The Annual General Meeting of the Lothians Radio Society was held in the Braid Hills Hotel, 134 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6JD on Wednesday 9th June 2010.

The following Committee members were elected: 

President: Dr. John Cooke GM8OTI

Secretary: Andy Sinclair GM7HUD

Treasurer: Peter Dick GM4DTH

Committee: Jack Smith GM1CQC

Dr. Alan Masson GM3PSP

Colin Wright GM4HWO

The members present at the AGM voted to increase the annual subscription to £18 for members and £9 for scholars to help cover the costs of our excellent new venue at the Braid Hills Hotel.

It was agreed that efforts should be made to increase membership. These will include publicity using the new LRS brochure, to be distributed at rallies and local organizations, and the use of the LRS website to show photographs of recent meetings and events.

Many suggestions were made for meeting topics which will assist the new committee when it meets shortly to plan the program for the new club year starting in September.

The annual LRS DF Hunt was organized by Peter GM4DTH who acted as "fox" station. Six teams took part, starting from the Braid Hills Hotel. Several were using DF receivers built from a Practical Wireless design as a club project some years ago. The fox station was hidden in bushes at NGR 258685 near Mortonhall House at Fairmilehead. A schedule of AM transmissions of audio tones was made on 1.875 MHz with 5 minutes "on" and five minutes "off". The results were:

Contestant              Time Found

Start time:                   19:30

1. Mike GM8KCS           20:06

2. Pete GM4BYF            20:11

3. Melvyn GM4HYR        20:12

4. Brian GM4DIJ            20:15

5. Colin GM4HWO          20:51

6. Brian GM8BJF            20:52

Congratulations to Mike GM8KCS for being the first contestant to find the hidden station. After the hunt, the fox and contestants adjourned to the Stable Bar to discuss the event.

 

Mike Jr. MM3MDB, Mike GM8KCS, Brian GM4DIJ and Pete GM4BYF at the start.

At short notice, following two postponements of other topics, Peter presented an interesting program of films with a radio flavour made by the GPO Film Unit in the 1930s:

North Sea (1938)

A trawler from Aberdeen runs into trouble in the North Sea, but manages to obtain assistance from Wick radio station.

Cable Ship (1933)

A detailed account of the identification and repair of a fault in an underwater telephone cable linking Britain and Germany.

What’s On Today? (1938)

The preparations made by the GPO to enable the press and the BBC to cover a major sporting event, in this instance, the Manx T.T. motor-cycle races.

Pete showed a Powerpoint presentation and a video taken during his most recent trip to Malawi in 2009.

Lothians members were joined by visitors from several other clubs for our spring Junk Sale, which was arranged by Peter Bates GM4BYF at St Fillan's Church, Buckstone.

Pete GM4BYF

Alan Masson GM3PSP / K6PSP described the PSK31 digital mode leading to his gaining DXCC on that mode. He also played audio examples of many other digital radio modes that can be operated using the same simple hardware set-up and freeware software.

Alan Masson talking about PSK31

Alan GM3PSP / K6PSP 

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Stuart Fuller-Shapcott and Norman Bethune gave a very well-illustrated talk and demonstration on the work of the Border Search and Rescue Unit, an all-volunteer organization which covers the south-east of Scotland, including the Lammermuir and Cheviot hill ranges. They described the use of radio communications, stretchers, sniffer dogs and helicopters.

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Stuart Fuller-Shapcott (L) with a VHF-band hand-held radio and Norman Bethune (R) with a backpack full of useful items.

Prof Stevenson described the development of microelectronics from the invention of the first transistor to today's amazingly complex integrated circuits, and the work of the Scottish Microelectronics Centre, of which he is the Director, at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Tom Stevenson

Prof Tom Stevenson