OCTOBER 2007 FMTAG NOTES from Infoline 147

EMAIL ADDRESS REMINDER

FMTAG has only one email address: fmtag@nzart.org.nz

Please use this address, instead of the personal addresses of FMTAG members, to ensure that all FMTAG members receive the message, and that they can provide cover while one, or more, FMTAG members are away on business or holiday.

CALL BOOK UPDATES

Branches have advised that the following stations have been dismantled, since Call Book went to print:

Branch 25. 433.240 MHz Beacon.

Branch 50. 10.144 MHz and 18.108 MHz Digipeaters.

DON'T USE GOOGLE EARTH FOR DETERMINING GRID COORDINATES

Several applications for repeater/beacons/links have been received containing location errors of more than 200 metres. Errors of this size are not acceptable to the MED, and usually result in the MED issuing a formal non-compliance warning, or an infringement notice and fine, during a site audit. On seeking clarification from the applicant, it turns out that Google Earth has been used to determine some of the station locations.

Several other possible sources of location errors are described on pages 13 and 14 of January/February 2001 Break-In. Please read this article, concerning the features of the GPS system, before submitting GPS-based measurements of station locations.

The MED's SMART Licensing system requires station locations to be recorded using the New Zealand 1949 Geoid. GPS receivers should be set to this geoid, via their set-up menu, but most GPS receivers aren't.

NZART COUNCIL DECISIONS

NZART Council, at its October 2007 meeting, approved publication of the following Recommendations:

INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS

This was published as Interim Recommendations in July/August 2007 Break-in. No adverse comments have been received from members.

COMMENTS

Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters and recommendations, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to fmtag@nzart.org.nz or by mail to FMTAG, c/ NZART, PO Box 40-525, Upper Hutt.

APPLICATIONS

Applications for repeaters, beacons, digipeaters, point-to-point links, and so on, should be made on the latest version of FMTAG Form 10. The latest versions of FMTAG Form 10, and the explanatory Form 10A, are available from the above address, in paper or electronic versions, or in Word or pdf versions on the NZART web site at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/fmtag/index.html

Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to fmtag@nzart.org.nz or by mail to FMTAG, c/ NZART, PO Box 40-525, Upper Hutt.

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