Photographs from the early years of LRS


Brian GM4DIJ on East Lomond Hill in Fife for the UHF/SHF contest about 1996.

Brian Howie GM4DIJ built and operated portable 3cm equipment in the 1970s using Cassegrain parabolic dishes which had been scrapped by Ferranti from their Blue Parrot radar system, developed in Edinburgh. He started with wideband gear using Gunn diodes and klystrons.

Brian writes: the Cassegrain configuration is quite clever. The dish consists of an array of wires at 45 deg, and the secondary reflector, horizontal wires. Horizontally polarised incoming signals pass through the secondary reflector but are rotated to vertical polarisation by the dish and then can be reflected by the secondary reflector onto the horn feed. This largely removes the aperture loss caused by the reflector. That's why on my dish, the polarisation of the waveguide is vertical.

2 Metre Portable from West Kip

 1967 - West Kip



Rear: Vic Stewart GM3OWU, Alan Masson GM3PSP, Roy Tatton GM3SRV, Duncan Roe

Front: SWLs Peter Brown (GM3YOK) & Brian Flynn (GM8BJF), Robin Newman GM3VZL

(Picture published in "Short Wave Magazine" March 1968)

In 1967 and 1968 an intrepid group of the younger members of the LRS operated GM3PSP/P in VHF portable contests from the summit of West Kip (1800 ft asl) in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. They carried up all their gear including batteries. Operation was on 144 MHz AM, using a crystal-controlled transmitter plus an Eddystone EC10 receiver with a 2m converter.  The antenna was an 8-element J-Beam yagi.

RSGB Dance ~1955

These photographs of high jinks at an RSGB dance in the mid-1950s

were found in the Arthur Grainger material.


Hugh Lawson GM5HL and Arthur Grainger GM3BQO are sitting on the floor at the front. 



Arthur GM3BQO is in the middle of this 1955 NFD group with the mischievous look on his face.

Arthur Grainger GM3BQO was a colourful and amusing character in the Lothians Radio Society in the 1940s - 1970s. His use of the callsign phonetics "Britain's Queerest Object" gives an indication of his sense of humour. By profession he owned a hardware shop, Dobie & Mackintosh, in Morningside Drive. His face appears in many of the photographs of LRS activities in the 1950s. He collected a wonderful archive of photographs, cartoons of local radio activities, QSL cards etc. After Arthur became a silent key in 1996 his daughter kindly allowed the LRS archivist to scan his material for this website. The photographs have been added to the appropriate folders of Field Days and Social Events. The cartoons, drawn by an artist called George, whose callsign stilll has to be identified, follow in this folder.