Miscellaneous LRS documents

 

The Founding of the Lothians (Amateur) Radio Society in November 1946

Searching of archival copies of the RSGB Bulletin from October 1946 onwards has revealed the following history of the founding of the LRS. The record is not complete, e.g. dates.

1. Prior to the founding of the LRS, Amateur Radio in the Lothians was organized by the RSGB in their Scotland “D” Area (Edinburgh and Midlothian etc). Meetings were held at the Chamber of Commerce, 25 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. In 1946 the RSGB A.R. (Area Representative) was J. (Jack) Wilson GM6XI, 52 Macdowall Road, Newington, Edinburgh 9. Edinburgh 42153.

2. The RSGB Bulletin Supplement for October 1946 carried the following report for “D” Area by GM6XI: “Meetings were resumed in September. It has been agreed to form a Lothians Amateur Radio Society and an announcement will be made in due course. Members welcome the nomination of 6JH  (G. H. Hardie, GM6JH (Linlithgow) as C.R. (County Representative?) and 6LS (R. W. Bloxam (GM6LS) as T.R. (Town Representative?) Both are well fitted for these tasks. Local activity continues at a high level, some new calls will shortly be heard”. GM6XI.

3. The RSGB Bulletin for December 1946 (Vol. 22 No. 6) carried the following report by GM6XI: “The November Meeting (date not stated) was devoted to the formation of the new Lothians Amateur Radio Society. Mr. T. H. Nisbet was unanimously elected President and Mr. Geo Millar (GM3UM) Secretary. A fully representative committee has been nominated and an era of still greater progress can be anticipated. Five metre activity is growing. Please contact GM6SR (Mr. Syd Rowden) if interested”. GM6XI

4. The RSGB Bulletin of February 1947 carried the following report by GM6XI: “Edinburgh. – members welcomed 6RG’s contribution to their recent discussion on 60 operation and await his return from W to hear his promised talk. The new committee are considering the 1947 programme, including Field Day arrangements. Activity on 60 is increasing, several new transmitters and receivers being on the stocks. 5YX, 2BD, 3BX and 3UM keep the CW DX flag flying”. GM6XI

5. The RSGB Bulletin of May 1947 included the following information about National Field Day 1947. In the Lothians and Edinburgh, Edinburgh has applied to operate in NFD using the following callsigns:

     A. GM6JH/P - location: Field nr. The Pomathorn - Howgate Cross Roads.

     B. GM6LS/P – location 1/1/2 miles South-east of Penicuik, Midlothian.

Operators were reminded that DBST (Double British Summer Time) would be in operation!

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The Lothians Radio Society became affiliated to the RSGB on 11th August 1953. Click for certificate.

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Alan J. Masson GM3PSP, 10 June 2016.

Replica set built by Tom Hoeppe DJ5RE

Many thanks to Colin Wright GM4HWO who forwarded this article which was received at the Museum of Communication (MoC) in Burntisland from German amateur Tom Höppe DJ5RE. It relates to the late Harry Matthews who was the first curator of the MoC collection when it was located at Edinburgh University.

As mentioned later, Tom's DJ5RE entry in QRZ.com contains more on his work with historic radios

and a photo of him with his collection of them..

Pete GM4BYF notes that this incident is mentioned in Spycatcher by Oreste Pinto (1952).

Former LRS member, Mike GM3PAK,  has unearthed this letter:

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Letter to the RadCom Editor:       Distasteful VHF Contest Practice

From: GM3TFY, GM3SRV, GM3RXZ, GM3OWU, GM6SR, GM3OWI, GM4NC, GM3UM, GM3RVL, GM3LAV, GM3PSP, GM3VTH, GM8BJF.

It has become common practice in recent years for English operators to cross the border into Scotland in order to operate schedules on VHF from " rare" Scottish counties. Such expeditions are usually heralded by much pre-publicity to enable a full operating programme to be filled. These stations generally operate for several days or more, and arrange the end of their expedition to coincide with a VHF portable contest. Indeed, most even have the audacity to emphasize their intention to operate during a contest. We, the undersigned resident Scottish VHF operators, consider that it is contrary to the spirit of a contest for portable stations to advertise their presence in an area, either in print or by arranging to operate schedules during the days prior to a contest.

RADIO COMMUNICATION, JULY, 1969, p.491

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This document was provided by Tom Simpson GM3BCD - SK, who was licensed shortly after being demobbed from the Royal Signals at the end of WWII.

General requirements: British Nationality and "two recent references as to character", City & Guilds Radio Amateurs' Examiination pass certificate and Post Office 12 wpm Morse Code test pass certificate.  

In an appendix A, not shown here, was a list of qualifications exempting former-military applicants from technical and morse exams, following discussions between the Post Master General and the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Among the operating conditions required were:

- The use of "spark" sending apparatus is specifically forbidden. 

- Where crystal control is not used, a frequency meter with an accuracy of "not less than +/- 0.1%  must be used.

- No sending period shall exceed 10 consecutive minutes.

- A log book "of approved type (not loose-leaf)" shall be kept, and every entry initialled by the operator.

- Gramophone records may be played but only one, of duration no longer than 10 minutes, in any given day.

- Advertising, broadcast or social / political content is "expressly prohibited".

- The aerial height shall not exceed 50ft agl if situated within half a mile of the boundary of an aerodrome.   

- No direct connexion shall be made between the electricity supply mains and the aerial.