Mills on the Air
The National Mills Weekend 2024 in the UK will take place on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May.


National Mills Weekend takes place across the UK every May, more than 300 windmills and watermills would be usually open to the public to celebrate our milling heritage.

The S.P.A.B. Mills section (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) run this event every year on or around the second weekend in May, and Denby Dale Radio Society have co-ordinated the Radio side of this event since 1996. See the story of how it started on the link above.

This event is not a contest, we would like you to have a good time and promote Amateur Radio while helping to preserve some of our heritage.

If you would like to take part by running a station approach a Windmill, Watermill, Tidemill or even an ancient steam driven mill, ask if they are taking part and would they like to have an Amateur Radio Station as part of their event to promote awareness of the mill.

Tell them about your QSL card for the event and how it could be of benefit to them, they may even provide a picture and help with the cost of printing.

Taking part in Mills on the Air is a great way to promote our hobby but also to help publicise the work done by SPAB in keeping alive our industrial heritage.

PLEASE NOTE that all clubs/groups or individuals MUST have their own INSURANCE for the event. D.D.A.R.S. take no responsibility for the running of your station.

If you have the details of the Station (call sign etc), please will you register so we can keep everyone up to date with the latest news, see "how to register"

You may also contact us at:

By special request, I will be offering a certificate for the event. Send in some of the following:- list of Mills contacted/heard, A photo or recording of your station contacting a Mill, A donation to SPAB or your windmill, A list of visitors to your station or anything else promoting the event.

73 and good dx de g3sdy (DDARS)

More info about S.P.A.B. here:- SPAB




Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society was founded over 40 years ago at the Pie Hall, Denby Dale, a village famous since 1788 for giant pies.

Meetings are often using Zoom, but we also host our Surplus Equipment Auction in the ground-floor hall, which has disabled access.

We meet on Wednesdays from 7pm for a 7-30pm start. We have VHF nets every day from 9-30am on 2m simplex (usually on 145.575 MHz -v46). Our weekly Sunday net is at 10.30am on GB3HD 433.225MHz fm.

We compete in contests, arrange special events and can offer help with training for all levels of the amateur radio licence.