OV P08 DXpedition to the Isle of Man 2011 – Day 08

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Another shack photo for the team, Erwin Kleiner (DL6SBN), Clause Bense (DO9BC) Bob Barden (MD0CCE) Guenther Krauter (DG7SF) and Bernd Bross (DH1SBB) in the shack and contest hub of Bob Barden

Day Out - Abroad for the crew of OV P08 Dxpedition to the Isle of Man

So even though I got out of my pit at about 6am, thinking that that was early! Well actually in pain with a throbbing finger, but thinking what the hell, up early and ready to help the guys out today with their trip around the island, little did I know that there idea of an early start was midday! Well not really by there was a few German radio amateur magazines around that had pictures in them, so at least I had some Ham Porn to look at!

Rainer Sins (DG5SBK) does not do mornings
Rainer Sins (DG5SBK) does not do mornings

Rainer (DG5SBK) looking as though he is still sleep walking!

Once everyone was up, fed and watered, we all left the comfort of Eary Cushlin for a day out and about in the Isle of Man.

First off was a trip to the T-Shirt shop in Douglas to collect the crews new T-Shirts, certainly a worthwhile start to the day.

Hello John
Hello John

A photo of ‘John’ one of the many shire horses pulling the horse trams on Douglas promenade.

Mike Birchall (MD0VMD) with Ozzy
Mike Birchall (MD0VMD) with Ozzy

Mike Birchall (2D0GBM) arriving with his guard dog!

 
The crew waiting for some of the others to arrive
The crew waiting for some of the others to arrive

Everyone decided to meet up at the T-Shirt Shop on the Prom to empty their wallets a bit to make the plane flight back a little lighter!

Douglas Prom in the Sun
Douglas Prom in the Sun
Mike (MD0VMD), Claus (DO9BC) and Ozzy arrive
Mike (MD0VMD), Claus (DO9BC) and Ozzy arrive

Claus arriving means that the second part of the trip out can start!

 

The Point of Ayre.

After a nice long drive around the coast road from Douglas to the Point of Ayre to see the northern most tip of the Isle of Man, and you could not have asked for a nicer day to see the lighthouse with the sun out in full blast and not a cloud to be seen, just perfect.

Point of Ayre Lighthouse, Isle of Man
Point of Ayre Lighthouse, Isle of Man
Guenther and Markus following Erwin who is going for a swim
Guenther and Markus following Erwin who is going for a swim

This meant a lot of walking….

Rainer (DG5SBK) taking a photo of a pebble that he has just found after ages looking for one
Rainer (DG5SBK) taking a photo of a pebble that he has just found after ages looking for one
Bernd (DH1SBB) - Bigger then 'The Winkie' at the Point of Ayre
Bernd (DH1SBB) - Bigger then 'The Winkie' at the Point of Ayre
Claus (DO9BC) and the top of 'The Winkie' at the Point of Ayre)
Claus (DO9BC) and the top of 'The Winkie' at the Point of Ayre)
Walter (DJ4AK) and Guenther (DG7SF) having a chat with one of the keepers doing regular checks on the lighthouses
Walter (DJ4AK) and Guenther (DG7SF) having a chat with one of the keepers doing regular checks on the lighthouses
Payback time again - Sonja and Rainer (DG5SBK) getting me back for always sticking a lens in their faces
Payback time again - Sonja and Rainer (DG5SBK) getting me back for always sticking a lens in their faces

It must be the sun as everyone started posing for the camera!

Team Photo at the Point of Ayre
Team Photo at the Point of Ayre
Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound
Point of Ayre Lighthouse, Isle of Man
The Point of Ayre Lighthouse on the Isle of Man
Walter (DJ4AK) and the one with the 'Builders Bum' is Markus (DO5MZ) taking photos of the Mannanin as she goes around the Point of Ayre
Walter (DJ4AK) and the one with the 'Builders Bum' is Markus (DO5MZ) taking photos of the Mannanin as she goes around the Point of Ayre

From the Point of Aire, a few of the team went their own way whilst we made our way to visit a local radio amateur on a pre arranged visit, but as we were a little on the early side, we decided to stop off for a libation…

Me (MD0MDI) and Bernd (DH1SBB) having a chat over a beer in Ramsey
Me (MD0MDI) and Bernd (DH1SBB) having a chat over a beer in Ramsey

So after a beer and a good chat we made our way to Bobs!

