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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 182
19-April-2009
NZART Website: http://www.nzart.org.nz/

Greetings

Welcome to Headquarters-Infoline a twice-monthly bulletin of news from NZART Headquarters e-mailed directly to Branches, the amateur radio packet Bulletin Board Service and to others that subscribe through the NZART Website.

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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

==Elections

==Phone calls

==Remits, Awards and Apologies

==Annual Conference

-Fibre to the Home (FttH)

-Everything is Done Over The Internet

-NZART Web and E-mail

==Down For About 24 Hours

==Review of E-mail Service

-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

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

-Attachment for Branches: NZART Headquarters Infoline 182.doc

Next Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 26-APRIL-2009

Next Infoline is to be e-mailed on SUNDAY 03-MAY-2009

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From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says...

Elections... These are now closed -please do not send any further voting papers. Also DO NOT use the freepost5 envelope provided for the election to pay subscriptions as they are destroyed immediately without being opened. You may run the risk of your payment not being processed.

Phone calls... I appreciate how frustrating it is to ring headquarters and receive an answer-phone message. However please take note of what it says. If you do not hear a ring tone before the message, this means that I am ON the phone. DO NOT ring my cell phone immediately as I then have to place the other call on hold, while I answer my cell phone. Regrettably I only have one pair of hands and while we women are capable of multi tasking, this is taking things to the extreme -also remember I am at that stage in life when my memory has the occasional lapse!

I do like hearing from you, so leave a message and I will get back to you -I would hate to think that you have not been answered then try again outside of business hours and still receive the message.

Remits, Awards and Apologies... As the AGM is getting closer it's time to remind you that there are a number of awards that may be presented. Recently I sent out a branch circular that had details of the awards that YOU or your Branch may nominate a member for. Please get your nominations to me as soon as possible in order for me to arrange the details of the award.

Also if you are unable to attend Conference, but wish your apologies to be placed, please let me know and I will include you on my list.

Annual Conference... Please take note of the amendments to the details for the Conference in Hastings:

Registration forms and On Line registration are available now. Look for the link: NZART Conference May/June 2009 on the NZART Web page that's located at http://www.nzart.org.nz/

Now please note very carefully if you are Registering for Conference using the Registration form as published on page 27 of your March/April Break-In. There are two errors.

Firstly, under the Registration category Saturday Only the Category C has been missed out. Category C is: Amateur Programme. Includes am & pm teas, lunch, No dinner -$50.00

Secondly -If you are paying by Direct Credit or Internet Banking the Account number shown on the Break-In registration form is incorrect. It should read: 03 0658 0225038 00

Lastly a reminder to Branch secretaries to please send your branch voting figures for remits to be presented at the AGM.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM

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Fibre to the Home (FttH)

Our NZ government made announcements in the media recently about connecting Fibre to the Home (FttH). Such a move will deflate major BPL/amateur radio interference possibilities - but it still leaves the in-house use of BPL (by neighbours!) as an interference threat to amateur radio activities.

The Cabinet paper at:

http://www.med.govt.nz/upload/63958/Final-broadband-initiative-consultation-document.pdf is recommended reading. It covers the latest intentions. Its Q&A section is worthy of your time to study it.

The Australian government is similarly active. The WIA has recognised the importance of the move and has posted its view on its web site at:

http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2009/20090407-2/index.php

Again, recommended reading -this subject deserves your time spent on it - we're going to hear a lot about FttH in time to come.

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Everything is Done Over The Internet

Sitting in the shack, winding the VFO looking through ALL the HF bands there's almost no DX on any band. With the sun spot activity at an all time low, imagine a virtual ionosphere that suffers none of the conventional difficulties that hams around the world face trying to work DX stations with no propagation!

The solution to this age old problem has finally been found! And it's called cq100.

Cq100 uses the internet to receive audio signals from a ham radio transmitting station, then instantly reflects the audio back to all stations listening on that frequency. There is no RF.

Everything is done over the internet.

The result is a virtual ionosphere for worldwide amateur radio communication. Stations can use voice, CW PSK and FSK modulation.

How does all this work?

Cq100 works with dialup, ADSL and cable internet connections. There is no need to configure router ports. The network consists of an array of internet servers which provide streaming VOIP audio between stations. After installing the transceiver software, cq100 stations are connected to a central server by a single, outbound TCP connection.

Cq100 is excellent software, that gives you a control interface on your pc that looks and feels like a hf radio in a VOIP world, it even has a VFO to spin!

Take the time to have a look at QSONET.com for information and download a free trial of the cq100 software. It is absolutely free to use for 90 days to see if you enjoy it. And you can download it at QSONET.com

With Thanks; From [Vk1wia-news] WIANEWS for week commencing April-19

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NZART Web and E-mail

Down For About 24 Hours

There was no NZART Web and E-mail service on Friday morning 17-April-2009. Checking throughout the afternoon and evening revealed that there was still no service. However, a check on Saturday morning, 18April-2009, found that the service had been restored.

Enquiries to our ISP, Infovue.net in Medina, Ohio, USA, revealed that a backbone fibre cable had been cut by a digger between our ISP and a Network Operations Centre. This cut cable disconnected our ISP from the Internet and down went our Web and E-mail service.

The president of our ISP is moving to a dedicated Network Operations Centre to avoid this type of problem.

Review of E-mail Service

A small, but dedicate team of volunteers, has been assembled to review the spam problem on the NZART E- mail service and make recommendations to NZART Council. At present the team is looking at what can be done to the existing e-mail setup and what we could expect if the service was brought to New Zealand.

The major offender in the spam problem is the mail forwarding facility NZART has offered for years. When the service was established spam was not a real problem. Spammers have found the service and use it to broadcast their spam messages.

The easiest and simplest solution would be to discontinue the service, however, the team is looking at solutions that would avoid this, but a change to the service, in some way, is inevitable.

Jamie Pye ZL2NN

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

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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:

http://www.vhf.org.nz/VHF-UHF-SHF-ContestRules

Logs should be sent within two weeks, to:

zl2wa@clear.net.nz 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 http://www.vhf.org.nz

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HF Contests

Sangster Shield QRP CW Contest

16/17-May-2009

http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/

NZART Memorial Contest

04-July-2009

http://www/nzart.org.nz/contests/

Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009

http://www.qsl.net/zl1vk/

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Upcoming Events

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009

NZART Annual Conference at Napier

http://www.hbarc.org.nz/

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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:

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

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: zl3qr@nzart.org.nz or zl3ov@nzart.org.nz.

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The WIA Weekly News Bulletin and The Weekly ARRL Letter can be found at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/2009/wia-weekly-news.html

http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/2009/arrl-weekly-news.html

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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

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor zl2nn@nzart.org.nz