Net #48 on 3rd March 2021: controller Colin GM4HWO, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF (Peebles), Peter GM4DTH, Mike GM8KCS, Briain GM8PKL, Norrie GM1CNH, Melvyn GM4HYR, John GM8OTI, Brian GM4DIJ, Alan GM3PSP, Bill GM8SQM.

Pete had worked 39 on the 2m contest in good condx but had killed his LED garage lights! Best DX was PA5Y. Keith GM4YXI in IO88 had worked over 100. Pete had completed testing all the valves and would now sell his valve tester. He later reported that Brian BJF (not audible at PSP) was working on Raspberry-Pi, Unix and 3cm beam projects. Peter had got a 4m / M rig which tested OK and would be used for GB2RS work, and also 2m. An ADS/EBU interface was available for future use. He took this nice shot of Briain's QTH on the side of the Braids:

Briain GM8PKL QTH - photo by Peter GM4DTH

Mike reported the GB3NGI beacon was strong at S2-S7 on a tapped vertical whip. Mike hopes to rig has 2m antenna soon after getting more poles from Granton on Monday. Norrie had fired up his linear to full power to a 9-element yagi. He started his car on Saturday after keeping the battery on trickle-charge for months but this had confused the low-voltage alarm which wasn't smart enough! He had found good IARU software for EMC calculations for the new OfCom regulations and would send them to Alan for the website (tnx - posted - psp). Melvyn was still busy working on his daughter's new house. John had watched the latest SpaceX launch which was shut-down at the last minute. (It blew up several minutes later - psp)! Brian DIJ had 10 QSOs in the Sunday cumulative including Pete BYF, Terry GM3WUX, G4TLZ (aircraft scatter) & NIck G4KUX. Condx were strange on 2m last night and he only worked G8RVQ in Liverpool. He heard GDs OK and the GB3NGI beacon was loud. With a new VNA he had measured his on 70cm and 23cm. Colin was busy selling valves (tnx to Pete for testing).  He was buying mobile antennas for HF and 2m for his LandRrover and would soon have a discone installed on his chimney by Ian, the "Antenna-Medic". Alan reported that his daughter Sheila had just been in an Edinburgh Evening News article about a litter-gathering project in Leith. Bill called in to report hearing most stations well in Kirkliston. Several people commented on the new RSGB plan for a single exam for the Full Licence, rather than the current 3 stages. It was agreed this was a very good thing, long overdue!

E&OE. Audio file (net only) tnx Peter:

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Net #47 on 24 Feb: Apols: Colin GM4HWO & Alan GM3PSP. Controller Pete GM4BYF. Participants: Peter GM4DTH, Briain GM8PKL, Mike GM8KCS, Melvyn GM4HYR, John GM8OTI, Brian GM8BJF, Brian GM4DIJ. Visitor Mike GM0MMN Kirkcaldy.

Peter has taken delivery of a Key KM80 commercial mobile on 4m to be used for the GB2RS service. This should lead to an improvement in audio quality. Testing will take place over the next few days. Briain has had a new aerial bracket heavily chromated bringing the day it will be in the sky ever closer. Mike had been working in Glasgow and communicated /M with Peter on 2m AM at the junction for Airdrie. Melvyn was the first to report aerial damage after yesterday's gales. His 60m dipole had disintegrated and his large magnetic loop had broken free from its mountings. John hoped he had cured the problem with the relays 'chattering' in his amplifier. He suspected an EMC issue and improved the screening of the relay's circuitry. Still in construction mode he is developing a regulator to use with a four cell Lipo battery to power 12V equipment. Finally he was recommending watching NASA's video of the landing on the rover 'Perseverance'. Brian BJF, in Peebles, was audible to the majority on the net. He had been renovating his 2m aerial and the general feeling was an improvement of his signal. He reported that his noise level was lower than usual The final Brian of the evening (DIJ) said that his 23cm aerial needed attention after the gales. In the 4m contest he worked Terry GM3WUX, Malcolm GM4TAL and Mike GM4IGS. Pete reminded everyone how long his chromated Tonna 2m beam had lasted. His 23cms preamplifier was still unserviceable He pointed out in the past he has an EMC issue with intermittent self keying of a transmitter being trigged by spikes from his refrigerator. He warned the net not to buy furniture from direct from an Cornish online retailer which delivers direct from their warehouse. What they did not reveal is the warehouse's location which is in Vietnam. It seems that they have adopted some of their trading practices of the fictional character 'Arthur Daley’. Report - tnx Peter. Audio file tnx Peter.

