Saltford Brass Mill is situated on the banks of the River Avon in the village of Saltford, 5 miles west of the City of Bath in the South West of England. Its postal address is Saltford Brassmill, The Shallows, Saltford, BS31 3EY . However, there are some specific details that will be of interest to radio hams:
- Lat/Long (Brassmill): 51.401219°,-2.451116°
- IARU: IO81sj
- IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
- WAB: ST66 – England
So we return to Saltford over the weekend of 11 and 12 May 2013 for another assault on the Mills on the Air annual event. We kept the setup pretty simple, following last years findings, namely:
- Icom IC706 HF/6m/2m transceiver
- 12v Car battery for power
- External speaker
- Power/SWR meter
- Vertical wire antenna erected using a “roach pole”
- SGC auto ATU powered from a separate 12V battery at the antenna feedpoint
As an added element of luxury compared to last year Dave (G7BYN) had put a folding table and a couple of garden chairs in the back of his van to provide a covered operating position.
As it was the weather was quite kind to us over both days and several club members came and went over the weekend to help setup, dismantle, operate or support. We were also visited by local hams who heard us on air and came down to visit the station.
The antenna was something of a last minute decision as our usual Pro Whip Delta Loop wasn’t available due to builders damage.
The chosen vertical was adequate but as we had reached the requisite quota of Mills early on the Sunday we began to experiment with other forms, using a Buddipole in a horizontal dipole configuration. This was noticeably better than the the vertical, to the extent that we began to consider how we could safely put up a horizontal antenna in future.
We spoke with the local canoe club who were busy instructing their members in the safe use of the craft, and had erected tents to provide shelter and catering facilities to ascertain who they had obtained permission from for this. Next year may well see our Field Day tent making an appearance on the grass verge to give us an operating position out of the way of pedestrians giving us the ability to play with feeders and antennas without endangering the passing public.
|Date||Time (UTC)||Station Worked||Band or Freq'cy||Mode||RST||Name||QTH||Notes|
|11/05/13||11:35||GS3PYE/P||40m||J3E||57||57||Peter||Island of Mull|
|11/05/13||13:46||GB2WPM||40m||J3E||58||59||James||Wrawb Post Mill Lincolnshire|
|11/05/13||14:55||GB2TM||40m||J3E||59||59||Brian||Thwaits Water Mill|
|11/05/13||15:06||GB0HPM||40m||J3E||59||59||James||Holton Post Mill|
|12/05/13||09:50||GS3PYE/P||40m||J3E||59||59||Island of Mull As Above|
|12/05/13||10:12||PA30ALX||40m||J3E||59||59||Tom||Details on QRZ|
|12/05/13||11:23||GB4MPW||40m||J3E||59||59||Tom||Mount Pleasant Windmill|
|12/05/13||13:10||GB2WBM||40m||J3E||59||59||Peter||Brighton and Hove||West Blatchington Windmill|
|12/05/13||13:15||GB6KLM||40m||J3E||59||59||Tim||Bishop Aukland||Killhope Lead Mine (Water Mill)|
Congratulations must go to Julian M6JCE who bagged 9 out of the 17 Mills we contacted, all be it that only 7 were unique, this constitutes the best single haul of contacts for one operator this year. As can be seen the also rans were Dave G7BYN with 4, Andy G7KNA with 4 and Don G0NQJ with 2.
Best DX, however probably belongs to Don G0NQJ with his opening contact with Klaarkampstermeer Mill in the Netherlands and his contact with Tom PA30ALX. Also rans in this category are probably Dave G7BYN who managed GS3PYE/P on the Island of Mull (a contact repeated by Don G0NQJ on Sunday again as his first contact of the day), Marc F8DRA who may have been away from his normal home in Tancarville (north western coast of upper Normandy/Dept 76) and David MI0IRZ.