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Amateur radio enthusiasts mill about at John O'Groats

Members of the Caithness Amateur Radio Society (CARS) took part in a contact event at the weekend in the British mainland's most northerly mill at John O'Groats.

Plans to transform John O’Groats Mill into a visitor attraction and community hub had a further boost with the visit by CARS members to use the historic building for contacting other ham radio enthusiasts.

Nigel Mansfield, CARS club secretary, said: "Called Mills on the Air, clubs all over the UK and Europe, operating from all types of mills, tried to raise as many contacts as possible through the medium of amateur radio.

"With thanks to the mill trust, we operated from the most northerly mill in mainland UK, John O'Groats corn mill, currently under restoration and a interesting location to work from. Using two radios and antenna’s we raised many contacts from mills in Europe and the UK."

CARS tries to promote the hobby of ham radio to old and new members and is always interested in finding new members. Anyone with an interest in ham radio should check the CARS website at

More information on the John O'Groats Mill and how the historic building is being brought back to life by a not-for-profit trust organisation can visit the Facebook page at


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