Brian Howie GM4DIJ took part in the UK Microwave 23cm contest on Sunday 8th March from a site near Stranraer. He has kindly provided these photographs. 

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In view of the current Coronavirus pandemic with the risk of infection being passed from one person to another when attending meetings, the LRS Committee has decided to stop all meetings for the time being at the Braid Hills Hotel and the Surplus Equipment Sale at St Fillans' Church, up to and including 24th June (BBQ).

Alan J. Masson GM3PSP

LRS President. 

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PS In the meantime, if you have any reports on your radio activities - portable expeditions, technical projects etc, that you would like to share with LRS members, please let me have them, preferably with photos (and not too much maths!), and I will put them up to keep the website fresh. 


The first is already up (GM4DIJ 23cm DXpedition)     - see this page. - psp.




Photo courtesy RadCom

The RSGB Convention video "The Raspberry Pi Explained for Radio Amateurs" by Mike Richards G4WNC was shown  by James GM4WZP at the meeting on 26th February 2020. Click for short report with link to the video (RSGB Members only).

This lecture is based upon a new RSBG book by Mike - see above / click here.




Geoff's yacht Contender approaching Rockall during a charity sail there in 2018.

At the meeting on March 11th our good friend Geoff Crowley MM5AHO returned to talk about "How Not to Sail to the Faeroe Islands". 

Synopsis: Sleep deprivation is a problem in radio contesting and also in sailing single-handed. Geoff Crowley does both, and he recounted a few experiences during 2019 when lack of sleep caused problems in both sailing and in contesting. Some further examples from 2018, including a 1000 mile round trip to Rockall added interest about managing 24 hour activity. 

Click for full report including summary by Vic GM3OWU, and Geoff's slides.



At the LRS meeting on 12th February Dr Roger Hill talked about "Robot Wars + Rampaging Chariots  and showed videos of robots in combat. He wrote: 

"Peter Bennett, (who was present at Roger's talk) once a test pilot, gathered a team of engineers from Selex (now Leonardo) to assist in building a family of robots to compete in the BBC ‘Robot Wars’ programme. Typhoon 2 won the heavyweight title of the 7th BBC series in 2006. Peter then designed a simpler robot called the Rampaging Chariot, to compete in the British Robotic Games where it won 27 of 42 medals at its first outing held in Wigan. In this talk, I describe the engineering features of these and other micro-controller-based projects".

Prototype of the Autonomous Rampaging Chariot. 

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