 

 

Participants in Net 46 on 17th February 2021 were: Colin GM4HWO (controller), Alan GM3PSP, Mike GM8KCS, Melvyn GM4HYR, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, John GM8OTI, Briain GM8PKL, Peter GM4DTH & Brian GM4DIJ.

Colin suggested keeping overs to 3-4 minutes each to complete by 9pm, after net over-runs in previous weeks. Subsequent rag-chew would be separately recorded. He was busy selling valves from GM3HOQ-SK and from himself, on e-Bay. He would arrange to send the Tonna antenna to Mike GM4IGS in troon. He suggested posting details of the RSGB Activity Nights on the LRS website. Alan had put up the MOC talk info on the website and a report on a signal being received from Mars by VA7TIL. He wondered if an LRS BBQ might be possible this year? He was pleased to announce his daughter Sheila had just become engage to her American high-school sweetheart from 30 years ago! Mike had seen the Mars signal waterfall but had heard nothing. He had worked Toby MM0TSS/M and Peter earlier in the day. Melvyn  had erected a Magloop antenna and had had one or two QSOs on 80m QRPP. Pete had been busy testing valves for Colin, almost all done now. He gave a summary of the RSGB Activity Nights schedule. He was hopeful that a BBQ might be possible in the summer. Brian BJF was not audible at PSP - antenna at 45 degrees pse! John would need a 60cm dish to receive the Mars orbiter signal.  Briain could barely hear BJF. He was working on his 2m antenna and was considering a lightning surge protector but they were rather expensive @ £99. Peter was working on a new 2m antenna for his GB2RS transmissions on Sunday mornings. Brian DIJ in Corstorphine was getting BJF well at S5-6. He had received his Covid vaccination last Thursday after running to Sighthill! He had worked 3 station on the 23cm event, best being Terry G1LPS in Durham. No aircraft scatter had been available. E&OE. Audio tnx Peter. Note: net duration just over the hour!

 

11 participants contributed to a lively net #45 on 10th Feb: Colin GM4HWO, controller, Alan GM3PSP. John GM8OTI, Mike GM8KCS, Peter GM4DTH, Melvyn GM4HYR, Peter GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Brian GM4DIJ & Briain GM8PKL.

Alan in the middle of one foot of snow at Fairmilehead, reported that George DU1GM continued to enjoy the reports and audio of these nets. Andy MM0FMF in Livingston regretted that he would have to go up into the Bathgate Hills to participate. Tonight Brian BJF was barely readable, even with his antenna at 45 degrees! John was looking forward to his vaccination on Sunday. As a retired astronomer he was excited by the arrivals of the Mars probes. Mike had had his vaccination. He was hearing Brian BJF very well tonight. Peter's brother's obituary in London had appeared in the Times and Telegraph. He had been photographing Arthurs Seat and the Blackford Hills (including the QTH of Briain GM8PKL)! Melvyn continued work in his daughter's house. Currently his beam is down and will be put back up as a vertical. He had had his vaccination. Pete reported 13 inches of snow, making clearing the sheet-ice on his steep driveway essential! After competing the re-decoration of their lounge he and Kay were looking to purchase new furniture for it. He had re-tuned his (valve) linear but was thinking of getting a modern transistor amp. He had contacted Bob GM4CMI who hoped to join the net soon. Pete's tower was frozen but he worked 19 stations in the 70cm contest including four by the same aircraft-scatter - is this a record? Brian BJF was weaker tonight for most people. He was hoping to hear the moon beacon on 3cm but nothing yet.  Colin had refurbished two folded dipoles to help Bob 4CMI and Bill 8SQM to get on this net. He had sold many valves from 3HOQ-SK. He was looking forward to seeing Robin 4YPL tomorrow for some dental work. Brian DIJ had worked 14 stations in the 70cm contest after fitting a new feeder. Brian  BJF was S7 tonight. He had watched the Wigtownshire club FT8 lecture on Zoom. He had resurrected his 1982 Blue Peter sledge. He was due for his vaccination tomorrow and might run to it! Briain had spent 3 x 2 hours clearing more than 8 inches of snow from his steep drive-way and had concluded that he was no longer 25! Several stations noted the widespread power cut last Sunday. E&OE. Audio tnx Peter GM4DTH.

