NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 179
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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

-A Letter To Members And Branches

-FMTAG Notes For March 2009

-A Policy Statement by NZART Council on Examination Supervisors

-*Technology Convention 2009*

-On-air training for Examination Trainees

-Hawkes Bay Wine Country Conference 2009

-Wellington Radio EXPO '09

-Branch Data

-The NZART OB For MAY Is A Week Earlier This Year -24-MAY-2006

-Contest News


==HF Contests

-Upcoming Events

-Break-In and Infoline Information

==Break-In Closing Date Reminders

==Auto-Subscription and Un-Subscribe

==Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Headquarters' Infoline

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Next Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 29-MARCH-2009

Next Infoline is to be e-mailed on SUNDAY 22-MARCH-2009


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says....

Well silly me missing HQIL, I was under the impression that the weeks the official broadcast went out there was no Info-line. I have now got the dates right, so my apologies if I have missed sending you information.

Elections envelopes are coming in fast and furious, which is great to see. I have noticed that once I confirm the person is a member, and I open the external envelope and place the one that reads "Returning Officer' into a ballot box, that some of you are forgetting to include this second envelope! This is very important to ensure anonymity is maintained in the voting procedure. Also please only use the BLUE worded envelopes, any of the original black worded ones will be destroyed.

For those of you who are only now paying your subscription's I have been advised by the Returning Officer that close off for sending out voting papers was the 28th February. Therefore you will no longer be eligible to vote in the Council elections. This does not mean that you will not have a vote in your Branch when discussing the remit that is being put to the AGM.

Finally I have had a request from a VK amateur as follows:

I am a avid homebrewer and I build a lot of my own equipment and I like to modify older radios so they can be used on ham radio frequencies, recently I have been able to get an AWA TR105 5w ssb transceiver and these were used by the NZ mountain radio search and rescue I believe. My problem is I have searched the net for hours looking for any technical info like circuits or how to set up for the different frequencies for the xtal channels but I have drawn a blanc, seeing that these sets were used in NZ there must be somewhere information on these sets and amateurs must have used them on ham bands as well, would you know by any chance anyone or groups in NZ that may have technical information and using the AWA TR105 5w ssb transceiver, I thank you for your time and hope to hear from you later on.

All the best.

Cheers Ross Hatton vk3zz....

If anyone is able to help Ross you can contact him on

Talk soon....Debby ZL2TDM


A Letter To Members And Branches

Tony Case ZL1UD

NZART Council

PO Box 40 525

Upper Hutt 5140

Saturday 21 February 2009

To NZART Branches and Members

One of the most effective ways that members and branches have to input into the Association is through remits to Conference:

* By actively introducing and promoting a remit, or,

* By voting on a remit that another branch or group of members has promoted. As members, you have a right to this remit process.

There are three ways to have your voice heard at Conference.

The first is through attending Conference as a delegate or having your branch send a delegate to Conference. This is the most positive way that you as members and branches can input into the way that the Association is run. Unfortunately, it is not a reality for some members or branches to attend Conference, and branches that cannot attend have many valid reasons for not attending.

If a branch cannot attend a Conference, it can choose a delegate to represent the branch from another branch; someone who is going to Conference. This person can carry a proxy vote to Conference on behalf of your branch and your voice will be heard.

The final option for branches that cannot attend Conference or find a proxy delegate is to post the voting on remits to Headquarters prior to Conference. The General Secretary will then appoint a delegate from the Conference floor who can represent your wishes at Conference.

There is no reason that your voice cannot be heard at Conference or your votes on remits counted. NZART Executive Council would like to see every branch and member represented in one of the ways listed above at every Conference and Annual General Meeting. Please exercise your right in one of the ways listed above at every Conference and Annual General Meeting.

