11 – 12 May 2019, Blackmore Vale Amateur Radio Society operated a Radio Station from inside the water mill which dates back to 1016. This is part of the international event ” Mills on the Air” where amateur radio enthusiasts “CQ” as many other mills as they can over the weekend
The station and ariel were installed on Friday, the “Shack” being on the first floor of the mill whilst the ariel was strung out across the weir of the river Stour.
The kit consisted of Yaseu 450D, Tuner, and PSU together with logging software on laptop.
Over the two days members of the club took it in turns to call up other “Mills on the Air ” A total of 127 calls were made.
Below are a couple of members in action !
Plans are already afoot to look at improving reception for next years event.
A talk on Tuesday 12th March will be given by Jim G3RTD entitled ‘Small Active Receive Antennas for the Noisey QTH’.
There was a short demonstration of this antenna at the club last year which demonstrated considerable improvements to reception. The talk is highly recommended for those who have a noisy QTH and for those who may wish to explore possible improvements at their own QTH.