James Gentles GM4WZP gave a great talk on 'Pirates - Offshore Radio from 1964 to 1974, ding-ding!' at the meeting on 8th November 2017. He covered the history of the pirate radio stations located in ships around the British Isles, including the best-known, Radio Caroline which used its famous "ding-ding" jingle. They all disappeared after the BBC introduced Radio 1 in 1974 to cater for the pop audience, and re-named the existing stations Radios 2, 3 and 4. REPORT


Radio London


Well-known Scottish DXer Tom Wylie GM4FDM from Paisley returned to the Lothians on 25th October 2017 to talk on Having fun on a shoestring. He described how careful advance planning is essential for any DXpedition and how quite simple antennas can be very effective while saving on weight and complexity. Report

 Tom GM4FDM with Ronald PA3EWP in Dakar, Senegal in 2010. 

The GMRT speakers: Mark Hughes GM4ISM, Geoff Pike GI0GDP, Martin Hall GM8IEM (Session Chair), Andy Sinclair MM0FMF, David Anderson GM6BIG.

The 2017 Scottish Microwave Round Table was held on 4th November at the Museum of Communication in Burntisland followed by a dinner and musical entertainment at the Kingswood Hotel. Programme:

A 10GHz Home Station (Mark GM4ISM)

A High Quality 10GHz Beacon (David GM6BIG)

13cm SOTA (Andy MM0FMF & Jack GM4COX)

Replacement L.O. options for the DB6NT G2 Transverters (Geoff GI0GDP)

The GM round of the UK Microwave Group Projects Trophy was awarded to Kevin Avery G3AAF.

For full report and music video, go to GMRT website: 


Kevin Avery G3AAF received the constructors trophy from John Worsnop G4BAO.


The LRS Autumn Surplus Equipment Sale was held on 18 Oct at St Fillan's Church with a good turnout and almost everything sold. Full Report.  



Alan Masson GM3PSP gave an autobiographical talk about his career in the Motion Picture Division at Kodak in the UK and the USA at the meeting of the LRS on 27th September 2017 at the Museum of Communication in Burntisland.  As well as his chemistry training, which was vital in film processing issues, his radio hobby was useful in projects with film sound tracks. Full Report.

Alan meets R2D2