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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

AGM April 9th 2019

There will be an AGM at the club on Tuesday 9th April.

You can view the minutes of 2018 AGM in the Member’s Section.



Date 9th April 2019

New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Shaftesbury, SP7 0PL


1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the previous AGM (10 April 2018)

3. Matters arising

4. Chairman’s Report

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Election of Officers

7. Any other business.

Nomination Form

I wish to nominate the following member as __________________________________ for BVARS

Name of nominee ___________________________ Call Sign______________

Nominated by ______________________________Call Sign__________ Signature ____________________

I hereby agree to my nomination for the post of ________________________________ for BVARS

Signature of nominee ________________________________ Date ________________