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The next LRS Viral Net, #54, will be on Wed 14th April at 20:00a on 144.350MHz SSB.

All welcome to call in!


The participants in Net #53 on 7th April were: Colin GM4HWO (controller), Bernie GM4WZG (Dalgety Bay), Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Alan GM3PSP, Peter GM4DTH, Briain GM8PKL, Brian GM4DIJ, Mike GM8KCS, Melvyn GM4HYR, Bill GM8SQM, Norrie GM1CNH, Alan MM0VPM (Dalkeith)..  

Colin had been in touch with Peter Barclay again. We are a little short of numbers for the 2m contest on 14-15 May. Bernie was a welcome visitor from Fife. A former LRS member he has given at least one talk and is interested in re-joining. Pete's pump-up mast was not working, maybe due to ice problems. It may need to be replaced! On 2m last night the static was "dire" but he worked 25 stations including an "iffy" G4NBS in Cambridge. He had been contacted by GM4IFF about the 122GHz project. He relayed 73s from Brian BJF in Peebles who was not audible by everyone. Alan PSP bragged that he had just had his first haircut of the new era. He was working with Peter, and Veronica Saunders on the possibility of putting up Bob McFarlane's SOE talk on the website with the slides and audio recording. There was support for this from several others. Peter mentioned that a new GB2RS transmission had started at 12-noon from Borders-Chirnside. Briain was using his vertical antenna and had worked Fraser MM0EFI/P on Mona Gowan. Brain DIJ had worked 15 stations on 4m on Sunday including Phil G3TCU/P on CW in Surrey at 555km and others on aircraft scatter. On 2m last night he worked our good friend Nick G4KUX in Bishop Auckland. Mike was trying to repair his transverter. His NAG amplifier was now switching correctly. He had heard an AWACS RAF plane crossing the border to the south. He had also heard Ian GM3SEK in Wigton last night. Melvyn was hearing Bernie and Bill OK. His beam was back up and could be vertical or horizontal. Bill was glad to be back. He had also worked Nick G4KUX. Norrie was offering a talk on the new EMF regulations and calculations, hopefully in October. Alan MM0VPM was a welcome call-in from Dalkeith at the end. E&OE. Audio tnx Peter:


Net #52 on 31st March had 11 participants: controller Colin GM4HWO, Alan GM3PSP, Pete GM4BYF, Briain GM8PKL, Mike GM8KCS, Melvyn GM4HYR, John GM8OTI, Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ, Norrie GM1CNH.

Colin was working on radio maintenance and antennas. He had been contacted by Peter GM0PXV, a former member who wished to make contact again. He had helped John GM3BST-SK in his latter years in a care-home in Loanhead. Alan had put a note on the website about plans to operate GM3HAM in the 2m contest in May from our usual site at Gatehouse of Fleet. Pete was checking his 10GHz equipment for the new season and had found several problems. He might operate it from home in the contest. For the May 2m contest we should check the rules regarding post-codes. Briain would work on his antennas tomorrow. He hoped to work Bernie GM4WZG, 6-7 miles line-of-site from the Braids to Dalgety Bay in Fife on the higher frequencies. Last night he was 5&9 on a lamp. Mike had had a total disaster with his transverter for the NAG amplifier, with a dry joint and then a spider causing a short in the PA. Melvyn's VHF antenna was not yet up. He continued to work on his daughter's house-drains. (Some people have all the luck). He had done a nice walk at Dundas House near South Queensferry. John's PA was working OK. He had been doing mostly astronomical photography with the recent clear skies. Peter was testing his new headset. He had again worked Toby MM0TSS on QRP. For possible portable operation he recommended checking the availability of pubs and public toilets! He confirmed that the LRS donation had been made to the Museum of Communication. Brian had fitted a new mic lead. He had run a half-marathon on Monday and had been walking on Corstorphine Hill. He hoped to operate 3cm from home. including working BYF on the south side of Fairmilehead from Corstorphine by bouncing his signal off the Pentland Hills. Norrie had updated the data list for the 2m contest in May and could provide equipment. E&OE. Audio re-coded tnx Peter:


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