Great turnout of 11 for first summer Pub Night at Wee Bennet's Bar.

As usual, the annual Summer Barbecue of the Lothians Radio Society was held at the Fairmilehead QTH of Pete and Kay Bates (and known as "Bates Motel" from the famous movie "Psycho".


12 June 2024 - LRS AGM 2024

There was a good turn-out (17) for the AGM. It had been a good year for meetings, contests & finances. Subs to stay at £20.  

New committee elected:

President    Andy Sinclair MM0FMF

Hon. Sec.    Colin Wright GM4HWO

Hon. Treas.      Peter Dick GM4DTH

Webmaster  Alan Masson GM3PSP

Prog.Mgr. James Gentles GM4WZP

Charity Coord. Pete Bates GM4BYF

Committee   Colin Murray GM4EAU

Committee      John Taylor GM4JRT

Report by Fox - Peter GM4DTH:
The 2024 160m DF Hunt, which had been postponed from 22nd May due to a yellow bad weather warning, was held on Wednesday 5th June 2024 with fair weather. At the start, 5.9km (3.7miles) from the fox none of the three hunters could receive the transmission and they had to move before the signal was detected.


Information for 2024 D/F Hunt - NOTE LOCATION OF START POINT - "The Tardis"!

The LRS D/F Hunt will take place on Wednesday 5th June 2024. (Change from Wed 22nd May due to bad Wx forecast). Start 7.30pm sharp.

The start point avoids the high noise level experienced in earlier years near the Braid Hills Hotel. Members (or visitors) wishing to take part are advised to be on Braid Hills Road at the sign for Braids Golf Course (junction with Braid Hills Ave / Braid Hills Approach / Braid Mount (NT-246698) no later than 7.20pm, although this is not essential - some entrants choose to start from elsewhere. There is always room for those not equipped with receivers to join up with members who are so-equipped. The "Fox" will be located somewhere within the City boundary and participants should be equipped with a map and the necessary equipment to draw out bearings. The Fox will transmit using the callsign GM3HAM/P for 5 minutes-on / 5 minutes-off periods starting promptly at 7.30 pm. The frequency will be 1.875 MHz with an amplitude modulated tone being broadcast plus voice identification at the start and end of each period of transmitting. Operation will cease at about 9.30pm and an informal gathering will occur at a pub not too far from the Fox's location, which will be announced at that time.  

Participants are advised to be equipped with a mobile phone. A coordinator will be available at the start to provide the mobile number of the fox station (Peter GM4DTH) and to register the participants' mobile numbers so that in the event of them not locating the Fox, they can request clues regarding the location of the Fox station (or the pub)! Each clue provided will incur a penalty of 20 minutes. Test signals similar to those of the Fox on 1.875 MHz can be provided if requested well in advance - contact Peter GM4DTH to arrange.


8 May 2024 - RAYNET Recent Events and Technology Deployment"

by Charlie Duncan GM6MUZ (Lothians RAYNET Controller)

This talk was an update on technology implementations and recent events that Lothians RAYNET have been involved with. It also touched on the RAYNET role with community- and Local Authority resilience groups. Charlie Duncan  has been Coordinator of Lothians RAYNET Group for many years.

(RAYNET = Radio Amateur Emergency Network).


Long-time contester Pete Bates GM4BYF talked about ways to improve your performance in Amateur Radio contests with useful information for both beginners and experienced contesters. He recommended the use of KST and Minos software for arranging and logging QSOs.


There was an excellent turnout of 30 including many visitors, for the spring surplus equipment sale. Lots of interesting items sold in a meeting that lasted just over 2 hours in the hall of St Fillan's Church in Buckstone. The items for sale included 6 crates of good-quality items from a Silent Key sale. The LRS takes a small commission of 10% of the sale prices but many items were donated to club funds.


Members and guests settling down for the start of the sale.