Snips – News For Scotland – 10th May

The news headlines:

  • BBC features RSGB Get on the air to care campaign
  • VDSL call to action in new online RadCom
  • RCF Arkwright Scholar 3D prints PPE

GB2RS Script – HERE .

NEWS

Some sad news that Maurice Boyce GM0RRK passed away with Covid-19 and his wife Rose is also ill. No funeral will be taking place but the hearse will stop by his house on Ledi Drive at 11.30am on May 22nd. I’m sure that we all wish his wife a full recovery and send our condolences to the family.

Please note that the RSGB has temporarily relaxed the rules for practical assessments as a prerequisite for amateur radio licence examinations. These assessments have been suspended for the foreseeable future during the COVID-19 crisis. Foundation candidates can now sit their exam entirely on line. At present arrangements for Intermediate and Full examinations are currently under review. For further information go to www.rsgb.org/exam-faq. Latest news on this is that there are over 600 candidates now waiting to sit their exam, so get your entry in now.

For those of our listeners who want to buff up before taking the foundation exam then Billy MacFarlane of the Stirling Club has produced an on-line training programme with 43 lessons and this is available to use free of charge at https://gm6dx.thinkific.com/

CLUB NEWS

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has daily nets on 7.035MHz ± QRM at 10.15am, QSY to 7.065MHz for SSB; 145.450MHz at 10.30am; CW on 144.295MHz at 7.30pm, QSY to FM or SSB later. Sundays also see a CW net on 144.295MHz from 7pm and 145.450MHz FM at 7.30pm. Contact Derek, MM0OVD, on 0744 793 1941.

Dundee ARC has a net on Sundays via GB3AG from 7pm. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

Glenrothes and District Radio Club has open nets on Monday to Saturday at 10am on 3.790MHz. Tuesday and Thursday see Morse classes from 7.20pm on 145.425MHz. Contact Tam on 0775 352 6498.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, moving to around 3.540MHz for a CW net after the SSB net ends. Tuesday sees a net on 145.475MHz FM from 7.30pm and on Saturday there’s an online meeting. Contact Len Paget, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 10pm on 28.475MHz. On Wednesday it’s the DMR Scotland chat on TG23550 from 8pm and Friday sees a Zello net on the club channel, moving later to 2m FM. Details at mlars.co.uk.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a net on Wednesday from 8pm on 433.425MHz from 8pm. On Friday there’s a net on 145.375MHz from 8pm. Details at wosars.club.

On Monday Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club has a net starting on 433.525MHz FM at 8pm. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Wednesday Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has it net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and GB7BI, or GB7II slot 1 475, For details, email InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society will be holding a net on 144.350MHz SSB at 8pm. All are welcome to join in. For further information please contact Andy by email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club has a net from 7pm on GB3DG. See gm4riv.org for other details.

NOTE: A comprehensive List of Club Nets can be found on the WoSARS Website wosars.club/radio-nets .

Snips – News For Scotland – 26th April

The news headlines:

  • First remotely-invigilated exam callsigns issued
  • Download latest 5MHz Newsletter
  • Japanese amateurs get new privileges

GB2RS News Script – HERE .

NEWS

We start with news of an unusual on-the-air tribute. Dave Cossar, GM3WIL became a Silent Key on 4 April following an unexpected heart attack. The present lockdown rules prevent most people from attending memorial gatherings so, to coincide with Dave’s cremation, 30 local amateurs went on the air to pay their last respects and say a few personal words. Dave was a DXCC Honor Roll member, had held a number of distance records for microwave transmissions, was active in ARDF and, along with Roy, GM4VKI, was the face of the G-QRP club at rallies in Scotland and northern England.

CLUB NEWS

Glenrothes and District Radio Club has open nets on Monday to Saturday at 10am on 3.790MHz. Tuesday and Thursday see Morse classes from 7.20pm on 145.425MHz. Contact Tam on 0775 352 6498.

