Miscellaneous LRS documents

 

 

          Edinburgh Amateurs 1920-1939, extracted from Jack Hum's (G5UM) Callbook

                            (Note - "GM" prefix was not used before WW2).

          2AZ   L. Crech, 282 Easter Road, Edinburgh. (See also 6QP).

          2BD   W. D. Ingle, 3 Montpelier Terrace, Edinburgh.

          2EH   BBC Relay, Edinburgh.

          2SP   R. A. Sproule, 23 Colinton Mains Place, Edinburgh

          2TF   W. Winkler, Edinburgh.

          2ZN   David Joseph, 26 Blinkbonny Road, Edinburgh

          3BZ   J. Cleghorn, 37 Dundee Terrace, Edinburgh.

          3HX   E. W. Stewart, 4 Craiglockhart Place, Edinburgh.

          3NI   D. S. Bruce, 2 Eyre Crescent, Edinburgh.

          3UM  George P. Millar, 8 Plewlands Gardens, Edinburgh.

          3YN  Gordon  McMinn, 54 Greenbank Road, Edinburgh.

          4FH   Dr. E. G. Walsh, 64 Liberton Drive, Edinburgh. (re Walmsley / Flynn).

          4GR   James Archibald, 24 Trinity Crescent, Edinburgh.

          4JC   Douglas Seddon, 40 Buckstone Terrace, Edinburgh

          5DO  Edinburgh Radio Society, 13 Lockharton Crescent, Edinburgh. 

          5GK   R. T. Batchen, 15 Charterhall Road, Edinburgh.

          5HC   J. A. Beveridge, Edinburgh.

          5HL    Hugh E. M. Lawson, Loanhead

          5YW   G. Luke, 122 Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh.

          5YX   W. (Bill) Blyth, 17 Elgin Terrace, Edinburgh.

          6AF   R. H. Rice, Eastbourne.

          6AF   W. Anderson, Edinburgh - not shown.

          6FN   S. A. French, Valetta, Alnwickhill Road, Liberton, Edinburgh.

          6NO   J. J. E. Blacks, 20 Easter Drylaw View, Edinburgh.

          6QP   J. Oxley, 17 Wellington Street, Edinburgh - moved to 282 Easter Road (see                                   2AZ).

          6RZ   George Spence, 107 Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh.

          6SR   Sydney (Syd) Rowden, Rosebank, Pilrig Street, Edinburgh.

          6XI   Jack Wilson, 52 Macdowall Road, Newington, Edinburgh.

          8HA  J. H. Emmerson, 26 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh.

          8LA   P. W. Borthwick, 75 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh.

          8MA  Jack Hearn, Rose Cottage, Bank Park Crescent, Tranent.

          "8 missing". (& a few have been added - ed.).

The Founding of the Lothians (Amateur) Radio Society in November 1946

Searching of archival copies of the RSGB Bulletin from October 1946 onwards has revealed the following history of the founding of the LRS. The record is not complete, e.g. dates.

1. Prior to the founding of the LRS, Amateur Radio in the Lothians was organized by the RSGB in their Scotland “D” Area (Edinburgh and Midlothian etc). Meetings were held at the Chamber of Commerce, 25 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. In 1946 the RSGB A.R. (Area Representative) was J. (Jack) Wilson GM6XI, 52 Macdowall Road, Newington, Edinburgh 9. Edinburgh 42153.

2. The RSGB Bulletin Supplement for October 1946 carried the following report for “D” Area by GM6XI: “Meetings were resumed in September. It has been agreed to form a Lothians Amateur Radio Society and an announcement will be made in due course. Members welcome the nomination of 6JH  (G. H. Hardie, GM6JH (Linlithgow) as C.R. (County Representative?) and 6LS (R. W. Bloxam (GM6LS) as T.R. (Town Representative?) Both are well fitted for these tasks. Local activity continues at a high level, some new calls will shortly be heard”. GM6XI.

3. The RSGB Bulletin for December 1946 (Vol. 22 No. 6) carried the following report by GM6XI: “The November Meeting (date not stated) was devoted to the formation of the new Lothians Amateur Radio Society. Mr. T. H. Nisbet was unanimously elected President and Mr. Geo Millar (GM3UM) Secretary. A fully representative committee has been nominated and an era of still greater progress can be anticipated. Five metre activity is growing. Please contact GM6SR (Mr. Syd Rowden) if interested”. GM6XI

       

            George Millar GM3UM                   Jack Wilson GM6XI                 Syd Rowden GM6SR

(Unfortunately, no photograph of Mr. T. H. Nisbet has been found; apparently he did not hold a transmitting licence). 

Replica set built by Tom Hoeppe DJ5RE

Many thanks to Colin Wright GM4HWO who forwarded this article which was received at the Museum of Communication (MoC) in Burntisland from German amateur Tom Höppe DJ5RE. It relates to the late Harry Matthews who was the first curator of the MoC collection when it was located at Edinburgh University.

As mentioned later, Tom's DJ5RE entry in QRZ.com contains more on his work with historic radios

and a photo of him with his collection of them..

Pete GM4BYF notes that this incident is mentioned in Spycatcher by Oreste Pinto (1952).

Former LRS member, Mike GM3PAK,  has unearthed this letter:

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Letter to the RadCom Editor:       Distasteful VHF Contest Practice

From: GM3TFY, GM3SRV, GM3RXZ, GM3OWU, GM6SR, GM3OWI, GM4NC, GM3UM, GM3RVL, GM3LAV, GM3PSP, GM3VTH, GM8BJF.

It has become common practice in recent years for English operators to cross the border into Scotland in order to operate schedules on VHF from " rare" Scottish counties. Such expeditions are usually heralded by much pre-publicity to enable a full operating programme to be filled. These stations generally operate for several days or more, and arrange the end of their expedition to coincide with a VHF portable contest. Indeed, most even have the audacity to emphasize their intention to operate during a contest. We, the undersigned resident Scottish VHF operators, consider that it is contrary to the spirit of a contest for portable stations to advertise their presence in an area, either in print or by arranging to operate schedules during the days prior to a contest.

RADIO COMMUNICATION, JULY, 1969, p.491

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