The Intermediate Course is on schedule with practical work and assessment being carried out at the shack today, 10th August. Pictured are Ian G4XFC (Instructor), David M6FSB, Victoria M6VKW and Tom M6TMO.
Relaxing in the shack before work commenced.
For the amount of people that turned up to help at the shack this morning (26th July) there was a lot of varying activities; washing down the shack, work again on the SteppIR, repairs to the white board and Les found a use for some of the grease in the drum at the end of the shack and greased the trailer mast.
After the ends of the shack had been washed down Peter M0EJL and James G0EUN started painting whilst Steve M5ZZZ, Gerry G6KGG, Bob G7AVU and Pam G4STO concentrated on getting the north side washed down but had to be careful as Bob didn’t mind where he was throwing water! Oh yes the Village Hall had another load of gravel to level which Les G1LQB helped Steve with and then Village Hall Steve cut the grass.
Roger G3PVU, Bob G3VRD and Stan 2E0SJP worked on the SteppIR. I think Rob M6FTJ sorted something in the loft for G7AVU but he couldn’t stay long and Ken G3NIC asked for a job but we were all too busy to sort something out for him. Pictured at below at the end of the shack. G7AVU on the ladder washing the wall down.
I don’t think I’ve missed anyone from the helpers. Also you will see from the photos I didn’t manage to get everyone while they were working, just while they were resting. Sorry Gerry and Steve.
Refreshments were prepared for the workers by G4STO.
You probably haven’t noticed it’s gone but if you have noticed, have you wondered what happened to it, that’s the pile of rubbish that was left at the west end of the shack. Well I took it home and practiced being an arsonist! I left the container of grease for others to deal with.
I suggest nothing is left lying around or it may end up at the bottom of my garden!
I met Steve M5ZZZ at the shack at 0830 on Saturday to pick up the equipment for Boultham Park Fair; why do we always leave everything we do to the last minute? I got there early so emptied the shed to get to the generator then, after getting the generator out, replaced everything I had got out only to see the white board we needed behind what I had put back, it stayed there! Both cars full we set off for Boultham about 0850.
We arrived at Boultham Park soon after 0900 where Tom G4OSB and Ian G4EVK were waiting for us; it wasn’t long before Peter M0EJL, Andy M6LCN and Roger G3PVU with his grand-daughter Laura, arrived to help. We soon got the Coleman shelter up shortly followed by the mast.
Radio connected Peter was the first operator followed by Andy, then Tom on CW. Do we have a prospective licencee with Laura seen below having a tune around.
We were privileged to have a flypast by a Spitfire:
Other members and former members that visited the station were Jim G0EJQ, Don M0CES, Pete G8HMZ and Derek & Kath Seeds. If I’ve missed anyone out sorry.
1500 hours arrived so we decided to pack up, that is Tom, Peter, Roger and Pam. Pam is sorry but she was not able to cart stuff to the shed or up in the loft so left them in the shack for someone else to put away!!!
Since posting the above pictures I have received another two photographs the one on the left shows most of us just sit around drinking tea and coffee and the one on the right shows we didn’t check the mast to make sure it was straight!! It also shows we had an almost cloudless day.
Several members took part in VHF NFD again this year; I think tempers were a little fraught whilst setting up in the morning but things had calmed down by the time I returned to prepare the sausages and burgers with help from Louise 2E0LOT in the evening.
We did wonder where the frying pan had disappeared to only to find it being used as an antenna!!!!
Another successful Sausage and Burger Night was held at the Club on July 2nd. Unfortunately it was almost dark before I got my camera out!
Featured below are Tom G4OSB, James G0EUN and Chris 2E0NDT
Steve M5ZZZ clearing up
The evening was so successful it was decided to hold another Sausage and Burger Night at VHF NFD.
Ian is planning an Intermediate Course for the end of July and all places have been filled for this course.