This year the RSGB Convention will be held online on Sat 10th October and will be free, with a very interesting program of lectures live-streamed on the RSGB's YouTube channel. For full information, go to:

After the keynote address by Eric Swartz WA6HHQ of Elecraft, there will be two streams, "An introduction to ..." & "Learn more about ...". The following selection are talks likely to be of interest to LRS members, taken from both streams.

09:00: Keynote: Behind the scenes at Elecraft, from the K2 to K4, Eric Swartz WA6HHQ.

10:00: QRO Magnetic Loop Antennas, Rael Paster M0RTP.

11:00: VHF Propagation & Weather, Jim Bacon G3YLA.

12:00: The Magic of Six Meters, Chris Deacon G4IFX

13:00: DSP: Underlying Concepts, William Eustace M0WJE

14:00: VHF/UHF Radios for Contesting & DXing, Alwyn Seeds G8DOH

15:00: Ionoscatter on 50 & 144MHz, Palle Preben-Hansen OZ1RH

16:00: Getting Started on Low Earth Orbit Satellites, Peter Goodhall 2M0SQL

The complete list is also in RadCom Oct 2020 pp. 26-27, so check it out!



The LRS GM3HAM/P contest group were active during the 2m Trophy Contest from our usual site near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway.

Participants were: Colin GM4HWO, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Bob MM0XRI (guest), Rob MM0RHU (guest) and Peter GM4DTH, with apologies (H&S) from Alan GM3PSP & Pete GM4BYF.

The station made 196 QSOs plus a few dupes.

Best DX: F6DKW 57097 JN18cs in Paris at 808.4km


Photos - by Colin GM4HWO & Andy MM0FMF. 

L-R: Andy MM0FMF, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Colin GM4HWO, Bob MM0XRI, Rob MM0RHU & Peter GM4DTH - suitably masked!


 Andy MM0FMF  

Peter GM4DTH 

 Colin GM4HWO in his cook tent where he made great bacon rolls on both mornings and a superb barbecue on the Saturday evening.


GM4DIJ Recording of GM3HAM/P QSO with G4AQB.

(Full report in Society Activities) Click.


Many thanks to Brian GM8BJF who has just reported finding a potentially very useful website: which provides detailed links to a very large number of publications serving the Amateur, Broadcasting and Music interests. You can search for specific pages in the publications, from the first edition onwards.  






                                         GM8BJF/P                                  GM4BYF/P 

Brian GM8BJF reports: Pete GM4BYF and myself have recently built up VK3CV 122GHz (2.4cm wavelength)  transceiver boards into portable systems and have been doing some tests with them. On Thursday 23rd July we had what we believe wss the first GM to GM contact across a distance of 0.69 km between two hills in Edinburgh and on Saturday 25th July we went down to the English border and had what we believe to be the first GM to G contact on the band. 

Interestingly, Doppler effects were observed even at walking speed on this band (no fire-engine required)!             
We were using the system in its most basic form with 25 mm circular horns. Plans are now afoot to add refinements such as GPS locking and improved antennas and try for longer paths having established the basic functionality of our setups.

John G3XDY of the UK Microwave Group has confirmed that these are "Firsts" for GM/GM & GM/G on 122GHz. Certificates will be awarded. Congratulations to Brian and Pete.

QSO summaries by Pete GM4BYF / G4BYF:

Thursday 23/07/20 First GM/GM qso timed at 1521 UTC GM4BYF/P <> GM8BJF/P;  GM8BJF/P was received at 57 and GM4BYF/P was received at 55 distance 700m Blackford Hill to Braid Hills Road.

Saturday 25/07/20 First GM/G qso timed at 1531 UTC. reports 59 both ways GM8BJF/P <> G4BYF/P 160m crossing Carham Burn (south of the River Tweed between Kelso and Coldstream).

Second QSO 25/07/20 GM/G timed at 1553 UTC. reports 59 both ways G8BJF/P <> GM4BYF/P.

     GM8BJF/P seen across the border from G4BYF/P.                                 (International DX !)

Full details with more photos and 3 short videos are on Brian's website at: 



Brian GM4DIJ returned to his favourite portable location at IO74mu about 8km south of Stranraer, to operate in the 70MHz Trophy contest on 19th July. 

Brian's station was an FT847 into a TE Systems linear amp with 100W output. The antenna was the 11-element VHF NFD yagi re-spaced as a 6 element, which was a struggle to erect to 5m in the wind, but at least the wx was sunny.

Valid QSOs: 30

Claimed QSO points: 9224

Claimed # of exchanges: 23

Claimed # of DXCCs: 4

Claimed total score: 249,048

Best DX: G3XDY; JO02ob; 513km.

Mni tnx to Brian for providing this report.

See also Brian's 23cm entry in March 2020