Dutch National Windmill and Waterpumpstation weekend

08:22 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments












13-14 May 2017

Netherlands 



On Saturday and Sunday, 13th/14th May 2017 the Netherlands will be holding a National Windmill and Pumping Station weekend during which many windmills and pumping stations will be open to the public to view. Guides will be in attendance to explain the operation of the machinery and to answer questions.

For many years, in the U.K., the events of this weekend have been shared with amateur radio stations and became known as the ‘Mills on the Air’ weekend. In 2009 Jelle (PD5JFK) and Bernard (PB7Z) decided to set up for the first time their own special radio station to contact mills in Holland and elsewhere in Europe and so advertise the opening of Windmills and Pumping Stations. This proved to be so popular with millers and volunteers alike that they were encouraged to repeat this promotion each year and this year is the 9th year.

This event has proved to be an excellent way to advertise the hobby of amateur radio to the many members of the public who visit the mills and pumping stations. It is not generally realised how distant our amateur radio communications can travel and with experts on hand to explain the operations as they are taking place within the mill.

A list of mills which have promised activity for the event (not only from Holland, but from other European countries as well) is shown on their web site. The sponsor asks that if your windmill is not yet listed, that you should contact them at nationalemolendag@gmail.com .

Award Requirements:
a) Six different windmills or pumping stations or,
b) Six QSO’s with windmills or pumping stations on different Bands/Modes.

The award is available only as a pdf document. Each year they use a classic image of windmills of the past history of Holland.
SWL OK. A special version of the award will be sent to them. They will require the log to be sent by email showing the QSO data of both stations. The Award will be free and sent via email.

E-mail (and application) pb7z@ziggo.nl
Internet: http://www.pd6mill.com/

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