Net #51 on 24th March had a record 12 participants: controller Colin GM4HWO, Mike GM8KCS, Alan GM3PSP, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, John GM8OTI, Melvyn GM4HYR, Peter GM4DTH, Briain GM8PKL, Brian GM4DIJ, Robin GM4YPL and guest Nathan 2M0NHD (Longstone).
Colin was glad to be back after a bad reaction to the Covid vaccine. He had been working on bike projects. Looking forward to possible VHF/UHF contests he wondered what antennas would be practicable. He had a 2m folded dipole for sale @ £15. Mike had replaced a length of coax which was running hot! and hoped to be on 4m soon. Alan mentioned new website items: cancellation of the Cockenzie Mini-Rally in August.The next MoC Goudie lecture on 17th April would be "TV Programs we used to watch". Pete had worked 4 stations on 13cm, best Dx G4CLA in Leicestershire. He had fixed a relay problem in his 23cm preamp. but had mast problems with his 67-ele 13cm beam. He had done two 12-mile walks recently. Pete relayed news from Brian BJF (n/h @ psp): demolished some obstructing holly trees and beam was horizontal tonight. John was on his halo. He had been busy sanding his floor and doing astronomical photography. Melvyn had been working at his daughter's new house again, especially on the garden drains! He was using his vertical antenna as the horizontal beam was down. He had been at Dalmeny on Sunday. He wondered about the possibility of a D/F Hunt this summer. Peter had been busy with Edinburgh Cine & Video Society work. He hoped the LRS might re-start in September, depending on availability of the Braid Hills Hotel. D/F hunt might have to wait until the pubs reopened! Briain was planning for a 4m tower. He was happy with Windows-10 although he had had a crash after a recent update! His favourite browser was Firefox. Brian DIJ was on 4m last Thursday and worked 24 stations, all done by 9:15. Best DX was G3VCA in IO93 Durham. On 13cm on Tuesday he only worked 2 GM stations. He could do a talk on OPNS simulation. He had run to Dalmeny recently. Robin was glad to be back. Busy with DIY jobs. Nathan 2M0NHD called in for the first time (welcome!), running 30W from Longstone. He prefers his other call MM3NDH which allows QRO! E&OE. Audio tnx Peter: