28 Jun
MW0MWZ        7133.0 EJ/M0BLF   SOTA EU-121                        1850 28 Jun
EI7IX        50130.0 EJ/M0TOC   cq ssb from IO43                   1728 28 Jun
PE1LTY-@     14256.0 EJ/M0BLF   eu-121                             1534 28 Jun
G0FYX        14256.0 EJ/M0BLF   Dom on EU-121 Inishbofin Is        1508 28 Jun
HL4CBX       14257.0 EJ/M0TOC   QRT ?                              1344 28 Jun
A65CA        14257.0 EJ/M0TOC   nil here                           1233 28 Jun
G6CHD-@      14257.0 EJ/M0TOC   THANKS TOM  EU-121 Inishboffin Is  1228 28 Jun
G3ZQQ-@      14257.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-121 Inishboffin Is              1223 28 Jun
M0MSX        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   IOTA EU121                         1031 28 Jun
M3POG-@      14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   Sorry wrong freq. 14.262 correct!  1016 28 Jun
M3POG-@      14265.0 EJ/M0TOC   OP: Tom - Inishbofin EU121         1014 28 Jun
MW0DHF       14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-121   CQ CQ CQ                  0947 28 Jun
    

27 June 2011

IZ8GCP       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   iota eu 121 cq cq                  2027 27 Jun
EA1LT        14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EJ/ is correct call, sorry         2017 27 Jun
RJ3DA-@      14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   tnx QSO. 73.                       2000 27 Jun
F5MAG        14260.0 EJ/M0BLF                                      1958 27 Jun
IZ2LSC       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121                             1951 27 Jun
EA5ASM       14260.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      1936 27 Jun
UW1GZ        14260.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      1928 27 Jun
IK2LTR       14260.0 EJ/M0TOC   Tom calling from EU121             1921 27 Jun
DL5ME        50000.0 EJ/M0BLF   6m open                            1910 27 Jun
5B4AHL       14260.0 EJ/M0TOC   Tom   eu-121                       1903 27 Jun
SP7IDX       14260.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-121                             1853 27 Jun
IZ8MXB       14260.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-121 Inishbofin island           1845 27 Jun
IZ1LBN       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   ciao Dominic 5-9 good dx           1825 27 Jun
YT2DDK       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   tnx 73                             1816 27 Jun
PE1PQH-@     14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   IOTA EU-121 Inishbofin Island, Tnx 1801 27 Jun
G1CQG        14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   good sigs sw england               1758 27 Jun
IZ8LKL       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121. Tnx !!!                    1729 27 Jun
G3ZQQ-@      14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121                             1706 27 Jun
IK4WMA       50139.0 EJ/M0TOC   cqing iota EU-121                  1653 27 Jun
F4ULC        50139.0 EJ/M0TOC   STRONG                             1636 27 Jun
EI7IX        50139.0 EJ/M0TOC   IO43vo                             1631 27 Jun
F5DE-@       50139.0 EJ/M0TOC   IO43 EU121                         1626 27 Jun
DL5MAE-@     50139.0 EJ/M0TOC   io43                               1613 27 Jun
EA7FKH       14263.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU121                              1515 27 Jun
IZ8EJB       14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121 SIMPLEX                     1457 27 Jun
HB9ELE-@     14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   tnx 73s EU121 simplex cq           1450 27 Jun
S51ZZ        14260.0 EJ/M0BLF                                      1435 27 Jun
F4ELI        14260.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-121                             1427 27 Jun
    

