Eary Cushlin 2008

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Eary Cushlin, Isle of Man

IOMARS (Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society) have a weekend at Eary Cushlin

The first time that I visited Eary Cushlin was back in 2008 with the local club, it was also my first kind of small DXpedition type of event, at that time I can remember it as a very fun time, below are a few photos that I came across the other day that will hopefully show some of the things that the guys got up to during the weekend in September.

The day started with Steve Kelly (GD7DUZ) organising the troops and getting the Mosley Beam and the Tower sorted out ready for the weekend. With the help from John Butler (GD0NFN) and Matty Cunningham (MD0MDN) it would not take too long…

Did not take Steve Kelly (GD7DUZ), Matty Cunningham (MD0MAN) and John Butler (GD0NFN) long to get the Beam on the top of the portable tower.
Did not take Steve Kelly (GD7DUZ), Matty Cunningham (MD0MAN) and John Butler (GD0NFN) long to get the Beam on the top of the portable tower.

One of the major jobs of the first day was the assembly of the Mosley Beam on to the top of the mast, this is something that Steve should be more than capable of doing with his eyes shut having done this many times over various different events. Matty fitting one of the radials onto the main boom with some help from John.

IOMARS Setting up the Mast at Eary Cushlin 2008
Steve (GD7DUZ) attaches the balun to the antenna.
Steve (GD7DUZ) attaches the balun to the antenna.
With all of the rigging carried out, all that is left is to get the mast cranked upright ready for lifting.
With all of the rigging carried out, all that is left is to get the mast cranked upright ready for lifting.
With the mast upright, Matty checks that all the guy lines are not tangles up and that she is ready to be raised.
With the mast upright, Matty checks that all the guy lines are not tangles up and that she is ready to be raised.
Even James Kelly (MD3WKJ) got roped into holding the guys out of the way whilst Steve wound up the mast.
Even James Kelly (MD3WKJ) got roped into holding the guys out of the way whilst Steve wound up the mast.

The view of the Mast at Eary Cushlin House.

Eary Cushlin, Isle of Man
Eary Cushlin, Isle of Man
Beam flying high over Eary Cushlin
Beam flying high over Eary Cushlin

James Kelly (MD3WKJ) was really enjoying data modes and would end up spending most of the two days putting the club call sign on the map, Good Job…

James Kelly (MD3WKJ) busy on Digital Modes
James Kelly (MD3WKJ) busy on Digital Modes

It wasn’t all just going on at the side and back of the house, whilst the guys were playing with the tower, Mike Dunning (GD0HYM) was sorting out a small mast at the front of the house with a 70 MHz beam mounted on top of it, also I borrowed one of Martyn Parnell’s portable telescopic masts to put up a dipole for 80/40/20 meters for me to use…

70MHz Setup at Eary Cushlin
70MHz Setup at Eary Cushlin

I must have been too busy on the radio as I did not take any more photos than the above selection, but I do remember it being a fun time, shame that there are not more like this…

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