Meeting reports for 2019-2020

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At the meeting of the LRS on 13 Nov 2019 Jack Hood GM4COX, who has been a leading light of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society since its inception in 1970, talked about "SOTA & 13cm Escapades". 

Following the successful launch in the summer of 2017 of the introduction of 13cm SOTA to the Scottish amateur fraternity by Andy MM0FMF of LRS & Jack GM4COX, Jack described developments over the last 2 years.

Nick Peckett G4KUX / YA4F

On 30th October 2019 We were delighted to welcome Nick Peckett G4KUX / YA4F from Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham to describe his experiences working in Afghanistan during and after the Taliban government, rehabilitating the telecommunications infrastructure of the country.

Nick opened by mentioning that he had started his career working for Ferranti at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh.

The LRS Autumn Surplus Equipment Sale was held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at St Fillan's Church in Buckstone. There was a good turnout including visitors from Cockenzie, Selkirk and Glasgow. There was lots of stuff for sale, probably too much for one sale on this occasion! There was also a raffle for some nice "bottles".

 

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Dr Colin Stove of Adrok Ltd (L) and Professor Roland Paxton MBE (R)

This was the annual joint meeting with members of the Museum of Communication, at the museum in Burntisland. Introduced by Prof. Tom Stevenson of the MoC, the speakers talked about the use of modern RADAR technology in the conservation of the historic Union Chain Bridge (1820) over the River Tweed near Berwick on Tweed.

There is a nice background article on Prof Paxton and an introduction to this project in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) journal Resource, Spring 2019, pp. 12-13 (click) 

 

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Alan proudly showing his Rochester DX Association shirt.

Alan Masson GM3PSP gave his Presidential Address "60 Years of Amateur Radio"at the first meeting of the new club year on 11th September 2019. Starting as an SWL at school in the late-1950s and building a crystal set, he became licensed in 1962 as GM3PSP, building most of his (valve) equipment. He was active in the LRS, including Field Days and portable expeditions, becoming Secretary in 1967-68. He left Edinburgh in 1969 to work for Kodak in Harrow, Hemel Hempstead, Rochester NY, & Hollywood CA. In 2005 he retired back to Rochester for a few years before finally returning to Edinburgh in 2009. He was active on the air and in the local clubs in all those locations and obtained his US Extra Class licence K6PSP in Los Angeles in 2003.

Needless to say, working for Kodak, he took a lot of photographs (and still does - see this website!) and showed a selection of them.