Probus talk on Mearns FM radio

The second meeting of September of Mearns Probus Club was held in the Crown Inn Laurencekirk with President Ian Williamson chairing the meeting.

The President welcomed and introduced Ian Hunter from Mearns FM Radio who addressed the club some time ago. He gave an account of how the local radio station transmits signals from Stonehaven, mainly to be relayed to transmitters at the Garvock Hill and also in Inverbervie, the latter situated at the farm of Sillyflat on the outskirts of the town.

Problems have been gradually sorted out as the wavelengths used for transmission were too close. One of his colleagues designed a unit which overcame the problem.

Some transmissions go by internet to a company called Stringways in California, where it is then re-routed and sent back for broadcasting here.

Also demonstrated to club members were various forms of recording devices which have been used to record information at Kinneff Church, the Salvation Army singers and at a meeting of Stonehaven residents where the topic was the siting of a new supermarket.

Ian would like more youngsters involved in broadcasting and also appealed for anyone who might like to contribute to the station.

Past President Bill Pirie gave a vote of thanks on behalf of club members.

The next meeting will be on Monday October 3 in the Crown Inn at 10am with business commencing at 10.30am. The topic will be The Year of the Light and Arbroath.