Eric Worley W0RLY, Alan Masson GM3PSP & Pete Bates GM4BYF

This year's LRS Christmas Curry at the Himalaya Tandoori Restaurant at Bruntsfield was most enjoyable, with 14 diners present including a surprise guest, Eric Worley W0RLY, a pilot with United Airlines from near Denver CO, who joined us for his one night in Edinburgh between flights. This was Eric's introduction to Christmas crackers and paper hats!

LRS member Brian Howie GM4DIJ gave an introduction to antenna modelling at the LRS meeting on 11 March 2015. This time he talked more specifically about "Optimization of Antenna Height Over Real Terrain in the Low VHF Bands" at the meeting on 22nd November 2017.

Brian writes: "It is common intuition that the higher an antenna is above the ground, the better it performs. Whilst this is true in most cases, the performance of an antenna a few wavelengths above ground is a complex interaction of the beam patterns and the local topography. It can be shown that in some cases a lower antenna can outperform one much higher. I've been looking in particular at the local terrain at our contest site at Gatehouse of Fleet using an ARRL- supplied program HFTA, designed primarily for the HF Bands, to explore terrain effects on antenna performance at low VHF". 

In addition to the following Powerpoint slides, Brian gave live demonstrations of the use of the HFTA software with the data from Gatehouse and other locations.


James Gentles GM4WZP, who has spoken at the LRS twice before on aerial photography, and now a club member himself, gave a very interesting and entertaining presentation on the history of the pirate radio stations on ships and estuary forts from 1964 to 1974. The talk was nicely illustrated with a number of videos and sound recordings which unfortunately cannot be reproduced here for technical reasons (but the slides are very good)! 

                 Many thanks to James for a great talk and for allowing his slides to be reproduced here.


 Well-known Scottish DXer Tom Wylie GM4FDM returned to the Lothians on 25th October 2017 to talk about 'Having Fun on a Shoestring'. Tom's last talk to the LRS was in October 2011 (click for Report).

Many thanks to Tom for his most interesting and enjoyable talk and for letting us show many of his slides here. 

In prep - psp

The LRS Autumn Surplus Equipment Sale on 18th October 2017 was held as usual at St Fillan's Church with a good turnout of LRS members and visitors from other clubs as far away as Glasgow. Almost all the equipment was sold at good prices and the evening finished with the traditional liquid raffle.

For the annual joint meeting of the LRS and the Museum of Communication on 27th September 2017, Alan Masson GM3PSP gave an autobiographical talk on his career with the motion picture division of Kodak in the UK and the USA, ending up at the Director of Engineering in Hollywood. 

Newly-elected LRS President, Dr Brian Flynn GM8BJF gave his Presidential Address 'Frequency (and Time) Standards' at the first meeting of the new club year on 13th September 2017 at the Braid Hills Hotel.