In this section are listed the Silent Key (Obituary) notices for members and former members of the Lothians Radio Society and other local Radio Amateurs.


Colin Davidson GM3LAV at a MoC meeting in 2012.


Colin GM3LAV (r) with George Millar GM3UM at NFD-1960.

Scotsman obituary, slightly edited: Colin William Davidson GM3LAV died at home in Ardfern, Argyll on 8th October 2020 aged 86 with family present. Born in Edinburgh and educated at George Heriot's School and Edinburgh University, he went on to become Professor and Dean of Electrical Engineering at the Heriot-Watt University, and Treasurer, Vice President and Honorary Fellow of the IEE. He was also a successful and enthusiastic sailor in racing catamarans and later enjoyed years of cruising the Western Isles.

His XYL, Ranee has provided this story about him:

"I remember one of his outings - we were in Belfast visiting my aunt and Colin drove up a nearby hill where he thought the reception would be very good. It was just at the beginning of the Troubles and in half an hour he found his car surrounded by heavily-armed police. After a great deal of shouting it transpired that Colin was interrupting communication at Belfast Airport!! It was thought it was the IRA! He was very chastened!" 

Colin was an active member of the Lothians Radio Society in the 1950s, 60s and perhaps longer and gave a number of talks. Here are some recollections by members who knew him.


GM3FJP / VU2JP James Shepherd Nicholson

David was a prominent member of the Museum of Communication.

He talked to the LRS about aurora in February 2012 (click for report).

Click for Scotsman VIP obituary.



Andre Saunders GM3VLB   (SK) – a short story about amateur radio and a king.

by Colin Murray GM4EAU

This is a short story from the 1970s with a hint of romance, involving a Middle East King and a Scottish radio amateur who had, to quote his own words, “a slightly cheeky” idea to surprise his new wife Anne with a special honeymoon visit.

Andre was an active member of the Lothians Radio Society and details of his interests and exploits are here:

Andre worked overseas as a school teacher with the callsign 5Z4LK operating in Nairobi Kenya from 1970 for about a decade. During this period he was very active on HF bands within the African region and achieved a number of African records. This story starts with his return to Kelso in the UK in 1978. Prior to Nairobi he worked in Geneva.