Mills on the Air at Elstead Mill
9 to 10 May 2015
An excellent time was had by all
those who came
We had a total of 362 QSO's mainly on 40M including
32 with other Mills using our special call sign GB2EM. This
exceeded our 2014 results when a total of 312
stations were spoken to.
Signal reports that we received were
excellent caused in no small part by running the full legal power and
the good soil conductivity under the aerial.
The equipment used was:-
The club transceiver an FT-107M now 25 years old.
A superbly restored Heath kit 400 watt linear
A Pal Star AMU matched into a doublet antenna via
coax and a 4:1 balun feeding 400 ohm ladder line.
The Linear was driven by a 1.9 kW Diesel generator
Setup took place on Friday afternoon and Evening. We
even competed with the duck race that took place on Friday evening at
The First transmission was at 00.00 hours on Saturday
morning by G4OQZ who contacted two Swiss stations and a French station
and one G station, without the use of the Linear.
All the equipment performed faultlessly throughout the
week end with the exception of an MFJ AMU.
Our thanks to Bob and Ann for providing light
refreshments and food.
The use of the linear was a vast improvement in so
much that stations were lining up to work us.
Our Star contact has to be with a Light house that was
working on 2.5 watts.
Sunday lunch was very good at the Mill. The station
was closed at 17.00 hours local time on the Sunday evening.
Many thanks to all those who took part and to those who
organised this event so efficiently.
Our special thanks also goes to The
Mill at Elstead for the help they provided
GB2EM is registered on eQSL.cc and also the bureau. Our QSL Manager will respond to all incoming QSLs and eQSLs.
The Operating Tent, with the social tent behind.
One of the aerial masts
The Social Tent
In Front of the mast
We worked one of our overseas members, F4VPL. His set-up
was IC 726 into an Icom AH3 Auto Atu. His antenna was a 9ft Whip with
15mtrs of wire clipped on the end going up into a tree. Picture below
F4VPL's set-up at St Jacut Les Pins in