On Monday Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio club has its net. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

Lothians Radio Society will be holding a net on 144.350MHz SSB at 8pm on Wednesday. All are welcome to join in. For further information please contact Andy by email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has a net on Wednesday from 8pm on 433.425MHz from 8pm. On Friday there’s a net on 145.425MHz from 8pm—details at wosars.club.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club meet on GB3DG at 7.30pm—see gm4riv.org for other details—Clive, GM4FZH, info@GM4RIV.org.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club commences SOS Radio Week operations on Friday. Next Sunday there’s a net on GB3AG from 7pm. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

EDIT 25/04/20 – A full table of Club Nets can be found – HERE .

GM3HBT – SK! Funeral To Be Streamed On-Line (Link Now Added)

Tom Hall – GM3HBT (Pic – GM4CLQ)

 

EDIT: 28/04/20 – Funeral Streamed Video Link Details – HERE .

Jack
Tom died peacefully last week in Clinton House care home. He was 90. Please pass on to WoSARS folk that knew him.
I have the date and time for the funeral… Thursday 30th April at 12 noon in Daldowie crematorium.
Final arrangements yet to be made but it will be live streamed so that that those who would like to be there “”virtually” can be given details once I have them. The funeral is limited to 10 people. Mostly family.
73
Scott – GM4CLQ
REPLY
Sad news indeed. In discussion with Tom – MXN a couple of weeks ago he mentioned that Tom was looking to be on his last ‘tether’. And heard Bill – UBJ mention it to Vic – VTB after yesterday’s News.
Of course I knew Tom through our mutual employer Motorola and usually when I was up at EK I would always try and have a chat with him or Norrie – GM4BVU if they weren’t too busy. Always discussing the latest amateur issues – specifically the repeaters as in those early days they were both avid users of FM (although Tom was mainly a CW man on HF – hi!)
73
Jack – GM4COX

Snips – News For Scotland – 1st September

The news headlines:

  • Good news for the two-metre band
  • Syllabus 2019 mock exams now available
  • Five UK places for YOTA Winter Camp

Many Glasgow amateurs and surrounds were aware of the passing of Denis – MM0DNX on the 20th of August, with his subsequent funeral taking place at Daldowie Crematorium on Wednesday 28th. It’s a great credit to his club, The Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society (MLARS), that so many members were able to attend along with other fellow amateurs, to pay their last respects. Christine (Denis’s XYL) and Denis’s family were truly heartened, and their spirits were lifted somewhat with the turnout. A credit to our hobby.  Although not a member of WoSARS he was well ‘kent’ in the Club and there is a wee tribute to him on our Website – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

September Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club has its net on Monday. Next Saturday and Sunday sees portable operations for the 144MHz Trophy Contest. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has its junk sale on Thursday. Next Saturday and Sunday it’s SSB Field Day at Dunecht. Contact Fred, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365.

Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club is having a club night on Friday. Next week sees activity days. More information from Bob, GM4UYZ, on 01875 811 723.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has an activity and training night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com.

On Wednesday Inverness & District Amateur Radio Society has its net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and GB7BI slot 1 475. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

And also on Wednesday the West of Scotland has their usual meeting of the technical side of the Club, The Solder Group, at 1830hrs. And this coming Friday sees the Club meet for a video on the recent IOTA Contest from Lismore presented by Jack – GM4COX. For further details checkout their website wosars.club.

On Thursday Lomond Radio Club is having a club night. Details from Barrie, GM4HEL, via email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club is having a discussion on kits to be built. Contact Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

On Friday Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with tuition and radio operations. Details from Joseph, 2M0JHY, via email to mlarsclub@gmail.com

Snips – News For Scotland – 25th August

The news headlines:
• Amaterur Radio Syllabus 2019 candidate & tutor information
• 145MHz Russian EME Contest
• Join the W1AW 150th birthday celebration

With deep sadness, Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society announces the passing of long-standing member and Exams Secretary Dennis Barret, MMODNX, who became a Silent Key earlier this week.

