André after MoC lecture on 11th May 2019.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of LRS member, André Saunders GM3VLB of Kelso, on 23rd May 2019. Click for Southern Reporter obituary.     Click for RSGB website Silent Key.   Click for Full Silent Key on this website.

André organized SCOTIA - Scottish Islands Award and had operated from almost all of the islands himself.

André's funeral was held on Thurs 6th June at the Borders Crematorium near Melrose, with a reception afterwards at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso. Many amateurs from the LRS and the Borders were present.

2019-08-05 JYI QSL card found in effects of André Saunders GM3VLB-SK.


We have also found a number of other items relating to André's QSOs with JYI and hope to produce an article about them for this website.


Some of the starters.

The annual LRS Direction-Finding Contest (D/F Hunt) took place on 22nd May 2019, starting from the Tardis on Braid Hills Road.

The fox station GM3HAM/P was operated by Peter GM4DTH from a location on Wester Craiglockhart Hill.

Results: 1st: Melvyn GM4HYR in 1h 2m (not again!); 2nd: Mike GM8KCS in 1h 43m; non-finishers: Pete GM4BYF, James GM4WZP, Brian GM8BJF. Also a number of helpers including French visitor Sebastien - bienvenu!

After the Hunt, the participants adjourned to "Wee Bennet's" Bar at Morningside Station for the traditional diet lemonades.

Pete GM4BYF taking his first bearing, supported by XYL Kay GM6KAY and David GM3YMX.

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Norrie GM1CNH and Peter GM4DTH operated on 70cm in the RSGB UHF / Microwave contest on Sunday 5th May (only) from an elevated site on Lauder Common, a few miles west of Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Conditions were probably about average but activity was very low. QSOs were made with East Anglia and one German station was heard on CW.

Norrie operating the rig from inside his car:

IC-706 Mk!!g, Gemini 70-1K 400W, 25 ele yagi @ 6m. 

Visitors were Bob MM0XRI (R), and Alan GM3PSP + Clyde GM3PSP/K9 (not in photo).

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Photo courtesy WoSARS

Congratulations to LRS Past-President Andy Sinclair MM0FMF (L) for jointly winning the RSGB Jock Kyle Trophy with Jack Hood GM4COX (R) of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society. This trophy is awarded to the Scottish club, society or RSGB member thought to have done the most in Scotland in the field of VHF, in this case for 13cm operations. Andy adds: "and recognition for trying to keep people using the bands which are under threat is what matters".

See write-up on WoSARS website (click).

The trophy was presented on 6th April 2019 at the GMDX Convention at Bannockburn by GMDX Chairman Rob Ferguson GM3YTS (C).


On 8th May, James Gentles GM4WZP hosted a meeting titled: “WHAT I BROUGHT TONIGHT”, an evening where members and visitors brought along "the smallest radio-related object they have, with the biggest story" and made a short presentation about it.  


We were very pleased to have a visiting amateur from the USA - Tom Novey W7TAN from Illinois - who was persuaded to act as the judge of the entries. The winner was Alan Masson GM3PSP who brought a plaque for NFD 1961 which was held at George Watson's College. The plaque was signed by all who participated, including himself.  

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