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Churches and Chapels on the Air 2018

Saturday 8th September from St. Mary’s Church Fordingbridge. With Ken G1NCG and John G4POF.

With the weather set to be reasonable all day we set ourselves up in the graveyard in Ken’s new text/gazebo/shelter. Ken and I went up the church Tower to lower the halyard for the aerial. Whilst we were there we had a look down on to Fordingbridge town and its environs, then up and down the Avon Valley and to the New Forest. Once we could tear ourselves away, we descended the tower and erected the mast for the far end of the aerial.

With radio conditions not being too good recently we decided to deploy the full-sized G5RV so that we could use the 80m band and we had a 2m collinear atop the mast.

Our kit was the usual - HF: Yaesu FT-847 with an MFJ Tuner feeding the full-sized G5RV and for 2m we used the Yaesu FT-897 so we had about 100 watts available of HF and 50 watts for 2m.

We made many good QSOs on 80m before about 1100z when the band became unusable. We then moved to 40m and made more QSOs, moving back to 80mabout 1400z. Our total for the day was 59, 41 on 80m and 16 on 40m and 2 on 2m. Much better than last year.

We enjoyed our day.

We had various visitors during the day, the path across the graveyard is popular with dog-walkers who would stop and ask us what we were doing.

We spoke to: 19 other Churches, a few Germans/French/Swiss/Spanish stations and many UK stations.

Ken G1NCG on the Church Tower as we deployed the aerial and had a good look down on Fordingbridge