So it's that time of year again, well for NCRG it's always that time - CASHOTA!
We will be activating a new castle as part of CASHOTA weekend - Kanturk Castle in Co. Cork on the 19th May using reference EI022/C.
This is another first for both us and the CASHOTA Ireland program, which in fairness could use a bit of promotion. Every week I see different castles or stately homes being activated in the UK, with plenty of contacts to be made. However in Ireland the interest just doesn't appear to be there.
If you think about it, Ireland has a history steeped in royalty and there are castles and forts to be found all over the country yet only 22 of these has been done, with NCRG having credit for at least 7 of these in the last 2 years. Why is the ham community here not taking advantage of the opportunity to activate a site of importance in its day whilst giving CASHOTA chasers the chance to get an award?
It is also a chance for a single ham or group of hams to have some portable fun, with the activation going back to basics at some locations with the battery operated equipment, portable antenna setup and a packed lunch!
So if any of you would like to come for a chat, work the stations or just to visit the site, we would be delighted to see you on the 19th May.
Ciao for now