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Swindon & Cricklade Railway from Blunsdon Station -
Another fantastic weekend spent at Blunsdon Station courtesy of the Swindon & Cricklade Railway and Railways-
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The transceiver used for the 80 & 40m SSB station is the trusty old Yaesu FT-
The 2m station uses the Yaesu FT-
The 20m station uses Ray’s FT991 and a 20m dipole sloping from the 40’ mast down towards a 20’ fibre-
All logging was done on paper.
We spoke over the radio to 17 other Railways-
We were pleased at how well our signals were getting out and gratified by the signal reports about audio quality. We had many mini ‘pile-
We had a number of visitors both members of the public and licensed amateurs.
I am grateful for all of the assistance received throughout the weekend particularly from:
Chris G4AJA for his help getting the aerial across the lake and the fun we had with his cross-
Richard M6VRB for his help setting up on Friday
Mike G4HGV for his help operating on Saturday
Rob G4XUT for his help operating on Saturday
Kelvin M1KDJ for spending time with us
Matthew 2E0WLF for the fun with his drone
Russell M0RFI for spending time with us
Dom 2E0WHQ for his help operating and packing away
And to all of the Railway enthusiasts who made us so welcome! It was great to be so close to a real live steam engine again.
QSL cards available, please send S.A.E. or via the RSGB bureau
Friday 22nd September -
As you know from previous years, the greatest challenge is always that of getting the aerial up over the lake. Holding it up, once we have got it across is easily achieved by the 40’ Racal push-
This year we had Chris and his cross-
Early attempts failed, the strength of the cross-
A solution was found in that there was a small platform at the edge of the lake that moved us about 15’ nearer our target, the bolt was fired and only fell a few feet short but was fished out with the use of a pole and hook.
A task which normally takes about three hours was completed in about one hour. Success! (Unfortunately we were all so engrossed in achieving the above that no photos were taken!)
We went on to raise the 2m collinear and the 20m dipole onto the masts, then set up the shelter before retiring for the night.
Saturday 23rd September -
I worked the 80/40m station whilst Mike and Rob worked 2m and 20m.
Dom also made a few QSOs on 20m.
Early attempts at 40m proved the skip to be quite long but bagged PA, DL, OZ, EA and HB9 so a switch to 80m was called for.
A couple of hours on 80m was more profitable for inter-
By midday we were back on 40m for a mix of more distant G stations and easy EI, GI, GM, DL and some of the more distant ROTA stations.
By 6pm local time I was back on 80m for Inter-
A pint and a good meal at the Tawny Owl was beckoning!
Sunday 24th September -
With the morning and afternoon spent on 80m and the midday times on 40m it was a very busy time with just over 100 QSOs made.
On Saturday the Railway was serviced by a small shunting diesel locomotive with quite a few visitors.
We continued to operate until about 4pm when, threatened with rain we hastily packed up and by 5:15 were on our way home having enjoyed an absolutely cracking weekend.
The photos in the Gallery above all relate to the Radio Operations for the weekend.
The photos in the Gallery below are all of the Railway operations. There’s loads of them, many are very similar.
I hope you enjoy them!
On Sunday we were delighted by steam engine 2138, a small Great Western Railway saddle-
The sights and smells were very reminiscent with frequent ‘Toots’, steam and black smoke everywhere. What is it about the smell of the smoke? We all loved it. Many photos were taken. I have decided to split the Galleries into two, one for the radio operations and one for the photos of the railway and in particular of the steam engine. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures as much as we enjoyed seeing the trains!