Pete Bates GM4BYF talked about Aircraft Scatter Communication and Useful Test Equipment for it at the  meeting on 22nd January 2020. 

Aircraft scatter can be used on bands from 2m upwards and up to 500km range is achievable, depending on the band and geography. The talk started with some audio examples of aircraft scatter - available in the full report.

The requirements for an accurate frequency reference led to the purchase of some cheap test equipment which has many other uses.

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There was a turn-out of 15 for the LRS 2020 Video Night, presented by Peter Dick GM4DTH on 8th January 2020 at the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society in Fettes Row. Peter chose two films about the Cold War.

Spy in Bonn receiving a "Numbers Station".

The first was a short (14 min) from ITN Roving Reports called "The Spy Catchers" (1963). The setting is Bonn in West Germany and gives an indication of the level of espionage from the communist bloc.

Western propaganda stations targeting the USSR

The second film was called "Empire of Noise" (2006) and ran for 50 min. The title refers to the sound of the jamming modulation used by Soviet jamming stations in the short-wave broadcast bands prior to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. With jamming modulation playing throughout the film this was a realistic but really depressing view of the world of SW broadcasting in the 1950s onwards, fortunately now gone forever.

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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. 

GM3PSP, GM4HWO, GM4WZP, GM4EAU & GM8KCS at the Booking Office bar before the curry.




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.



 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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