These are scans of the QSL cards of LRS members from the earliest days of the club.

Also included are other local Amateurs who may not have been LRS members.

Some biographical details have been added where available. 

NOV 2017 - a lot of QSLs from GM3UM-SK have been added, some pre-war,

with thanks to his son Brian who provided them to the LRS.

Captions are still being added.

 

Bob Rutherford GM0FAL  (SK - 2016) was a member of the LRS for a number of years.

 

 

Charlie Cowper GM0OYV (SK 25/8/98) donated funds from his estate to the LRS to purchase two trophies: the Osprey Trophy for the Lothians Challenge and the Edinburgh Castle glass paperweight D/F Trophy.

 

 

Lawrence GM1BKF

 

 

 Although living in Fife, Jimmy Taylor was a member of the LRS.

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Jimmy Taylor GM2DBX shack photograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken GM3AEI at NFD in 1955.

 Ken Senior GM3AEI was a leading light of the LRS in the 1950s, President in 1954-55. SK about 1980.

His son Mike GM3PAK and his XYL Marion GM1DCB now live on Islay.

Their son Neil is GM1ZOX and their daughter Joan now holds her grandfather's call GM3AEI.

 

Dick Richardson wss one of the longest serving members of the LRS.

Dick was an active member of RAIBC - Radio Amateur Invalid and Blind Club,

in particular helping severely-disabled amateur Peter O'Dell GM3MUM. 

Dick was made an Honorary Member of the LRS. Read GM3AKM-SK (Aug 2014)

 

Dick GM3AKM in 2012

 

 

 Tom Douglas went on to become Engineer in Charge of the BBC TV Tx at Sutton Coldfield.

As G3BA he was the RSGB VHF Manager for a number of years and a successful VHF contest operator,

being the original user of the portable site near Gatehouse of Fleet now used by the LRS - GM3HAM/P. 

Photo of G3BA taken at Scottish VHF Convention 1969.

 

 

Not exactly a QSL card but the light plane flown by Fryer Tuck GM3BBW with the appropriate registration number!

Sadly, he was killed when the plane crashed.

 Fryer Tuck GM3BBW at NFD in 1955.

 

Tom Simpson GM3BCD was secretary of the LRS around 1960. 

Licenced just after WWII, Tom was likely in the Royal Signals during the war

 as he was a member of the RSARS and operated for them in NFD 1968. 

 

 

 Tom GM3BCD in 1958

 A teacher at George Watson's College in the 1950s & 60s, Tom built a first-class 150W AM station including a cubical quad on the school roof and worked DX at lunch time as one of the radio club's activities.  

Tom died in October 2014. Read GM3BCD-SK.

 

 

 The Rev Walter Ferrier GM3BDA ("Bachelor of Divinity - Airdrie") operated VHF from St Andrew's Manse in North Berwick. He built a receiver called "WHAM" for the BBC Rosemarkie TV Tx (not normally audible) which rang a bell when an auroral  signal was received - "Walter's Homemade Auroral Monitor"!

 

Rev Walter Ferrier GM3BDA

 

 Jim McCaig GM3BQA owned the Forth Motor Company in Cockenzie, East Lothian. SK

One of his other hobbies was racing his Mini-Cooper at Ingleston! 

He manufactured and sold the very well-known GM3BQA cubical quad HF beam antennas.

 

Arthur Grainger was a very active member of the LRS in the 1950s and 60s. SK

There is a whole folder devoted to his archives on this site. (Click on).

He used the phonetics "Britain's Queerest Object" for his callsign!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 George Brown GM3DHD-SK ("David-Henry-David") was the owner of Brown's Wireless in George IV Bridge, where generations of schoolboys spent their pocket money on radio components.  

Click for shop photo.

 

 

Colourful QSL card of John Gorrie GM3DVX. 

 

 

Tom GM3DXJ in about 1969.

