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Mills on the Air – Sturminster Newton

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.

Sturminster Newton Water Mill

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 !

BAVRS members in “Action”

Plans are already afoot to look at improving reception for next years event.

Brian Lock

Silent Key Bob G6LLP

It is with sadness I must announce that Robert Farey (Bob) G6LLP became a Silent Key on Sunday 28th April.

Bob was a stalwart of BVARS and was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences. He will be missed by many.

His funeral will take place at the Yeovil Crematorium on Wednesday 8th May at 2:40pm, afterwards at “The Old Barn”, Old Barn Way, Yeovil.


Keith Chadwick


Secretary BVARS