Thursday, 27 February 2014

DPARS has number of ex-military items stored in Blandford Forum, Dorset. a couple of photos of some of the items are shown below. There are no radios, they are mainly telegraph and line items. There is a possibility that the items may have to be dumped. If anybody is interested in obtaining some or all of them, please contact to arrange viewing them. Items must be collected but are free to a good home.

M1ABD-3 was off the air last night (26 February 2014) between 2000 Hours and Midnight due to a planned power outage at Headquarters. Station is now working normally again having re-booted itself when the power was restored.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Found a replacement power supply for the computer and installed it this afternoon. The original computer is now back on M1ABD and working normally (fingers crossed).
I took a trip up to M1ABD yesterday afternoon and found the area covered in SSE vans and more people than I have ever seen on top of Bullbarrow before.
I spoke to one of the linemen who said that they were fixing the fault and the power should be back on that evening.
This morning M1ABD had still not appeared on the map.
So, once again I took a trip up the hill.
I found that the power had come back on, but the computer was not running.
It appears that the computer power supply had given up trying to deal was the on-off electricity and had died. I keep a spare computer on site (a very old one that will only run Windows 95), so I persuaded it to spring into life and replaced the broken computer.
M1ABD is now back on air again and appears to be running normally.

Ted (

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Yet again the electricity is off at Bullbarrow Hill and M1ABD is off air. It would appear that this is going to happen every time we get heavy rain until SSE finally fix the problem.
The last packet transmitted by M1ABD was just before 0200 Hours this morning.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The electricity was off again at M1ABD from 0045 Hours until approx. 1500 Hours today. There was a problem with an underground cable that went to a transformer on a pole in the middle of a field. Fingers crossed, the problem has been solved.

Monday, 17 February 2014

The electricity came back on at M1ABD at Bullbarrow Hill at 1450 Hours today. M1ABD is back on air and working normally.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

There has been a complete power failure at the M1ABD site on Bullbarrow Hill. The back-up generator has also failed (Possibly due to lack of fuel).
So, M1ABD will be off the air until power is restored.