 

 Originally from Edinburgh, Fraser Shepherd GM3EGW lived in Dunfermline where he was

a state-of-the-art VHF operator. Sadly, he became an SK at the early age of 45 in 1970.  

 

Fraser operated portable in 2m contests from a variety of sites in Fife and elsewhere.

He used the phonetics "Extra Good Whisky" for his callsign!

 

 Fraser Shepherd GM3EGW operating moonbounce in 1965 using a parabolic dish built by Harry Mackie GM3FYB and the Dunfermline club..

 

 

 

 

 Ian Mackenzie was President of the LRS in the 1950s. SK

 

 

Jim "Nick" Nicholson GM3FJP operated in India for many years as VU2JP (and other calls) before retiring to Edinburgh. He was active in running the Radio Club at his alma mater, Daniel Stewart's College 

 

 

Harry Mackie GM3FYB of Dunfermline was a very active VHF and microwave operator.

He built a large parabolic dish from Dexion for 432MHz (moonbounce) in 1965.

 

QSL from GM3GIG from a location near one of his Hydro-Electric projects in the 1950s

 

 QSL used by GM3GIG from his home QTH in Craiglockhart, Edinburgh

 

GM3GIG died in July 2015 at the age of 94. See: GM3GIG-SK 

 

 Alex GM3GUI was a keen VHF operator in the 1950s & 60s.

 

Special LRS club QSL card for contacts made from the Hobbies & Handcrafts Exhibitions

in the Waverly Market in the 1950s and 60s.  

 

LRS QSL Manager Pete GM4BYF has produced a number of nice QSL cards for specific contests.

 

 

 

 

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Dave Stobie GM3HOQ was a keen member of the LRS in the 1950s & 60s.

He appears in several NFD photos in the LRS Archives,

e.g. 2nd Right in white shirt in 1st photo of NFD 1955 (click).

 

 

 Bill Hunter was keen CW DXer. Silent Key 2016.

 

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A rare portrait-format QSL card.

 

 

Bill Sutherland GM3JWS was an architect and talented artist as well as an Amateur. SK
He was a founder-member of the LRS in 1947 before he obtained his transmitting licence.

 

John Bain used to travel up to LRS meetings from Reston on the Berwickshire coast

where he worked in the fishing industry.  SK 2009.

 

Michael Darke spent a number of years in the USA, returning with a pronounced American accent!

 

Bill Eaton was president of the LRS in the early 1960 and a keen NFD operator

- see photographs of him in the Archives - NFD folder (bottom). SK Jan. 2013.

 

Bill Eaton GM3KIG in 2000 (SK Jan 2013). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alf Coutts GM3KPD was a merchant navy radio operator before retiring.

He was active on HF CW and VHF. SK about 2009.

 

Later QSL card of GM3KPD.

 

 

 

 

John Hughes GM3LCP was President of the LRS in the 1960s.

As a physics teacher at George Watson's College John provided RAE training for members of the school radio club and was responsible for a very large number of pupils gaining their Amateur Radio licences. SK

 

John Hughes GM3LCP, OBE in 1997 (SK ~2000). 

John was awarded his OBE for services to teacher training in Scotland.

 

Now living in Haddington, Ian Pryde was a President of the LRS in the 1960s.

He continues to be an enthusiastic constructor of amateur equipment.

 

 Ian Pryde GM3LGU in 2009

 

 

George Douglas GM3NIO was the first amateur signal heard by your editor

(on 40m AM on the family broadcast receiver). SK 

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Dr. Bruce Taylor GM3NZI moved to Switzerland to work at CERN,

Centre European de Recherches Nucleaires. He now holds the call HB9ANY.  

 

GM3OLQ was the radio club callsign at Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh,

where a number of the pupils gained their Amateur Radio licences.

The club was run for a number of years by Jim "Nick" Nicholson GM3FJP / VU2JP.

 

 Yeo Siew Lim (David), from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, joined the LRS in the late 1950s when a chemistry student at Edinburgh University. He returned to Malaysia as 9M2BB and retired to Australia where he is now VK3FHU. 