Note: A = Net; B = post-net rag-chew.

 

 

 

 

Another lively net #44 on 3rd February with 10 participants: Colin GM4HWO (Controller), Peter GM4DTH, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF (Peebles), Alan GM3PSP, Mike GM8KCS, John GM8OTI, Briain GM8PKL, Melvyn GM4HYR & Brian GM4DIJ.

Peter reported another QSO with Toby MM0TSS/M. He had carried out tests last Sunday with fellow-GB2RS reader Vic GM3VTB. Pete and XYL Kay had been busy re-decorating Bates Motel. On the 2m contest last night he had 22 QSOs, the best via aircraft-scatter with best DX G3XDY in Colchester. Brian BJF was using a new microphone which all agreed made his signal more readable, not to mention the 300W from his new NAG amplifier. He has been listening on 3cm with an 80cm dish for the HF moonbounce signal from DL3S but N/H yet. Alan said it had been snowing almost continuously at Fairmilehead for two days. He had posted on the website the notice of the first MOC Goudie lecture on on Orkney - Energy Islands  on 20th February.  His "big news" was that he had just had his first Covid vaccination a couple of hours before. Mike reminded people of the upcoming AM HF-6m Rally on 6-8 February, mostly in the USA, and would provide full info for Alan to post. Website: AM Rally Homepage. John was sorry to record the SpaceX rocket crash. He had been busy with his music in Celtic Connections. Briain continued his 2m antenna work at least indoors at the moment., battling centre-of-gravity vs centre-of-windage issues. He had taken his mother for her vaccination and was looking forward to his own. Colin had installed a DC PSU on his bench and had met 'Orkney Bob' GM4CMI at Tesco's and was encouraging him to join this net. Like Alan, he had had several more e-mails from George DU1GM (Philippines). Melvyn continued work at his daughter's new house, building a partition and laundry room. Brian DIJ had worked 25 stations on the 2m contest, the best being G4PLZ in Norfolk, by aircraft-scatter. He had worked 3 stations by reflection off the same aircraft. KST and NEC-5 software were very useful for this. And he had been out running on Corstorphine Hill. E&OE. Audio tnx Peter GM4DTH:

 

Lots of good "stuff" in net #43 on 27th January with 9 participants again: Controller Colin GM4HWO, Alan GM3PSP, Peter GM4DTH, Mike GM8KCS, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF, Melvyn GM4HYR, Brian GM4DIJ, & Briain GM8PKL.

Alan reported that he was now in regular e-mail contact with former LRS member George DU1GM / GM4COK in the Philippines. George is reading these net reports and listening to the recordings with nostalgic interest. A number of others recalled George's LRS membership in the 1970s & 80s with pleasure including many social events that he brightened up. Colin remembered that George had also, like himself, attended Leith Nautical College before becoming a ship's Radio Officer. There was discussion of a number of small groups / clubs in Edinburgh - Edinburgh Repeater Group (including Shank GM8FM, David GM8ARV), possibly at Napier University, Edinburgh VHF Group (including Tom GM3DXJ, George GM3OXX, David GM3YMX, Bob GM3ZVB, Roger GM3ZVL, Bill GM8BPL, Bill GM8BQV, GM8BCB, Eric GM8DKB and Dave GM3OLK). Some meetings were held in members' homes. Peter recalled this group started the Tartan Trophy. He had again worked Toby MM0TSS/M on a visit to Edinburgh. Mike recalled a Military Equipment Net that met on Sundays at 1500h to discuss the Clansman rig etc. Melvyn mentioned the "Old Club" (E&DRC) that met in the Observatory on Calton Hill. Pete had been busy completing the LRS Annual Report for the Charity Commissioners. Brian BJF was again a good signal with most, using his new / refurbished NAG linear and 45-degree antenna orientation. Brian recalled building a PA for the Repeater Group and being miffed when it was not used!  Brian DIJ had been on 4m last weekend with his FT847 now working OK again. On the 13cm/9cm contest last night he only worked GM8MJF He recalled the VHF Group and also a Pentlands Radio Club which met in the Iona Hotel. He suggested a moonbounce QSO with George! Briain remembered many enjoyable Indian meals with George, including a regular contest for the hottest curry! He was still working on his antenna, having to drill new holes in the correct positions on the mounting bracket! E&OE.  Audio tnx Peter GM4DTH:

