Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Busy at John O’Groats

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Amateur radio enthusiasts gather in front of the John O’Groats Mill.

Members of the Caithness Amateur Radio Society (CARS) took part in a contact event this weekend at the UK mainland’s most northerly mill at John O’Groats.

Plans to transform John O’Groats Mill into a tourist attraction and community center received a boost with visits from CARS members to use the historic building to contact other amateur radio enthusiasts.

Nigel Mansfield, CARS club secretary, said: “Called Mills on the Air, clubs from the UK and Europe, operating from all types of factories, have tried to make as many contacts as possible through through amateur radio.

Full licensed Les Thomas (GM0TKB) and Brian Sparks (GM4JYB) with the radio sets inside John O'Groats Mill.
Full licensed Les Thomas (GM0TKB) and Brian Sparks (GM4JYB) with the radio sets inside John O’Groats Mill.

“Through the Mill Trust we have operated from the most northerly mill in mainland UK, John O’Groats Corn Mill, currently being restored and an interesting place to work. Help two radios and aerials, we have made many contacts with mills in Europe and the UK.”

CARS tries to promote the hobby of amateur radio to old and new members and is always interested in finding new members. Anyone interested in amateur radio should check out the CARS website at www.qsl.net/ms0fnr/

For more information on John O’Groats Mill and how the historic building is being brought back to life by a non-profit trust, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnogroatsmill /


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