10 /11 May 2014 – Mills on the Air

David and John on the air

Over the weekend of 10/11 May we operated our ‘HF field day rig’ at the Jordans Holme Mill site near Biggleswade.  This was a special events station using the callsign GB4JHM, issued as part of the National Mills on the Air weekend where over 60 UK similar call signs were in use. The event also included the participation of a number of European stations.  Activity on the lower bands was high on both days with several ‘pile ups’ to contend with towards the late afternoons. 

Our station included promotional ‘story board’ displays and copies of the club brochure to improve awareness of our hobby and our local club activities. Situated in the Mill Barn behind the main Mill building we had limited public attendance caused by being obscured from public view and the need to pay to visit their small garden area as a pre-requisite. Despite the low public attendance, those that did find us were surprised and interested in what we offer as a hobby and felt we were a well kept secret!

Club members who attended had a pleasant time and the guided tour of the mill gave us an interesting insight into our local history. 

Photo by Victor, G3JNB with text by Ian, G3ORG