26 June 2011

UA4CDO-@      7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   Correct                            2137 26 Jun
LA4HNA        7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   5/9+10 73s                         2135 26 Jun
M1ACB         7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   Aran Islands - Inishmore           2117 26 Jun
VK7AC         7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   tnx tom                            2106 26 Jun
F1MQJ         7152.0 EJ/M0TOC   eu006 thks                         2053 26 Jun
G0UZL         7150.0 EJ/M0BLF   Inishmore Island EU-006 Opp: D     1815 26 Jun
EA1HLW       14258.5 EJ/M0TOC   Tnx 5/9 TU, gd copy 73!            1656 26 Jun
SQ2HFH-@     14258.5 EJ/M0TOC                                      1651 26 Jun
RA2FIA-@     14258.6 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             1647 26 Jun
HA6VH        14041.0 EJ/G3ZAY                                      1603 26 Jun
ES2MA        14040.9 EJ/G3ZAY   cq eu-006                          1559 26 Jun
S52UF        14259.0 EJ/M0BLF   iota eu-006                        1424 26 Jun
ON8MT        14259.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      1412 26 Jun
EA1OD        14253.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      1322 26 Jun
YT1UM        14253.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             1313 26 Jun
PG9W-@       14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   Correction Sri Tom                 1250 26 Jun
PG9W-@       14262.0 EJ/M0OTC   Tnx Tom exellent signs from EU006  1248 26 Jun
M1ACB        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   Inishmore EU-006                   1211 26 Jun
EA1OD        14130.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             1046 26 Jun
SA5X         18130.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             1043 26 Jun
PA3GEO       14261.8 EJ/M0BLF   islandiota                         1003 26 Jun
PE1PQH-@     14262.0 EJ/M0BLF   IOTA EU-006 Inishmore Island tnx!  0950 26 Jun
ON2MH        14262.0 EJ/M0BLF   tnx qso Dominic 73                 0935 26 Jun
F4GDI        14262.0 EJ/M0BLF   Merci Dominique EU 006             0927 26 Jun
IZ0TRL       14262.0 EJ/M0BLF   59 ciao                            0921 26 Jun
G4DUW        14262.0 EJ/M0BLF   arran islands eu006                0915 26 Jun
    

25 June 2011

G4ERW-@      14042.0 EJ/G3ZAY   EU-006                             1752 25 Jun
DJ2PJ        18070.9 EJ/G3ZAY   EU-006                             1645 25 Jun
OK2PAY       18070.0 EJ/G3ZAY   EU-006...                          1457 25 Jun
CT1HMN       14041.0 EJ/G3ZAY   CQ IOTA EU-006                     1448 25 Jun
G7VJR        14040.0 EJ/G3ZAY   booming 20+                        1423 25 Jun
RA1OW        14040.0 EJ/G3ZAY   EU-006                             1223 25 Jun
PB5X         14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006 TU 4 QSO                    1013 25 Jun
F5PBM        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC                                      1000 25 Jun
ON4ARV       14245.1 EJ/M0TOC   TKS Fred                           0957 25 Jun
MW0DHF       14262.0 EJ/M0TOC/P TOM       CORR   CALL              0957 25 Jun
RU4UR        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   fb sign simpl                      0948 25 Jun
EA1HYP       14262.0 EJ/M0T0C   5/9                                0946 25 Jun
M0CKP        14261.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU006 ARAN ISLAND                  0941 25 Jun
IK1NDD       14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU006                              0931 25 Jun
EC5BYB       14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             0922 25 Jun
PE1PQH-@     14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   IOTA EU-006 Inishmore Island ? Tnx 0916 25 Jun
G3ZQQ-@      14242.0 EJ/M0TOC   EU-006                             0915 25 Jun
G0PPM        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   great signal best of luck          0908 25 Jun
EA4MI        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   Irland Island                      0902 25 Jun
    

24 June 2011

IZ7QPS       14258.5 EJ/M0BLF                                      2132 24 Jun
SQ8JLN       14258.5 EJ/M0BLF   EU-006 TNX 59                      2127 24 Jun
S51ZZ        14258.5 EJ/M0BLF                                      2104 24 Jun
EA1IR        14262.0 EJ/M0TOC   cq cq                              1849 24 Jun
DJ2OR        14255.0 EJ/M0BLF                                      1730 24 Jun
CT1BLE       14255.0 EJ/M0BLF   tnx Dominique new one eu-006       1712 24 Jun
RW1AI        14255.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU-006                             1703 24 Jun
EA5HBM       14255.0 EJ/M0BLF   IM98GF CIEZA MURCIA                1645 24 Jun
W1JR         14255.0 EJ/M0BLF   EU006 Aran I.                      1639 24 Jun
EA5GXE       14255.0 EJ/M0BLF   Thanks for contact 73              1627 24 Jun
RV3YR        14255.1 EJ/M0BLF   EU-006                             1620 24 Jun
    

 

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