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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 183
03-May-2009
NZART Website: http://www.nzart.org.nz/

Greetings

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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

-From The Editor of Break-In

-NZART Web and Mail Services Down

-NZART Stolen Equipment Register

-Jock White Field Day 2009 Report

-International News

-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 183.doc

==Jock White Field Day Results.pdf

Next Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 24-MAY-2009

Next Infoline is to be e-mailed on SUNDAY 17-MAY-2009

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From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby Says...

Last issue of Info-line I asked for branch voting figures -my apologies, I meant to say if your Branch does not have a representative attending the 2009 conference in Hastings and requires a proxy voter, to please contact me with.your vote count on remits.

Just a reminder that a late payment fee of $10 will apply if you have not registered for conference before the 8th May -that's next Friday. So be in quick.

Sometime in the coming week you will receive a wall planner which was to have been included in your Mar/April Break In. Regrettably our mailing contractors inadvertently forgot to include it. They have therefore offered to send them out free of charge to all our members as a sign of good faith.

I hope you can utilize this calendar and take the opportunity to support some of the advertisers listed on it.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM

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From The Editor of Break-In

Please would you add a small amendement to the Infoline BI "Deadline for copy" and also the NZART web page "Instructions to Authors".

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.

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NZART Web and Mail Services Down

A message from NZART's Internet Service Provider (ISP)

"The problem was with me this time. My main internet router crashed over the (Sunday) night. I didn't realise the problem until the (Monday) morning."

As the ISP is 16 hour behind NZST, Sunday night is Monday afternoon here while Monday Morning is 10 pm Monday night for us.

Down time for the Website was from Monday afternoon until the early hours on Tuesday morning, however, the mail and file access took until 8.30 Wednesday morning to be fixed. This was after several e-mails were swapped, between the ISP and the Webmaster, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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NZART Stolen Equipment Register

Roy Symon, ZL2KH

25 Annandale St, New Plymouth

Phone: 06-758-2156

Email: stolen@nzart.org.nz

Update as at 25th April 2009:

Make: Yaesu

Model: FT-857D

Serial Number: 4H260044

Type: Transceiver

Stolen From: Whangarei -along with a Suzuki Escudo 4WD

Date Stolen: 0550 hrs on 11/3/09

Owner: Peter ZL1TX

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Jock White Field Day 2009 Report

(For Branches the results are attached to this bulletin, or see:

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Thanks again to all of you who participated, especially those teams that had appalling weather. This is the second year running that we have had bad weather and has kept activity down on 2007, despite that there were 6 more field stations than last year.

There were no reports of splatter this year, and positive comments in general about operating standards.

Many entries included comments which are always nice to receive and pass on in this report.

It was great to see an increase in the Midland region with two Field stations in Christchurch, there were none in Christchurch last year. It was good to see Southland active, I think this is the first time for them in a while. The Tauranga Emergency Communications Group, branch 88 fielded their first station, with a team of eleven.

There were three VK entrants, the most Australian entries for a while including the stalwart, Chris VK2LCD.

Eighty metre conditions seemed very good this year, in contrast we have had another pretty average year on forty.

Whangarei have finally edged out Papakura and Auckland to win the Montgomery cup while Hastings Havelock North made over 700 contacts on 80 metre phone.

Forty Metres and Branch Points

Many field stations did not reach the required 25 CW contacts or 50 phone contacts to meet the criteria for branch points. In the non qualifiers there were two clear groups: those with literally only one or two contacts and those that nearly made the grade. In view of the poor conditions and low number of stations due to the weather I relaxed the criteria a little.

Forty Metre Activity

Weather and propagation aside, activity on forty has been falling over the last few years. Feedback on the following ideas would be appreciated:

Relax the branch point contact number criteria for 40.

Increase the points for contacts on 40 e.g. 4 for phone, 6 for CW.

Introduce a forty metre only section (or do we have enough sections?)