 

David Yeo GM3OOI about 1968

 

Tom Spears, a lecturer at Murray House teacher training college, was President of the LRS in the mid-1960s. 

 

Tom Spiers GM3OWI in 1969

 

Vic Stewart is a very long-standing member of the LRS and also of the Lothians RAYNET Group,

in which he was the Controller for many years. He is the current Auditor of the LRS.

 

Vic Stewart GM3OWU in 2007.

 

George Burt GM3OXX was a skilled constructor of QRP equipment including microwave, which he has operated from many remote locations. SK-2017.

 

 

George GM3OXX in 2010

 

 

 

 An active member of the Daniel Stewart's College Radio Club, as well as the LRS,
Jim Watt GM3PFY joined the RAF and lived the rest of his life in England.
He became a Silent Key on 7th June 2016.

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John Kelly GM3POK was a member of the George Watson's College Radio Club and subsequently worked at Hewlett-Packard in South Queensferry. Several of his QSL cards feature the Forth bridges. He moved to the USA and has lived in Sunnyvale CA for many years where he is active on HF DX as KG6XF.

 

 

 

Sandy Lawrie GM3PQU was one of the first SSB operators in Edinburgh and gave several talks to the LRS in the 1960s about the construction of SSB rigs. He is now listed as living in Longniddry, East Lothian.

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Alan GM3PSP in 2017

Alan Masson GM3PSP has been a member of the LRS since 1960 (with a gap of 40 years from 1969 to 2009 in the middle!). He worked in the USA with the Kodak Motion Picture Division for 20 years and still holds the call K6PSP

 

 

 

Peter Bigam GM3SBS was also a member of the Daniel Stewart's College Radio Club.

 

 Roy Tatton GM3SRV was also a member of the Daniel Stewart's College radio Club.

 

Rod Paton GM3SZP attended school in Edinburgh in the 1960s and subsequently

returned to his native Carlisle as G3SZP.  Silent key 7 October 2016.

 

 

David Guest was very active on 2meters aurora in the 1960s.David

David Guest GM3TFY was a very active 2m Aurora operator in the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alister Mitchell GM3UDL organized several Field Days for the LRS in the 1960s.

He moved to Glasgow to work for the BBC. SK Dec. 2012. 

 

 

George Millar GM3UM was the 1st Secretary and 2nd President of the LRS and one of its longest-serving members. He was awarded Life Membership for his many years as Club Auditor. In his heyday he was a crack CW contest operator and member of the RNARS. Silent Key June 2016.

George GM3UM in 1955

 

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Ian Sheffield GM3VEI in 2009

 

 

Robin Newman GM3VZL was a member of the group of portable enthusiasts in the 1960s.

He left Edinburgh to teach physics and is now retired to Oundle near Peterborough.

 

The Heriot-Watt University had an Amateur Radio Society in the 1960s, greatly supported by Prof. Arthur Bolton GM3BMI who loaned his HF SSB station for operation from the HWU building in the Grassmarket. See also GB3EIF

 

 

Robin Andrew GM3WFJ was active from Kirkmichael in Perthshire. He used the phonetics 'Willy Fox John'.

SK 2017.

 

 

 

 

George G(M)3XPQ was originally from Edinburgh before moving to Shetland and then Yorkshire.

 

 

GM3YMX at JOTA-2013.

David Ferguson GM3YMX was an active member of the LRS in the 1960s. He rejoined recently after his retirement. 

 

 

Peter Brown GM3YOK in 1967

 

 

 

 

 Robert GM3ZVB, along with Roger GM3ZVL, was a keen portable operator in the 1960s.

Click for group photo.

 

Roger Manners GM3ZVL was a keen portable operator in the late 1960s, along with Roberrt GM3ZVB, both members of the George Watson's College Radio Club. (see photo in Archive section). Tragically, he became an SK at a very early age in a road accident.

