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Special event callsign for Willesborough Windmill.

Mills On The Air 2017

Visitors gather round the gazebo at GB8WWGB8WW was active during the afternoon of Sunday 14th May, but unfortunately conditions were very poor on the HF bands. We only worked five stations and only one of those was on HF - and that was by using a data mode! However we did enjoy the day and it was great to see Andy 2E0SJA, Colin G7HKT, Jeanette M3PHO and Colin G0PHO who stopped by to cheer us on. Mac G6NLZ and Peter G8WMZ did most of the operating with Hugh M0WYE doing some 2m and 70cms. 

Fortunately we were right outside the cafe which was selling cups of tea and homemade cake, and the wind was fresh enough to keep the sails on the mill turning briskly.



Peter G8WMZ (left) and Mac G6NLZ (Right) operating GB8WW

Peter G8WMZ (Left) and Mac (G6NLZ) operating GB8WW









Trying some data modes on the laptop Mac and Peter try data modes ... or at least, try to see the screen!






The main aerial was a 40m dipole, but Mac tried his magnetic loop to access the 20m band.











Willesborough Windmill, blue sky and sunshineBeautiful sunny day at the mill

Heritage and Craft Fair August 2016

The callsign was active for the Heritage and Craft Fair at the Mill, on Sunday 14th August 2016. The weather was glorious and there were vintage transport displays, craft stalls and a barbeque. Plenty of cups of tea were obtained from the cafe. 

We mostly operated on 40m which was very variable, with deep fading. We also had a few contacts on 2m and 70cms. Thanks to all the stations who called in. We were running 100W to a dipole that was wrapped around the eaves of a large wooden barn behind our pitch. It works surprisingly well. 

Peter G8WMZ, John G0GCQ and Hugh M0WYE were the operators this afternoon, but it was great to have visits from Mac G6NLZ, Colin G0PHO and Jeanette M3PHO and others. Thanks to all those who helped out and gave us contacts.

Peter, G8WMZ operating GB8WW with XYL Helen (right) and Jane, (XYL of Hugh M0WYE)

Radio is a Yaesu FTZX3000 runing 100W








Here John G0GCQ is on the microphone, with Peter, G8WMZ to his right.









Willesborough Windmill Heritage DayView of the Windmill and some of the Vintage Transport Exhibits. Our 40m dipole was attached to the large, wooden barn which is just in front of the Windmill. Although the weather was sunny and warm there was enough wind to turn the sails on the mill.






Mills on the Air 2016

The station was active on the 14th and 15th May 2016 for "Mills on the Air", National Mills Weekend. 

We were active on 40m and also made some contacts on 2m and 70cms. Unfortunately 20m and 6m were not open during the weekend.

The Windmill is open to the public most weekends during the summer, check the website for details: http://www.willesboroughwindmill.co.uk/

Update after Saturday's operating: Oh dear - conditions seemed terrible, with a lot of QSB. High background noise - constant S4. Only four contacts made on 40m - GB2DWM, GB2EM, GB1BWM and OZ1RDP. Hope to work more tomorrow. Maybe we will try 20m as well. Photo below, shows Peter G8WMZ operating the station. We did have some visitors, both licenced and and general public, which was nice.

Peter, G8WMZ operating GB8WW, looking rather serious.

Update after Sunday:  Another day of difficult conditions, but we increased the number of contacts to 18 with a bit of help from local hams, some of whom made frequency suggestions - so thanks Mac G6NLZ and Gordon G4TZX. Seven Mill Stations worked over the weekend. We had more visitors today as well, including G0PHO, and G6NFE. The Mill were very happy to have us there and have invited us back again - so that was encouraging. We have learned a lot about putting together a special event station and have got some ideas about how we might improve the station.

Thanks to all those who helped over the weekend, to Chris G6AFY for the loan of the loudspeakers, and to those who ventured onto the air to find us. Don't forget to log or confirm your contact with us in the QRZ logbook.

Here is a little Youtube video showing the windmill, the stationary engine which can be used to run the mill, and Chris, G6AFY operating the station.  https://youtu.be/N_HqHFId8tE


Hugh M0WYE and Peter G8WMZ

White Kentish Smock Mill against a blue sky with white clouds

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - GB8WW
Latest Contacts for GB8WW at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
OM5BI 2017-05-14 40m JT9 JN88tf Slovak Republic Imrich Balogh
M6RKE/P 2017-05-14 70cm FM England
G4TZX 2017-05-14 70cm FM JO01la England GC EVEREST
M6GUC 2017-05-14 70cm FM England
M0WGF 2017-05-14 2m FM JO01jk England Mark Horn
G0FYX 2016-05-15 40m SSB IO90lu England STUART SWAIN
G0PHO 2016-05-15 40m SSB JO01kd England Colin
PA3GEG 2016-05-15 40m SSB JO32hj Netherlands Gerald Hinsenveld
GB1WML 2016-05-15 40m SSB IO80xt England White Mill
M0DPM 2016-05-15 40m SSB IO93id England Harry Jones
GB0SBM 2016-05-15 40m SSB England
GB0BM 2016-05-15 40m SSB IO81pe England Burcott Mill
G4TZX 2016-05-15 2m FM JO01la England GC EVEREST
G6NLZ 2016-05-15 2m FM JO00kw England MC REYNOLDS
G8VGU 2016-05-15 2m FM JO01ib England Tim Burgess

Book Totals: 23 qso's   2 confirmed

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