Over August Bank holiday weekend Colin G4GBP1, Ken G1NCG and friends operated Special Event Station GB0WWM2 from Wilton Windmill, near Marlborough in Wiltshire.

The Windmill3 is fully operational, grinding flour from local sources and being sold both on site and to local bakers. The station was operated from a Shepherd’s Hut which acts as classroom and cafeteria and of course ‘Radio Shack’.

We had activated the Windmill during May as part of ‘Mills-on-the-Air’ and were invited back by the Trustees to run ‘Wireless at the Windmill’ as a fun event for us Amateur Radio enthusiasts and for members of the public to join in and see what we do.

Our working conditions: The half-sized G5RV and a 20m vertical dipole were hung between two 40’ push up masts, one with a 2m collinear atop. Inside the Shepherd’s Hut we used a Yaesu FT-840 with MFJ Tuner for HF and a Yaesu FT-897 for local 2m work. We were joined on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday by Ray G3HRH with his Discovery and his /P kit for 2m SSB.

HF conditions on the Saturday were bleak to say the least with only about seven contacts in the log, but with our many amateur friends as visitors we were able to have excellent 59 conversations around the tea pot! Everyone who came enjoyed the day even if the radio and weather conditions were grim.

Thankfully Sunday was a better day on the radio with about a further seventy contacts in the logbook. Again we had a number of visitors, both fellow amateurs and many members of the public who took great interest in what we were doing. Ray G3HRH was beavering away on his 2m SSB rig making more contacts. I do not ‘go for numbers’ in the logbook, preferring a more relaxed approach and taking time to talk to others about our operation.

Most of the HF work was on 40m with a few 20m contacts all UK & European – totalling 91 for the weekend and 31 contacts on 2m SSB.

Thanks to all who came and visited us, licensed or not and to the members of the public who made it such a Special Event!

It was great fun just to go somewhere nice and play radio all weekend!

Our next outing will be Churches & Chapels on the Air as GB0SMF at Fordingbridge on 12th September, followed by Railways on the Air at the Swindon & Cricklade railway – Blunsdon Station 26/27th September.


1 www.g4gbp.co.uk

2 www.qrz.com/db/gb0wwm

3 www.wiltonwindmill.co.uk

‘The Shepherd’s Hut and mast’ Picture by Ken G1NCG

‘Ken G1NCG & Colin G4GBP in the Shepherd’s Hut’ Picture by Richard G3ZGC

‘Ray G3HRH on 2m in front of Windmill’ Picture by Ken G1NCG

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