Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

Mills on the Air, 2013 - Stock Windmill

9th September 2013Copied from the Home Web Site.

CARS Operated from Stock Windmill, Saturday, 11th and Sunday 12th May.

Many visitors and CARS Members joined us to commemorate the Windmills On The Air.   CARS used GB5SM.

The weather was very fine and dried off the watery land during the weekend - very different to the previous week.

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CARS Banner announcing "We are in attendance" thanks to David G3SVI and Myra M0MYR.
The Windmill turned around 180 degrees in the night due to change in the wind direction.

This weekend is “Windmills On The Air”, with several Essex Windmills active for this annual event.
The team from CARS, led by Patrick M0XAP, operated at this unique location near Ingatestone.

The team operated both on HF and 2m, and in attendance were a number of Essex Amateurs including: Mark M0IEO, Norman M0FZW, Jim 2E1GUA, Tom 2E0TNC, Patrick M0XAP, John 2E0NNQ, John G8DET, Luke M6LNT, David M0BQC, Jim 2E0RMI and Pete M0PSX.

Tom, M6BCK provided a lovely large van which housed the main equipment while John M3NNQ provided support with his lovely painted white van. Mark, M0IEO provided the aerials and the mains was obtained from the Mill. There was not much activity to be had on the bands on Saturday but by the close on Sunday some 28 Windmills had been contacted.

Stock Tower Windmill was built around 1816 and is a fine example of the millwright’s craft of that time. The windmill has been restored to working order by Essex County Council, and is open to the public on the second Sunday of the month (April to September), when it’s manned by volunteers.

Report & Photo from “Happy Windmills On The Air” Weekend from the Essex Ham web site – courtesy of Peter Sipple, M0PSX. Original at:

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Top, Patrick, M0XAP operating from the nice van.
The Aerial Farm.

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Nice photographs.

And finally, to all those who worked the HF or VHF station, your calls made the weekend worthwhile.   Special QSL Cards are available via the RSGB Bureau or Direct from: -

South View Road
CM3 4DF.

Enclosing a SAE.

73 de Mark Sanderson, M0IEO.

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