Visit to Bob Barden MD0CCE

After perfect weather and a great trip to the Point of Ayre, we made our way back to Ramsey to meet up with one of our most prolific contest stations here on the Isle of man, that of Bob Barden (MD0CCE).

Another shack photo for the team, Erwin Kleiner (DL6SBN), Clause Bense (DO9BC) Bob Barden (MD0CCE) Guenther Krauter (DG7SF) and Bernd Bross (DH1SBB) in the shack and contest hub of Bob Barden
Another shack photo for the team, Erwin Kleiner (DL6SBN), Clause Bense (DO9BC) Bob Barden (MD0CCE) Guenther Krauter (DG7SF) and Bernd Bross (DH1SBB) in the shack and contest hub of Bob Barden
The New and the Old of Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) Shack
The New and the Old of Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) Shack
The guys chatting with Bob Barden (MD0CCE) in his shack
The guys chatting with Bob Barden (MD0CCE) in his shack
Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) main contest station
Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) main contest station

The Contest Station end of the Shack (this was in the middle of being sorted out).

Checking out Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) Tower
Checking out Bob Barden's (MD0CCE) Tower

The Tour goes outside into the garden where to mast sits!

The guys chatting with Bob Barden (MD0CCE) about the 160m Vertical Antenna made by Titanex

Bob raised the Titanex 160M Vertical for the guys to see.

The Very Tall Titanex 160 Antenna
The Very Tall Titanex 160 Antenna
Bob Barden (MD0CCE) showing the guys from the OV P08 DXpedition to the Isle of Man the Titanex 160m Vertical antenna
Up she goes, raising the Titanex 160 Antenna
Up she goes, raising the Titanex 160 Antenna
Bob Barden (MD0CCE) raising the Titanex 160 to show just how quick and easy it is to get up
Bob Barden (MD0CCE) raising the Titanex 160 to show just how quick and easy it is to get up
The raising of the Titanex
The raising of the Titanex
The Titanex 160m Vertical at the home of Bob Barden (MD0CCE) on the Isle of Man
The Titanex 160m Vertical at the home of Bob Barden (MD0CCE) on the Isle of Man
Erwin showing his dedication to the Radio.
Erwin showing his dedication to the Radio.

The subject even got round to Tattoo’s, not that I think Bob has any, but he was quite taken back with Erwin’s Commitment!

Bernd outside with the guys from OV P08 DXpedition to the Isle of Man
Bernd outside with the guys from OV P08 DXpedition to the Isle of Man

A final chin wag before leaving under the SteppIR.

Bob has been there as a good friend to me and has always been able to offer me some great advice and help over the past few years that I have known him, he is someone that I will always find time for as he has with me. Most of the crew of OV P08 DXpedition knew of Bob and his MD0CCE callsign and were very grateful to have the chance to meet him, and they were given the guided tour of his home and contest station and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

And Bob if you are reading this, I would personally like to pass on my own thanks for letting the Germans into your home and showing them around, they never stopped talking about it all night long…..

The Trip Back

Stopped off on the way back to see some carvings
Stopped off on the way back to see some carvings

The Many Wood Carvings along the road to Tholt-y-Will Glen.

I decided to take the crew back through to the Snaefell Mountain Road via the Tholt-y-Will plantation to see one of the prettier sides of the Isle of Man and the wood carvings that are by the road side as you go down to the glen.

Claus playing the tourist
Claus playing the tourist

This might have been a bad idea as we sore another side of Claus – Claus the Train Spotter!

The guys in Glen May having a end of event meal
The guys in Glen May having a end of event meal

The Perfect end to a Perfect Day!

Good Food and loads of it
Good Food and loads of it

Everyone enjoying a really good meal at the ‘Waterfall’ pub in Glen Maye.

Mike Birchall (MD0VMD) arrives just in time for food
Mike Birchall (MD0VMD) arrives just in time for food

Mike arrived at the end for a quick chat with Claus.

Sadly for me this was all I took of the guys, my finger was causing me a lot of grief and pain to the point where I was unable to make to trip from home to Eary Cushlin, so please except my apologies for not being there to help pack up the kit and also to take more photos.

On a side note. I really hope to see the guys again some time.

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