NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 187
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-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

==Call Sign Allocation

-Rutherford Trophy awarded to Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ

-New Zealand VHF/UHF/SHF Records

-Web Notes

-Weird N Wonderful: The Saga Of The Fishy Cellphone

-Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

-Upcoming Events

-Break-In and Infoline Information

==Break-In Closing Date Reminders

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

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* Next NZART Official Broadcast SUNDAY 26-JULY-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 19-JULY-2009 *


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says...Another week over and getting closer to spring! Can't wait, hope you are all keeping warm and dry, almost impossible given the amount of rain the Wellington region has had over the past few weeks!

Call Sign Allocation

At the Monday meeting of Council in Hastings, each Councillor was tasked with portfolios they were responsible for as liaisons between an Officer and Council.

I for one am pleased, as one of the hats I wear is that of the NZART ARX, and am responsible for allocation of call signs. Over the last couple of years since taking on this role, there have been several special event call signs that have been requested and allocated but which, for one reason or another should not have, as they didn't quite fit the criteria for allocating.

Lee Jennings ZL2AL a very keen contester has taken on the position of Special Event Call Sign liaison. Lee knows much more than I do in this area, so when a request is now made I will seek his guidance that the call can be allocated and for what purpose.

Lee has also undertaken to prepare some guidelines that I, and you, can follow to determine what qualifies a special event and the period that it can be allocated for. Lee will be monitoring this so that we can ensure the call sign pool that special event call signs come from will be kept up to date and accurate.

Fred Johnson is now my deputy ARX and is responsible for determining the allocation of old or lapsed call sign applications. He will confirm from old records and MED data the grade of license that the applicant first held before it lapsed. He will also assist me with the allocation of a call sign for overseas amateurs who have moved here and whether their country's qualifications makes them eligible for a ZL call sign.

Fred will also be available to process call sign applications should I not be available to do so.

A full list of all Officer liaisons can be requested from me if you are unsure to whom you need to direct your enquiries.

That's all for this week...stay warm Debby ZL2TDM


Rutherford Trophy awarded to Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ

Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, has won The New Zealand Institute of Physics Rutherford Trophy for 2008 for his work in developing the radio wave demonstration kits for schools. Fred's kits and documentation are shown on

The Rutherford Trophy was established in 1973 by the Mathematics and Physics section of the RSNZ Christchurch Branch to "stimulate the development and improvement of simple lecture and laboratory demonstrations". The keynotes are simplicity and "the string and tape approach". The trophy is so named because of Rutherford's emphasis on simple and clear demonstrations. A cheque of $200 is presented to the winner of this award, which is presented in alternate years.

Development of the kit was supported by The NZART Radioscience Education Trust (


New Zealand VHF/UHF/SHF Records

New Zealand VHF/UHF/SHF records 2008 and back as far as 1979 have been updated on the NZART web site.

The 1979 file is also a historic record of all VHF/UHF/SHF records NZART had on file. A new web

page layout now brings more files together.

EME and World DX records have also been updated.

World DX records are the only known web listing that combines both Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 World records all in one download.

The method of listing year by year is also unique making the listing very easy to read compared with other region listings.

Readers will be interested in the historical records now online.

73 John ZL2TWS


Web Notes

Preparations are now underway for the change to the NZART Web and e-mail services to come back on-shore after spending 13 years in the USA.

The change is being planned to have minimum affect on users.

Jamie Pye ZL2NN


Weird N Wonderful: The Saga Of The Fishy Cellphone

In our Weird n Wonderful it's to ARNewsLine and a story penned by their Editor bill Pasternack, a story of Andrew Cheatle and his mobilephone which the June issue of Popular Communications says may be the most reliable in the world.

In a recent interview with a United Kingdom newspaper, Cheatle explained that he was messing playing with his dog near the seashore when his cellphone phone must have fallen and got swept away. Cheatle said that he kept calling it in hope someone may have found it. Nobody answered so he gave up after a couple of days.

Fast forward a week. Cheatle is out with his girlfriend shopping for a newcellphone when her phone rang. She told him that his mobile number was calling hers. The person on the other end identified himself as Glen Kerley. Kerley, a fisherman by trade told Cheatle that he was gutting a large codfish that morning and found Cheatle' s Nokia 1600 phone inside.

Kerley tried using the phone, but it didn't work. So he removed its SIM card, put it in his own handset, and started calling numbers from the SIM' s phonebook to find the owner.

At first Cheatle didn't believe the story but went to meet him. What he found was his phone that was a bit smelly and battered. Now Here's the best part. By the time he got to Kerley's place the phone had dried out and incredibly it came back to life.

Kerley says that Cod are greedy fish-they'll eat anything. He's found plastic cups, stones, teaspoons, batteries, and everything else under the sun in them. He says that he's even heard of someone finding false teeth in one.

You can read more fun communications stories like this one on page 6 of the June issue of Popular Communications magazine.

And one last word on this story: Its rumoured that Cheatle, who runs an online retail company, apparently still uses the fishy phone. Word is that there's a long line of hungry looking cats following him wherever he goes.

Well not really, but it's sure a fun sentence with which to end this weeks newscast.

With thanks to the WIA and [Vk1wia-news] WIA News, Text Edition


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

IARU HF World Championship



Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009



Upcoming Events

Whangarei Amateur Radio Club Junk Sale

Date: 25 July 2009 @ 10:30

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009


Break-In, Infoline and General Information

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

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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 28-JULY-2009, * and

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor