Announcements

22nd July 2021

AARS meetings to resume post Covid restrictions.

Following discussions with our committee and the management of the scout hall, it has been agreed that AARS can now restart as long as we follow the Scottish Government guidelines current at the time.

We will start with a Junk Sale on Thursday 2nd September 2021 at 7.30pm in the scout hall. To protect other members and users of the scout hall, masks should be worn and we will be following a 1 meter guideline for social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be available at the door and you will have to give a contact phone number for Track & Trace. The committee reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone, member or not, who does not follow the current guidelines.

Anyone who has not renewed their membership will have the opportunity to do so as the Treasurer will be present. If you are not a current paid-up member you will be required to pay the £2 entry at the door, as usual.

So, all that junk that you have been saving up for the last 18 months , this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Over the next few weeks the committee will be putting together a programme of Thursday events taking us through to the end of 2021, so if you have any suggestions, please get in touch. We will also be presenting a date for an AGM.

Please remember its your club and it needs your support.

73, Fred Gordon (GM3ALZ), Secretary

2nd February 2021

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society News Update

Like most other clubs AARS has had to change its activities to reflect the needs of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the last 12 months we have evolved a series of skeds to enable members to keep in touch and enjoy the hobby. It has been amazing just how diverse our conversations have been, and how much advice and encouragement members have enjoyed from each other. In effect, virtual club meetings. Each sked has a net controller and can last from 10 minutes to over an hour in some cases, with up to10 participants on any one sked.

As the year has progressed, bands and times have changed to allow for propagation and the availability of members. However, with so many people either retired, or working from home, this has not, so far, been an issue. Indeed, this way of working has brought several unexpected benefits, such as new members to the club, and upgrading and tidying up of shacks! Several members have also been developing and building new antennas and many other construction projects.

There has also been no end of phone calls, Zoom meetings and e-mail exchanges demonstrating that AARS is certainly alive and doing well, even in such difficult times.

The details of skeds for AARS, and any changes, can be found on the club’s website, and any amateur, whether a member of the club, is very welcome to join in the skeds. Also, we would extend a special welcome to any Short-Wave Listeners we might have. It would be good to hear from any SWL’s via our email.

Currently our skeds are as follows;
Every day during the week, except Saturday, on 3.740 MHz (+/- QRM) at 3.30pm and on Sunday at 2.00pm.
CW beginners net on Tuesday at 8.30pm on 3.556 MHz
4- & 6-metre nets on Sunday at 8.00pm on 70.220 MHz and then 50.150MHz from 8.20pm.
Lunchtime 2-metre net is at 1.30pm on 145.550 MHz, controller GM1LKD
Ad hock digital voice nets also held from time to time via Aberdeen hotspots.

So, there is no need to sit in your shack wonder what is happening in the world of Amateur Radio. Go to the AARS website and join one of our listed skeds. You won’t regret it.

10th April 2020

In response to the government’s latest Covid-19 recommendations the RSGB Board has changed the arrangements for the Society’s AGM on 25 April 2020. The physical meeting in Birmingham will not take place and the information which would have been made available at the AGM will now be made available online

Changes to the AGM arrangements

1st April 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat of infection, the committee has decided that it would not be responsible to continue with programmed events.
As an alternative, we are using the following frequencies for informal chat from 18:30 UTC. (19:30 Local time)
HF 3.746 MHz LSB or 3556 MHz CW +/-  as some other groups seem to be migrating to common 80m frequencies
VHF 145.525 MHz, GB3GN and GB3NG

1st October 2017

Sad news, George Burt, GM3OXX passed away on Wednesday morning 20th Sept.
George was a member of the Aberdeen Amateur Society for many years and was very famous for his dedication to QRP, he contacted hundreds of countries all over the world using only 1 watt and all with his own homemade radio equipment.
George also found time to design numerous radio circuits and had most of them published in the G-QRP SPRAT journal including circuits such as the OXO transmitter, the ONER, and the FOXX transceiver and many more for us all to enjoy.
George’s Funeral service will be held at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh at 12:30pm on Friday 6th October 2017.

11th August 2017

GM8MHU (SK)

Funeral arrangements as follows from Aberdeen Journals announcements

FRASER Peacefully at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Ian (GM8MHU), aged 86 years. President of Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society and formerly of Alexander Hall & Son. Beloved husband of Margaret, much loved dad of Margaret and Fiona, respected father-in-law of Bill, adored granda of Kirsty and Kurt, loving great granda of Marcus, dear brother and brother in law of Alastair and Sandra, much loved uncle of Gavin and a good friend to many. Funeral Ceremony at Aberdeen Crematorium, Hazlehead (West Chapel), on Wednesday, August 16, at 11.00 a.m. All friends respectfully invited.

2nd August 2017

GM8MHU SK
(Also held MM0CJQ)
It is with great sadness that we have to announce to Members the death of our President Ian Fraser (GM8MHU), after a long illness. Ian died peacefully in hospital in Aberdeen on Wednesday the 2nd of August 2017.
Ian was the longest serving President the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has ever had and was very well respected by the membership. He was a long serving Local News Reader for the RSGB and members will remember his wit, and patience, at the clubs monthly Junk Sales as auctioneer. Ian was also heavily involved with the Grampian Repeater Group and a regular participant in the Aberdeen 2 meter skeds. He will be sorely missed in Amateur radio circles and our thoughts and Condolences go out to his wife Margaret and family.

3rd November 2016

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society have been issued with a special 70th anniversary callsign GB2LXX

This callsign is effective from today for 21 days.

28th October 2016

Added a few club members photos for our 70th Anniversary

See Flickr page at this LINK

12th October 2016

GM8CBQ – SK
Suddenly but peacefully, at ARI, on Friday October 7, 2016, Norman Albert Hendry GM8CBQ aged 75 years, late of Stoneywood Paper Mill and keen member of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Son of the late Agnes and James, beloved brother of James, brother in law to Helen, uncle to Iain and Jan, great uncle to Oliver and good friend to many. Will be sadly missed. Funeral service to be held at Aberdeen Crematorium, East Chapel on Tuesday October 18 at 10.45am. All family and friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only please but donations if desired can be made at the chapel exit door to the Coronary Care Unit at ARI.

He was also 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

RIP Norman.