On Monday Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club will have its net. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 07740946 192 for further information.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club will have a club night on Monday at the college campus. The 2m drop-in net is on Wednesday from 7pm on GB3AG. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 07763 708 933.

On Tuesday Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will have activity and training night. Contact Len, GM0ONX, via email to klarcinfo@gmail.com for further information.

Firstly on Wednesday Inverness & District Amateur Radio Society will be having a talk. Contact John, GM0OTI, via email to InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com for further information.

Secondly on Wednesday Lothians Radio Society will have an informal gathering at Wee Bennet’s Bar, Edinburgh. Further details from Andy, MM0FMF, via email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

Thirdly on Wednesday West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society will have a Solder Group meeting. Friday sees a talk by Roddy, VK6MH/GM4AWB on HF 2019 Comms.  Details are at wosars.club.

Firstly on Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society will have a construction and on the air evening. Contact Fred, GM3ALZ, on 01975 651 365 for further information.

Secondly on Thursday Lomond Radio Club will have a club night. Further details from Barrie, GM4HEL, via email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

Thirdly on Thursday Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club will have a club night sorting out the shack. Contact Clive, GM4FZH, via email to info@GM4RIV.org.

And finally on Friday Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society will have a club night, tuition and radio operations. Further details from Joseph, 2M0JHY, via email to mlarsclub@gmail.com.

Denis MM0DNX (SK) 20th August 2019

Graphics WoSARS

Text – Courtesy of Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society (MLARS)

Obituary Mr Denis Barret MM0DNX (SK)

Denis was the lead trainer and exam secretary for the Mid Lanark Amateur radio society for many years guiding many amateurs through their first nervous QSO and on to them becoming experienced operators.

Living in the Baillieston & Garrowhill areas of Glasgow, Denis had a wide and varied career before his retirement form a shop worker to bus driver and even a driving instructor indeed Denis taught several amateurs to drive – way back

His interest in radio – initially CB but he came over to the ‘bright’ side through the influence of Graeme – GM8JIP (SK) and Jack GM4COX.

His training style was an example to all trainers mixing as he did the course with real examples and admitting He was still learning, experimenting with new technology and old with ease and stressing that this is a hobby.

Over the past year or two his health was not the best and he encouraged several other club members to take over the training role but with his hand guiding them throughout this included the largest course in the clubs history, indeed the last course he was supervising finished only a week or so ago.

More recently he was forced to spend time in hospital but even there he had his handy talkies and phone to keep in touch with the world regularly on the GL repeater between 11 and 12 each day setting the world to right.

A sad loss to the world of amateur radio and the club.

Denis is survived by his wife and family

WoSARS Posting – #661 .

Andre’ – GM3VLB SK

Email from Alan – GM3PSP “………sad news of the passing of Andre Saunders GM3VLB…………”

Sad news indeed. Anne (GM4UXX) knew Andre through their profession as teachers. And of course I knew Andre through his escapades with low (ish) QRP and simple aerials and his island jaunts. Indeed I had Andre come to WoSARS many years ago describing these jaunts. Went down well. Always enjoyed having a rag-chew at the various rallys. And wonder where you heard the news of his passing? We could have included this in our GB2RS broadcast this morning.
Veronica & Andre’ Outside The MOC May 2019 (Photo – Alan GM3PSP)

Jack,

Andre was actually member of the LRS and he and Veronica usually came up from Kelso for our social events – summer BBQ, Christmas Curry etc.

I saw them at the MoC at a lecture just a couple of weeks ago and he told me about his condition. He was already in pain and walking with a stick. I took the attached photo of them outside the MoC after the talk.

I was shocked to learn of his passing last Thursday after Veronica told one of our members. We shall be helping her to dispose of his equipment. It occurs to me that we should be trying to write up a VIP-SK for him.

Alan – GM3PSP

03/06/19 Update: RSGB Obituary – HERE .