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° – label "S" on map
- Lat/Long (Operating Position): 51.401754°,-2.451437° – label "O" on map
- IARU: IO81sj
- IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
- WAB: ST66 – England
We registered with Denby Dales website, receiving the confirmation below:
Armed with our registration and Notice of Variation we descended upon Saltford for the weekend of Mills on the Air. We were blessed with good weather on both days which always goes a long way to making Special Events more enjoyable and encouraging a larger turnout.
Saturdays team comprised in no particular order:
- Joe 2E0EIC, having only recently passed his Intermediate Course with us;
- Cyril G3XED, Club President;
- Mark M0SKV, Club Special Events Coordinator;
- John 2E0VTT;
- Julian M0JCE;
- Nigel M6RUU; and
- Eddie M0LJT
The photo above shows from left to right: Joe 2E0EIC, Cyril G3XED, Mark M0SKV, John 2E0VTT, Julian M0JCE and Nigel M6RUU. Eddie M0LJT is behind the camera taking the photo.
In the background can be seen Nigel M6RUU’s VW T4 Camper that he kindly brought to site on both days to act as our base of operations. We are currently discussing with the Mill staff options to allow us to operate from inside the Mill in future years.
Our equipment was relatively simple, as befits a temporary operation, we deployed:
- Transceiver: Yeasu FT-991 HF/VHF/UHF Multi-mode transceiver;
- ATU: Barker and Williamson VS300A;
- PSU: 12V 85AHr leisure battery trickle charged from 2 stroke 720W generator;
- Antenna: 80m wire doublet in an inverted vee configuration fed with 300Ω ladder line, feed point circa 10m above ground; and
- Logging: Laptop computer running Linux Mint and CQRLog
Setting up was reasonably straight forward and we were on the air around 11:00 following about 1 hour of setting up. 40m was not conducive to inter-G activity at this time and we spent the early part of the operation on 80m where we were rewarded with a steady trickle of contacts. Our first Special Event station, Burcott Mill, was snagged about 40 minutes after starting operations and our first registered Mills on the Air station around 60 minutes after starting operations.
In the first couple of hours we made 25 contacts averaging one QSO every 4 minutes and including 5 registered Mills on the Air stations and one other Special Event station. We managed to work our sister club, North Bristol ARC, during this time although it took us a few minutes to realise they were a registered mill as they had registered as M0NBC but were operating as MX0NBC/P!
Around lunchtime 40m became usable and we QSY’d to see who else was persevering on the band. After about an hour and half and 9 QSOs including 1 registered Mills on the Air station and 2 other Special Event stations we returned to 80m feeling that the 40m band had closed again.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon on 80m making a further 16 QSOs before shutting down around quarter past four. By the end of the day we had achieved 50 QSOs including 11 registered Mills on the Air stations and a further 3 Special Event stations.
Sunday saw a different line up of operators, again in no particular order:
- Mark M0SKV, the Clubs Special Events Coordinator and NoV holder returned to allow the NoV to be used;
- Nigel M6RUU returned with his camper van as our base of operations;
- Cyril G3XED, the Club President;
- Henryk M0HTB;
- Andy G7KNA, the Club Secretary; and
- Kenneth SWL, who logged many of Sundays QSOs and we hope will want to take his Foundation exam in due course.
The bands were flatter today than yesterday, at times it was a struggle to work anything at all. Never the less, we persevered even giving away a couple of contacts in the WAB 40m phone contest that took place between 10:00 – 14:00 UTC and managed to bag a further 31 QSOs including 6 more registered Mills on the Air stations and 2 other Special Event stations bringing our haul for the weekend to 81 QSOs logged including 17 Registered Mills on the Air stations and 5 other Special Event stations
The area we were operating from is a popular walking and cycling route along with many water sports enthusiasts. This gave us the opportunity to speak to members of the public who were interested in what we were doing. Having “spare” operators allowed some of us to talk to the visiting public explaining the equipment and the hobby and giving out free pamphlets about Amateur Radio.
