NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 181
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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

==Gerry Kilpatrick ZL1BBS

==Branch Circular

==SPAM and E-mail Aliases

-Remit from North Canterbury Amateur Radio Club Inc

-Remit from Christchurch ARC Branch 05 NZART 1

-Remit from Christchurch ARC Branch 05 NZART 2

-World Amateur Radio Day -18 April

-ZL3 Buildathon Christchurch

-New Zealand ISP's Block NZART E-mails

-Cotswold Primary School ARISS Contact

-Deep Solar Minimum on 01-April-2009

-The NZART OB For MAY Is A Week Earlier This Year -24-MAY-2009

-Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

-Upcoming Events

-Break-In and Infoline Information

==Break-In Closing Date Reminders

==Auto-Subscription and Un-Subscribe

-Attachment for Branches: NZART Headquarters Infoline 181.doc

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

Next Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 26-APRIL-2009

Next Infoline is to be e-mailed on SUNDAY 19-APRIL-2009


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says

Gerry Kilpatrick ZL1BBS

Apologies to all those branches who have submitted amendments to their branch constitution and are awaiting a response. Some of you may know that Gerry Kilpatrick ZL1BBS the Association Solicitor has been in poor health for some time and has been unable to review them and respond accordingly.

I received a phone call from him today and while he is in good spirits it will be quite some time yet before he is back on deck.

Gerry has had his leg amputated below the knee and at present is in Ward 15 at Auckland Public Hospital. He is convalescing in the rehabilitation ward until surgeons decide what is the appropriate recovery treatment for him.

I know your thoughts and prayers are with him at the moment, however you may wish to drop him a line as the days must seem long for him.

Branch Circular

As I advised on the official broadcast, branch circulars were posted out on Friday. Included with them was a copy of the remits that you need to consider for the upcoming annual general meeting in Hastings. As only one was published in Break In, I have attached ALL remits for your information and consideration.

SPAM and E-mail Aliases

You may be aware of the problems the NZART web has been experiencing. If you have any suggestions or are can offer alternative host sites, can you please contact me at headquarters. Council would also like to thank you for your patience with the e-mail alias' and spam you are receiving at present.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM


Remit from North Canterbury Amateur Radio Club Inc

Remit -Transmitting

That in NZART Constitution, Clause 7.3c the words "but must not admit to membership any persons who hold a New Zealand Amateur Station License unless those persons are members of the Association", be removed.


At a time when NZART has concerns over dwindling membership, this ruling serves only to alienate potential membership. We need to first welcome membership at grass roots level, namely at Branch level, and then encourage members to further increase their involvement in the Association.


Remit from Christchurch ARC Branch 05 NZART 1

1. That the National System ceases nightly forwarding of BBS data.


The number of BBS users no longer justifies the use of the National System for the regular dissemination of data. With the wide use of the Internet giving speeds that packet radio can never reach, it does not make sense to tie up the national system at night when all of the data could be down loaded in minutes via the internet.

The National Sys has a few solar powered sites and long transmissions of the BBS data during the night is a waste of battery life (more cycles shorter life).

The adoption of this policy would not prevent the use of data on the National system for emergencies and special short term events


Remit from Christchurch ARC Branch 05 NZART 2

2. That 144.65 be recognised as the national APRS and data frequency.


With the reduction in the number of BBS systems and the charging for repeater licensing there needs to be some rationalisation nationally of the number of Digipeaters The co sharing of the existing Digipeaters with BBS and APRS data is possible The existing Digipeaters are licensed and only need the TNC's replacing or modifying depending on the type to allow them to carry BBS and APRS traffic

Proposer: Gareth Bradshaw ZL3VP

Seconded: Robert Thirkettle ZL3RX

These remits were put to the Christchurch Radio Club, branch 05 NZART at the AGM on Wednesday 3rd December 2008 and were passed unanimously.

RH Deans



World Amateur Radio Day -18 April

This year the theme of World Amateur Radio Day is:

"Amateur Radio: Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency Communication".

