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, or 2 via paypal to email@example.com.
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 for all calls (Mixed/CW/SSB or digital). A certificate can be sent by post - send 5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The callsign EI11WAW is associated with the county of Donegal. Donegal is one of the largest Counties in Ireland and also the most isolated, bordering only one other Irish county - Leitrim. Its other borders are to Northern Ireland and to the Atlantic Ocean. As a result it has a distinct cultural identity, or to use a local phrase "Up here we are different". It contains some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland, with three peninsulas of outstanding natural beauty - Inishowen, Fanad and Rosguill. The Wild Atlantic Way starts from the northern tip of the county at Malin Head, well known to mariners for its coastal radio station. It then sweeps down the coast past Fanad Head to the Slieve League Cliffs, passing long stretches of golden sandy beaches.
Donegal is also the home of the Carndonagh Amateur Radio Club and is the most northerly Amateur Radio Club in Ireland. It is located on the Inishowen Peninsula. In 1902 Malin Head was one of the first places where the Marconi spark transmitter was used. The Club Callsign is EI0CAR and website is www.echoireland.com.