May has been a busy month for members of the club. Firstly Mills on the Air early in the month, where the club put on a station at Bunbury Water Mill.
The station was operated on both Saturday and Sunday on HF and just Sunday for VHF. Being a water mill, the QTH was somewhat in a dip compared to the surrounding terrain. This meant that VHF was difficult, with less than 10 QSOs held on 2m, though those worked did seem to appreciate some activity in the local area.
HF was a completely different story however. 40m seemed full of activity on both days and with plenty of other special event stations at other Mills around the UK and Europe on the band, it was pile-up galore. Pete also did some CW on 40m. 2 videos of this event can be seen at the end of this post.
Later in the month on the 30th was the opening ceremony of Worleston Village Hall. Located a few miles outside of Nantwich and Winsford, the village of Worleston is now blessed with a brand new village hall. Since it seems that you hear more of community halls closing and not opening as of late, many turned out to the ceremony to celebrate the opening.
Both HF (40m) and VHF/UHF (2m and 70cm) stations were operated by club members. This time the terrain was far more favourable for VHF and UHF and many more QSOs were made on these bands, both on FM and SSB. 40m was also busy for most of the day, though conditions didn’t seem as favourable on the band compared with mills on the air weekend.
Operating was sometimes difficult as they also had a brass band performing for a while during the ceremony, as some could no doubt hear over the radio!
he event itself was a success with many attending, with some being licensed amateurs that we hadn’t seen before just checking our station out! A fun day was had by all.
All in all, a busy and fun month for all those at the South Cheshire Amateur Radio Society.
Posted: 2 June, 2015