For his 2013 Presidential Address Andy Sinclair MM0FMF spoke on "SOTA - Summits on the Air - an Amateur Radio award scheme". It soon became apparent that he is a very enthusiastic participant in this relatively-new activity.


Angus Annan MM1CCR, a former President of the RSGB, has spoken at the Lothians Radio Society a number of times, most recently on 27th March of this year when he talked about the Sinking of the Flying Enterprise in 1952 and its captain, Kurt Carlsen W2ZXM. We were most grateful for his offer to talk on a very timely subject - "A Century of Communications" (during this year of the centenary of the RSGB) - and this was arranged as a joint meeting with other local clubs and the members of the Museum of Communication at the museum in Burntisland on 25th September 2013, by courtesy of Prof. Tom Stevenson, his wife Winnie and MoC Secretary Dorothy Brankin. There was an excellent turnout of about 30 including 13 LRS members. This report is a summary of his most interesting talk, which he described as a personal view, focussing on the personalities involved in the development of radio communications, and illustrated by many photographs.  


Although it was bucketing rain outside there was a good turnout of members of the LRS and other local clubs, and lots of good "stuff",  at the Autumn Surplus Equipment Sale at St Fillan's Church on 15th October 2013.  


Ian Sheffield GM3VEI is a retired astronomer who has worked in Hawaii and Edinburgh and was a member of the LRS in the 1960s and 70s. His talk "Tour Round the Solar System" on 30th October 2013 gave a nice summary of the characteristics of the whole solar system as well as each of the planets, asteroids, meteors, comets and the moon.

As a special treat Ian brought his moondust sample from Apollo 11, which landed in the Sea of Tranquility in July 1969, for us to see, and this report is devoted to it. 

Report in preparation - psp.


At the LRS meeting on 13th November 2013 we welcomed back Geoff Crowley MM5AHO for his talk "International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2013 - the crazy Crowleys sail again!" He described the cruise this year with his son Matt MM1EUI to exotic islands including Wee Cumbrae and Ailsa Craig, illustrated by many slides and videos. Geoff has given several talks to the LRS in the past about his yacht trips around the western isles of Scotland.

Click for 2010 Report;  2011 Report.

In preparation - psp


Malcolm Hamilton GM3TAL gave his second talk on home-made wire antennas at the LRS meeting on 27th November 2013. For the report on his 2012 talk, click here.

The annual LRS Christmas Curry was held as usual at the Himalaya Tandoori Restaurant in Bruntsfield Place on Wednesday 11th December 2013, with twenty members and guests present. This was preceded by a "happy hour" in the nearby Montpelier's bar. Photos by Peter GM4DTH, Veronica XYL/GM3VTB & Alan GM3PSP.

Peter Dick GM4DTH put together a very interesting programme of films which he presented in the excellent screening room of the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society, of which he is also a member.

1. The Tower of Babble (1964) - Rank Look at Life short (8 min) - Post Office Tower. 

2. The Long Span (1964) - film by Jim Henry of ECVS (32 min) - Forth Road Bridge.

3. The Secret Wireless War: Beyond Bletchley Park (2002) Grindelwald Prodns (57 min)

    - the VI (Voluntary Interceptor) Service, told by veterans.