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GB0MMH Men’s Health Month

The Humber Fortress DX ARC proudly supports the 2024 International Men’s Health Initiative, advocating for men’s mental health awareness on a global scale. We will be operational from the Club’s HQ during the weekends of May 17th-19th and June 14th-16th, utilizing the special call sign GB0MMH across all HF bands. We encourage you to listen to us and reach out; your support will significantly raise awareness of men’s mental health.

This year, GB0MMH will remain active throughout the duration, making it easy to identify us as we continue to raise awareness of MMH over the weekends. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the operators who have supported us in previous years and to those driving the initiative this year. 

For far too long, men have been hesitant to discuss their struggles and have lacked the necessary support systems. Fortunately, many organizations are now assisting men facing mental health challenges on an international level. It’s crucial to talk, and even better when support is readily available, which is being increasingly utilized by men in need.

Below are links to resources that offer in-depth information and support for those reaching out for help. If you or someone you know is silently suffering from depression due to financial or family-related issues, please share the information from the supportive community advocating for men’s mental health.

Mens Health Forum
Man Health
Man Up
Andy’s Man Club

This organization is especially meaningful to us, with one of our HFDXARC members, Liam M7LCB, heavily involved in providing support to men by encouraging them to open up about their struggles.

We invite you to explore our website, sign the guest book, and share your comments, feedback, or suggestions. Links are provided below.

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Help Support Us – Make A Donation To Our Club

RUN THE DISHWASHER TWICE

Men’s mental health is not something we often talk about, something most men are not willing to talk about.

“It’s embarrassing”,” It’s something blokes don’t do”. “I’d be a laughing stock” are some of the many excuses that are used.

70% of men suffer from some kind of mental health issue, Stress, anxiety and depression being a few.

40% have never spoken to anyone regarding this

29% are too embarrassed.

20% still say there is a negative stigma surrounding it.

Yet men are more likely to commit suicide for this reason than women. A huge 75% of deaths by suicide for mental health is male. The biggest killer of men under 50 is suicide.

The above figures are only the ones that are reported. There could be double even triple that go unreported every day and it is time we made a difference. Time we helped men to talk, to realise “It is ok to not be ok”

HOW CAN I HELP

Let them know you’re there to listen to them without judgment

Someone who is experiencing mental health problems may find it hard to reach out, so try to keep in touch. A text message or a phone call could make a big difference

Find out about local services such as talking therapy or support groups. See if there are any specifically for men if you think they’d prefer that.

Help them to get help. Reassure them it’s okay to ask for help and that support is out there. You could help them contact their GP or accompany them to their appointment if they want you to

Take care of yourself. Looking after someone else can be hard, so make sure you consider your well-being too.

Andy Mans Club =

Men’s Shed = Phone: 0300 772 9626

Email: 

Hub of Hope = https://hubofhope.co.uk/

CALM = 0800 1111.

Samaritans = 0800 1111.

Why did I title this ‘Run the dishwasher twice’ you may be wondering. This was inspired by an analogy I was read when I started with my own struggles and there is no reason it can’t be applied to men.

It’s the thought behind it rather than the content. 

Keep your chin up – You are strong and you are worth it.

The Analogy is

Run the dishwasher Twice

“Run the dishwasher twice” might sound like strange mental health advice, but this beautiful lesson came from an answer from Katie Scott on Quora to the question “Has a therapist ever told you something completely unexpected?

“When I was at one of my lowest (mental) points in life, I couldn’t get out of bed some days. I had no energy or motivation and was barely getting by.

I had therapy once per week, and on this particular week, I didn’t have much to ‘bring’ to the session. He asked how my week was and I had nothing to say.

‘What are you struggling with?’ he asked.

I gestured around me and said ‘I dunno man. Life.

Not satisfied with my answer, he said ‘No, what exactly are you worried about right now? What feels overwhelming? When you go home after this session, what issue will be staring at you?’

I knew the answer, but it was so ridiculous that I didn’t want to say it.

I wanted to have something more substantial.

Something more profound.

But I didn’t.

So I told him, ‘Honestly? The dishes. It’s stupid, I know, but the more I look at them the more I CAN’T do them because I’ll have to scrub them before I put them in the dishwasher, because the dishwasher sucks, and I just can’t stand and scrub the dishes.’

I felt like an idiot even saying it.

What kind of grown-ass woman is undone by a stack of dishes? There are people out there with actual problems, and I’m whining to my therapist about dishes.

But he nodded in understanding and then said:

‘Run the dishwasher twice.’

I began to tell him that you’re not supposed to, but he stopped me.

‘Why the hell aren’t you supposed to? If you don’t want to scrub the dishes and your dishwasher sucks, run it twice. Run it three times, who cares?! Rules do not exist.’

It blew my mind in a way that I don’t think I can properly express.

That day, I went home and tossed my smelly dishes haphazardly into the dishwasher and ran it three times.

I felt like I had conquered a dragon.

The next day, I took a shower lying down.

A few days later. I folded my laundry and put them wherever the hell they fit.

There were no longer arbitrary rules I had to follow, and it gave me the freedom to make accomplishments again.

Now that I’m in a healthier place, I rinse off my dishes and put them in the dishwasher properly. I shower standing up. I sort my laundry.

But at a time when living was a struggle instead of a blessing, I learned an incredibly important lesson:

There are no rules.

Run the dishwasher twice.”

Why is this important?

Anyone who has been in a mental or emotional place where even just the most basic, mundane tasks seem overwhelming understands the wisdom in this lesson. I remember when I was at my lowest point a few years ago, just putting clothes away or tidying anything in my bedroom just seemed like a step too far. So it got untidy. And I mean REALLY messy (not just a little bit). So much so, that you couldn’t get to the bed, there was no clear pathway, as everything was just dumped on the floor.

And that was all I could do. No more. When I started my journey back from that dark and cold place, I committed myself to sort it out. As my self-respect started to flicker back into life, I wanted to make life better, and just a little bit beautiful again. I started with my bedroom as a representation of this fledgling hope that I could do it.

But the bedroom itself was too big a task, so I just started with making my bed. And then I sorted my dressing table. Eventually, the things on the floor got sorted and cleared away and it became a nice place to sleep and to be again.

Now, my bedroom is my sanctuary and is beautiful and serene and very much represents my mindset and my life. Honestly, it’s a thing of absolute beauty and brings me so much joy. Probably more so because it wasn’t so long ago that you would have thought I had given up on life if you saw it before (and I nearly had).

The Rules Just Don’t Matter

The point is, I understand when things are just too much. If it’s just too overwhelming to keep it all together, all of the time. Rules are just not important. I promise you. It’s ok to do what you can. It’s ok not to do the washing, or the recycling, or, or, or…

So if you just CAN’T do IT (whatever it is) today, Mc D’s it is for dinner.

If the thought of the kids fighting in the back of the car will bring you to tears, give them the iPads, the chocolate milk, or whatever helps give you a few minutes of peace and quiet.

It really doesn’t matter. The rules don’t count when your back is up against it. It’s ok just to get through. And if all you did today was hold it together, know that I AM PROUD OF YOU SWEETHEART.

This is just a chapter, not your whole life. It can get so very much better and I’m here to help.

 

Credit – Katie Scott

 

Club Secretary

Sue Turnbull – M6URG

73 for now.

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International Windmills on the Air weekend May 11/12 GB0HM

The Humber Fortress Fortress DX ARC will be taking part in Mills on the Air weekend on May 11th & 12th 2024

Using Callsign GB0HM
Locator = IO93XQ
WAB = TA32

Haven Mill Partington 1810

Haven Mill was built in 1810 and located just outside of the village of Partington in the Diocese of York

This was one of many mills built in the 1800s within East Yorkshire and was used daily in the 1900s.

In 1928 the mill was looking a bit worse for wear, so it was decided to

Remove the last two sails and run the mill with an Oil engine you can see

The shed which was built to house it is on the left 

One of the last photos taken of the mill was in 1936 by that time

The oil engine had been removed, and years of the top part of the mill

Being open to the weather had taken its toll so the top 3 floors were

Reduced to just as it is today ground floor and 1st floor and new roof

Capped and sealed.

