NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 184
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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

==President Bruce ZL2WP

==Annual Conference Hastings

==HQ Closed 28-May until 3-June-2009 inclusive

-Change of Address For the ZL3-Prefix QSL Sub-Bureau

-FMTAG Notes For May 2009

-Conference Car Boot Sale

==Proposed Revision Of The 40-metre Band Plan

==APRS Frequency Change

==VHF-UHF-SHF Beacon Band Plan

-Conference Car Boot Sale

-Annual NZART Conference Weekend Programme

-The Sun is Stirring

-Interested in CW?

-Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

-NZART Memorial Contest Correction to Rules

-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 24-MAY-2009

----Next Infoline is to be e-mailed on SUNDAY 07-JUNE-2009


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says...

What a terrible few weeks. First I had my daughter take a nasty fall dislocating her knee-cap in Dannevirke and had to rush to her aid. As if that wasn't enough she then came home for some TLC and nurturing!

President Bruce ZL2WP

Just getting over this and Bruce ZL2WP suddenly became very ill and has been in the ICU ward at Wellington hospital in a critical condition for the past week.

Bruce's wife Marilyn and children Andrew and Fiona and their spouses, would like to thank you all for your kind wishes and thoughts for Bruce's recovery.

I am pleased to advise that although still in ICU he is recovering slowly.

Stuart Watchman ZL2TW has stepped into the role of President and will be chairing the AGM, with Roy Symon as vice-president.

Annual Conference Hastings

Conference 2009 is fast approaching -two weeks away now. I have only received a small number of Branches placing their apologies and requesting a proxy to present their votes on remits.

Could all branch secretaries whose branches will not be represented at the AGM please send their voting figures to me as soon as possible to ensure your votes are included.

Any individual members of NZART who wishes to place an apology -please also contact me either by phone or via e-mail.

HQ Closed

The office will be closed from Thursday 28th May until Wednesday 3rd June, as I will be attending the AGM, so if you have any specific requests of me to be taken to Hastings, please let me know before this date.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM


Change of Address For the ZL3-Prefix QSL Sub-Bureau

Following the resignation of Mr Charlie Dawson ZL3CED from the above position, Mr Ken Holdom, ZL4HU has been appointed to fill this vacancy.

Ken's address is as follows:

Mr K. A. Holdom ZL4HU

P.O. Box 7

CLYDE 9341

My thanks to Charlie for his past input into the NZART QSL Bureau system.

73, Barry Stewart ZL2RR, Manager NZART QSL Bureau


FMTAG Notes For May 2009


In March/April 2009 Break-In, members were invited to comment on a proposal, prepared by the NZART IARU Liaison Committee, for the revision of the 40 metre band plan.

A large majority of the submissions pointed out the importance of aligning our band plan with the recently revised band plans of other countries, such as, for example, retaining Morse exclusivity at 7.000 to 7.030 MHz and digital modes at 7.030 to 7.040 MHz.

Two, detailed, submissions argued, in part, that the existing band plan already made an excessive provision of exclusive spectrum for Morse, and that the proposed extension of this exclusivity was not justified. One of these submissions pointed out the monitoring of band usage, and QSL card statistics, that had been performed in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Korea and Japan.

The basis of these two submissions was as follows: the ITU-R considers that 25 wpm Morse has a necessary bandwidth of 100 Hz, and SSB telephony a necessary bandwidth of 2.8 kHz. In other words, 28 Morse transmissions can be fitted in the spectrum occupied by one SSB telephony transmission.

On the basis of this ratio of the necessary bandwidths, and the observed Morse and SSB activity on the band, the two submitters opined that the existing band plan, which reserves 30 kHz (7.000 to 7.030 MHz) exclusively for Morse and 260 kHz (7.040 to 7.300 MHz) for all modes, already represents an overgenerous exclusive provision for Morse.

Most of the submissions were in favour of retaining the status quo between 7.000 and 7.040 MHz, and that 7.040 to 7.300 MHz should continue to be designated for all modes.

