Photo from BBQ-2016

The annual LRS Summer barbecue will be held on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at the QTH of Pete GM4BYF and Kay Bates GM6KAY at Fairmilehead. You are requested not to arrive before 7:30pm to allow preparations to be completed. Wonderful food will be provided (as always). You are requested to bring your own liquid refreshments. Cost is £5 per head. Peter will also take early membership subscriptions (£20) for the new club year. 

Please RSVP to LRS Secretary Mike MM0MLB ASAP and by Monday 26th June at the latest. 

This will also be the occasion for the presentation of the LRS D/F Trophy to this year's winner, Melvyn Bond GM4HYR, who was also the winner in 2016 and 2015.

LRS D/F Trophy - glass paperweight of Edinburgh Castle presented by Charlie Cowper GM0OIV-SK

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During the summer break in July and August we shall be having our Summer Pub Nights at 'Wee' Bennet's Bar at Maxwell St, Morningside Station at 8:00pm on Wednesdays 12th & 26th July and 9th & 23rd August.

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Congratulations to Dr Brian Flynn GM8BJF who was elected President of the Lothians Radio Society for 2017-18 at the Annual General Meeting on 14th June 2017. The full new committee will be:

President:     Brian Flynn GM8BJF
Treasurer:     Peter Dick GM4DTH
Secretary:     Mike Burgess MM0MLB
Committee:   Andy Sinclair MM0FMF
                     Malcolm Hamilton GM3TAL
                     Colin Wright GM4HWO (Program)
                     Alan Masson GM3PSP (Website)

The 3 wise mo.. retiring officers: Peter Dick GM4DTH, Andy Sinclair MM0FMF & Mike Burgess MM0MLB 

 

The new and retiring Presidents Brian Flynn GM8BJF and Andy Sinclair MM0FMF

 

L-R: Brian GM8BJF, Chris GM3WOJ, Briain GM8PKL, Robin GM4YPL

A number of LRS members attended the ASRA Ham Radio Convention 2017 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Sunday 7th May 2017. As well as buying 'stuff', it was an opportunity to meet up with old friends. 

Brian GM8BJF catches a quick QSO on 10GHz using the portable rig of Alan GM0USI (L)

L-R: Alasdair GM6ZQQ, Melvyn GM4HYR (winner), Mike Jr MM3MDB, Mike Sr GM8KCS

The annual LRS Direction-Finding Contest (D/F Hunt) took place on Wednesday 24th May 2017 with Peter Dick GM4DTH operating the Fox station GM3HAM/P..

The results were: 

Melvyn Bond GM4HYR / Alasdair GM6ZQQ: 1h 19m
Mike Brunsden GM8KCS / Mike Jr MM3MDB: 1h 51m
Pete Bates GM4BYF: arrived 22:13
 
Melvyn retained the LRS D/F Trophy and will be presented with it at the LRS Barbecue on 28th June.
 
 

The fox station GM3HAM/P operated by Peter GM4DTH, was located at NT193769 near to the mouth of the River Almond with this beautiful view out to the Firth of Forth and Cramond Island.

After the event the participants relocated to the nearby Cramond Inn to enjoy well-deserved Diet Cokes!

Peter and Alasdair were shooting video. We look forward to seeing the results. A first cut is looking good.

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Malcolm Fergusson, formerly of Edinburgh University Physics Department, talked about Radio in WW-I at the meeting on 10th May 2017. His talk was about the start of radio, who was involved, who did what, development of military radio, French Radio, RFC developments and expansion.  

Marconi's basic spark transmitter

Malcolm revealed that this mystery photo, shown in the meeting notice, was taken at the French commercial radio company Eiffel Tower in 1912.

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