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The ferry in Heysham dock, the Ben-my-Chree.
Here's a better photo. The Ben-my-Chree was built in 1998.
In 2004 she had a £1.5m refit to expand the passenger capacity.
Passenger capacity is now 500, and the vehicle capacity is 275.
The Ben-my-Chree is 125m long and has a typical cruising speed of 19 knots.
Out of Heysham harbour into the Irish Sea.
How it looks from the air, on a fine day.
Another ferry, crossing from Ireland.
Four hours later, the Isle of Man, looming out of the cloud.
We stayed at the QTH of Robert GD4GNH.
The barn is an equipment store, well-equipped workshop, a large amateur radio library, and a multi-multi station.
The view to the South East, towards Wales, further round to the right is Cornwall.
The view to the North East, towards England and Scotland.
Robert's station is often used for VHF, UHF & microwave DX and contest work.
The tower to the left of the house was used for the 40m Yagi.
The tower to the left of the barn was used for the 10m Yagi.
We slept in the house, cars and a nearby B&B.
The view North, not such a good take-off, but most other directions are good.
Motorbikes were heard screaming down this road.
Robert's nearest neighbour.
The barn from the road.
Certificates adorn the shack ceiling.
Setting out the new 18m Spiderbeam poles for the 80m phased verticals
The phasing lines were each 0.25 wavelength RG11 and fed to a Comtek PVS-2. The verticals were driven East, West or broadside N-S. The front to back ratio was good, about 20dB, e.g., Eu signals dropped by 3 to 4 S-points when beaming to the US.
The base of one of the 80m verticals. The gain was probably less than 3dB because the earth mat could have been better.
The poles were guyed at sections 4 & 8 of 12.
My Dad, winching up the 20m Yagi.
Andy GD0TEP working on the 40m tower.
The 40m Shorty Forty with the 20m 4-ele Yagi in the background.
The antenna farm, L-R, a VHF yagi, 8-ele 10m Yagi, 60ft support for 160m dipole (foreground), 40m Shorty Forty and the 20m 4-ele Yagi. The 80m verticals are out of shot to the right.
Setting up Win-Test and the radios before the contest. L-R, Dave G3NKC, myself Mark G4AXX, Ian G0AFH & Goran S5500.
Thursday evening at the White Stone in Ballasalla. L-R Mark G4AXX, Peter G4MJS, Dave G3NKC, Robert GD4GNH, Stewart G3RXQ, Andy GD0TEP, Martin G4XUM is out of camera to the right.
The 80m station, FT2000 with a Microham MicroKEYER behind the radio. The Comtek vertical array control box is on the Alpha 91b. The new Beverage control box is above the Heil headset to the left of the FT2000.
The contest under way. L-R, Ian G0AFH on 10/160m, Mark G4AXX on 80m, Goran S55OO on 40m. Conditions were much better than expected. 10 & 15m were especially good for the bottom of the cycle.
Ian G0AFH 10/160m, Stewart G3RXQ 80m, Dave G3NKC 40m. Stewart wrote the software for the IW3HEV Vector Network Analayser that we used to measure the quarter wave 80m feeders.
Peter G4MJS building the score on 20m.
Martin G4XUM on 15m. Martin used to be Chairman of the RSGB VHF Contest Committee.
Tear down after the contest, Dave, Peter & Stewart, dismantling the 10m Yagi.
Putting the Yagis back into the roof of the barn. At the top of the stairs, Robert, Martin's son (8), Stewart, Dave & Goran.
My Dad lives on the island so after the contest we went for drive round the island. The Isle of Man is 32 miles long and between 8 and 15 miles wide. It has a beautiful coastline, such as Groudle Glen shown here.
Early on Tuesday morning Dave & I got back on the ferry. For me it was another 5 hours drive to Essex, a round trip of 550 miles.