More bees followed the first one out of the Lodge and carried out the same procedure before flying off and, sure enough, after about 20 minutes started returning laden with pollen. At first the bees were unsure how to re-enter the Lodge but eventually discovered that by pushing the lip on one of the two corners of the cover, they could gain entry. Thereafter they did this automatically each time they returned to the Lodge.
The live colony is contained in a clear plastic case that fits inside the Lodge, and enables the bees and nest to be seen when the Lodge cover is raised. When it first arrived the nest only occupied a small part of the case but within a short time it covered the whole of the case, indicating everything was working as it should. This was to be expected in view of the close availability of pollen from the flowers in the meadow and our garden.
The disappointment about the Brown Hairstreak is that I have not yet been able to find any eggs on the Blackthorn during the winter, despite marking the appropriate parts of the hedge when I trimmed it in the autumn to show me where to look, and carrying out several diligent searches in January and February. Perhaps I will be luckier in 2017?
I have seen lots of insects, spiders and other invertebrate in the meadow that I have never seen before and have derived a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in trying to photograph and identify them. I will put pictures of those I have identified on an ‘Insects’ web-page in the ‘Wild Life’ sub-menu of this website in due course, but in the meantime here are some pictures of some of the insects I have yet to identify. If you can identify any of them, please let me know (email@example.com) - thanks.
Chris at the operating desk of amateur radio station G4BUE in the hamlet of Gay Street, near Pulborough, West Sussex, UK. Since the photo was taken, a second K3 transceiver has been added to try SO2R (single operator two radios) operation in contests.
The two towers and antennas. The left (6m) tower is wound down in the trees. Details about the antennas are in the text on the left.
Here you can search the G4BUE log, but it is only complete for QSOs made between 1 February 1973 and 6 February 1977, and since 4 July 1991. There are a few QSOs between 1977 and 1991 but the log is not yet complete for this period.. After searching, use the back button to return here.
G4BUE is my UK amateur radio callsign. What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.
Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.
Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.
A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.
The RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) website.
The G4BUE station consists of an Elecraft K3 transceiver with the P3 spectrum display. I usually run 100 watts of output power, but on occasions use 5 watts QRP.
The antennas are a three element Steppir for the HF bands (20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 metres) at a maximum of 65 feet (top of the main crank-up tower), a ZX two element yagi for 30m (below the Steppir) and inverted vee dipoles for 60 and 80 metres on the tower below the 30m yagi.
I have a second crank-up 55 feet tower (just visible in the left of the picture holding 6m antennas) that currently has a scaffold pole in the top supporting an inverted L for 160 metres. There is a full-size ground-plane for 40m and I do not have a separate antenna for 6 metres.
G4BUE is the callsign I was issued with on 1 February 1973 when I was first licensed and living at Saltdean, just east of Brighton in East Sussex. Since then I have operated from QTHs (locations) at North Chailey in East Sussex, Hassocks and Upper Beeding in West Sussex and since May 1997 from here in the hamlet of Gay Street near Pulborough in West Sussex, UK. I am QRV (on the air) as G4BUE after going QRT (closed down) as N4CJ in Florida, USA on 28 March 2016,
I started using computer logging in July 1991 and have uploaded my QSOs (contacts) since then to Club Log and LoTW. I am currently converting my earlier paper logs into the computer and these will be added to Club Log and LoTW in due course.
I use Logger32 for day to day logging and update my QSOs to Club Log in real-time. At the bottom of the page are the last ten QSOs I have made. Apart from when I am contesting and using the N1MM Logger+ contest logging program, new QSOs should appear here within a few seconds after they have been completed - refresh your screen to see them. I generally import contest QSOs from N1MM Logger+ to my Logger32 logbook within a couple of days of the contest ending, when they are then searchable below.
The base of the main tower showing the Goodwinch motor system to raise and lower the tower vertically. Inside the yellow box is a heavy duty 12V battery, that is continuallly trickle charged, to power the motor.
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The last ten QSOs made by G4BUE