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Important news: the EI8IC website has now moved to its new home at:
Please visit me there, and enjoy the fast download speeds, exciting Contester Resources and the best Ham Maps on the web...
Here are just a few ideas of the content you will find on the new site...

** The BEST just got BETTER !!**
** NAOMI is now a Windows program**
** and its completely FREE to Download **


NAOMI - the 'North American Overlay Mapper'

The Ultimate in US and Canadian Ham Map Systems, NAOMI is a content-rich mapping suite for all Ham Radio enthusiasts. Packed with exciting map tools, NAOMI's features include :

  • 47 full screen (1020 x 650 pixel) maps at 1:2,000,000 scale. 2 full screen overview maps at 1:20,000,000 scale
  • Each map has 9 backgrounds: CQ Zones, ITU Zones, Time Zones, ARRL Sections, States and Provinces, Counties and Municipal Regions, UTM Zones, Satellite Photo, Color Relief Map.
  • Each map has 16 foregrounds: State, County, Areacode, Zipcode, Water, Urban Areas, Major City, Minor City, Roads, Railroads, Prefix, Section, IOTA, Flags, Grid Locators, Lat/Lon mesh.
  • 1-Click Quick-Load feature, or select map with position annotated from a range of Quick-Access entry-lists: State Capital, Large and Small Cities (over 28,000), Counties, Area Codes, IOTA, etc. etc.
  • On-screen map pins, instantly referenced to all other positional data. Calculate distance and bearing, draw on-screen path and range-rings.
  • A large selection of easy-to-use Calculation Tools. Compare positional and identification data, show Horizon Distance, Sun and Moon Rise, etc. etc.
  • Real-Time Mouse Tracking, with continuous Positional, Grid-Locator, Distance, Bearing, and Long Path details on the Status Bar, in a choice of user-defined formats, fully customised to your own location.
  • APRS integration displays live position icons, track-lines, and breadcrumbs for all APRS stations on the FindU database. Custom call entry and time filtering.
  • Internet integration for instant access to a variety of online services related to map position: Repeater Databases, Weather Radar Images and Forecasts, TerraServer access, Propagation and Operating Resources.
  • 3 User Lists, where you can keep your own collection of locations, such as waypoints, club or group members, contact points, beacons etc. Easy to create and amend with the special List Editor tools. Plot the positions on the current map, or compare and reference to all other positional data.
  • On-screen multi-zone Time Display. Dragable Locator map, Scale Bars, and Grid Graticules.
  • Table Viewer, to view spatial data in list-form. 130 tables provided. Search and Sort Facilities included.
  • Comprehensive multi-page Help System and Information Guide.

Did you try NAOMI before, and but didn't want to turn off your popup-blockers on Internet Explorer for it to work properly? Did you even have a problem of it disappearing altogether?! If so, you'll like the NEW version. It has been re-packaged into a Windows shell, so that it installs and operates just like any other Windows program.

To see screen-shots and find out more, click Here

To download the NAOMI Demo, click Here

To register NAOMI, click Here


For DXers and Contesters worldwide:
GOM - the 'Global Overlay Mapper'

** The BEST just got BETTER !! **
** and now its FREE to Download **


Representing a new concept in the field of Ham Maps, the Global Overlay Mapping System is packed full of features for all Ham Radio enthusiasts, including :

  • 1 World Map, with specialised satellite images and world region-boundaries.
  • 8 Continental Maps - Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania, Arctic, Antarctica.
  • 29 Sub Continental Maps, with Single Click Navigation for easy loading.
  • Each map has a background, 12 active layers, and custom Scalebar.
  • Country Outlines, CQ, ITU & Time Zones, Color Relief Map, Grid Locator & Lat/Lon meshes, 100s of Region Names.
  • 2204 Major Cities - Europe:323, Asia:517, Africa:513, North America:314, South & Central America:359, Oceania:178.
  • The latest Prefix, IOTA, and Flag Information.
  • Real-Time Mouse Tracking, with continuous Positional and Grid-Locator information.
  • Easy-to-use Feature-Locate system - Jump to a position on a map from a full list of Prefixes, Capital Cities, Country Names, Admin Areas, IOTA Groups, and over 2500 Major Cities.
  • Go straight to any Latitude/Longitude position, or load a map from a 4 or 6 digit Grid Locator.
  • Customised to your location, for instant Beam Headings and Distance Display.
  • Comprehensive multi-page Help System and Information Guide.
  • Download for use on your own computer - no Internet connection required.

Did you try GOM before, and but didn't want to turn off your popup-blockers on Internet Explorer for it to work properly? Did you even have a problem of it disappearing altogether?! If so, you'll like the NEW version. It has been re-packaged into a Windows shell, so that it installs and operates just like any other Windows program.

To see screen-shots and find out more, click Here

To download for FREE click Here

To register the Global Overlay Mapper click Here


LogView - Graphical Contest Log Analysis

LogView is a post-contest log-visualisation tool, for analysing contest performance. It plots the QSOs in a Cabrillo-format contest-log on to one of 8 different maps by finding the position of each QSO from an online database of about 970,000 W/VE callsigns.

LogView's features include :

Step through a log manually, or animate the contest at a range of speeds and watch QSOs build up in the order that you made them.

Annotate each spot with a callsign-label.

Keep a running count of Multipliers worked.

Choose to display all, or selected bands.

Filter all DX calls from your log.

Compare your QSOs with published contest results.

Display all, or selected result-classes.

Highlight gaps in your antenna coverage.

Search the log and spotlight results on the map.

See position, distance, and bearing information for each QSO.

Save the map for offline viewing and analysis.


LogView also has a separate, dedicated Results-Viewer, that lets you create a map of contest results, and compare them to the results of other contests.

To see screen-shots and find out more, click Here

To see the LogView Demos, click Here

To see the Results-Viewer, click Here


lets continue with an introduction to the rest of this website, which is all about the hobby of Amateur Radio on the Short Wave Bands (HF), and the sport of Radio Contesting.

There are eleven main sections :
My Ham Station
HF Contesting
Irish Contesting
Buy And Sell It
Ham Links
Overlay Maps
Ham Maps
Ham Downloads
Guestmap Archives

My Ham Station Here you will learn about EI8IC, a brief biography of my radio amateur 'career', and be able to see the radio equipment and aerials that I use. You will also be able to view and search my contest logs without wasting time downloading a Java-Applet.
HF Contesting The biggest of the section, reflecting my main interest. Here, in amongst nearly 50 pages, you can see a Calendar of Major HF contests that are coming up. You'll learn about ways of Budget Contesting that won't empty the pocket book. You'll browse through numerous Tips and Techniques. You'll read the Contest Stories from some of the World's Major Contesters. You'll see the latest VK4EM Contest-Bandplans. The Topband Frequency Allocations are here too.
Irish Contesting Here you can view the results of EI entries to a variety of contests, arranged both alphabetically and chronologically. You can find out how to GUARANTEE a No.1 place in the Irish record books. And find out more about Irish Contesters too...
Buy And Sell It Here you will find an on-line service to help EI-hams buy, sell or exchange radios, electronic equipment and components. It is completely free to read the ads, respond to them, place a new one, or cancel it once you've sold the goods. So why not dust off that old transceiver, PSU or antenna and sell it to a ham who really needs it !
Ham Links Every site has links, and who am I to buck tradition ? You'll find my selection grouped under the headings of Antennas, Contests, Propagation, Software, and Towers. Unlike most websites, each link here has its own introduction, telling you something about the site before you go there.
Overlay Maps The newest of the sections on this website, these pages showcase the most exciting development in the field of mapping for Amateur Radio: Overlay Maps, and include an introduction, feature list, and screen-shots of the North American Overlay Mapper, and the Global Overlay Mapper.
Ham Maps The most popular section on this website, with a range of maps created by me for the Ham community. There's CQ Zone maps, IARU Zone maps, ITU Region maps, Great Circle maps, Prefix maps, Grid Locator maps, Time Zone maps, even a map of Irish Lighthouses.
APRS Maps This section represents a new field in Amateur Radio, but one that is growing fast in popularity: APRS - the Amateur Position Reporting System. A short introduction is followed by live maps of Irish APRS stations, maps for use with the FindU APRS server, maps for use with the UI-View APRS program, and a range of free APRS logos for your website.
Flags This section showcases a package of over 450 flags, available for use in your own project or website. All countries are represented, plus all US state flags, Australian state