On Behalf of Council

Tony Case ZL1UD




The NZART IARU Liaison Committee has prepared a proposal for the revision of the 40 metre band plan, available on the NZART web site at:

Please send your comments on the proposed band plan to FMTAG at:


NZART Council has asked FMTAG to lead a review of the VHF-UHF-SHF Beacon Band Plan.

A copy of the Terms of Reference of the review can be obtained from FMTAG at:


All Temporary callsigns have an expiry date, which is between 1 day and 12 months from the commencement date. Use of a Temporary callsign before the commencement date or after the expiry date is illegal.

Some Branches, and some individuals, have relied on the Public part of the MED's SMART web site when seeking information on the validity of a callsign.

Unfortunately, there is currently a "bug" in the Public part of the MED's SMART web site, resulting in the display of yet-to-commence, and expired, callsigns in the SEARCH RESULTS list, as if the callsigns are valid.

The MED has granted FMTAG access to the password-protected part of the MED's SMART web site that reveals the true validity of these callsigns.

If you wish to confirm the status of a Temporary callsign, FMTAG can be contacted at:


Published for the information of, and seeking comments from, NZART members.

Branch 20 Manawatu has applied for a 465 Digipeater, to be located at Pahiatua Track, at map reference NZ260 T24 416857. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.650 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.

Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied to relocate its 12 cm beacon to Takaurunga, map reference NZ260 T15 685649. An engineering evaluation confirms that the transmit frequency can remain on 2424.256 MHz and that there will be no interference to other stations.

The Radio Electronics Group has applied for a 2 metre repeater, to be located at Ward Street, Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 110770. The repeater transmit frequency will be 147.125 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 147.725 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

The Radio Electronics Group has applied for a 70 cm repeater, to be located at Ward Street, Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 110770. The repeater transmit frequency will be 438.875 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 433.875 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

ZL4SJ has applied for a 465 Digipeater, to be located at Forest Lakes, at map reference NZ260 S25 947501. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.650 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.


Published as Interim Recommendations in January/February 2009 Break-In.

Branch 12 Hamilton has applied to change the operating frequencies of its BBS National System access station, located at Seddon Road, map reference NZ260 S14 102773. The transmit frequency will change to 434.975 MHz and the receive frequency will change to 439.975 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.


Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters and recommendations, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to:

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 on the NZART web site:

Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to



A Policy Statement by NZART Council on Examination Supervisors

The NZART ARX will accept nominations from Branches of NZART for the position of Examination Supervisor following receipt of the following:

1. A copy of the minutes from the meeting of the nominating Branch in which the motion was passed nominating the candidate for the position.

2. Two nominee character references from members of the nominating branch who also must be members of NZART.

3. Confirmation that the nominee is a member of NZART. On receipt of the above the NZART ARX will check with the NZART General Secretary that the membership details of the nominee and referees are in order. The nomination and supporting documentation is then sent to NZART Council for acceptance. If NZART Council chooses not to approve the nomination it is not under obligation to disclose reasons. Note: successful nominees must remain a member of NZART while occupying the position.

ZL1UD and ZL2TW Policy - Examination Supervisor February 28 2009

The document above has a job description that can be found at:


*Technology Convention 2009*

Hamilton Branch 12 and the Waikato VHF Group Branch 81, of NZART, invite you to attend the bi-annual

Convention in Hamilton, Easter weekend, 11 and 12 April, 2009.

The venue for Convention is the Chartwell Scout Hall, Bellmont Street, Chartwell, Hamilton.

A registration form is available from the NZART website at:

Please find one attached to this copy of Infoline.

E-mail application

Convention programme will be similar to other years, with speakers, demonstrations and forums, on subjects of interest to Radio Amateurs. Full programme available later.

It is vital that accommodation is booked NOW, due to V8 Supercar races the following weekend.

All enquiries


Extract from "Q-Bit", the journal of the Wellington VHF Group Inc., February 2009:

On-air training for Examination Trainees

The February 2009 "Monthly Business Update" from the MED RSM announces a new facility for the training of budding radio amateurs.

