Setting up portable antennaContest operating /P

- and sometimes the sun shines!




Norrie GM1CNH and Peter GM4DTH operated on 70cm in the RSGB UHF / Microwave contest on Sunday 5th May (only) from an elevated site on Lauder Common, a few miles west of Lauder, off the Stow Road, in the Scottish Borders. Conditions were probably about average but activity was very low. Only 6 QSOs were made but included East Anglia, and one German station was heard on CW. One QSO back to Edinburgh was made with Brian GM4DIJ. Photos by GM4DTH & GM3PSP.

(Note - this item will be moved down to its chronologically-correct location in due course).

The Microwave Trophy 2005 was operated from Gatehouse of Fleet. Photos by Brian Howie GM4DIJ.

List of participants not available - anyone help?

3cm antenna and station


(Note - this item will be moved down to its chronologically-correct location in due course).

VHF National Field Day 2004 was operated from Gatehouse of Fleet. Photos by Brian Howie GM4DIJ

The operators present in the photos appear to have been Pete Bates GM4BYF, Brian Flynn GM8BJF, Peter Dick GM4DTH, Norrie Stewart GM1CNH, Mike Chapman GM4IGS, Robin Thompson GM4YPL and possibly his son, Chris.

Can anyone confirm or correct this list?

 Assembling the very impressive 4 x 17-element beam for 2 metres.

Peter GM4DTH, Danny GM6CMQ, Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Brian GM4DIJ, Andy MM0FMF

The GM3HAM contest group of the Lothians Radio Society operated GM3HAM/P in the Open section of the 2m Trophy contest on 1-2 Sept 2018 from our usual site near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. The weather was 'damp & claggy' (?) with intermittent rain all weekend.

Photos by Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ and Andy MM0FMF. 


             Alan GM3PSP, Danny GM6CMQ, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM4DIJ, Andy MM0FMF, Mike GM4IGS,                           Brian GM8BJF, Terry GM3WUX.

The GM3HAM Contest Group operated VHF-NFD from our usual contest site near Gatehouse of Fleet on the weekend of 6-8 July. The Wx was outstanding and excellent scores were achieved.

The results were posted by the RSGB on 16th August, showing that GM3HAM won the Restricted Section (Martlesham Trophy), leading Scottish Station (Cockenzie Quaich) and the 50MHz & 70MHz band awards.



                                                 6m:   95 QSOs  40,576 pts    best: 9A5ST @ 1946 km. 

                                                 4m: 105 QSOs  39,025 pts    best: EA8DBM @ 3127 km

                                                 2m:  244 QSOs  77,654 pts   best:  F6KCP/P @ 839 km

                                                 23cm: 30 QSOs  9,623 pts    best:  PA0S @ 657km

Click for RSGB List.

Pete GM4BYF and Mike GM4IGS upon arrival at the Gatehouse of Fleet site.

The GM3HAM/P contest group of the LRS took part in the RSGB 2m Trophy Contest from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. The main innovation was the use of a 2 x 17-element beam providing high gain with good beamwidth. The unconfirmed score is 237 QSOs including G, GM, GI, GW, GU, F, ON, PA, DL and OZ. Best DX was OZ1BEF at 851km. After a nice Saturday, the Sunday Wx was dreadful with 3in deep water accumulating in the Scout tent. There had been 100-head of cattle in the field recently but fortunately the evidence of their presence was not as bad as had been feared! Photos by Peter GM4DTH & Alan GM3PSP.

   L-R:  Brian GM8BJF, Brian GM4DIJ, Danny GM6CMQ, Andy MM0FMF, Colin GM4HWO, Norrie GM1CNH,  Terry GM3WUX, Mike GM4IGS, Peter GM4DTH, Robin GM4YPL, Pete GM4BYF (with halo), Alan GM3PSP.

VHF NFD 2017 at Gatehouse of Fleet was another success for the LRS with good wx most of the time (apart from thick cloud on the Saturday afternoon!) and good scores on 50MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz and 1296MHz in the Restricted section. We were joined by Mike GM4IGS from Troon and Terry GM3WUX from Glasgow as operators on 6m & 4m. On the Friday after setting up our tents we spent the evening in the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse, then retiring to the events tent for the traditional whisky tasting. On Saturday Colin GM4HWO provided his usual bacon rolls breakfast and an outstanding barbecue in the evening. Band scores, checked and submitted:

                                              Band       QSOs      Points       Best-DX     Loc          km

6m             95        33451       CT1BOH    IM58js   1834

4m             72        26404       SP9HWY   JO90nh  1642

2m           159        53796       F6KCP/P   JN18ou     839

   23cm         22          7598        G5LK/P    IO01qd     556   

Photos by Alan GM3PSP & Peter GM4DTH. Peter was also shooting video including some using his UAV (drone). Several still clips (aerial shots) from the video are included here.


Pete GM4BYF, Mike GM4IGS, Brian GM4DIJ, Peter GM4DTH, Danny GM6CMQ,

Andy MM0FMF, Norrie GM1CNH. All photographs and report by Peter GM4DTH.

The GM3HAM/P Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society operated in the RSGB 2m Trophy Contest on 3-4 September 2016 from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway.

Equipment: Yaesu FT736 plus linear amplifier.

Main aerial: 17-element M² narrow beam width.

Secondary: wide-beam circularly-polarised 4-element Tonna. (Not high enough)!

Claimed score: 194 QSOs; 72,893 points; Best Dx: F6APE; LOC IN97pi;  Dist. 872km.

L-R: Chris MM0ZCT, Danny GM6CMQ, Brian GM8BJF, Pete GM4BYF, Mike GM4IGS, Robin GM4YPL,

Norrie GM1CNH, Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ. 
The Lothians Radio Society Contest Group GM3HAM/P  operated in RSGB VHF NFD on 2-3 July 2016 from our usual location in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway at LOCator IO74wv. The bands operated were the Restricted Section on 50MHz (Saturday only); 70MHz (Sunday only); 144MHz; 1296MHz. Conditions were rather average but with a few QSOs into northern France. Your scribe and Terry GM3WUX were unable to to be present. His CW operating skills were missed on 6m and 4m.

The intrepid GM3HAM/P team of three LRS operators for the RSGB Microwave Trophy 2016 near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway: Mike GM4IGS, Pete GM4BYF & Alan GM3PSP.