Tynwald Day 2009
Tynwald Day in the Isle of Man is a Day Off for all and it is as near as we get to a royal event on the Isle of Man, it’s a celebration of the Oldest Government in the British Isles and in the terms of Amateur Radio, it just happens to be the biggest event of the year, not from the amount of contacts made during the event, but as far as Public Relations go, it is great,, many people walk by and get a chance to see what Amateur Radio is all about, and it also helps having a big stick stuck up in the air to show where we are.
Tynwald Day in the Isle of Man normally starts a day or two early with the tower being delivered and moved into place, usually before the marquee gets put up, in this case we were a little late and a few minor issues with regards to were the tower was placed needed to be sorted out, thankfully Steve Kelly (GD7DUZ) was able to take down a few of the guys of the marquee temporally to be able to move the tower to a more people friendly location.
Just a few more last minute adjustments by Steve before he is happy with the setup.
The last of there radials get attached to the main boom, ready for lifting.
With Steve being Steve! he did not take too long to get the beam attached to the top of the mast and all of the cables and guys attached ready, and even before many had even turned up, he was fitting the last bits to the tower, and in this case, the balun was finally installed into place.
Whilst all this madness was going on, I should point out that they tent was not just used by us, along side up was a fine collection of models from the Manx Model Boat Society.
Now whilst all this was going on in the tent, outside there was this little thing called Tynwald Day, so just so that you get the idea of what happens every year here pin the Isle of Man, here are some photos to help explain it…
Ok, Now back to a few more Ham related Photos….
Dave Cain (2D0YLX) and James Kelly (MD3WKJ) made an appearance in the afternoon.
Dave Cain and myself hopefully proving that Ham Radio is Fun…
Now with the end of the day, and a good event all done and dusted.
Loads of interest in both Amateur Radio and what we were all doing in general.
It was a good event, and a good job done…