Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Amateur Radio"


Dr. Ron Harkess



It was a dream night for "Radio Hams" at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society on Friday evening, 2nd October when our guest speaker, Dr Ron Harkness, himself a Radio Ham of many years (beginning from 1947), gave his display.

With many stamps, covers, meter marks, miniature sheets and posters he illustrated many aspects of the subject. He began from the discovery and work of the "Radio Pioneers":- Stanley Morse; Guglielmo Marconi; Alexander Graham Bell; Stepanovitch Popoff and Reginald Fessenden. The International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland; the Radio Societies of Great Britain; the Amateur Radio Convention – all were well illustrated.

Amateur Radio has been well used at Scout Jamborees – and contact made with Scouts in all areas of the world – there were many covers and stamps and miniature sheets issued to honour these Jamborees. Scouts were keen to learn the Morse code to enable them to take part.

In September 1972, many countries issued stamps etc to mark the 75th Anniversary of Marconi’s first wireless signals across water – and there were many postal items from countries celebrating Anniversaries of their Amateur Radio Stations. One such Station was operated by King Hussein of Jordan who was a keen "Ham"!


In the second round there was a display of many "Call Cards" and also wonderful Covers illustrating:-  Bletchley Park; Orbiting satellites carrying amateur Radio; and the original Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station on St Kilda.

The display ended with covers signed by famous people who are/were Radio Hams:- Rajiv Gandhi; King Hussein; King Juan Carlos; Yuri Gagarin and Brian Rix – among many others.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Terry Woods who gave Ron Harkness very warm thanks for a truly fantastic display.

Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 9th October, 2015, at 7:30pm when Club members will give displays on the subject of "European Islands".

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.