The Annual General Meeting of the Lothians Radio Society was held at the Braid Hills Hotel on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

The President, Brian Flynn GM8BJF presented his Annual Review, noting that it had been another successful year for the club and thanking the committee for their good work..

Hon. Treasurer Peter Dick GM4DTH presented the Financial Review, showing a surplus for the year of £349 due to an increase in donations and surplus equipment sale profits, in spite of a modest drop in membership. It was agreed the subscription would remain at £20, or £10 for full-time scholars.

The new committee was elected:

President:        Alan Masson GM3PSP

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Hon Secretary: Andy Sinclair MM0FMF

Hon Treasurer: Peter Dick GM4DTH


   James Gentles GM4WZP (Program Manager)

   Pete Bates GM4BYF (Charitable Status & Contests


   Colin Murray GM4EAU

The new President, Alan GM3PSP encouraged all members to provide input to the Program Manager on ideas for interesting talks for the coming year, the core of the club's activity. 

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The group at BBQ-2019 at "Bates Motel"

The LRS BBQ was again held at the QTH of Pete Bates GM4BYF & XYL Kay GM6KAY, on Wed 26th June.

(And the Wx forecast turned out to be correct - sunny)!

The usual lavish spread of food was provided and the event was FREE this year thanks to a surplus in our accounts with two successful Surplus Equipment Sales.


It was also host Pete's birthday for which XYL Kay had baked a cake.


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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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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.


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).