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A group of Lothians members operated from near Gatehouse of Fleet in the RSGB UHF / Microwave Contest on May 1-2, 2010 on all bands from 432 MHz (70cm) to 24 GHz (1.2cm). The group consisted of Brian GM8BJF, Pete GM4BYF, Norrie GM1CNH, Peter GM4DTH, Andy GM7HUD, Colin GM4HWO, Mike GM4IGS, John GM8OTI and Alan GM3PSP. Photos by GM3PSP, GM4DTH and GM4HWO.


L-R: Alan GM3PSP, Peter GM4DTH, Norrie GM1CNH, Colin GM4HWO, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS.

This was an expedition to Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh by Norrie Stewart GM1CNH and Rob Hemesley MM1RAH plus the "skipper" of the boat. It was made in preparation for a trip to St Kilda. Norrie operated VHF and Rob was on HF. Mni tnx to Norrie for sharing these photos.



Contest activity in May 2008


Brian GM8BJF and his 10GHz and 24GHz dishes

You can now view two videos on YouTube that were shot by Ray GM4CXM at 4m Trophy events operated by the GM3HAM Contest Group at Gatehouse of Fleet in 2004, and Mull of Galloway in 2005.

Go to and search "GM3HAM" or try this lnk:


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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


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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.


L-R: Pete Bates GM4BYF, Vic Imamura MM0JVQ / JA5VQ, Rob Hemesley MM1RAH, Tommy Menzies GM1GEQ, Norrie Stewart GM1CNH, Tommy Main GM4DCL, Peter Dick GM4DTH.


Just a few shots of the main 70MHz beam being readied by Norrie GM1CNH. Not sure who the other op is, possibly Mark MM0MMK. Also present: Pete GM4BYF, Mark Mackay MM0MMK, Mike GM4IGS, Rob Hemesley MM1RAH and Brian GM4DIJ who took the photos. The rig was a Yaesu FT847 + 4CX250B linear giving 160W output. Antennas were an 11-element yagi (H) on 32m (68ft) mast plus a 6-element yagi (V) on a shorter pole for FM QSOs. Brian notes: "SWR went infinite 1/2 hour before the start of contest. Fortunately the dodgy connection was reachable near the bottom of the 68ft mast". 89 QSOs were made with best DX G1EHF/P at 549km. There was quite a lot of FM activity in NI after the GB2RS news and we made 4 QSOs in Belfast. This station GM3HAM/P gained 2nd place in Section M of the contest. 


Norrie securing the 11-ele  home-brew yagi onto the pole, assisted by Peter GM4DTH.

Another contest operated from the excellent site at Gatehouse of Fleet with a good-sized group.


L-R: Mark MacKay MM0MMK, Sandy McTaggart MM0CJT,  Chris MM0ZCT, Simon Bussey GM1EXK, Norrie GM1CNH; in front: wee Stuart Wright; Colin Wright GM4HWO, Brian GM8BJF, Robin GM4YPL, Mike GM4IGS, Pete GM4BYF, Tommy GM1GEQ, Tommy GM4DCL, Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ.

Not much detail yet of this event, an HF DXpedition to Great Cumbrae island in the Firth of Clyde for an IOTA (Islands On The Air) contest.

Participants included Colin GM4HWO, Mike GM8KCS & XYL-Liz, Norrie GM1CNH, Pete GM4BYF and Peter GM4DTH. The camper van was kindly loaned by Tommy GM1GEQ. 


 Antennas included a 3-element HF yagi and a number of inverted-Vee dipoles

for the lower bands.