At the meeting on 27th Nov, John Innes MM0JXI from the Cockenzie & Port Seton Club talked about the μBITX Radio, a low-cost $130 HF transceiver kit, and showed an example that he had built. Full Report. 


David,       John,       Colin,       Pete,       Ed.




We returned to the Gurkha Cafe in Cockburn Street for our 2019 Christmas Curry on 11th December. There was a turn-out of 11 for the distinctive Nepalese menu. We were particularly happy to have Veronica Saunders join us from Kelso. Click for more photos.


View from other end of table.



LRS Video Night by Peter Dick GM4DTH

Wed 8 Jan 2020, Edinburgh Cine & Video Society

23 Fettes Row (basement), Edinburgh.

Video program soon.


At the meeting of the LRS on 30th Oct 2019. Nick Peckett G4KUX/YA4F talked about Rehabilitating Telecommunications in Afghanistan. 

Nick lived and worked in Afghanistan from 1998 for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban Government) and later governments, until retirement in 2008 but continued as a consultant until 2017. He described his major involvement in the development, and rehabilitation after 9/11, of many types of commercial systems including satellite-based mesh, cellular, microwave trunk routes and undersea fibre portals.

He also operated Amateur Radio mostly on 50MHz as YA4F and talked about his experiences there.  

Nick's talk was illustrated by many photographs taken all over Afghanistan showing the challenging geography and the microwave towers he designed and erected.

Nick now lives in County Durham and is active on the VHF to microwave bands with a well-equipped station. 

Nick Peckett G4KUX / YA4F in Bamyan, Afghanistan

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 Jack Hood GM4COX. Photo courtesy  

At the meeting of the LRS on 13 Nov 2019 Jack Hood GM4COX, who has been a leading light of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society since its inception in 1970, talked about "SOTA & 13cm Escapades". 

Following the successful launch in the summer of 2017 of the introduction of 13cm SOTA to the Scottish amateur fraternity by Andy MM0FMF of LRS & Jack, he described developments over the last 2 years.

Jack Hood GM4COX & Andy Sinclair MM0FMF.

Jack and Andy were awarded the Jack Wylie Trophy for their pioneering activities in 13cm SOTA.

Andy (R) has held the trophy for the last 6 months and now handed it to Jack at this LRS meeting. 

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FREE to collect from Kelso: 20ft aluminium lattice tower in 2 x 10ft sections, plus hinged wall-mount base. In use, it supported an HF cubical quad (not available).

An LRS member is willing to transport the tower and base to Edinburgh for a fee of £20.

CLOSING DATE (HARD): Friday 25th October 2019.

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