Fauna & Flora
It has been pointed out
to me that my photos had not been visible. I sincerely apologise for
this error caused solely by my poor computer skills. still, i learn
fast and found another way round my problem. it might be simple to some
of you but to me it was a David and Goliath struggle !!!
I am just starting on the WFF journey, I have worked a few of the
activated stations and then made up my mind to have a go myself.
As you can see from other parts of this site, I have enjoyed portable
operations for some time and it seemed a good idea to start
activating WFF areas and enjoying some of the wonderful scenery
that exists in the world.
So on this page I will post the photos of my activations. I hope you
GFF154 Activated 2nd August 2011 1345 UTC to 1545 UTC
Blakeney Point Nature Reserve
Worked All Britain TG04
One of the problems of activating this area was carrying the batteries
over the shale,so I only took one with me. This is why I could only
operate for 2 hours before the battery voltage decayed.
For some activators this must be a real problem especially if there is
a long walk to reach the site. So please please remember this when you
are calling and only call when asked. QSO's are lost when so much of
the available power supply is wasted trying to control the pile ups.
Always listen before calling and only give your callsign once.
I would also extend my grateful thanks to my long suffering XYL for her
help in carrying some of the equipment. Fortunately, we only had to
move the station a very short distance to be with in the Reserve. in
fact on a quiet day it should be possible to park your vehicle on the
car park and technically be within the boundary of the site as long as
you park close to the entry sign !!!
The above photos show the ridge of shale that forms the Blakeney Point
Nature Resort taken from the nearby main road. This ridge of shale is
all that protects large areas of the coast from flooding. it is
entirely natural and is growing all the time. The tides mean that every
year it extends westward
This sign indicates the start of the Nature Reserve
Walking along the shale ridge
towards the point and then looking inland towards the village of
This view is looking west and inland from the ridge
A last look along the ridge before departure
Activated 3rd August 2011 1400 UTC to 1645 UTC
Holme Fen Nature Reserve
EU-005 Worked All Britain TL28
For this activation I was lucky that 2 roads run through the
reserve so I was able operate from my Camper Van and to put my log
directly onto the computer. This saves so much time at the end of the
day. A convenient gate post provided support for my fibreglass pole.
This reserve I discovered is thickly forested when I went for a walk,
and soon after I took these initial pictures there was very heavy rain
and the light levels dropped considerably, I will revisit this site as
it is so easy to operate from and take some picture from the interior
of the woods. it is very tranquil and only visited by a few people.
This is the chaos I operate in, Most of the time my radio is fitted in
my truck but when I have free time, I put it on the seat in my van. The
equipment is Yaesu FT-817 + RM KL400 linear and LDG Z100 auto ATU.
The antenna I normally use is a Multiband Inverted V dipole at 8m fed
via 300 ohm ladder line /4:1 balun.
so far it has proved very effective.
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