 

 

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Malcolm J. MacKinnon GM4AJV (SK-2017)

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 Graham Winchester GM4CUX. Photo courtesy QRZ.com

 

Ray James GM4CXM is an active VHF-UHF operator including aircraft scatter mode. He spoke to the LRS in 2011.

Tommy Main GM4DCL is a partially-sighted LRS member who enjoys SW BC listening as well as Amateur Radio.

He likes his phonetics - Distillers Company Limited !

 

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No longer listed, GM4FFI was the callsign of the Radio Club at George Heriot's School.

Can anyone provide information about this club?

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GM4HJQ - David M. Mackenzie, Edinburgh 6

 

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Stan Nicholson GM4NC was President of the LRS in the late-1960s

 

 

 

Hugh Lawson GM5HL ("5 - Harry Lauder") lived at Loanhead, MIdlothian

and arranged for the use of a farmer's field there for NFD in the 1950s. 

Look for him in various NFD photographs in this archive. SK.

 

 

 

 

 

 Syd Rowden GM6SR was a very active member of the LRS in the 1950s & 60s.

Look for him in photographs taken at social events and VHF Conventions in this archive. SK

 

Presumably a very old (pre-war?) QSL card (without the "M" for Scotland) of Jack Wilson GM6XI, a prominent member of the LRS in the 1950s & 60s. Click for photos.  SK. 

 

 Jack Wilson GM6XI was a member of the FOC - First-Class Operators Club

This QSL card appears on the FOC website area for FOC Historical Member QSLs. 

 

Jack Wilson GM6XI in 1969

 

 

 

 

 Dr. Brian Flynn has been a very active member of the LRS since the 1960s, having held the position of President several times. He is very interested in microwave work and made the first GM - GD QSO on 3cm. 

 

Bill Marshall GM8BPL later became GM4IMX. SK April 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard GM8DUT was also a member of the George Watson's College Radio Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jim "Shank" Shankland GM8FM learned Spanish after a holiday in Spain and subsequently operated in that language on the HF bands. He was also very active in the introduction of FM in VHF operations in Scotland. SK.

 

 

 

Jack GM8GEC in 2017.

 

GM8HHC was Peter Dick's first call, before he gained GM4DTH.

Peter Dick GM4DTH in 2017

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Mike GM8KCS is a long-standing member of the LRS.

Along with his son Mike Jr MM3MDB he is a frequent winner of the LRS D/F Trophy.

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GM8LWR was the original call of Ian Ropper, now GM0UHC.

He is an enthusiastic restorer of vintage military equipment and has spoken at the LRS several times.

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Briain Wilson GM8PKL is also a former member of the George Watson's College Radio Club.

 

L-R: GM3BMI, GM8BJF, GM3TFY, GM3OWU operating GB3EIF at GM3WEE.

LRS Exhibition Station for the Edinburgh International Festival in the 1960s,

operated from the Heriot-Watt University building in the Grassmarket. 

 

 Special event QSL card for George Watson's College Radio Club,

normally operated as GM3BCD

 

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 Special QSL card for the centenary o George Watson's College in 1970. The operator was Murray GM3CWH.

 

QSL card for special event station GB3LNC marking the opening of the new LNC campus

at Brunstane in 1978 (formerly in Leith).  Tnx Eric Lamb, former LNC staff member.

 

 

The Lothians Radio Society operated special event station GB8CG during the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. The LRS secretary holds a very full case of incoming QSL cards from this event.

 

IOTA Contest in July 2001.

 

 

SWL QSL card of Alan Masson, later GM3PSP / K6PSP.

 

 

 

SWL QSL Card of John Kelly, later GM3POK, now KG6XF

 

 Vic Imamura JA5VQ / MM0JVQ and his XYL Keiko JG5JUS made summer visits to Edinburgh and attended LRS meetings until he became Silent Key in January 2017. Click for Silent Key.

 

Not sure about this one!