How it started (Demolition )

Today

Photos of the MIll that forms the new headquarters for HFDXARC Club from the outside and within we are so lucky

To be able to operate and put haven mill on the air around the world

                                              

 

                                                                                                     

                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Annual CQ WPX Contest Debrief

The M6C Contest Team, fueled by anticipation, gathered eagerly for the Annual CQ WPX Contest. Amidst the excitement, last-minute preparations buzzed with energy as operators converged on the venue. With tasks swiftly tackled, including setting up antennas and calibrating equipment, the team awaited the contest’s kickoff.

 

Guest operators from HADARS Club joined in, adding to the camaraderie. Throughout the contest, the team rotated efficiently, maintaining momentum despite challenges like local noise interference. A notable milestone was reached when the team surpassed their previous record, achieving over 10 million points.

 

Visitors throughout the weekend witnessed the team’s dedication and success, culminating in a celebratory atmosphere as they dismantled equipment on Monday morning. The achievement highlighted the club’s collaborative spirit and determination, proving that with passion and teamwork, even limited resources can yield remarkable results.

Please Enjoy the Video here is the link below

 

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March Madness: A Thriving Month at the Club

 
March has been an exhilarating whirlwind of activity at our club, with members rallying together to tackle various projects and initiatives. One of the highlights was Bob’s request for assistance in repairing his MFJ auto tuner, which had a malfunctioning power button. This involved a comprehensive disassembly and repair process, expertly handled by Andy in Bob’s home shack.
In addition to Bob’s tuner, Andy also undertook the challenging task of repairing a DMR radio belonging to John M0JBA. The device had suffered water damage, but thanks to Andy’s skilful intervention, it was restored to full functionality after meticulous disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly.

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Meanwhile, Charles made significant progress in diagnosing and addressing faults in the Ft-1000MP Radio. After identifying the issues and ordering necessary parts, the radio is well on its way to being fully operational once again, with just one more elusive fault to track down.
The club’s HF amplifiers, often referred to as the “power horse,” received much-needed modifications and upgrades, including the installation of better glitch resistors and tuned inputs. These enhancements ensure their continued reliability and performance, promising many more years of service to come.
Exciting developments also unfolded in mesh networking, with Meshtastic gaining traction among club members. A dedicated node/repeater is set to be installed soon at the mill, marking a significant leap forward in embracing this innovative mode. Interested individuals can find more information on Meshtastic by visiting our website at hfdxarc.com.
On the membership front, Sean M0SLY has led the charge in training new members, demonstrating exceptional dedication and leadership. Witnessing his sons actively participating in club activities with him is heartening. Moreover, Allan’s recent success in passing his Intermediate exam is cause for celebration, and we eagerly await his contributions under his new call sign, 2E0IVD.
In terms of contests, the club bravely entered the Russian DX contest, facing formidable challenges along the way. Despite the difficulties, our members showcased resilience and determination, embodying the spirit of amateur radio.
 
As they prepare for the WPX contest, the M6C contest team is honing their DX ears, finely tuning them to detect even the faintest signals amidst the cacophony of noise. This keen sense of listening adds an extra layer of challenge and excitement to their weekend. Amidst the camaraderie, laughter, and BBQs, they eagerly anticipate the thrill of detecting distant contacts and exchanging signals. With their skills finely tuned and their focus razor-sharp, the M6C team is poised to tackle the contest with enthusiasm and determination.
We encourage everyone to capture these moments through photos and videos, allowing us to share the experience with those unable to attend in person.
Furthermore, preparations are underway for an unforgettable event in May and June: GB0MMH Men’s Health Month. Thanks to the support of NHS England, garnered through our Secretary Sue’s proactive outreach efforts, we’re collaborating with GB1NHS Station to coordinate activities during our event weekends. It’s a testament to the power of amateur radio in promoting important causes and fostering community engagement.
 
March also marked the return of familiar faces to the club, including Charlie 2E0CIK and Steve 2E0NSQ, adding to the sense of reunion and camaraderie.
 
Additionally, the installation of a new heating system, spearheaded by Andy and Mike, not only ensures comfort but also demonstrates prudent energy management practices, resulting in cost savings.
 
In conclusion, March has been a month of remarkable achievements, reflecting the resilience and commitment of our club members. As we eagerly anticipate the warmer weather and longer days ahead, we look forward to welcoming more individuals to the club and embarking on exciting new projects together. Stay tuned for updates and join us at the club to be part of our vibrant community!

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