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The Society regrets to record the passing of the following members.



Robert Duncan 2M1HRS

Robert Duncan 2M1HRS passed away on Saturday, 25th May 2024

Robert was a popular and well respected member of the Society.  He will be remembered by many when he lived in Faulds Gate, Kincorth before moving to the Buckie area to be nearer to his family.  His membership spanned many years during which time he held the office of Secretary and subsequently was elected as the Society's President for 2003-2004.  Unfortunately due to poor health, Robert had been unable to be active on-air for a few years but many members will recall having a QSO with Robert in the past.


Malcolm Bolton GM0DBW

Malcolm Bolton GM0DBW passed away on Wednesday, 18th August 2021 aged 71 years.

Malcolm was a member of the Society at various times over the years but was also well known and respected in the Aberdeen area through his enthusiasm for the hobby and from his work with young people as a musician and music teacher. He very much enjoyed amateur radio contesting and achieved excellent results in many major contests. In the ten years before his death, Malcolm regularly traveled to Cornwall during the summer to visit the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club and to operate at the Marconi Centre station (GB2GM), where he had made many friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, whether here in the north-east or further afield.


Iain Drysdale GM3TYS

Iain Drysdale GM3TYS passed away in May 2021.

Iain was a popular member of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society and he will be greatly missed by all of the members who knew him. Iain was also a member of the RNARS.


Jim McCall GM3HGA

Jim McCall GM3HGA passed away on Friday 26th February 2021.

Jim was a valued and popular member of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society for many years. He was also an enthusiastic local newsreader for the RSGB's GB2RS news service, a role which he carried out for 40 years. After his wife passed away in 2016, Jim had moved south to Seven Oaks in Kent to be nearer to his family.

Photo shown was taken in 1972


James MacKinnon GM4EKC

James MacKinnon GM4EKC passed away peacefully on Wednesday 28th October 2020 aged 90 years.

Jim was a keen member of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society for many years and will be sadly missed by the Society's membership.  During his career, Jim was a Radio Officer at sea, a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a lifelong teacher. After a private funeral service in Aberdeen, James went to the Isle of Barra for burial.


Alfred Donald Fraser MM0DFZ

Don Fraser MM0DFZ passed away peacefully on Monday, 16th March 2020 aged 83 years.

Don was a valued and respected member of the Society and for several years served as Treasurer, which included acting as the cashier at the monthly junk sales.  He will also be remembered by his previous call sign of 2M0AVL.  In his working life, Don had a varied career and having attended the Aberdeen Wireless College, he qualified as a Radio Officer and went to sea.  Upon returning to 'dry land', he joined Grampian Police eventually becoming a sergeant in Aberdeen city.

Due to Covid restrictions in place at the time, attendance at Don's funeral was limited to close family members only.


Lewis Donaldson GM4AJR

Lewis Donaldson GM4AJR passed away peacefully on Wednesday 30th November 2019 aged 86 years.

Lewis was a well respected member of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society for many years and will be very much missed within the Society's membership.  Lewis' funeral service was held at St. Mark's Church, Rosemount on Tuesday, December 10th 2019 at 11am. Donations were received at the church door for Guide Dogs Scotland and the RNLI.


George Burt GM3OXX

George Burt, GM3OXX passed away on Wednesday 20th September 2017.

George was a member of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society for many years and was famous for his dedication to QRP. He contacted hundreds of countries all over the world using only one watt output power from his own homemade radio equipment. George also found time to design numerous radio circuits and had most of them published in SPRAT (the journal of the G-QRP Club), including circuits such as the OXO transmitter, the ONER, the FOXX transceiver and many others for us all to enjoy.

George’s Funeral service was held at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh at 12:30pm on Friday 6th October 2017.

Photo courtesy of Alan GM3PSP - Lothians Radio Society


Ian Fraser GM8MHU

Ian Fraser GM8MHU (also held MM0CJQ) passed away on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 aged 86 years, following a long illness.

Ian was the longest serving President in the history of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society and was very well respected by the membership. He was a long serving local news reader for the RSGB News Service GB2RS and members will remember his wit and patience as auctioneer at the Society's monthly junk sales.

Ian was also heavily involved with the Grampian Repeater Group and a regular participant in the Aberdeen 2m skeds. He will be sorely missed in amateur radio circles and our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Margaret and his family.

Ian's funeral ceremony took place at Aberdeen Crematorium, Hazlehead (West Chapel) on Wednesday, August 16 2017 at 11.00am.


Norman Albert Hendry GM8CBQ

Norman Albert Hendry GM8CBQ passed away suddenly, but peacefully in the ARI on Friday 7th October 2016 aged 75 years.

Norman was a keen member of both the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society and the Grampian Repeater Group. A quiet, reserved member of both radio groups he was always busy in the background and was instrumental in assisting many members attain their amateur radio qualifications. Norman had also been a long-time member of RSGB.

Norman's funeral service was held at Aberdeen Crematorium, East Chapel on Tuesday, October 18th 2016 at 10.45am. Donations for the Coronary Care Unit at ARI were received at the chapel exit door.