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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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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GMRT-19, the Scottish Microwave Round Table, was held on Sat 2nd November 2019 at the Museum of Communication in Burntisland with 57 registrations. 

Mark Hughes GM4ISM: "Microwave EME". 

Sam Jewell G4DDK: “Icom IC9700: How does it measure up as a VHF DX transceiver?”










Heather Lomond M0HMO         Martin Hall GM8IEM

Heather Lomond M0HMO: “SDRs & Software for (Portable) Microwave Operation".

Martin Hall GM8IEM: “Constructing a 13cm (home) station around the Kuhne MKU23 G4 transverter"

Full report with photographs on GMRT website.


The LRS Autumn Surplus Equipment Sale was held on 16th October 2019 at St Fillans Church, Buckstone, with welcome visitors from Cockenzie, Glasgow and Selkirk. There was lots for sale, perhaps too much! 

Also a raffle, with interesting "bottles" for prizes. 

Andy MM0FMF (Hon Sec) & Alan GM3PSP (President).

Full report with more photos.

The annual joint meeting of the LRS and the Museum of Communication at the museum in Burntisland was held on 25th September 2019. 

The use of RADAR technology in the conservation of the historic Union Chain Bridge, built in 1820 near Berwick on Tweed, was described by Prof. Emeritus Roland Paxton MBE of the Heriot-Watt University (R) and Dr. Colin Stove, Chairman and Scientific Director of Adrok Ltd (L).  This was a great blending of history and cutting-edge engineering technology.

Examples of an original link and pin from the bridge.

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