Museums on the Air 2017
For the 11th year we find ourselves operating from Ramsey Rural Museum as GB2RRM (# 5166) for “Museums on the Air”, but this year we have to share our location with the Ford Corsair Owners Club AGM and also a Donkey Derby on Sunday, therefore had to relocate to a new operating location within the museum site. www.ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk
Malcolm (M0OLG) offered us the use of his caravan as our temporary home, so it was decided after a recce in May that we would site ourselves at the back of the museum’s main building which gave us enough estate to put up masts and antenna.
On the afternoon of Friday 23rd June, G1KWF, M0OLG, M0VTG, G7DIU and G4KLE followed the caravan onto site and positioned it on good standing then proceeded to erect 2 masts, one for centre of the G5RV (next to the caravan), one at the far end of the G5RV – we had decided at the recce that the other end of the G5RV would use a light fitting at the end of the museum building (an old lamp so no interference). Malcolm (M0OLG) stayed with his caravan overnight, he was invited to a BBQ by the Ford Corsair Owners Club but had an early night instead. Gerald (G8ALK) and Carol (G1KGV) visited Malcolm in the evening.
On Saturday 24th, we all paraded at 08:00hrs to start operating, Steve (G1KWF) had already set up the IC7200 and tested all equipment so we were ready to start. Malcolm made the brew and we had our first contact into Kent at 08:20 on 20m with a report of 5/9+20db – a great start. We also contacted Roger TM53IMW for the second year, who is operating a similar rural museum station from Musée de l’Évolution Agricole, JUVIGNÉ , France.
We had a number of visitors, operators and helpers throughout Saturday and managed to work a total of 65 contacts SSB and CW on 20m, 40m, and even 15m. Even an offer of some farm equipment over the air for the Museum.
We closed the station at 16:50 and left Malcolm again, but this time he was visited by Olga (his Station Manager).
We re-established the station at 09:22 on Sunday, working to the IOW Net. The conditions were not the best but we managed to have 58 contacts this day again split between SSB and CW, mainly 40 and 80m with a few skirmishes onto 20m and 17m. A number of visitors dropped in to give their support and partake in a cup of tea and even a biscuit if Malcolm had not eaten them all. We closed and dismantled the station at 15:25.
STATS for Museums on the Air 2017
Saturday started at 08:25 (local)
Total contacts for day: 48 SSB, 17 CW (total 65)
Finished 16:53 (local)
Sunday started 09:22 (local)
Total contacts for day: 55 SSB, 3 CW (total 58)
Finished and dismantle site 15:25 (local)
Total contacts for the weekend was 123 which included 19 other Museums.
Visitors and Helpers:
Friday afternoon (Set-Up) 5 members
Saturday: 12 Helpers and Visitors
Sunday: 8 Helpers and Visitors
Dismantle of site: 6 Members
Thank you all again for your help and continued support to the Special Event stations that are put on for all members of HARS.
Mervyn S Foster – G4KLE