From The Editor - February 2010

 First of all - AN APOLOGY - I LEFT OUT A NUMBER IN THE CLUB BANK ACCOUNT DETAIL IN LAST MONTH'S NEWSLETTER. IT SHOULD READ: 11-5373-0651319-11
 
So if all you unfinancials felt rejected on the first try you can rest assured that your sub will now be received into the right bank account.


ZL1BFB and ZL1TRH


Its been full on for the first few weeks of the new year - not sure if I want it to continue in the same vein, although it sure stopped life being boring.  We had a great turn out for the first meeting, then on the following Wednesday several members met with representatives of Chorus (Telecom) and the Preservation Trust to assess what plantings should be removed from around the building. It was decided that ALL trees must go (we registered our objection) but that the current ground covers can remain (the Trust registered their objection). 1 All.

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On Saturday 16th members turned up at the Ponga repeater site for a working bee, replacing rusty shackles and generally tidying up the immediate area. Mark made great inroads on the gorse with his chain saw, clearing a path to the hut. Thanks to everyone who turned up.

Wednesday 20th was a fairly quiet Last of the Summer Wine day, but the 27th was D(estruction) day. The tree felling boys arrived about 10.30 and started working their wayu around the building. They were followed by the scaffolding crew, who erected the scaffolding across the front of the building in the afternoon, and were to return the following day to complete the construction. The property manager has promised to provide notices warning that the building is alarmed and monitored 24/7. However, if anyone wants to stay overnight while work is in progress, it would be appreciated. A key can be provided for those who don't have one.

It has been suggested that the maintenance of the 7325 Ponga Repeater be transferred to the care of the club. This is due to fact that the present trustees are unable to access the site due to age, health concerns, work commitments and distance. The ownership of the repeaters and associated equipment would remain with the South Auckland Repeater Group. This will be discussed at the February meeting.

On the 27th January we had a visit from Kelvin Enting, a former WW2 RNZAF technician / operator based in Fiji who had an asssociation with ZLD, and who has passed on several items of memorabilia and books for the club library. He enjoyed himself so much that he has offered to donate an FT200 to the club. The article on Morse Operators (see Articles by Others) came from his collection.  During the course of the day, he had many stories to tell of his long careeer in radio.