Number One Riverside

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Number One Riverside Rochdale – a time-lapse video of its construction

Number One Riverside is the new multi-use public building in Rochdale. On 15th June 2012, I published my time-lapse video on YouTube detailing the construction of this building. Number One Riverside formally opened to the public in March 2013.

At the time I was producing this video I was also studying for my amateur radio examinations whilst also working for J21, the Oldham and Rochdale local authority construction initiative, helping local people in to jobs on Oldham and Rochdale.

The building incorporates Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council civic offices and customer service centre, Rochdale Central Library as well as conference facilities for community use, and office space for third parties. The time-lapsed images were taken from the top of the old municipal office, known locally as The Black Box, which was then demolished in 2014.

You will be able to see in the video that the main structure of the building was constructed using slip form technology. Slip form is a method of construction in which concrete is poured into the top of a continuously moving formwork. You will see in the video that concrete, pumped under high pressure, is dispensed into the slip form moving formwork through long articulated metal tubes. This facilitates rapid and economic construction. However, where slip form technology is to be used, the design must feature regular vertical elements. The primary structural strength of Number One Riverside is achieved through the two slip form towers which are subsequently surrounded by office space made from concrete deck floors to the point where the two towers are barely visible. Number One Riverside featured in the Architect, the journal of the American Institute of Architects in February 2017.

A final note: at 41 seconds in, you might notice a big fat pigeon jumps in front of the camera in its bid for stardom!

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Amateur radio events now that lockdown eases

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Amateur radio events – updated 11th June

Amateur radio events are set to take place now that lockdown eases. There are all sorts of events to see. No doubt there are going to be events that we would like to attend that will clash in our diaries. So it is definitely worth making a note in your calendar of events that interest you. Of course, in addition to all those amateur radio activities that we long to attend once again, there are national and international sporting events and also Bank holidays. Whether it is an amateur radio rally or another event you are looking for, I hope you find something of interest below.

Amateur radio events for your diary as lockdown eases

Friday 11th June 2021 through to Sunday 11th July 2021 – Euro 2020 Soccer rescheduled from 2020

Sunday 13th June 2021 – Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP Contest

Thursday 17th June 2021 – International QRP Day

Monday 21st June 2021 – Coronavirus roadmap: Step 4

Saturday 19th June 2021 to Sunday 20th June 2021 – International Museums Weekends 2021 (weekend one) http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/

Saturday 26th June 2021 to Sunday 27th June 2021 – International Museums Weekends 2021 (weekend two) http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/

Monday 28th June 2021 to Sunday 11th July 2021 – Wimbledon Lawn Tennis 2021

Saturday 3rd July 2021 to Sunday 4th July 2021 – VHF National Field Day 2021 https://www.rsgbcc.org/vhf/rules/2021/VHFNFD.shtml

Sunday 18th July 2021 – RSGB International Low Power Contest (HF) https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2021/rqrp.shtml

Friday 23rd July 2021 to Sunday 8th August 2021 – Summer Olympics Tokyo Japan

Saturday 21st August 2021 to Sunday 22nd August 2021 – International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW https://illw.net/

Monday 30th August 2021 – Summer Bank Holiday

Now a virtual event – Saturday 4th September 2021 – Virtual GQRP Convention 2021

Sunday 5th September 2021 – Telford Hamfest http://www.telfordhamfest.org.uk/

Saturday 4th September to Sunday 5th September 2021 – RSGB Field Day HF SSB https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2021/rnfd.shtml

Saturday 11th September 2021 – Churches and Chapels On The Air https://www.wacral.org/chota-2021-2/

Cancelled – Friday 24th September 2021 to Saturday 25th September 2021 – National Hamfest Newark

Saturday 25th September 2021 to Sunday 26th September 2021 – Railways on the Air https://rota.barac.org.uk/

Sunday 17th October 2021 – Hack Green Radio Surplus Hangar Sale https://www.facebook.com/HGsecretbunker/

Saturday 25th December 2021 – Christmas Day

Sunday 26th December 2021 – Boxing Day

Monday 27th December 2021 – Christmas Day substitute Bank Holiday

Tuesday 28th December 2021 – Boxing Day substitute Bank Holiday

Saturday 1st January 2022 – New Years Day

Monday 3rd January 2022 – New Years Day substitute Bank Holiday

Friday 4th January to Sunday 20th February 2022 – Winter Olympics Beijing China

Sunday 20th February 2022 – RadioActive Rally https://midcars.org/

Saturday 9th April 2022 – Grand National Day Aintree Racecourse

Sunday 10th April 2022 – NARSA – Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association, Blackpool rally

