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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:06 pm

I don't really like heights, but ......

I've never really been fond of heights but when you have to, you just got to do it!!!

Yesterday, I felt rather queazy climbing onto the aerial mast gantry on top of the highest building in Cardiff - had to fix a microwave problem! But when I was there, the views were spectacular :)

Was nice to get back down!!
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The Millennium Stadium slap bang in the city centre
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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:12 pm

nice views! only place i haven't been to is the castle (been to the museums and stadium), will take the kids to the castle 2nd of june i think, hopefully just before watching the boyo's beat the boks, you can't beat cardiff on match day!

don't fancy those gantrys though!

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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:42 pm

I saw you John, Didn't you see me waving at you :D

Cracking photos :o

Hugh Potter wrote: 2nd of june i think, hopefully just before watching the boyo's beat the boks, you can't beat cardiff on match day!
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It's the 5th of June Hugh and I'll be there watching the lads stuff the boks. :-?
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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:13 pm

Hugh Potter wrote:watching the boyo's beat the boks, you can't beat cardiff on match day!

Hugh


Neil Davey wrote:It's the 5th of June Hugh and I'll be there watching the lads stuff the boks


Yeah right... what ever :roll:




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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:26 pm

Wowee John, stunning, absolutely stunning pics. Aren't we lucky to have such a beautiful city surrounded by sea and mountains (and Newport).

Thanks for sharing.


....and I'll stop complaining to everyone I meet now about my recent experience 30ft up in a cherry picker. This tops that x100000.

What building was it, Julian Hodge?

...and nice to see City Hall lawns looking nice and green for a change.
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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:35 pm

Wow. Just gorgeous.
I have not been to Wales but somehow I stupidly envisioned just hills and sheep. Looks like a lovely modern city with loads of old world charm.
Thanks!
(and you are a brave man! Smiling merrily up oh so high)
Love....Jill
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Post Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:23 pm

Jill,

Cardiff is like an oasis of calm in amongst a country otherwise full of hills and sheep (and Newport)
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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:26 am

Gareth Lewis wrote:Jill,

Cardiff is like an oasis of calm in amongst a country otherwise full of hills and sheep (and Newport)



that's true!

Yes the 5th, sorry!

warren, I might have a spare ticket if ya wanna go!

I'll be camping near gower with the kids the week before, can't wait, prob still plenty of tickets if ya look online.

Re the gov't buildings, I've some pics taken last nov - nz game- of some of the stone work on those buildings, will post if I can dig em out!
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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:12 am

Gareth Lewis wrote:Jill,

Cardiff is like an oasis of calm in amongst a country otherwise full of hills and sheep (and Newport)
:D

Don't mention Newport :roll:
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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:24 am

beautiful city :D
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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:12 am

found the pics from last time i was down (Wales vs NZ in Nov 09), arrived rather early, got a double decker into the city (all to ourselves) after being the first car to arrive at the parco n rydeo, then spent all day wondering around, awesome little cafe for the pre-match breakfast nearby too!

there's certainly some lovely stonework around the city...
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Post Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:03 pm

The building is The capitol Building or to us old fogeys, The Pearl Assurance building.

One of the guys I work with has actually sat on the wall with his legs dangling over and NO harness!!! I have a picture of it somewhere. Just thinking about it makes me light headed.

...... and Newport on the horizon :)
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 9:17 am

Hi John.... Your no liking of heights - I know how you feel - but you did have a platform or roof to work from!!... 9 years ago before moving to the UK I had an engineering business in Zimbabwe. We also did Motorola radio communications networks for farmers etc. as the security was so bad we connected farmers together an big networks...

We installed automatic repeater stations (to enable longer distances of comms) mounted on masts placed on top of BIG hills in the centre of the areas. We also had a 30 mt mast in our back garden as we lived on a plateau and overlooked 70 miles of our local farming area - bad luck for the Air Force planes which landed on the runway a mile behind our house!!.

The equipment was generally mounted on tall masts which we made and installed in 3mt lengths. Masts were anywhere from 9 - 30mt high and had we had to attach the aerials, solar panels, batterys and radio equipment after we had put the mast up.. !! The masts were made of 16mm steel twist bar and were only 500mm tri-angular in size so no space for platforms!! Just a safety harness and lots of bags of equipment to haul up.. I hated heights so had a few employees who scaled up the mast like monkeys!! My kids used to climb ours in the garden!!

Must say the views were spectacular as we could see for 200 miles!!
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 12:52 pm

Someone needs to tell that lady on the rooftop it's not warm enough to sunbathe, especially topless.
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....made you look!
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 1:10 pm

:D :D
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 4:02 pm

excellent pictures John, thanks for sharing mate...


please edit and attach the pictures. i hate to be a pain, but if the pictures arent attached to UKSB's servers. those picture links will disapear at some point and this full thread becomes a dudd for folk reading it at a later date. :D
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 10:30 pm

GW0ACH/GW8VBV de G0UBF

John C, Your call sign is actually very very familiar after digging back in the thread, I think we have actually spoke (or connected) many times in the past. My log book is packed away in a box somewhere as I retired-radio many years ago but I used to run at home Packet radio and could hit wales from devon and im sure you played around with packet radio on possibly 144Mhz and might have been a repeater or a BBS? I had a packet repeater once at Ilfracombe (ex-G3AKJ-2/G0UBF-2) wind farm, it used to connect between G4SOF and maybe yourself or the BBS in Swansea at the time.

(which is on the same mast as the 70cm repeater GB?ND in North Devon).

I dont follow the regs now, but I guess things are more opened up now, especially if your running microwave links (if they are amateur use).

Anyway, 73s no need for QSL, it will get lost.
G0UBF -.-
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Post Sat May 01, 2010 11:04 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:My log book is packed away in a box somewhere

Yeah, my gear is all packed away too. :(
Still maintain the licence though. :D

I didn't have a fear of heights until the day I helped put an antenna on top of the control tower at Donington Park. That experience scared me, and now I leave that sort of thing to the youngsters.

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Post Sun May 02, 2010 7:38 am

Morning Dave & John

I haven't had a QSO in years, still got some equipment though and only last year purchased the Yeasu multimode LF to UHF portable package! Wish it had been around when was hill-topping :) Amazing bit of kit.

Yes Dave, we have worked. I used to run a DX Cluster on 144 & 70MHz. I had a brilliant location for VHF/UHF & with an array of 4 17 ele Cushcrafts for 2 metres, I could work into Scotland and Northern Europe any day - 400 watts on 144 helped too :)

I'm now a radio technician for the police keeping the 999 system and control rooms working. Not a lot of it is RF these days, from the aerial it's converted to IP.
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Post Sun May 02, 2010 8:12 am

i thought we had.. i remember the top of ilfracombe had such amazing DX when i used to run that packet repeater, it used to pick up all sorts.

DXing, well i do miss it a little

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