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.


John Royston Buchanan, ex-GM8BYF, a former member of the LRS in the 1960s-70s, died suddenly at home on 18th July 2018. 

Ken Dons GM0AXY / formerly LA6EF writes: John and I worked alongside one another at Ferranti, Crewe Toll back in 1965 to the 1970's. He was "my" techie who did all the wiring and layouts etc of prototypes of designs of the early CAD equipment; digitizers and plotting equipment … those were the pioneering days of computer graphics, hi!

We never spoke on the air; not as radio amateurs at any rate; we did "speak" using some mobile Cambridge radios, transmitting text and some rudimentary graphics; it was eventually installed with the Metropolitan Police as one of their earliest mobile data systems! " 



Frank Benson GM8EKF, a former committee member of the Lothians Radio Society, died on 23rd April 2018 at the age of 88. His funeral was attended by David Henderson GM6KGZ who writes:

"I have known Frank since 1982, he lived near the Botanic Gardens and was a keen gardener, He was also a keen musician and played the organ, piano and keyboard, he was also interested in weather observation using weather satellites and home weather stations when they became available.

When I first met him he was active on all bands HF, VHF and UHF, as he got older he became less active on the HF Bands and more active on 2 metres and 70 cms. using SSB and FM where he had regular skeds with Ron GM4IKU and John GM3LHV"                                   



John Tuke GM3BST died on 7th April 2018 at the age of 97 in the Royal Victoria Hospital (Western) in Edinburgh. He had lived in a care home in Loanhead, Midlothian for a number of years. He had still been active on CW on the HF bands running QRP with a Kenwood TS-590 to a frame aerial in his window, but troubled by QRN from recently-installed LED lighting! In his earlier years, as G3BST, he was well-known on RTTY in the 'mechanical' days and active in BARTG. Friend of the late Harry Matthews, who founded the Museum of Communication.

John's funeral on 18th April 2018 at Mortonhall Crematorium was attended by Alan GM3PSP and Peter GM0PXV.

A very interesting 3-page feature article about John, titled "Last Man of Spark", by Giles Read G1MFG is in the May 2018 issue of RadCom, pp. 46-48.

(Photo above by Alan GM3PSP in January 2017).

2017-12-07 Ian Sturrock GM4DEK, Captains Rd. (Click for obituary).

Ian Sturrock GM4DEK of Captains Road, Edinburgh, died on 7th December 2017 at the age of 92. 

At one time he owned a radio business called Portland Radio in Edinburgh. (Can anyone provide any details of this)?