G4HDU    20 Mar 2013 : 10:30
 None    Operating

Mills on the Air

The weekend of May 12th - 13th 2013 saw the annual Mills on the Air event and, having now got the station somewhat functional, I decided to fire up the '897 and see what was going on. As usual 40m was horribly noisy with all manner of local QRN hitting the aerial and finding its way into the rig. But, despite the efforts of electrical equipment in the vicinity, I did manage to make a few contacts.

Sue, my XYL, surprised me by how much she was listening to what was going on - especially on Sunday when I spent quite a bit more time on the radio. I think she is getting far more of an  idea about my hobby than I am of hers - I still can't knit one or pearl one or explain what stocking stitch is.

I had an immense amount of fun trying to grab the mill stations through the hash and would like to say a big thank you to all the special event stations who put so much time and effort into putting these mills on the air. Without their hard work the event wouldn't even get going.

I have now ordered my QSL cards from FDS QSL and having seen the proof I can't wait to receive them. I will be sending my envelopes to the bureau this week and am looking forward to receiving some for my recent contacts on 7MHz especially the Mill stations.

That's all for now, 73 de Barry