The RSM publication "Radio Operator Certificate and Callsign Rules" (PIB 46), applies to the holders of radio operator certificates and callsigns. It has been updated following comment from interested parties. The latest version (Edition 008) can be downloaded from:

A new provision (on page 8) permits unqualified persons under training to operate an amateur station on-air with a club callsign, under the close supervision of a qualified operator. Until now, there have been no regulatory provisions to lawfully permit such activity. Unqualified operators, "Examination Trainees" undergoing supervised training, can now take the active part to set up a transmitter on-air, call and establish a QSO and take part in general communication and its procedures.

Training sessions using a club callsign do not require any prior official approval except the permission of the trustee of the club callsign. The discipline of log-keeping is exercised by the requirement for this club callsign activity to be logged by the persons involved and the log retained by the trustee.

The new provision reads:

"Club station trustees may authorise the use of the suffix "XT" with the club's permanent callsign for the purposes of instructing and training prospective amateur operator candidates in practical on-air operating procedures. Provided they are directly supervised at all times by a GAOC holder, candidates may take an active part in general communication, operate transmitter controls, and engage in calling and signing off procedures. A log of contacts made under a candidate's name using the XT callsign, must be kept by the trustee for 1 year after the last contact is made by a candidate."

So expect to hear club callsigns such as the Wellington VHF Group's club callsign being operated by Examination Trainees: ZL2WAXT.

As with all uses of a club callsign, if you have the opportunity to use your club callsign with this XT facility, you must first ask your club callsign trustee. Remember that close supervision by a qualified operator is required and that the trustee is required to retain the final logsheets.

This authorised practical on-air tuning-up provision and purposeful identifier is a step forward for the training of new operators. This activity can be blended into future club training events. Please work the XT stations that you hear and encourage the operators.

The news announcement is at:


Hawkes Bay Wine Country Conference 2009

Abridge. A full copy is viewable at:

The Hawkes Bay Amateur Radio Club Inc (Branch 13) and the Napier Radio Club Inc (Branch 25) invite you to join us for what promises to be an exciting weekend on the amateur radio calendar. The venue is the Hastings Racecourse in Hastings city.

Provisional Programme

The Annual General Meeting on Saturday morning will be opened by Lawrence Yule, the Mayor of Hastings.


We expect to run the following forums: Recruitment, OTC, WARO, Icom, DX, AREC, Contest, SPAM, VHF. Others are planned and will be in your programme timetable.

Alternative Programme

We have arranged an exciting alternative program over two days.


There will be two remits at the AGM. Make sure you are prepared to argue the toss and you have researched what the implications of your argument are. Be wary of the "Stirrers" award if you become too vocal!


The Hastings Racecourse has virtually unlimited free parking and plenty of room for caravans and motor homes.

Registration check-ins

Registrations will take place from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Friday evening at the Angus Inn just a short distance away from the racecourse. If you miss Friday night you may also register at the Race Course venue Saturday morning from 8AM. You may also register on line at: and we will offer an installment plan for your fees.

Saturday Morning Car Boot Sale -7.30 AM to 9.30AM

This should be an interesting prelude to the AGM. The event will be held in the parking lot just outside the TAB Tote windows.


We have limited good quality accommodation booked at the Angus Inn located near the racecourse on Railway Rd, Hastings Special prices include breakfast for conference goers. Contact the Angus Inn directly on 0800 109 595 or email for further information. See

We advise you to book early. If you have any special accommodation needs, contact the conference organizer.

Air Travel

We will be running a "Meet and Greet" free shuttle service from the Hawkes Bay Airport to the venue in Hastings at regular intervals. Details will be on our website at:

Local repeaters

Hawkes Bay has several repeaters including 146.70 and 147.25 and the National system on 434.850 There will also be a special Conference "Talk-in" repeater. Frequencies will be on the Conference website:

To Register

Simply complete the Registration Form and return to the conference organizer with your payment. You will note that you may Direct Credit your payment to the bank account shown. You can also go on line and tick the boxes on the form, save it and then email the form to the conference organizer. Make sure your name and callsign is on any payment made to the conference.


