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- and sometimes the sun shines!





             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. 

Mike GM4IGS, Norrie GM1CNH, Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ, Andy MM0FMF, Pete GM4BYF

Activity was low on Saturday but better on Sunday. Propagation was above average.

Weather was very good but cold at night.

Final allowed results:

185 QSOs, 65,970 points, Best DX: F6APE in grid IN97qi at 874km distance.

RESULT: 8th position in Open Section  (Click for details).

 Photos by GM4BYF, GM4DTH & MM0FMF.

In prep - psp.

The Lothians Radio Society Contest Group operated GM3HAM/P in VHF National Field Day 2015 from our usual site in the hills above Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway with stations on 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm. Conditions were nothing special but the 6m station achieved much better results, including a QSO with Malta, than in 2014, which admittedly had been a relatively poor year. The other three stations' results were roughly similar to the previous year. The weather was mixed, including a heavy downpour during the Friday night. After pitching most of the tents on the Friday afternoon we adjourned for a nice dinner at the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse and returned to the site for a malt whisky "tasting". With the need to keep the stations on the air on the Saturday evening we had a barbecue on-site for the second year running.

Operators Brian GM8BJF & guest Alan GM0USI from Glasgow. 

A "compact" team of Brian Flynn GM8BJF (operator of GM3HAM/P) and Alan Masson GM3PSP (chief cook / genny operator / photographer) were joined by Alan Dimmick GM0USI (operator) from Glasgow at our usual site on a hill near Gatehouse of Fleet for the Microwave Trophy on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Seven QSOs were made on 10GHz on the Saturday afternoon with the best DX being Cheltenham at 366km. It then rained all night, continuing into the morning, and the event was abandoned even before the traditional breakfast of bacon rolls could be consumed (so it must have been bad)!  BJF and PSP then adjourned to a cafe in Gatehouse for eggs benedict before driving back to Edinburgh.  


The GM3HAM Contest Group of the Lothians Radio Society took part in the Restricted Section of RSGB VHF National Field Day on 5-6 July 2014 from our usual site in the hills near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. We arrived on Friday 4th to get the tents set up and enjoy our traditional dinner in the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse. After driving through a heavy downpour we arrived to find the site enshrouded in cloud, but this miraculously cleared within an hour and thereafter we had great weather for the rest of the weekend. Operation was on 50MHz (Saturday only), 70MHz (Sunday only), 144MHz and 432MHz. After hearing some nice continental Dx and a K5 (Texas) on 50MHz on Saturday morning, conditions during the contest were not very good and scores were lower than last year. Two innovations this year were sound recording of the 2m QSOs which enabled a number of logging errors to be corrected before submission, and a barbecue on the Saturday evening.

Photos by Alan GM3PSP, Andre GM3VLB & Veronica XYL-GM3VLB - tnx.