Amateur radio event - the NARSA Rally at the Norbreck Hotel, Blackpool on Sunday 10th April 2022

Friday 15th April 2022 – Good Friday

Monday 18th April 2022 – Easter Monday

Monday 2nd May 2022 – Early May Bank Holiday

Thursday 2nd June 2022 – Spring Bank Holiday

Friday 3rd June 2022 – Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Saturday 11th June 2022
ROCHDALE & DISTRICT AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY SUMMER RALLY
St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Road, off Edenfield Road (A680), Norden, Rochdale OL12 7QR.
Doors open to the public at 10:15 am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Further details: Robert, M0NVQ, m0nvq@outlook.com, 0777 811 3333.

Sunday 26th June 2022 – Newbury Rally, Newbury Showground

Thursday 28th July 2022 to Monday 8th August 2022 – Commonwealth Games Birmingham

Monday 15th August 2022 to Sunday 21st August 2022 – European Athletic Championships Munich

Monday 29th August 2022 – Summer Bank Holiday

Monday 21st November 2022 to Sunday 18th December 2022 Qatar

Sunday 25th December 2022 – Christmas Day

Monday 26th December 2022 – Boxing Day Bank Holiday

Tuesday 27th December 2022 – Christmas Day substitute Bank Holiday

Whilst it is good news that lockdown eases and there are events to see, please check with organisers that events are going ahead before travelling.

The information above is also contained in the site calendar: https://m0nvq.me/rallies-calendar/

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20-meter band frequencies

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20-meter band frequencies

This is my interpretation of the 20-meter band frequencies. I thought this would be of interest to readers. Other than the military, amateur radio operators are the only users of the radio spectrum that are permitted to change frequency. This means that as licensed amateur radio operators, we do not have to restrict ourselves to stipulated channels. Having said that, the 20-meter band covers a wide range of frequencies and many applications for amateur radio in the band involve automated equipment such as repeaters, satellites, and beacons. For these reasons it has become general practice to specify frequencies as if they were channels.

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70-centimeter band frequencies

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70-centimeter band frequencies.

This is my interpretation of the 70-centimeter band frequencies. I thought this would be of interest to readers. Other than the military, amateur radio operators are the only users of the radio spectrum that are permitted to change frequency. This means that as licensed amateur radio operators, we do not have to restrict ourselves to stipulated channels. Having said that, the 70-centimeter band covers a wide range of frequencies and many applications for amateur radio in the band involve automated equipment such as repeaters, satellites, and beacons. For these reasons it has become general practice to specify frequencies as if they were channels.

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2-meter band frequencies

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2-meter band frequencies.

This is my interpretation of the 2-meter band frequencies. I thought this would be of interest to readers. Other than the military, amateur radio operators are the only users of the radio spectrum that are permitted to change frequency. This means that as licensed amateur radio operators, we do not have to restrict ourselves to stipulated channels. Having said that, the 2-meter band covers a wide range of frequencies and many applications for amateur radio in the band involve automated equipment such as repeaters, satellites, and beacons. For these reasons it has become general practice to specify frequencies as if they were channels.

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10-meter band frequencies

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10-meter band frequencies.

This is my interpretation of the 10-meter band frequencies. I thought this would be of interest to readers. Other than the military, amateur radio operators are the only users of the radio spectrum that are permitted to change frequency. This means that as licensed amateur radio operators, we do not have to restrict ourselves to stipulated channels. Having said that, the 10-meter band covers a wide range of frequencies and many applications for amateur radio in the band involve automated equipment such as repeaters, satellites, and beacons. For these reasons it has become general practice to specify frequencies as if they were channels.

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QRP frequencies

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QRP frequencies.

This is my interpretation of the QRP frequencies. I thought this would be of interest to readers. But, first of all – what is QRP? QRP operation refers to transmitting at reduced power while attempting to maximize one’s effective range. QRP operation is a specialized pursuit within amateur radio.

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Amateur Radio Oak Plate

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My amateur radio oak plate which I recently won

I recently won a prize draw organised by the South Lancashire Amateur Radio Club (SLARC). The draw was for an amateur radio oak plate inlaid with my callsign.

Well, my oak plate arrived safely through the post and the video documenting the manufacture of my plate just went live on Youtube. Here is the video showing the complexity of manufacture.

As you can see, it is not just that my inlaid oak plate is a beautiful item, but that considerable craftsmanship went into its production.

I would like to express by sincere thanks to South Lancs Amateur Radio Society (SLARC) and to Stephen Watson M7EIS for my oak plate and video.

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