NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 186
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In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

==MED Updates

==6 m Band Usage

==A letter from an ex ham...

-Web Notes

==NZART Web SMART Access Program

==Here is a Map of New NEW ZEALAND

==Mercury Bay Two Metre Repeater

-Weird N Wonderful

-Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

==From The NZART Contest Manager: 2009 Conference Contest Forum

====Sangster Shield

====NZART Memorial Contest

====Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest

====Inter North Island Top Dog Field Day Station -Jock White Memorial Field Day

====Contest Manager

-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 NZART Official Broadcast SUNDAY 28-JUNE-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 05-JULY-2009 *


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says...

Hope you are warmer than I am these days. What a ripper of a frost we had in Upper Hutt on Friday - was the worst we have seen in quite a few years.

MED Updates

Recently the MED introduced SMART 3, which looks quite different from the previous release. There are one or two changes that you will notice if you decide to search on a specific call sign.

I am now able to include all relevant documentation as an attachment when people apply for new/secondary or special event call signs. This information will be stored online, so should there be a query, I can search relevant data to find out how/when and by whom, a call sign is issued. This may not seem relevant to you, but rest assured there will come a time when it is necessary, especially for special events and contesting.

If you need to know more about this feature - please contact me and I will show you or explain how this works.

6 m Band Usage

Don Wallace ZL2TLL has advised me that NZART is, and will continue to be represented on this topic with MED. If you have any queries please watch here or Break In for updates in this regard.

A letter from an ex ham...

I received a letter from an ex-ham wanting information regarding the Apollo 11 flight and two hams that apparently built their own gear to listen to the mission.

Apparently this caused quite a stir with NASA and Stan Hood, the enquirer has asked me to find out if anyone here in New Zealand can remember or has information this topic. Please direct any replies to

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM


Web Notes

1. NZART Web SMART Access Program

The access programme is back and working again. A thank you to those involved.

2. Here is a Map of New NEW ZEALAND

The heading puzzled me until I opened the e-mail and had a look at the message inside. "I have added your ATV repeaters to my World ATV Google map.

There is a Help page at the top of this link YOU'LL need it. If you see any corrections please let me know I'll be glade to update my data.


Charles Beener


3. Mercury Bay Two Metre Repeater

Just to pass on some recent information for your Two Metre Repeater Map in the Call Book, The Mercury Bay two metre repeater 147 075 MHz has been upgraded and relicensed.

The trustee's are ZL1AAF AND ZL1TCJ. it is linked to a Tairua 146.975 by a 70 cm link. This info can be checked on the RSM website. After recent testing coverage has proven to good from Tokaroa up to Tutukaka and on the East coast from just north of East Cape to Great Barrier Island. I hope you find the info useful.

Murray McGehan ZL1DOM

Jamie Pye ZL2NN


Weird N Wonderful

Beer Wastewater Converted To Electricity

From the Newsline science page word than an innovative joint project between Australia's University of Queensland and Foster's Brewing to turn beer wastewater into electricity has won a $140,000 grant. This, from the Queensland Government's Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund.

A research fellow explained that the new technology worked by creating a microbial fuel cell, which feeds continuously on the organic materials found in the brewery wastewater, turning it into electrical power. The process also produces clean water and renewable non-polluting carbon dioxide.

The team from the University of Queensland Advanced Wastewater Management Centre was one of six presented with the funding by Lindy Nelson-Carr who is the Minister for Environment. The presentation took place at Foster's Yatala brewery.

One last thought. If successful. this project may eventually bring new meaning to the words going out for an 807.

With Thanks to ARnewsLine and WIA News


Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

The next contest is the Brass Monkey Contest 1/2-Aug-2009

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



IARU HF World Championship



Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009



From The NZART Contest Manager: 2009 Conference Contest Forum

Around 30, or so attended the Sunday morning Forum. Originally, Stuart Watchman, ZL2TW, was scheduled to jointly conduct the Forum along with myself. However, Stuart was unavoidably detained at the AREC Annual General Meeting and as a consequence discussion of Jock White Field Day Contest matters was somewhat restricted.

The following contests were reviewed and ideas were canvassed for comment and suggested revision, improvement, or otherwise of the respective rules governing their running.

Sangster Shield

I put forward a proposal based on my discussions with Glenn Kingston, Sangster Shield Contest Manager in mid-2007:

"that the Sangster Shield Contest be conducted on one evening only, the Saturday, with extended operating hours until 2400 NZST, i.e. the hours of operation being 2000 NZST until 2400 NZST"

The general consensus was acceptance of the proposal, with implementation becoming effective in the 2010 event.

NZART Memorial Contest

A proposal was put to me following the 2008 event suggesting a couple of changes to the Contest rules. At the time I advised the proposer that I would like to gauge other participants' views and to do this I would raise the matter at the 2009 Conference Contest Forum. The proposals were:

(1) Revise the present hourly operating periods to half-hourly operating periods making a total of 12 operating periods spread over both evenings.

(2) Introduce a new operating section for Low Power (20 watt max, output) SSB operation to encourage VK Foundation License (and ZL Foundation Licensees, later if introduced into NZ). The first proposal was supported by the meeting, while the second matter failed to get any support.

Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest

In the absence of Stuart, ZL2TW I raised the issue as outlined by him in the May/June 2009 Break-In Contests column (page34) regarding the fostering of increased 40 m operation by Field day stations. The proposal generally found support from those present, although there were diverse views on how any incentive scoring would be applied. I requested those present to take this topic back to their Branch(es) and advise Stuart Watchman, ZL2TW of their respective views.

Inter North Island Top Dog Field Day Station -Jock White Memorial Field Day

A trophy should be available for an "Open Class" -the top score in NZ using both modes and both bands and open to ANY participating field day station whether it be ZL1, 2, 3 or 4. It would not restricted to any ZL area. There are many contest groups around ZL that only go out for the joy of knocking off all the best branches and having the highest score. An award such as that does not exist at present. The trophy would not be available to Home stations.

Lee Jennings, ZL2AL, said that he would fund the trophy to be called the Ron Wills Field Day Trophy for the winner of the "Open class".

The late Ron Wills, ZL2TT a well-respected contester and dear friend of Lee and his family.


Email: or his Call Book address.

Contest Manager

Towards the end of 2007 I indicated to Council that I would like to hand over the reins in mid 2010. This I confirmed to Council in late 2008.

Council has appointed Edwin Musto, ZL1BBO as my successor and I envisage the changeover will occur in early/mid 2010.

Mary, my XYL and I are keen to undertake some travel and as the years roll by, the concept of emulating "Old Mr Grace", of Are You being served fame is decidedly unattractive, hence my decision.


John Powell ZL1BHQ


Upcoming Events

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 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

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor