February 25, 2010

Mills On The Air 2010

Sands will take part in Mills on the Air for the first time this year. The event is in May and we will be located at Heron Corn Mill in Beetham, Cumbria. The callsign used will be GB4HCM.

Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham; South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area, and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years. A fascinating visitor attraction, the fourteen-foot high waterwheel powers all the industrial heritage mill machinery, and the soon to be installed hydro-turbine to generate electricity will further the sites history of water-powered renewable energy.
More news on this event will be posted nearer the time.

February 14, 2010

Getting Ready For The Contest Season

Here are some pics taken today....

Two tasks were undertaken by the group

1. Clean and lubricate the mast sections: This involved taking each mast apart a section at a time and cleaning and then lubricating each section as we put it back together.

2. Sorting the ropes: The ropes for the masts are all colour coded for each section of the mast, all the ropes were laid out to make sure we had enough to cover the dedicated section, the ends of the ropes were also checked to make sure they had not frayed and repaired as needed.

It was a good afternoons work undertaken in near ideal weather conditions.

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