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Bursledon Wind Mill looking spectacular in the May sunshine - Mills-on-the-Air 2016

Our gallery of pictures taken on the day. Thanks go to Ted G0BHK & Paul G6MCX for permission to use their photos.

My grateful thanks to members of the Itchen Valley Amateur Radio Club for their help over the weekend. For more information about IVARC, please visit their website.

GB1BWM - Bursledon Windmill

Equipment used:

Yaesu FT-840 transceiver feeding an MFJ-948 Tuner to a half-sized G5RV held aloft by two ex-military 40’ push-up masts. There is a 2m collinear on top of one of the masts driven by a Yaesu FT-897D. A total of about 120 QSOs were made during the activation, most of which were on 40m ssb. Conditions on 40m varied, during the earlier parts of both days the skip was such that only the stations in the very far north of Scotland, Ireland and the near continent were workable. As the day went on, conditions improved and inter-G communications became quite good.

At one point we all became very excited to hear a station from Thailand (HS0ZHO) on 40m ssb coming in at 59, telling us he was working us from Phuket Island. It was only when we pressed him for more details that he admitted he was working remotely from his German home near Dortmund. All was now explained!

Ray G3HRH operated on 2m SSB using his /P setup which consists of a Yaesu FT-726 transceiver feeding a BNOS brick power amplifier all of which can be powered from 12v leisure batteries.  His antenna is a 7 element Yagi at 20ft.  Ray made 8 QSOs on what was otherwise a quiet band.

Thanks go to our hosts at Bursledon Wind Mill who have asked us to come back next year. For information about the Bursledon Windmill please visit their excellent website