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  2. BroadAmbition

    Boat Jumble

    We could do with a boat jumble on the scale of the Norfolk Show Ground up here around our neck of the woods Griff
  3. BroadAmbition

    James Knight's Blog

    I have just read it through twice. Concentrated more the second time round. I would of thought I found fault or at least partially disagree with something he said - Failed spectacularly. It is one of the most sensible pieces of writing on this particular topic I have ever read. I just hope and pray that some big hitter somewhere high up the food chain reads and studies it properly, then maybe picks up his/her phone and starts to make a few subtle enquiries than starts to rattle cages - We can hope In the meantime, much respect and a huge thanks to James Knight for taking the time and sharing with us Griff
  4. Vaughan

    James Knight's Blog

    I don't think I have ever seen a more concise and well reasoned summary of the problems facing the Broads these days, than this. Those who have been pleased to criticise James's blogs over the last few months, should read this very carefully. And then go back and read it again!
  5. BroadAmbition

    Game Shooting - Documentory

    Today was my last game shoot of the season, and on a school day too. Our local shoot of which I am one of the syndicate guns so this one affordable. Not a huge bag but the day was really good. Expensive Breakfast at the Mount Pleasant hotel. Then out for the day. It was proper cold with ice crunching underfoot. Macie did her thing as she does. I bagged three pheasant and four french partridge (We like shooting the french!) we never shoot English partridge. A great day out with mates. Now to concentrate on the clay shooting with some big fun team events coming up throughout the year Griff
  6. dnks34

    James Knight's Blog

    James speaks a lot of sense. Contained in his blog is the framework needed to clip the BA’s wings and set them back on track. Setting up a new body to in part replace them and removing their planning powers gets a massive thumbs up from me.
  7. MauriceMynah

    Omni Directional Aerial

    That is the size and design of aerial I use, I think (from what I have learned on this thread) that I need to replace the coax though.
  8. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Cheers NN The walk is pleasant, if you don't mind walking in the road which seems the Norfolkian way. In the spring/summer we'll do the footpath walk instead and see how it compares, but you can always rely on the Ferry Incidentally, mooring there is free over night, and £3 for electric (for the Southern Softies ) Coldham Hall charge £10 over night (redeemable) and £5 for leccy
  9. NorfolkNog

    A Winters Tale

    That is a decent hike. I've done Surlingham Ferry to Coldham Hall (and vice versa) a few times but Rockland as well, respect sir. Coldham Hall is a bit prone to closing but I've yet to find the Ferry closed (when they are supposed to be open of course) PS - you didn't visit the New Inn as well??
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  11. NorfolkNog

    Omni Directional Aerial

    Got to agree, the higher the aerial can be positioned, the better. Mrs N and I very rarely watch TV, usually the aerial is stowed away and there it stays. However a few years ago we hired this one with a very simple but effective telescopic pole. It simply fitted into a socket on the deck and extended well above the height of the boat. The aerial looks to be the Yagi type which Nigel recommended. I do recall reception was superb, probably the best we have achieved the few times we've used a TV. I don't suppose this arrangement would present any problems as a DIY job. Should be fairly cheap too!
  12. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Very good sir, the poster I aspire to be like gets a JF
  13. MauriceMynah

    A Winters Tale

    See there's where you went wrong... It's the B roads you know and love, the Norfolk B roads.
  14. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Sorry KrustyKev if you don't like this post, but you're more than welcome to go get ignored in any of the many other threads available
  15. Smoggy

    James Knight's Blog

    I think I would pretty much agree with all of that.
  16. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Tuesday January 22nd Having got the opportunity for a short break due to no-one being able to use this week straight after the boats winter maintenance I snapped up the opportunity for a last winter's tale. I wasn't going to bother "blogging" this week so bear with me if the photos are a little lacking. Having been on a course all weekend I was unable to leave work earlier than Tuesday morning, but once 0800 rolled around I was hitting the A roads like a demon to get to Brundall early on and start my break..... Sooooooooo, after a 4 hour procession behind tractors, lorries, queues of traffic and so on I finally made it to Brundall. I quickly unloaded my minimal supplies, alchyhol deposited into the fridge (plenty of wine for you know who) and then it was off to walk the neglected dog who had slept through the car journey. Oh, hang on.... the dog walk just happened to pass the Yare pub so in we popped for a beer or two...or three Once we returned to the boat the minimal supplies were sorted and then it was time for the off. Although cold it was a lovely day, and we cruised down the Yare with the help of the tide until we reached Fleet Dyke and then into Rockland Staithe. Once moored up and secure it was time for a walk off up to Coldham Hall. Ignoring the footpath over the field as it was so muddy, and apparently heels don't like muddy fields, (my comment of carrying the heeled lady in return for rewards later earned me a deadly stare) we took the road route until we reached Coldham Hall (40 minutes...ish)... which was shut for refurbishment works Undetered we continued back to the road and set off for the Ferry House at Surlingham (approx 20 minutes from Coldham Hall....ish) Ooh.......the door was locked. Surely we couldn't have walked all this way for a lack of refreshments..... Nah, I walked to the back/front door which was unlocked and enjoyed a fine pint of Aspalls cider (there ya go Lyndsey with a d) beside the fire under the insistence of a frozen Southern Softie We took a little stroll beside the river moorings (hand in hand ) Before we headed off back home and managed to reach the Staithe before the light had completely gone (approx 30 minute walk) After a beautifully burnt...err cooked, tea (how the hell do you burn a pan full of peas? Or for that matter at breakfast how do you burn boiled eggs? Or a salad? , sorry babe) it was nights out and a snuggle down into bed after a long hard working weekend.
  17. Ray

