L-R: Hector; Amed CO2AME; Malcolm GM3TAL; Moises CM2YV

On the last day of his recent trip to Cuba, Malcolm was delighted to meet  Amed, CO2AME and to exchange QSL cards for a contact made in the November 2016  CQWW CW contest.

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VHF NFD Trophies at 26 May LRS Meeting

VHF NFD 2016 operators holding the trophies won by GM3HAM/P, at the 26 April meeting: Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Peter GM4DTH.

At the LRS meeting on 26th April 2017 Pete Bates GM4BYF gave  very well researched talk on 'Enigma - the Unsung Heroes'. He outlined how the Enigma machine was used, the inputs and work required and the lesser known actions of some brave and dedicated people'.
 
A German Enigma machine used for the encryption and decryption of messages during WWII. It was 'broken' by the people working at Bletchley Park. Full report soon.
 
NOTE: the VHF-NFD trophies, presented to the LRS at the Norbreck Rally, were shown at this meeting.

The LRS Spring Surplus Equipment Sale was held on Wednesday 5th April at St Fillan's Church, Buckstone Drive. There was a good turn-out including members of other clubs from as far away as Glasgow. 

The sale included a large number of small items from GM0FAL-SK which were sold by Andre GM3VLB and XYL Veronica. Many thanks to them both for all the preparation work they had done over many months.

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Len Paget GM0ONX, RSGB Director; Colin GM4HWO, Andy MM0FMF, Mike GM4IGS, Pete GM4BYF, Danny GM6CMQ, Brian GM8BJF, Norrie GM1CNH, Peter GM4DTH. (Photo by Dave GM6KGZ - tnx).

At the Norbreck Rally in Blackpool on 9th April 2017, representatives of the Lothians Radio Society were presented with the two RSGB trophies won by the LRS in VHF-NFD in July 2016:

1. Martlesham Trophy for winner of the Restricted Section of VHF-NFD.

2. Cockenzie Quaich for leading Scottish station in the Restricted Section of VHF-NFD.

The presentation was made by RSGB Director Len Paget GM0ONX, a former Regional Manager for Scotland.

See also: Trophies  and  VHF-NFD Report. 

NOTE: these trophies will be brought to the next LRS meeting on 26th April.

Many thanks to former LRS member Mike Senior GM3PAK, who lives with his XYL Marion GM1DCB on the isle of Islay, for this nice photo of the Aurora on 21 March 2017. Did anyone work anything via AU?  

Another aurora is forecast for the following evening but it will probably not be visual in Edinburgh due to forecast cloud and rain.  

Forecast Auroral oval: Wed 22 March 2017.

(Courtesy spaceweather.com)