Please check our website at: for developing information and if you have any problems or questions send an email to: and we will be able to help.

The combined Napier and Hastings clubs are looking forward to meeting you and making you feel welcome at this NZART 2009 Conference.

A registration form is available at:


Wellington Radio EXPO '09

The Combined Wellington Amateur Radio Expo 2009 committee advises that the annual Wellington Region EXPO '09 is on again this year -place the following date into your calendars -Saturday 28 March 2009.

The venue is still Knox Church Hall, 574 High Street Lower Hutt. Doors open to the public at 10am and vendors at 7.00 am, entry $4.00.

This will be the fifth Wellington Radio EXPO event. There will be the usual trade displays, sales of new amateur equipment and trading tables of used equipment.

Note: Lee Andrews of Andrews Communications will be in attendance again, also marking his fifth year at this event! As Lee prepares for his attendance he has requested that you contact him for any special equipment orders, or items of interest you wish to see at the EXPO. He is preparing his shipment for the EXPO now so get those orders in now to avoid disappointment. Get in touch with the organising committee so that we can pass any requests along to Lee, or contact him direct.

Other displays present at this year's event include a display of vintage military radio sets by George ZL2GM and also a static scale replica of an 1800's steam engine built by Peter ZL2BAQ.

Refreshments -coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cafe styled food will be available in the hall.

Spot prize draws will be run throughout the show by MC Jim ZL2BHF. Following on from last year's success, four additional raffles will be run this year, so buy a ticket for an even greater chance to win!

Don't forget to check the details on line at the NZART website at:

Sign by the Wellington Radio EXPO Committee:

Ken ZL2TKY, Mark ZL2UFI, Mark ZL2WOL, Phil ZL2HF, Don ZL2DON, Ted ZL2TED, Bruce ZL2BAP and Barry ZL2HO


Branch Data

The updated data containing details of the information of all NZART Branches has been updated for March2009. Getting the information accurate and up-to-date is up to all involved, from branch presidents down to branch members. You can access this information at: under the heading "Branches Spread Sheet" in XLS, PDF and DOC formats.

Note from Editor

Searching the NZART Web Server log files for 'branch-data', resulted in 393 hits since 2009-01-03. The total includes search robots.


The NZART OB For MAY Is A Week Earlier This Year -24-MAY-2006


Contest News


14th and 15th February 2009
Band Frequency
Callsign Locator Points
6 m  (50 MHz)
ZL4DK    RE54fe  95
2 m  (144 MHz)
ZL4DK    RE54fe  528
ZL1SWW   RF73kd  131
ZL2ALW   RF73hb  2
70 cm    (432 MHz)
ZL4DK    RE54fe  218
23 cm    (1296 MHz)
ZL1SWW   RF73kd  18
ZL4DK    RE54fe  841
ZL1SWW   RF73kd  149
ZL2ALW   RF73hb  2

Further details can be found at: and click on "Results 2009"


The next contest is the Low Band Contest, 50 MHz to 440 MHz, on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of April 2009. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZT and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZT. This is the weekend BEFORE VHF Convention.

The following contest is the Hibernation Contest, 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of June 2009. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZT and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZT. This is the weekend AFTER NZART Conference.

The rules are available at:

Logs should be sent within two weeks, to: with Contest Log in the subject line,

or by post to:

Contest Manager, Wellington VHF Group, P.O. Box 12-259, Thorndon, Wellington

Wellington VHF Group


HF Contests

Well last weekend's climatic conditions surely made the participation in the Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest interesting to say the least. Here in Mt. Maunganui the rain bucketed down most of the day, following similar conditions late on the Friday. I understand that Branch 39 Team were active from a site in the Kaimais -on the Sunday I went down to Te Puke Branch's proposed site to find no sign of a Field Day setup, so guess prudence was in the order of the day with Branch 53. However, there is always 2010 Field Day for us all!!.


