The Bittern DXers always enjoy our visits to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum [Longitude : 0.92611 E (0° 55′ 34” E) Latitude : 52.71482 N (52° 42′ 53” N) QTH locator : JO02LR] but the Fathers’ Day weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 was memorable for the temperatures reached in the courtyard!

It was by far the hottest weekend for sometime with temperatures well above 30 degrees celsius, but equipment and operators stayed cool enough to make a few contacts for visitors to see.

Band conditions weren’t great (i.e. dreadful!) but Parsley, 2E0MPM, managed a few contacts on data on 20 metres after resolving some interface issues, but otherwise HF activity was poor.

Perhaps because of the temperatures being so high many public attendance was below the usual for such an event at Gressenhall, so we took the opportunity during the quieter spells for a bit of in-club training and mentoring.

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As usual, the reception of pictures from the weather satellites attracted great interest from young people and once again the Funcube Team came up trumps with a Fitter Message wishing all the earthling dads a Happy Father Day.

Children were delighted to see that their dad got a special message from space and the word “Wow!” was heard on more than one occasion.

Linda’s code-breaking exercise was also very popular as was the ‘have a go’ morse trying with a number of certificates being issued for both activities.

Overall another rewarding weekend for us and we look forward to our return on the 27th and 28th August for the Village at War Weekend.