This weekend I took a trip to the boat, I was very surprised to note that this is only our second visit of the year. In my mind we have been up about 4 times, however when I looked in my diary the first trip of the year was 3 months ago. The boat didn’t look too bad considering and once we had loaded her up I started her up, the engine hadn’t been running long when I noticed the temperature was up at about 90c. This is very high considering the engine had only been running 10 minutes, I felt the hot water tank and it was cold, not a good sign. I then checked the header tank and that was empty. In the ten years we have had Martha I have never had to top the coolant up. After some frantic checking I found the water pump had actually rotted through, this may have been a consequence of putting fresh anti-freeze in last year or it may have been the fact that the pump was probably 15 years old. I was dreading taking the pump off for fear of having bolts breaking in the block, but my fears were unfounded as the pump came out no problem. I have ordered the new pump and will be making a trip next week to fit the new pump.
A tranquil Sunday morning at the moorings
Sunday morning I left Lesley asleep on the boat and set off for an early morning drive around the broads. I came across a nice church near Barton and had a walk around the graveyard. I always find this an excellent way to think, no distractions and as soon as you start feeling sorry for yourself you remind yourself that all the bodies under the ground would probably swap places with you in a heartbeat.
I took the 897 up to the boat and my new Hi-Mound key, the conditions were rubbish. Coupled with that there was a great deal of interference on all bands. I have had this before sometimes it pulses and runs up and down the bands and sometimes it’s a constant buzz. While mooching around on Sunday morning I came across this place:
Neatishead Radar Station
I am pretty certain this is where my interference is coming from. So no QSO’s this weekend.
All in all a good weekend