John Macdonald GM4XZN described his career in the Post Office Engineering Department in the Scottish Highlands at the LRS meeting on 22 February 2017 at the Braid Hills Hotel. He used many slides and anecdotes to provide very enjoyable evening for LRS members. The following is a selection of his slides to illustrate his working environment (on sunny days)! John has a fine collection of DX QSL cards in his shack in Currie, Midlothian. He has also been an active member of Lothians RAYNET. This talk was an update on one that John gave on 10 November 2010. Click for report.






At Humpriggs nr Wick - IV & WRD jointers.


Waiting for the tide at Kyle of Tongue



 Up aloft at Contin


Meanwhile, down below ...


 Working on submarine cable on the beach at Kyle


 Flounder Bay, Kyle of Lochalsh


 Marker where submarine cable comes ashore


 Totaig, Lochalsh


 Up aloft at Achtertyre, Lochalsh


 The Inverness MTCL Jointing Staff at Achnasheen T.T.S.


 Achnasheen T.R.S.


 Up the pole in Glen Dochart



 Boarding the Skye ferry at Kyle.


 On board the ferry


 The Cable Hut at Kyleakin


 On Skye


 Underground cable joint


 Old test van, Struan, Skye


At Loch Slapin Cable House


 On the road to Loch Slapin


 Near Gairloch


 Test van being loaded onto the St. Ola at Scrabster




On the road to Scourie


Balancing!  Scourie - Laxford road