    Boat Jumble

    It always strikes me that in the Broads area in particular there should be enough interest for 2 or 3 smaller events each year, perhaps run more on the lines of a boat boot fair perhaps. The large event at Norfolk show ground with commercial and private sellers wouldn't be adversely affected I'm sure.
  18. JennyMorgan

    James Knight's Blog

    Yet more wise words and observations emanating from James's keyboard: http://www.thebroadsblog.co.uk/2019/01/some-thoughts-on-glover-review.html?fbclid=IwAR0bAtf14HjrCTvpsmo1zUCgCHTAOabl7hzJrhxtGMjmhZFvT_DZEBL9ewk Once again, well worth reading.
  19. BroadAmbition

    Boat Jumble

    No mention of it here:- www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk It was on last year but to be fair it was a former shadow of what it used to be, seems to me it was getting smaller with less stalls both commercial and private each year The Northern one near to Goole has also disappeared off the list. That one was suffering too as above imho I / we used to visit both of em during 'B.A's restoration period 2002 - 2007, they were great events then, sometimes too much to get round and we got some great bargains both new and second hand Griff
  20. BroadAmbition

    Omni Directional Aerial

    Thanks for your expert advice - Very good of you Griff
  21. chameleon

    Pmr Licence Free Radio On The Broads

    only problem there , getting a good ground plane for the aerial
  22. Lastdraft

    Boat Jumble

    Anyone know what’s happened to the Newark boat jumble, is it on this year ? usually early Feb but no mention anywhere.
  23. Smoggy

    Closed Season - Have Your Say

    If there's a spare seat I could sit and watch that with you, maybe give a running commentary (or just insert the bleeps), sounds like good entertainment.
  24. woodwose

    Omni Directional Aerial

    Hi Griff. I can't speak for any particular aerial because I have not used any of them. Here are a few more thoughts By definition, omnidirectional aerials cannot have any gain. A true omnidirectional device actually has a gain of -3db. Some of the aerials on the market claim to work from 40 to 900MHz. The chances of such an aerial being resonant anywhere near the frequencies used by the Tacolneston transmitter are not great, so that is a further loss. Such aerials are accompanied by a broadband amplifier which also amplifies the noise as well as the signal. Inside the plastic globe or flying saucer will be a sort of folded dipole which resembles a bent coat hanger (there may be more than one). This is the actual aerial. The higher this is the better it will work. I am not saying that omnidirectional aerials don't work and they have the big advantage of working on swinging moorings. If I was buying an aerial, I would get a Yagi made for Tacolneston (Group BH). I would mount it on a pole as high as possible and would not use an amplifier. An 18 element one would be better than a 10 element but it depends on how much room there is in the boat to store it. Hope this helps Nigel, sunny Ludham
  25. grendel

    Closed Season - Have Your Say

    well I would go and complete this, but as i dont fish (apart from complements) I have no ideas what should and shouldnt be, so I would be as like to say closed season from 1st january until 9pm on the 31st december as any other with absolutely no basis for my opinion, so as such I will avoid participating (did I tell you I am allergic to fish too ). I did go fishing - once. when I was small, a friend took me - we went down the local river, sat on the bank- on a wasps nest and I was ill for 3 days with about 30 stings, so as well as being allergic to eating fish, I have a strong allergy to fishing - I could sit and watch someone else doing it all day - especially if it was them that sat on a wasps nest.
  26. marshman

    Freezing Weather

    At Ranworth today there were a few ducks walking around close to the quay but I would think that 70 % was icefree and melting further.
  27. Simondo

    Freezing Weather

    Had to prise the tray out of the freezer before topping up on vodka!
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