2m rig of John GM8OTI used on the net 

There were 10 participants on the net at good strength on 20th May but your scribe managed to miss it, by accident! Callsigns kindly supplied by net controller, Colin GM4HWO: Melvyn GM4HYR, John GM8OTI, Pete GM4BYF, Briain GM8PKL, Bill GM8SQM, Norrie GM1CNH, Brian GM4DIJ, Mike GM8KCS and Peter GM4DTH.


The next LRS Viral Net will be held on Wednesday 27th May at 20:00a on 144.350MHz SSB.


Participation in the Wednesday "Viral Net" is holding up very well for members to keep in touch during the  coronavirus shutdown. On May 13th we had 12 callers: Colin GM4HWO (net controller), Pete GM4BYF, Peter GM4DTH, Alan GM3PSP, Mike GM8KCS, Norrie GM1CNH, John GM8OTI, Briain GM8PKL, Melvyn GM4HYR, Brian GM8BJF Peebles (only heard by one or two), Robin GM4YPL Linlithgow & Brian GM4DIJ.



On May 6th the net participants were: Colin GM4HWO, Pete GM4BYF, Robin GM4YPL, Brian GM8BJF, Mike GM4IGS, Briain GM8PKL, Peter GM4DTH, Norrie GM1CNH, John GM8OTI, Malcolm GM3TAL, Brian GM4DIJ, Alan GM3PSP, Mike GM8KCS,,  with Willy GM0CII calling in at the end.


Another good net this week on Wednesday 29th April with Colin GM4HWO, John GM8OTI, Mike GM8KCS, Peter GM4DTH, Alan GM3PSP, Briain GM8PKL, Brian GM4DIJ, Melvyn GM4HYR, Robin GM4YPL and Brian GM8BJF. BJF in Peebles could  only be heard by DIJ who is located on Corstorphine Hill. 


Another good turnout for the third "LRS Viral Net" on Wednesday 22nd April: Controller Colin GM4HWO, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, John GM8OTI, Alan GM3PSP, Briain GM8PKL, Peter GM4DTH, Melvyn GM4HYR, Norrie GM1CNH and welcome guest Bruce GM4BDJ. Most stations were using vertically-polarised antennas. Brian GM8BJF (Peebles) and Bruce GM4BDJ (Langholm) were only heard by one or two stations in Edinburgh.



Brian GM4DIJ has just received this from his friends in the SOC - Second-Class Operators Club:


From SOC mailing list

Temporary Ham Radio Q-Codes for our times:

QLD: I am locked down.

QUA: I am quarantined.

QPD: I am in the middle of a pandemic.

QTP: I have toilet paper. Want to trade for a new car?

QFC: I am flattening the curve.

QHG: I need a hug.

QSH: I am sheltering in place.

QHS: I have hand sanitizer. Want to trade for two new cars?

QSD: I am observing social distancing.

QCV: I hate Coronavirus



Brian Howie GM4DIJ took part in the UK Microwave 23cm contest on Sunday 8th March from a site near Stranraer. He has kindly provided these photographs. 

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Amateur Radio operators are ordered to strictly observe the Coronavirus mitigation guidelines as they apply to amateur radio operating.

All ham radio operators are encouraged to stay at least 6 feet from the microphone in order to maintain proper separation from others.  The distance may be reduced if a mask is put on the microphone.

CW operators should wear appropriate gloves when handling keys.  Speakers should be securely covered with .01 micron particulate HEPA filters. 

There should be no more than 10 stations on the same frequency at the same time.

Disinfect your knobs, switches, etc before operating ... especially touch screens and PTT.  Shoe covers should be worn when using foot switches.  Use of hands-free VOX is strongly encouraged although from 6 feet away, it may be necessary to shout.

Disinfect all antenna cables coming into the station.

Only mobile stations and walkie-talkie contacts are permitted where sit-down service has been banned.   The 6 ft microphone separation guideline is suspended for these types of operation, but a mask on the microphone is strongly recommended.

Mobile operators are encouraged to remain in their vehicles except to get necessities.

Operators should leave their operating positions only for necessities.

Outdoor antenna work is allowed as long as there is social distancing among all who are present.

Hoarding of batteries, spare tubes, coax, etc. is discouraged and is unfair to others.  We are in this together.

New equipment and parts should be ordered online for front porch delivery.

Do not test (tune) your equipment unnecessarily. That is wasteful and inconsiderate. Testing should be reserved for those who actually need it.

Your understanding and cooperation in this matter is mandatory while particularly observing the Effective Date. 

(By NL7XM, received via N2BEG, Rochester NY).

In view of the current Coronavirus pandemic with the risk of infection being passed from one person to another when attending meetings, the LRS Committee has decided to stop all meetings for the time being at the Braid Hills Hotel and the Surplus Equipment Sale at St Fillans' Church, up to and including 13th May ("What I Brought Tonight").

Decisions will be made nearer the time on whether to hold the Direction-Finding Contest (27th May), the AGM (10th June) and the Barbecue (24th June), but it ain't looking good!

Alan J. Masson GM3PSP

LRS President. 

PS - Click for special instructions.


PS In the meantime, if you have any reports on your radio activities - portable expeditions, technical projects etc, that you would like to share with LRS members, please let me have them, preferably with photos (and not too much maths!), and I will put them up to keep the website fresh. 


The first is already up (GM4DIJ 23cm DXpedition)     - see this page. - psp.



Dave Wilson, M0OBW, RSGB President, and Ian Shepherd, G4EVK, RSGB Board Chair have a message to radio amateurs.

“We hope that you all understand the very serious nature of the current health crisis. As you are now aware, the situation has dramatically worsened and we have all been ordered to stay at home unless travelling for a specific and unavoidable reason. As radio amateurs we are in the fortunate position of being able to talk to other amateurs and chat to those who are finding it tough going. Ian and I are asking you, as radio amateurs, to please do one thing for us: search out local amateurs and arrange a sked, not necessarily on air: there are many alternatives we can all use such as video calls, or even a simple phone call. Pay particular attention to those who you know or learn to be alone or who are vulnerable for whatever reason. We are all in this together! Keep safe.”