On the 8th May at 7:30 for 8:00pm at the Braid Hills Hotel, James Gentles GM4WZP will host our meeting: “WHAT I BROUGHT TONIGHT”


An evening where members and visitors are encouraged to bring along the smallest radio-related object they have with the biggest story.

He would ask people to start thinking about this now, and email your ideas to Alan Masson in advance

We don’t need a big fancy presentation, just let the object speak for itself, with a short introduction by the proud owner. It may not seem like treasure to you, but for some it may be unusual?

  • When did you last see a cats whisker, in its little yellow box?
  • What would you do with a piece of 2” Ampex video tape
  • What’s the oldest valve you own?
  • Your first Log Book with that rare DX on page 1?
  • The first software you ever bought / pirated?
  • An edition of Practical Electronics that got you interested in radio?
  • Or it could be something new, a radio that looks like a USB stick?
  • The latest microwave goodie - microwave things tend to be small…

 If everyone brings just one small object, with one small story, I am sure an enjoyable evening awaits! 

The next meeting will be held on 24th April 2019 at 7:30 for 8:00pm at the Braid Hills Hotel. We hope to use the larger Regency Room at the rear-right down the corridor.

Terry Martini-Yates of Ferrograph World, based in Rosyth, will talk about "Writing in Iron" - magnetic sound recording - with several historical recordings.

Terry writes: "A potted history of the development of the magnetic audio recorder from Valdemar Poulson’s invention of the magnetic wire recorder, the steel tape based Blattenerphone, its further development at AEG in Germany and its use by the 3rd Reich in Nazi Germany for war propaganda, to the overnight sensation it created in post-war America, when an enterprising soldier liberated two of the secret German Magnetophon reel to reel tape machines and 50 reels of recording tape. 

How, at a demonstration of one of these machines at MGM’s studios, was heard by one of America's biggest radio stars of the day, that changed the broadcasting and music industry around the globe forever with the high fidelity and new techniques that it offered.  It appeared a little later in the UK, but by the late 1950s, it had also found its way into the home and kick started the rise of an early form of social media, “tapesponding” leading  to the appearance of specialised magazines devoted to the hobby, and the formation of dozens of tape clubs up & down the UK". 

The talk will feature early recording items and historic recordings from Terry’s collection.

Terry is the author of 'Built Like a Battleship!, A History of the Ferrograph Company'.  

See also his website Ferrograph World (click)





At the meeting of the LRS on 27th March 2019 Prof Win Rampen, the Chair of Energy Storage at Edinburgh University and the former MD of Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd, talked about Energy Storage. He wrote:

"For the past 100 years or so, the world has been misusing fossil fuels from the Carboniferous period about 300 million years ago by digging them up and burning them. We have been using them at a rate of 1 million years to 1 year, which is scary. What we should be doing is using the sun's energy in the year that it is provided to us, and we have a long way to go to achieve that.

So the talk will be about renewables in general but more specifically about solving the mismatch between the uncontrolled delivery of power and the equally uncontrolled user demand. I shall be talking about how we can integrate renewable energy into the grid to displace fossil fuels - which Is where energy storage comes in!"

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The LRS Spring Surplus Equipment Sale was held on 10th April 2019 at St. Fillan's Church, Buckstone. This sale included the remainder of the many Silent Key items from John Buchanan GM8BYF-SK.  

After the sale there was a raffle for non-vacuum 'bottles' run by LRS treasurer, Peter Dick GM4DTH.

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Archer Magic Lantern

At the meeting of the LRS on 13th March 2019 our good friend Winnie Stevenson from the Museum of Communication presented "Phantasmagoria, a traditional magic lantern show". 

 A most enjoyable evening! Many thanks to Winnie.

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