The band plan, on page 3-2 of Call Book, should be modified as follows:

7.000 to 7.300 MHz -40 metres

Amateur Satellite service permitted 7.0 -7.1 MHz.

7.2 MHz to 7.3 MHz access is Secondary to other users.

Change the dividing line on the bar graph from 7.100 to 7.200.


The current 2-metre band plan makes provision for APRS on 144.575 MHz.

As at early May 2009, there were five APRS digipeaters licensed on 144.575 MHz.

The November/December 2008 FMTAG column advised that one application had been received to convert one of these 144.575 MHz APRS digipeaters to 144.650 MHz, and one application had been received to modify an earlier application, which had already completed coordination on 144.575 MHz, to 144.650 MHz.

In accordance with the flow chart on page 1-4 of Call Book: "Major problems with application", the applications were handed to NZART Council to sort out. The applications were re-published in the March/April 2009 FMTAG column, seeking further comments, at the request of NZART Council.

Three additional applications, for new APRS digipeaters on 144.650 MHz, were also published in the March/April 2009 FMTAG column.

The band plan for APRS was discussed during the VHF Forum at VHF Convention, in Hamilton, at Easter 2009. The Forum was moderated by Councillor ZL1TGC, and was attended by a total of 48 delegates, including four current NZART Councillors, one Councillor-elect, and 23 repeater trustees.

The Forum report, written by Councillor ZL2HD, concludes with: "The meeting was asked if it supported

144.575 MHz as the National APRS frequency. All voices in favour, none against." Subsequently, as a result of the VHF Forum decision, four of the five applications for 144.650 MHz, mentioned above, have been withdrawn and replaced by three applications for 144.575 MHz, published below. The earlier application for 144.575 MHz, which had already completed coordination, has progressed to licensing.

This leaves one unresolved application, for a change from 144.575 MHz to 144.650 MHz, which is contrary to the band plan.


In March/April 2009 Break-In, members were invited to comment on a proposal to revise the VHF-UHF-SHF Beacon Band Plan.

Several conflicting submissions were received, the only consensus being that any new plan should make provision for a reduced number of beacons at a wider frequency spacing.

A lively discussion resulted during the Forum at VHF Convention, held in Hamilton over Easter.

Subsequently, FMTAG has analysed the engineering and licensing implications (compliance with MED Publication PIB38, Radio Licensing Certification Rules) of a plan which makes provision for up to 11 beacons, at 5 kHz spacing, within the existing narrow-band beacon segment of the lower frequency VHF and UHF bands.

In order to minimise the disruption to existing beacons, a staged frequency change is recommended. To start the ball rolling, Branch 81 has been invited to submit Form 10 applications for a frequency change of their beacons, which will be published as Interim Recommendations in subsequent editions of these FMTAG



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

That the 40-metre band plan for 7.000 to 7.040 MHz remain as is, and that 7.040 to 7.300 MHz continue to be designated for all modes.

Branch 20 Manawatu has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, in accordance with the band plan, to be located at Pahiatua Track, at map reference NZ260 T24 416857. The transmit and receive frequency will be

144.575 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near- sited stations. Branch 60 Taupo has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, in accordance with the band plan, to be located at Maroanui, at map reference NZ260 U17 735940. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.

ZL4SJ has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, in accordance with the band plan, to be located at Forest Lakes, at map reference NZ260 S25 947501. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.


Published as Interim Recommendations in March/April 2009 Break-In.

The Radio Electronics Group has applied for a 2 metre repeater, to be located at Ward Street, Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 110771. 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 110771. 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.


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


Conference Car Boot Sale

Hi All, From 0730 to 0930 on Saturday of the Conference, at the Hawkes Bay Racecourse, Prospect Rd, we will be hosting a carboot junk sale. All will be welcome (whether registered for conference or not).

There is no charge for sellers or buyers.

Contact the helpers at the conference on the day, or call in on 670 for further information.

Please remember to enter conference you must be registered. Visit to register online. Even if you are only attending the free AGM please.

