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 via Clublog or 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 also be sent by post - send 5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The call EI88WAW is associated with the county of Kerry, bordered to the north by Co Limerick and to the east by Co Cork. The Skellig Islands, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lie about 12km of the southwest coast of Co Kerry. Stone beehive huts at Skellig Michael's summit provide evidence of monastic settlements dating back to the 6th century. The Islands were featured in the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) The Skelligs witnessed the laying of the first Trans-Atlantic communications cable to Valentia Island and onwards across the Atlantic to Hearts Content in Newfoundland, completed in 1866. In March 1919 Marconi engineers H. J. Round and W. T. Ditcham made the first east-west Trans-Atlantic voice broadcast, using valve technology, from Ballybunion in Co Kerry, using the callsign YXQ.