GB0SBM – South Bristol ARC (Operating from Saltford Brassmill)
|Date||Time (UTC)||Station Worked||Band or Freq’cy||Mode||RST||Name||QTH||Notes|
|13/05/17||10:19||G1HCM||3.740||SSB||55||55||Fred||Isle of White|
|13/05/17||10:47||GB0BM||3.740||SSB||57||58||David||Wookey||Special Event Station: Burcott Mill|
|13/05/17||10:54||G0SYF||3.740||SSB||58||58||Bob||Wotton under Edge|
|13/05/17||11:07||GB0CHW||3.740||SSB||59||59||Bob||Mill on List: Chailey Heritage Windmill operated by Downland Radio Group|
|13/05/17||11:11||MX0NBC/P||3.740||SSB||59||59||Tony||Mill on List: Snuff Mills Bristol operated by North Bristol ARC|
|13/05/17||11:19||GB1WML||3.740||SSB||59||59||Martin||Dorset||Mill on List: White Mill Dorset operated by Christchurch ARS|
|13/05/17||11:25||GB2TMI||3.740||SSB||59||59||Geoff||Leeds||Mill on List: Thwaites Watermill operated by Denby Dale ARS|
|13/05/17||11:35||GB0CMW||3.740||SSB||59||59||David||Willingham||Mill on List: Cattells Mill Willingham operated by Cambridge and District ARC|
|13/05/17||11:57||GB4HCM||7.025||SSB||57||57||Chris||Mill on List: Heron Corn Mill operated by Sands Amateur Radio CG|
|13/05/17||12:27||GB0DWM||7.175||SSB||59||59||Merv||Special Event Station: Dulow Mill|
|13/05/17||12:40||GB2RGM||7.175||SSB||53||57||Marc||Special Event Station: Royal Gunpowder Mill|
|13/05/17||12:44||GB6CFM||7.175||SSB||59||59||John||Mill on List: Cheddleton Flint Mill operated by Staffordshire Portable ARG|
|13/05/17||14:46||G0XAE||3.755||SSB||59||59||Mike||Forest of Dean|
|13/05/17||14:51||GB0BWM||3.755||SSB||59||59||Matt||Buckinghamshire||Mill on List: Brill Windmill operated by Chesham and District ARS|
|13/05/17||15:02||GB0CMW||3.755||SSB||59||59||David||Willingham||Mill on List: Cattells Mill Willingham operated by Cambridge and District ARC|
|13/05/17||15:04||GB0JAJ||3.755||SSB||59||59||Chris||Brighton||Mill on List: Jill Post Windmill operated by Mid Sussex ARS|
|13/05/17||15:10||F4VPL/P||3.755||SSB||59||59||Dave||Brittany||Mill on List: St Jacut les Pins Windmill operated by David F4VPL|
|14/05/17||10:06||GB2GGM||7.149||SSB||59||57||Ant||Blackwood||Mill on List: Gelligroes Mill operated by Andrew MW0LAO|
|14/05/17||10:07||2W0LLT||7.149||SSB||57||57||Lloyd||Cardigan||Museum of Power|
|14/05/17||10:12||GB2WBM||7.149||SSB||59||59||Keith||East Sussex||Special Event Station: Brighton and Hove|
|14/05/17||10:14||GB1WML||7.149||SSB||59||59||Martin||Wimborne||Mill on List: White Mill Dorset operated by Christchurch ARS|
|14/05/17||10:17||GB4WMM||7.149||SSB||57||57||Jerry||Warsborough Mill||Mill on List: Worsbrough Mill operated by Denby Dale ARS|
|14/05/17||10:32||MM0VEG/M||7.149||SSB||53||57||Serial 005 Recd Serial 001 Sent|
|14/05/17||11:03||GB4NHM||7.149||SSB||58||58||Rob 2E0ZAP||Sutton Coldfield||Mill on List: New Hall Mill operated by Sutton Coldfield RS|
|14/05/17||11:17||GB0BWM||3.766||SSB||59||59||Terry||Buckinghamshire||Mill on List: Brill Windmill operated by Chesham and District ARS|
|14/05/17||13:09||GB6CW||3.775||SSB||57||55||Rob||Cromer||Mill on List: Cromer Windmill operated by Stevenage and District ARS|
|14/05/17||13:46||GB2MGM||3.775||SSB||59||59||David||Special Event Station:|
|14/05/17||14:52||M0CIW||3.745||SSB||59+10||59||Howard||Abingdon||Icom 707 parallel dipoles 20m/40m/80m|