MORE TO FOLLOW:
28/11/20: GM4TOQ, GM4COX
Access slabs laid (3 x 2’s). Using small JCB digger, more stumps removed and soil in front of shack levelled.
Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .
21/11/20: GM4TOQ, MM7DCD, MM7STP, GM4COX + Scotty & Gregor
A further 4 Cubic Metres of concrete added to complete job. (Approx 10 Tonnes + 2 CuSq on the 14th – total of 15 Tonnes) And small quantity of extra concrete used to build ‘step-down’ from #1 to #2 Shack.
Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .
14/11/20: GM4TOQ, MM7DCD, MM0ZUN, MM7STP, GM7OAW, GM0EZP, GM4COX + Garry
Groundpost postioned and initial concrete mixed and poured, along with ‘rubble’ to stabilise and secure.
Pictures added to MEMBERS FORUM .
07/11/20: GM4TOQ, MM0ZUN, MM7STP + Garry
Hole dug for tower base.
26/09/20: MM0ZU, GM4TOQ, GM0EZP, MM7POL, GM4COX
To accommodate the 100′ tower base; rhododendrons cut back. Knowing the position of the tower; slabs laid outside Shack#1, to connect to access gate and base of tower.
Photos added to COCHNO Folder. (COX)
19/09/20: MM0ZUN, GM4TOQ
- Unloaded a pile of slabs next to the shack taken up by the tractor
- Spent a few hours on making fence posts out of what we can reuse of the old fence ones. Ground and cut then welded the remaining fence posts into a usable state, the bottom ends that had previously been in the ground had rusted away
- Stock take of fencing bits that can be reused and worked out we need to buy approx 80m of bar for the rungs in the fence. Alan will check up on supplier
- A lot of the fence along the top in place, still missing some of the bar for it though but have the posts and top rail in
- Cut down some bushes in the fence line and where the base of the tower will go. Need to remove roots from there, this can be done when we have the digger up for doing the hole for the tower base. Once the branches have dried a bit they can be burnt
Photos of progress added to MEMBERS FORUM .
18/07/20: MM7MCN, MM7POL, MM7AJI, GM4TOQ, GM0EZP, GM4COX
Continue to re-install wrought iron fence.
Continue rebuild/repair of Shack#1 frontage
Paint exterior of Shack#2
12/07/20: 2M0WWC, GM4COX
Paint exterior of Shack#1
01/06/20: GM4COX, GM4TOQ
Burn rhododendron foliage & branches that had been cut the previous year.
Paint Shack#1 access frontage
MARCH ONWARDS – CORONAVIRUS STOPS PLAY
Shack#1 visit after winter ‘hibernation’. Shack dry. Photos taken and loaded into Cochno folder – MEMBERS FORUM .
17/11/19: GM4TOQ, GM8XGI, MM7AJE
Install new access door to Shack#1.
Drop height of Shack#2 for easier access.
26-27/10/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM0EZP, MM1ESW, MM7AJI, MM7AJE………
CQWW SSB – GM4AGG taking part. See POST#160 (Members Forum) .
More update pictures added to Members Forum.
New padlocks fitted. Floor mats fitted. Lefthand door frame repaired. Vent fitted.
Operating Desk secured. Operating chair floor boarding fitted. On-going work on door frames (right & left).
08/09/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, MM7AJI, MM7AJJ
HF Beam relocated from Alan’s QTH to farmyard. Lefthand door protection door padlock cut. On-going work on surrounding fence.
Shack floor tiles cleaned. Operating Desk – equipment shelf modified and both sanded down and painted. Front door (right hand side) frame repaired.
Comprehensive CHECKLIST of outstanding items Posted on Members Forum.
20/07/19: MM1ESW, GM4COX
Stuart – MM1ESW & myself were up at the Shack on Saturday (20th) specifically to carryout some more sealing on #1 and checkout #2. This I did and took the opportunity to take a few pictures and add to the relevant Folders in Photos.
I was out at the shack this afternoon……………… started sorting out the contents of the old shack. I divided stuff up into components and equipment. The components are now packed up and labeled ready to go to the Electron Club for use by the SoLDER group and others. Just need to get them down from the shack at some point
I have photographed all the equipment (there may be some hiding that I couldn’t get at due to all the cable making things a bit crushed inside) All the smaller stuff is now in 2 crates while the larger stuff remains under the bench and next to the cooker
11/07/19: 2M1CKE, MM0ZUN, GM4TOQ, GM4COX
Floor tiles relayed in #1 and operating desk re-assembled.
#1 Roof some areas sealed. Other areas outstanding.
Tower ground post modified and aligned to swivel point. More modifications required.
A fuller Member’s Post (inc photos) – HERE .
24/06/19 – 05/07/19 : 2M1CKE, MM0ZUN, GM4COX
Painting of the inside of #1 completed (just some small touch-ups required)
Pat has made a start on painting the inside of #1.
( JUNE – OCT: GM4TOQ )
On-going modifications to tower & groundpost. (Pictures added to Members Forum)
22/06/19: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM4COX, MM7MCM
A long but successful day yesterday. New ‘BIG’ tower (and ground-post) uplifted from south of Inverness and delivered to Cochno. To be located to new Shack. Ground-post to be slightly modified. Hole dug for ground-post, positioned and concreted into place.
Thanks all: Alan – TOQ, Sam – BGS, Jack – COX and Archie – SWL (and of course a big thanks to the tractor driver who uplifted both the tower and ground-post and placed on pick-up. Saved us a lot of time).
A fuller Post to be made in our MEMBERS Forum along with pictures.
ABW 22/06/19 a team are heading north to uplift.
Arrangements underway to uplift tower.
Pictures added to Members Forum.
Both Shacks Levelled.
Shack#1, inside and outside washed and cleaned.
Start made on surrounding fence.
Wash outside Shack#2 (Old Shack) in preparation for painting #1 & #2. Paint colour to be decided. (This may depend on what is available – hi?)
Paint interior of #1. (emulsion)
Organise uplift of new tower.
Members Forum Post updated and pictures added.
Cleared old Shack#2 for preparation to be re-located on new site. Moved and sited into position. Items that had been removed most are returned for the moment.
Shack#1 emptied in preparation for refurbishment. Most items transferred to Shack#2 for the moment.
Ground around both shacks re-instated after tractor & dumper action. Looking good!
New tower gifted to the Club. Decision to ‘scrap’ old one but re-use certain items. New tower has to be collected. To be organised.
Posted by Kenny – MM0ZUN on our MEMBERS FORUM:
“I’ve added some photos from today of getting the shack roughly into its final location.
This wouldn’t have been possible to get done without Gary and some of his friends work.
MAY: GM4TOQ, GM4COX, MM0ZUN, GM4BGS (Peter), MM6WWS
Move Shack#1 (Newest Shack) and Tower for ease of access and refurbishment.
APRIL: GM4TOQ, GM4BGS
Cleared the rhododendrons and cut the dead tree. (see new photos added to PHOTOS/COCHNO_Shack (Club Members only))
Dropped the Tower, removed the HF beam & VHF collinear.
Refurbished the HF beam (The VHF collinear appears to be in good shape)
Access has now been made to the Tower and Shack.
30/04/19 : And the ‘lads’ HAVE:
Well this Project is well underway thanks to the efforts of Alan – GM4TOQ, Alan’s son Garry & Mate, Sam – GM4BGS and Sam’s son Peter.
So where are we at?
Well as you know (or may not – see my thoughts in this POST#25 (Members only)) there is a pile of work to be done.
24/03/19 : GM4TOQ, GM4BGS, GM4COX, MM6BWS
Site visit with follow-on proposals.