Junior Operators

There were at least four junior operators that I am aware of:

Alison ZL2KID (Manawatu), Brendon ZL1CC (Raglan), Joshua ZL2JSW (Marlborough) and Kelan (Whangarei).

Statistics

190 operators at 34 field stations, up from 28 last year. (41 in 2007)

Manawatu had 14 operators.

Seven home stations

Three overseas entrants, up from usually one.

First log received: ZL2AUA

Rule Issues

One important reason for following the rules is to make my job easier in processing the logs I receive.

Please use correct sheets for scoring, especially the branch point check list.

These can be downloaded from:

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

Look down the page under the Jock White section.

Several stations just listed a series of branch numbers with no callsigns. One station did not submit any branch numbers. This is not acceptable and requires a lot of checking on my part, I may disqualify these sort of entries next year.

There is no need for separate score sheets for each band, in fact I nearly released the results minus one band for one station because of this. You may only claim a branch point once for a particular band/mode, even if there are multiple field stations using that branch number.

Please choose a section to enter: "eighty metres phone only" written in the section entered part of the summary sheet is a little ambiguous!

Valid Branch Points (Multipliers)

There were a total of 76 available for field stations, 80 for home stations: (four less for field stations, as they cannot claim their own branch number)

80 Phone (32) 01 02 03 05 08 10 12 13 17 18 20 22 23 25 27 28 34 37 40 42 46 48 50 51 56 63 64 65 69 79 83 88

80 CW (18) 01 03 05 12 17 20 22 25 27 28 40 42 50 51 65 69 79 88

40 Phone (21) 01 02 03 05 10 12 13 18 20 22 25 27 28 34 37 40 51 56 64 65 83

40 CW (10) 01 02 03 05 12 20 25 27 28 65

Team Comments

o 183 mm rain on Saturday (TEC)

o Good activity for team building

o Noisy two stroke generator: must do something about that next year

o Set up camp in pouring rain

o Erected tents and aerials in a gale

o Good operating and signal standards.

o Grateful for the patience and courtesy of many of our contacts in digging our QRP signals out of the murk

o Mast blew down at 11pm in horizontal rain but it was 'fun' so they tell me.

o Eighty metres was amazing, even in the usually quiet periods

o Weather absolutely shocking here in the North: strong winds and incessant rain

o Just about every member of the club turned out at some stage

o Forty metre propagation was poor but eighty was excellent

o Set up in heavy rain which carried on through the night.

o Why were Hutt valley using different callsigns on 80 and 40?

Stuart Watchman ZL2TW

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International News

(With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA)

Among the 25 items on the agenda of the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2011 is consideration of possible allocations for oceanographic radar.

Early indications are that a few of those proposing such allocations between 3MHz and 50MHz are mindful of the problems that could result, from sharing spectrum with the Amateur Service.

Spectrum hungry oceanographic radar bounces HF radio signals of sea waves to map currents.

Also on the agenda is the 600 metre band. A number of countries have already permitted their radio amateurs access to that part of the spectrum on a limited experimental basis for propagation studies.

This spectrum at the bottom end of the AM broadcast band was traditionally for the Maritime Service.

Since 1906 the frequency 500kHz has been designated as an international distress frequency and is as old as the distress signal S0S adopted in the same year.

That frequency had been monitored every hour for distress signals is credited with saving 10,000 lives, including more than 700 from on the Titanic.

It is considered by many to be a maritime heritage frequency of major significance, the Amateur Service is ideally placed to help keep it alive through the use of Morse code.

Before the development of modern radar, other frequencies in that band were used for direction finding and it continues to have a navigation role.

While 500 kHz may be considered to be a maritime heritage frequency of major significance, the Amateur Service is ideally placed to help keep its radiotelegraphy history alive.

Among other items on the agenda are regulatory measures to enable software-defined and cognitive radio systems and examination of the effect of emissions from short-range devices also known as low interference potential devices.

WRC-11 is expected to be held the 24th of October to 18th of November in Geneva.

(vk3pc)

From WIA NEWS April 26

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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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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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