IRTS C/O David O'Connor
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Sl an Atlantaigh Fhiin) is a tourism route on the west coast of Ireland that runs for 2,500km (1553 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces. Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry - all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls - EI11WAW through to EI99WAW. Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way. Each call will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.
QSL requests via Clublog or the Buro. Requests for a Direct QSL should be made via Clublog or direct to EI6AL enclosing $2, 2 via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode. Sample below. Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name, call and mode (Mixed/CW/SSB/Digital). A certificate can be sent by post - send 5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to email@example.com
The call EI55WAW is associated with County Galway, bordered to the north by Co Mayo and to the south by Co Clare. Located near Clifden in Co Galway is Derrygimlagh blanket bog - a significant stop on the Wild Atlantic Way. This is where Marconi set up the first permanent Trans-Atlantic Radio Station. Commercial signalling commenced between Clifden and Glace Bay in Canada in October 1907. At its peak several hundred people worked there and its remnants can still be seen. In 1919 Derrygimlagh Bog was again in the news when Captain John Alcock (pilot) and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown (navigator) crash-landed their Vickers-Vimy biplane behind the Marconi Station at Derrygimlagh.