Mobile is possible as well. Power limit is 25 watts.
The cinema in Ballyhaunis is gone. They knocked it down two years ago towards the end of the building boom. Nothing left of it...after over 50 years of cinema in town we just have a heap of rubble.
The Chinese restaurant is up the road now. And the service from the petrol station might be gone as well the way things are going here.
Two metres is quite active here via the Mayo repeater on 145.600 MHz. There is a lot of traffic on it in the mornings between 0800 and 0900 when people go to work. Most of the OMs are mobile. Same in the evenings between 1730 and 1900. There might be some chat later between 2030 and 2230- depends on WX and time of the year. More chat in winter than in summer. All other times the repeater is dead- you can call for hours and no reply. I frequently meet tourists on the repeater telling me about their frustration with the absence of any HAM traffic. This concerns not only the Mayo repeater, but also the other repeaters in my range- Sligo,Galway, Limerick and Ridge of Capard. Foreigners from DL, PA,ON,G or the US are frequently calling and tell me all about the weeks of calling without any reply. I spoke to a lot of them over the years- usually on one of their last days in the country...
Simplex call frequency for Mayo is 145.350 MHz in FM. Some people monitor 144.300 MHz in SSB. You might be lucky in the evenings.
Some people also monitor 70.200 MHz in SSB for any sporadic E/tropo conditions. If you call there in FM someone might come back to you and tell you to QSY. One way of making contacts with people- tease them a bit and they will be looking for you-hi.
Propagation is up at the moment and I get the simplexer with 52 now (0025 local time). According to the Hepburn Tropo Index Page it will be very good until the late afternoon. Then it goes down again and will be just enough to make some contacts. The big yellow green area is not hitting us. The page looked promising earlier on- but is updated all the time . But who knows- the trend might be reversed again and very good conditions will come our way again for some country wide traffic.
Good luck to everybody !
73 de Michael