Regards, Warren Harris


Annual NZART Conference Weekend Programme

Friday Evening

1800 Registrations and Check-Ins Angus Inn Entrance

1900 On Social buffet dinner and drinks (Your cost) Angus Inn

Saturday Programme

0730 -0930 Car Boot Junk Sale Buy & Sell Free) Racecourse Tote

0830 Registrations & Check-ins Saddles Entrance

0900 Conference Opening -Mayor Lawrence Yule Saddles

0915 Keynote Speaker -Dr Gary Bold ZL1AN Saddles

1000 NZART AGM Commences Saddles

1030 Morning Tea Saddles

1100 NZART AGM Continues Saddles

1230 Lunch Saddles

1330 NZART AGM Continues Saddles

1500 Afternoon Tea Saddles

1530 Foundation Licence Presentation Saddles

1530 Presentation by Sirtrack Animal Tracking Upstairs Room 2

1630 SMART Presentation by MED Saddles

1800 Drinks and Chat before Dinner Cheval Room

1900 Dinner and Presentations Cheval Room

Sunday Programme

0830 0930 WARO Forum Upstairs Room 1

0900 1000 OTC Forum Saddles

0900 1000 ICOM D-Star Presentation Upstairs Room 2

1000 1030 Morning Tea Hobbles

1030 1130 DX Forum Saddles

1130 1230 CONTESTING Forum Saddles

1030 1130 AMSAT Forum Upstairs Room 1

1030 1230 AREC Forum Upstairs Room 2

1230 1330 Lunch Hobbles

1330 1430 SPAM Forum Saddles

1330 1430 VHF Forum Upstairs Room 2

1500 1530 Afternoon Tea Saddles

1530 1630 HF TV Presentation Upstairs Room 1

1530 1630 ANTENNAS Forum Saddles

1530 1630 APRS Forum Upstairs Room 2

1730 Social & drinks Angus Inn

1830 Seated for Quizmaster Jim ZL2BHF Angus Inn

1900 Dinner, Social and Branch Shenanigans Angus Inn

Car Boot Junk Sale -Saturday morning 0730 - 0930

Location - The parking area outside the TAB Tote at the far end of the Stand. Park and display your high quality junk. Prepare to become instantly rich or instantly poor if you find what you desperately need!

Branch or Group Presentations

Sunday evening after dinner is the traditional time for fun. Get a group together and put on an act that will wow the audience and win a prize!

CW Challenge -16.45 Sat &Sun Upstairs Room 1

Come along and join the fun! Two challenges daily

1) Accuracy and 2) Speed with a prize for each winner.

Open to all. Winners on the first day may not enter the second day.

DXCC QSL Card Checking

Bring along your Cards and have them checked over the weekend. Contact Lee ZL2AL


The Sun is Stirring

Space Weather News for May 6, 2009

NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft is monitoring an active region hidden behind the sun's eastern limb. On May 5th, it produced an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME) and a burst of radio emissions signalling the passage of a shock wave through the sun's outer atmosphere. Activity has continued apace today, May 6th, with at least two more eruptions. The blast site is not yet visible from Earth, but the sun is turning the region toward us for a better view. Is a new-cycle sunspot in the offing? Readers with solar telescopes could see it emerge as early as May 7th or 8th. Visit for images, movies and updates.


Interested in CW?

FISTS Club -UK & Europe

FISTS Club -Americas

FISTS Club -East Asia

FISTS Club -Australasia

These may be useful

FISTS Club and Links


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 -NZART Memorial Contest Correction to Rules



The LOG Entry Was Not Completed


Please note that all logs should be received by the Memorial Contest Manager by 4 August 2009, address details as follows :-

Email , or

Mail to

Memorial Contest Manager,

J.F. Powell, ZL1BHQ

21 Lasiandra Place,


Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009


Upcoming Events

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009

NZART Annual Conference at Hastings Queen's Birthday Weekend

May-29 -June-1st, 2009


Break-In, Infoline and General Information

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

1. Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the JULY/AUGUST issue of Break-In closes on 10-JULY-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-JULY-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 24-MAY-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 07-JUNE-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