When:-14 and 15 March 2009

Time:-1000Z (14th) to 1000Z (15th) - All Bands -CW Only

Considered to be one of the more gentlemany contests that has been in existence since the mid-1930's. Apart from the individual performances there is a Team's event, based on individual nation's participation. The NZART Team under the astute leadership of Frank Hunt, ZL2BR won this event in 2007 and finished third last year. Frank is looking for Team participants to make up the NZ Team. Interested -contact Frank by "snail mail" at: 8 Manu Crescent, New Plymouth. 4310.

Contests Rules and other operating information is, or will be available at:



When: 18 April 2009 -80M Section

25 April 2009 - 40M Section

Times: 1000 UTC to 1100 UTC each evening

Bands: 80M - as above

40M - as above

Full contest information, including Rules and other operating information is available from the Group's website:

Enquiries regarding matters not already covered by the above website can be directed to:

Allan, ZL2SKY -


When : 9 and 10 May 2009

Times: 2000 NZST until 2300 NZST

Band: 80m

Mode: CW Only

Please refer to the Contest Section of the NZART Callbook, or the NZART Website:


When : 4 July 2009

Times: 2000 NZST until 2300 NZST

Band: 80m

Modes: Phone, and CW

Please refer to the 2007/8 NZART Callbook, Contest Section for full details of the Contest Rules and other operating Information., or the NZART Website:


When : 4 July 2009

Times: 2000 NZST until 2300 NZST

Band: 80m

Modes: Phone, and CW

Please refer to the 2007/8 NZART Callbook, Contest Section for full details of the Contest Rules and other operating Information., or the NZART Website-


When: Saturday, 28 March 2009 until Sunday 29 March 2009

Times: 0000 UTC (Sat.) until 2359 (Sun)

Bands: All Bands

Well that's about it for this week, Just as well as I have got the call for dinner. Good luck to those taking part in the CQWW WPX Phone Contest and also to Lee and the ZL7 Team down on the Chathams. I guess they will get the backwash of today's weather within the next 24 hours

73, John Powell ZL1BHQ, NZART Contest Manager


Upcoming Events

Wellington Region Expo Saturday 28-March-2009. PEASE SEE:

Technology Convention Hamilton 12/14-April-2009. PEASE SEE:

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009. PEASE SEE:

NZART Annual Conference at Napier. PEASE SEE:


Break-In, Infoline and General Information

Break-In - From the Break-In Editor John ZL3IB

1. Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the MAY/JUNE issue of Break-In closes on 10-MAY-2009.

2. Document File Format: Please do not send copy for publication as Word 2007.docx files; they cannot be processed. Please send in Word 2003 (or earlier).doc or *.rtf file format.

3. Early receipt of copy is much appreciated.

4. Break-In Contents Index from 1957 can be found at:

Copy for the AREC Break-In Column - From Geoff ZL3QR

The close-of-copy date is the 03-MAY-2009 for articles for publication in the AREC COLUMN OF BREAK-IN. Photos, if available, to be on a separate floppy or CD (with captions), posted DIRECTLY TO US Call Book address. All other material can go to e-mail: or


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Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Head Quarter's Infoline

OBs FOR 2009=NOV-29 DEC-20

OBs FOR 2010
FEB-28 MAR-28 APR-25 MAY-30 JUN-08-27 JUL-25 AUG-29 SEP-26 OCT-31 NOV-28 DEC-19

* Next NZART Official Broadcast SUNDAY 29-MARCH-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 22-MARCH-2009 *


JAN-17 FEB-07-21 MAR-07-21 APR-04-18 MAY-09-23 JUN-13-27
JUL-04-18 AUG-08-22 SEP-05-19 OCT-03-17 NOV-07-21 DEC-05-19

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor