The 2021 LRS DF Hunt on Top Band was held on 28th July, starting from the "Tardis" on Braid Hills Road. Three teams attempted to find the Fox station GM3HAM/P operated by Peter GM4DTH.

Brian GM4DIJ, Briain GM8PKL (cheers!), Melvyn GM4HYR, Mike GM8KCS. (Photos: Alan GM3PSP).

Peter GM4DTH operating Fox GM3HAM/P in woods beside White Lady Walk at Fairmilehead. He was also able to call in to the LRS Net on 2m using a separate IC-705 rig. First to find the Fox was Melvyn GM4HYR at 20:17. He was followed by Mike GM8KCS at 21:14. Sadly, Brian GM4DIJ was never heard of again.

Diet lemonades afterwards at nearby Hunter's Tryst.

Melvyn GM4HYR, Peter GM4DTH, Mike GM8KCS, Alan GM3PSP (passenger with Mike).

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The LRS GM3HAM Contest Group again took part in RSGB VHF NFD from Gatehouse of Fleet on 6m/4m, 2m & 70cm. Photos Colin GM4HWO, Peter GM4DTH.

2021-08-18: Result:  LRS was again Runner-up in Restricted Section with 2944 normalised points, and earning the Cockenzie Quaich as Leading GM.

Brian GM4DIJ & Andy MM0FMF 6m (Sat) / 4m (Sun).

Also ops: Mike GM4IGS & Danny GM6CMQ.

6m: 72 QSOs, 96772 pts, best Dx: 5B4AAB 3573km

50MHz winner in Restricted Section

4m: 25 QSOs, 10199 pts, best Dx: EC7AKV 1951km

Norrie GM1CNH & Peter GM4DTH on 2m.

Also op Colin GM4HWO; Danny GM6CMQ (Sat. eve).

129 QSOs, 36035 pts, best Dx: GU0UVH 590km

Elecraft K3 + 100W transverter to 18-ele yagi at 33ft.


Pete GM4BYF & Brian GM8BJF on 70cm.

41 QSOs, 13017 pts, best Dx F6KRK 802km (nr Paris).

IC-9700 + 100W amp to M2 38-element yagi at 30ft.

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The LRS GM3HAM/P contest group were active during the 2m Trophy Contest from our usual site near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway.

Participants were: Colin GM4HWO, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Bob MM0XRI (guest), Rob MM0RHU (guest) and Peter GM4DTH, with apologies (H&S) from Alan GM3PSP & Pete GM4BYF.

The station made 196 QSOs plus a few dupes.

Best DX: F6DKW 57097 JN18cs in Paris at 808.4km


Photos - by Colin GM4HWO & Andy MM0FMF. 

L-R: Andy MM0FMF, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Colin GM4HWO, Bob MM0XRI, Rob MM0RHU & Peter GM4DTH - suitably masked!

 Andy MM0FMF  

Peter GM4DTH 

Recording of GM3HAM/P QSO with G4AQB.

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Peter GM4DTH and Brian GM4DIJ

Back to our favourite site, on a hill-top near Gatehouse of Fleet.

Peter GM4DTH described the wx conditions as "grey and unsettled".

Radio conditions were below average with low signal strengths being the norm for the entire operating period.

Unusually, we could not hear GB3VHF (144.430MHz). 

The antennas were an M2 17-element yagi plus a secondary circularly-polarized antenna to help to work stations with non-horizontally-polarized antennas.

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 GM8BJF/P                                                  GM4BYF/P 



Brian GM8BJF reports: Pete GM4BYF and myself have recently built up VK3CV 122GHz (2.4cm wavelength)  transceiver boards into portable systems and have been doing some tests with them. On Thursday 23rd July we had what we believe wss the first GM to GM contact across a distance of 0.69 km between two hills in Edinburgh and on Saturday 25th July we went down to the English border and had what we believe to be the first GM to G contact on the band. 

Interestingly, Doppler effects were observed even at walking speed on this band (no fire-engine required)!             
We were using the system in its most basic form with 25 mm circular horns. Plans are now afoot to add refinements such as GPS locking and improved antennas and try for longer paths having established the basic functionality of our setups.

John G3XDY of the UK Microwave Group has confirmed that these are "Firsts" for GM/GM & GM/G on 122GHz. Certificates will be awarded. Congratulations to Brian and Pete. 

John G4BAO has credited Brian and Pete with the GM-G "First" in his GHz Bands page (64) in the November 2020 RadCom & link to Brian's webpage.

     GM8BJF/P seen across the border from G4BYF/P.                                 (International DX !)

Full details with more photos and 3 short videos are on Brian's website at: