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Churches and Chapels on the Air 2017
Saturday 9th September from St. Mary’s Church Fordingbridge. With Ken G1NCG & Ray 2E0DHG
With the weather set to be reasonable all day we set ourselves up in the graveyard in Ken’s new text/gazebo/shelter. Ray and I went up the church Tower to lower the halyard for the aerial. Whilst we were there we had a look down on to Fordingbridge town and its environs, then up and down the Avon Valley and to the New Forest. Once we could tear ourselves away, we descended the tower and erected the mast for the far end of the aerial.
With radio conditions not being too good recently we decided to deploy the full-
Our kit was the usual -
We were right! Conditions were pretty diabolical. We made a couple of good QSOs on 80m before the band became unusable. We then moved to 40m and made more QSOs. Our total for the day was 29, 8 on 80m and 21 on 40m -
Never mind, we enjoyed our day.
We had various visitors during the day, the path across the graveyard is popular with dog-
John G4IWU and Tim 2E0EGZ spent quite a bit of time with us which was good. At least we could have 59 QSOs with them without the background QRM!
We spoke to: 8 other Churches, 2 Germans stations and 19 UK stations. I will not have too many QSL cards to fill in, will I?
Pictures: Ken G1NCG -