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Quite a lively Net #42 on 20th January with 9 participants: Controller Colin GM4HWO, Alan GM3PSP, Pete GM4BYF, Brian GM8BJF at good strength from Peebles with 45-degree antenna, Briain GM8PKL, Melvyn GM4HYR, Mike GM8KCS, Peter GM4DTH, Brian GM4DIJ.

Alan, in 4 inches of snow at Fairmilehead, had had a major computer failure and had to re-load Windows 10 and Office, fortunately not losing any photos or documents. Pete had found 23cm abysmal the previous night - only worked Brian GM4DIJ! A snow-bridge across the driven elements of his 2m beam hadn't helped much. He had finished selling his current batch of valves and was expecting another 100! For Aircraft-Scatter (see Mike below) he recommended Air-Scout for timings. Brian BJF was now running 300W with his refurbished NAG linear from Colin. He had had a long catch-up phone-call with Chris GM3WOJ. He had fixed the 10GHz beacon Rx at GM8PKL Briain was continuing work on the head-frame for his 2m beam with the application of "magic" Galvafroid" coating. Melvyn, located below the snow-line, was mostly busy at his daughter's new house and was particularly enjoying working on the blocked drains. Mike also had sticky snow on his new, improved yagi. He had heard aircraft scatter from a Boeing 777 at Prestwick on a signal from GI. Peter had just got a new body (for his camera) after 10 years, useful for low light-level shots. He had worked Toby MM0TSS mobile today. Colin, running 100W with a new Microwave Modules linear, had listened to the funeral service on-line for Eric Lamb, his old LNC mentor back in 1982 and had heard positive comments about the SK on this website. He was looking out a folded dipole for Bill GM8SQM to get him on this net. He would circulate the e-mail address of George GM4COK in the Phillippines who was anxious to re-connect with his old LRS friends. He is the current web-master for the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA)Brian DIJ had done little radio, with FT847 problems. He hope to be on the 4m contest tomorrow. E&OE (because I may not be able to read my notes the following morning! - psp).

 

 

Colin GM4HWO was the controller for Viral Net #41 on 13th January 2021 with participants: Melvyn GM4HYR, Mike GM8KCS, Pete GM4BYF, Alan GM3PSP, Brian GM4DIJ, and Peter GM4DTH.

Colin had a quiet birthday the previous week with his younger son, Callum. He continues to sell old valves for amazing prices, e.g. a total of 3 for £550 to China. He had had a visit from Brian GM8BJF from Peebles. Melvyn was still busy fitting out his daughter's new house. Mike mentioned a nasty cycle crash he had seen on the closed section of Braid Road in icy conditions. He had links to 3 videos of amusing car servicing jobs which he would share via the LRS e-mail reflector. He mentioned an upcoming AM rally on HF. Pete had made 24 QSOs on the 70cm contest including M0SAT in Watford on aircraft scatter. Best Dx was G4ZTR in Colchester at 515km. He also continued to sell valves from GM3HOQ-SK and GM3VLB-SK. With the snowy Wx he was busy changing his car to snow tyres. He suggested we should be using the club callsign GM3HAM whenever possible. He noted that the currently-advertised anti-radiation mobile phone stickers were useless! Alan had posted an article on the demise of Ferranti on the website but then removed it as the content was all business with nothing technical! He had posted two SKs on the website: John Hein GM1YME and Eric Lamb of L.N.C.. Otherwise he was trying to tidy his pig-stie of a radio shack. Brian congratulated Colin on his 60th, noting that he had passed his already, equal to that of Jack GM6XI-SK when he first knew him! With the current Wx he was not doing much running but had managed 8km on Monday. He had made 12 QSOs in the 70cm contest including GI6ATZ near Belfast but any aircraft scatter bursts were too short to be useful. He had got a spectacular view of the recent aurora overhead by going to Currie.  Peter had listened to the 70cm contest with his new headphones. E&OE.