Amateur radio aficionados gather in Dublin to take part in an international competition.

The blustery weather and cliff side location in south County Dublin did nothing to dampen the spirits of the many amateur radio enthusiasts who were tapping out messages and receiving call signs from other radio operators all over the world.  

In one tent is Roy Cookman, grand nephew of Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor and engineer who pioneered long-distance radio transmission.  He tells reporter Derek Davis about the type of equipment they use, 

We have one multi-band receiver which covers all the bands that we’re using, and the same with the transmitter in the centre.  

Derek Davis wonders what the appeal of long distance communication is.  As Cookman explains,

It’s a very interesting hobby, and most people specialise in different aspects of it, some people love receivers, some people love aerials.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 June 1978.  The reporter is Derek Davis.