Vic Imamura JA5VQ / MM0JVQ (above) has been a member of the Lothians Radio Society for a number of years, spending about half of his year in Morningside and the other half in Japan. He was licensed in 1960 and is a very accomplished operator with a fine station and antenna system, and holding 9-Band DXCC (160 - 10 metres). Just before returning to Japan for the winter, Vic was the speaker at the first meeting of the new club year on 12th September 2012 at the Braid Hills Hotel, when he gave a most interesting Powerpoint presentation on Amateur Radio in Japan, including the response of Japanese amateurs to the catastrophic earthquake & tsunami in 2011, and information about a number of prominent Japanese Amateurs. A number of his slides are shown below, to cover the main points of his presentation. Photos by Peter GM4DTH and PPT slides by permission of Vic JA5VQ.

The presentation was made by Prof. Tom Stevenson & Dorothy Brankin of the Museum of Communication.

Members of the LRS along with several guests and members of the Glenrothes Amateur Radio Club made their annual visit to the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, Fife, on Wednesday 26th September 2012 for a presentation by Prof. Tom Stevenson and Dorothy Brankin of the MOC on "Marine Communication", the theme of this year's exhibition at the museum, which was open to visit after the talk. 

The Lothians Radio Society held a very successful autumn surplus equipment sale (definitely not "junk" this time) on Wednesday 17th October 2012 at St Fillan's church hall. There was a lot of equipment for sale including many oscilloscopes and other test equipment from a recent Silent Key operator, and a record attendance of 37 LRS members and visitors.



Some of the items for sale.

This impressive airborne radar was described at the meeting. Photo courtesy of the APSS website. 

“Amateur Radio Spotting Systems” was the title of MM0FMF Andy Sinclair’s Presidential Address to the LRS on 14th November 2012. This is a summary of his talk which included systems used in his favourite operating activity – SOTA - Summits On The Air.

Andy Sinclair MM0FMF giving his LRS Presidential Address 2012

Since the first DX station was worked, amateurs have been advising each other where there is DX on the air. Eventually this developed into formal “spotting“ systems. The first was the “Packet Cluster” using digital packet technology on the 2m band. Among its advantages was the ability to filter the spots by band, mode etc, but its disadvantages included end user delivery, the use of dedicated frequencies - leading to “packet wars”, and the need to purchase the software. Nevertheless packet clusters lasted quite a long time and their use only declined when free software became available for other systems, particularly those using IRC / Internet. 

At the  meeting of the Lothians Radio Society on 28th November 2012 Brian Howie GM4DIJ talked on "Getting Started on Six Metres". He covered the history of the availability of the 50MHz band to amateurs, the equipment and aerials necessary to operate it, and the many types of propagation which can occur on "the Magic Band".

The annual LRS Christmas Curry was  held on Wednesday 12th December 2012 at the Himalaya Tandoori Restaurant, Bruntsfield Place. Edinburgh, after pre-dinner drinks at nearby Monpelier's Bar. 18 LRS members, partners and guests had a merry evening. Photographs by Peter GM4DTH and Alan GM3PSP.


L-R: Brian GM4DIJ, Chris MM0ZCT, Robin GM4YPL, John GM8OTI ... Briain GM8PKL, Brian GM8BJF


 U-96 from Das Boot


The first meeting of the Lothians Radio Society in 2013 was the annual Video Evening, presented in Blu-Ray high-definition video by Peter Dick GM4DTH on 9th January in the screening room of the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society in Fettes Row, Edinburgh. The event started with a matinee screening of the German feature film Das Boot (The Boat). The main programme was a compilation of German, American and British films on submarine warfare and radar in WWII. This was followed by two videos shot by Peter of LRS portable contest stations GM3HAM/P in recent years - the RSGB Microwave Contest 2007 and the RSGB 2m Trophy Contest 2012. On display at the ECVS facility was a SONAR hologram of the underwater wreck of the HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow, Orkney, brought by Prof. Tom Stevenson from the Museum of Communication in Burntisland.