The New Zealand National System is one of our Disaster and Emergency Communication resources.

In recognition of World Amateur Radio Day, Branch 74, The Wellington VHF Group, has organised a special activity on the National System, between 00:00 and 24:00 NZT on the 18th of April.

All stations working the special station, ZL74WARD, and submitting their log by email to:

will receive a commemorative QSL Card.


ZL3 Buildathon Christchurch

The 2009 ZL3 Buildathon will be held on Saturday 18th April 2009 at Kendal School Hall, Burnside.

Come and join in the fun. Register your interest today by emailing

You will receive FREE a Dick Smith Electronics AM Radio kitset to build plus plenty of help on the day to ensure it works. You'll learn how to solder, identify electronic components and carry out tests.

Everyone from 10 to 70 plus will be most welcome. Bring along a friend or two and introduce them to the fantastic hobby of Amateur Radio and electronic construction.

A working Amateur Radio station and information on how to become a Licensed Radio Amateur will be on display.

If you are connected with Boy Scout, Girl Guide, Boys Brigade, School or similar community groups who would like to join in, please email: today.


New Zealand ISP's Block NZART E-mails

NOTE: As Webmaster, my returned e-mail lists from the NZART mail server, have not reported a rejected clear or paradise e-mail since Monday, 30 March 2009 6:32 p.m. Checks before sending this Infoline reveal that all is back to normal and the block on NZART.ORG.NZ has been removed. ED

ClearNet and Paradise users who have an alias e-mail address find it does not work and the e-mails returned to the sender.

The block put on by ClearNet has been done because of the amount of Spam originating from the mail server used to host the -NZART.ORG.NZ-domain.

Clear, Paradise and other TelstraClear e-mail clients will not receive mail from any NZART reflector.

NZART Council with the assistance of the Webmaster is looking in to this matter with a view to resolve the matter as soon as possible with the Hosting Company that provides the mail server service.

To ensure a continuation of HQ InfoLine, an alternative e-mail system will be used.

A Fix Has Been Suggested

To fix this send a mail from one's clear account to:


This action unblocks a clear account. (I would try, replacing clear with paradise, for paradise e-mail accounts and see if that works. ED)


Cotswold Primary School ARISS Contact

At 12:52pm Friday March 27th a group of 13 students ranging in ages from 5 to 11 asked questions of Astronaut Mike Fincke KE5AIT aboard the International Space Station. The contact was via Telebridge with Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI in Kingston, South Australia south east of Adelaide providing radio contact. The contact lasted 9 minutes. Unfortunately the telephone link went down while Mike was answering the last question but all children had had at least one question answered. The contact was relayed via IRLP and Echolink. ARISS report that 22 people in 8 countries listened in to the contact on IRLP and Echolink.

Moderator Wayne Harasimovitch VE1WPH in Halifax, Nova Scotia introduced the school and VK5ZAI to the telebridge audience and had the children's teacher Anna Douglas say a few words about the school to the audience commencing 6 minutes before the contact. At the end of the contact after telephone connections had been restored VE1WPH formally closed the session but then handed over to Kenneth Grant at the Johnson Space Centre who answered the children's 14 remaining questions! The telephone connection was handled by Mary Bauer whose husband Frank KA3HDO was until recently the International Chairman of ARISS.

The Christchurch Press and TV3 covered the event attended by 20 parents and 5 other staff and student teachers and Lorne Douglas ZL2AHB. The TV3 and Press articles are available at their respective websites.

Lorne Douglas ZL2AHB


Deep Solar Minimum on 01-April-2009

The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower.

Full story can be found at:



The NZART OB For MAY Is A Week Earlier This Year -24-MAY-2009



Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

The next 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

Kiwi Digital Modes Group ZL/VK RTTY Sprints Contest

18 and 25-April-2009

Sangster Shield QRP CW Contest


NZART Memorial Contest


Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009


Upcoming Events

Technology Convention Hamilton 12/14-April-2009

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009

NZART Annual Conference at Napier


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.

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


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 26-APRIL-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 19-APRIL-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