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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 188
19-Juiy-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.

Past and Present Infolines Maybe Found At:

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

In This Issue

-From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

-FMTAG Notes For July/August 2009 BREAK-IN

-Forty Years Since The First Human Landing On The Moon

-Web Notes

-Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

-Upcoming Events

-Break-In and Infoline Information

-Attachment for Branches: NZART Headquarters Infoline 188.doc

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From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Debby says...Be sure to open your next Break In with care as your 2010 membership subscription invoice will be enclosed with the front cover. Remember to pay before the 30 November 2009 to be eligible for the $10 rebate for all full-transmitting memberships. Break In will be out at the beginning of August.

The Office will be closed from Monday 20th July to Monday 27th July, taking a much needed Winter break.

Alas I am not going away just staying home and keeping warm, something I hope you are all doing too.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM.

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FMTAG NOTES FOR JULY/AUGUST 2009 BREAK-IN

FMTAG EMAIL ADDRESS

FMTAG has only one email address:

fmtag@nzart.org.nz

Please send all emails to FMTAG at the above address, NOT to the personal email addresses of FMTAG members. The above address is a reflector to all FMTAG members; using the reflector will ensure a response no matter which individual members are away from home. Thank you.

FIXED-LOCATION STATION-LICENCE APPLICATIONS FEES

At its July 2009 meeting, NZART Council introduced a $50 fee, with immediate effect, for processing, crafting and certifying every Repeater,

Beacon and Link Licence Application, in recognition of the processing costs incurred. An additional fee of $50 will be charged for urgent applications.

Currently, NZART makes no charge for processing, crafting and certifying Amateur Repeater, Beacon and Link Licence Applications. By comparison, the MED fee for the same service is $400; independent Certifying Engineers are free to set their fee at any level, but typically charge $400, or more. All of the above fees are non-refundable, since the processing costs start being incurred immediately the application is received.

An additional fee of $50 will be charged whenever a change is made to any of the major engineering details of the application, such as: change of location, increase in effective transmitter power, increase in antenna system gain, since the MED Radio Licensing Certification Rules (MED publication PIB38) require the processing to be started again, from scratch.

IT'S LICENCE RENEWAL TIME AGAIN

We are approaching that time of year when the MED issues Licence Renewal Notices for Amateur Repeater, Beacon and Link Licences. The majority of these Licences fall due for payment in November, but there is a significant number falling due between August and January.

As in previous years, FMTAG will forward copies of the Renewal Notices to Branches, requesting that payment be made to NZART HQ. Please do not make payment before receiving the Renewal Notice.

At the same time, FMTAG requests that, for their own protection, Branches should check and certify that their stations are operating in compliance with the corresponding MED licence.

The MED issues a Warning, or Infringement Notice, with an attached Instant Fine, when it discovers:

1. Unlicensed equipment,

2. Location error of 100 metres, or more,

3. Wrong frequency,

4. Excessive power,

5. Excessive bandwidth.

The size of the instant fine is at the discretion of the Issuing Officer. Typical fines start at a minimum of $250 for individuals, and $1250 for corporate bodies, per infringement.

INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL

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

Branch 13 Hastings has applied for a 70 cm Voice-Over-Internet Simplex node, to be located at Mt. Threave, at map reference V22 341547. The transmit and receive frequency will be 432.700 MHz, in accordance with the band plan on page 7-15 of Call Book. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 26 Nelson has applied to relocate its 465 digipeater to Grampians, at map reference NZ260 O27 335900. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.650 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 26 Nelson has applied to relocate its 7025 repeater to Grampians, at map reference NZ260 O27 335900. The repeater transmit frequency will be 147.025 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 147.625 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 26 Nelson has applied to relocate its 9800 National System UHF Link Station (ULS) to Grampians, at map reference NZ260 O27 335900. The ULS transmit frequency will be 439.800 MHz and the ULS receive frequency will be 434.800 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 26 Nelson has applied to relocate its 9950 National System UHF Link Station (ULS) to Grampians, at map reference NZ260 O27 335900. The ULS transmit frequency will be 439.950 MHz and the ULS receive frequency will be 434.950 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 26 Nelson has applied to relocate its 9925 National System repeater to Grampians, at map reference NZ260 O27 335900. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.925 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 434.925 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 46 Wairarapa has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, in accordance with the band plan, to be located at Pariwhariki, at map reference NZ260 T27 389077. 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 66 Auckland VHF has applied for a 70-centimetre DV-mode D-Star repeater at Klondyke, map reference NZ260 705258. The repeater transmit frequency will be 438.175 MHz and the receive frequency will be 433.175 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 66 Auckland VHF has applied for a 70-centimetre DV-mode D-Star repeater at Nihotupu, map reference NZ260 R11 506732. The repeater transmit frequency will be 438.275 MHz and the receive frequency will be 433.275 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied for a 2-metre beacon, in accordance with the revised beacon band plan, to be located in central Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 111767. The transmit frequency will be 144.260 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied for a 70-centimetre beacon, in accordance with the revised beacon band plan, to be located in central Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 111767. The transmit frequency will be 432.260 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied for a 23-centimetre beacon, in accordance with the revised beacon band plan, to be located in central Hamilton, at map reference NZ260 S14 111767. The transmit frequency will be 1296.260 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied for a 12-centimetre beacon, in accordance with the revised beacon band plan, to be located at Takaurunga, at map reference NZ260 T15 684649. The transmit frequency will be 2424.260 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

ZL1KM has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, to be located at Pukemoremore, at map reference NZ260 T14 304744. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz, in accordance with the band plan on page 7-15 of Call Book. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.

ZL3BCC has applied for a simplex Echolink node, to be located at Innes Road, Christchurch, at map reference NZ260 M35 810455. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.700 MHz, in accordance with the band plan on page 7-15 of Call Book. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to near-sited stations.

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL

Published as Interim Recommendations in May/June 2009 Break-In.

Branch 20 Manawatu has applied for a 4575 APRS Digipeater, to be located at Pahiatua Track, at map reference NZ260 T24 416857. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz, in accordance with the band plan. 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, to be located at Maroanui, at map reference NZ260 U17 735940. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz, in accordance with the band plan. 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, to be located at Forest Lakes, at map reference NZ260 S25 947501. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz, in accordance with the band plan. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to co-located and near-sited stations.

COMMENTS AND APPLICATIONS

Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters and recommendations, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to:

fmtag@nzart.org.nz

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:

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

Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to fmtag@nzart.org.nz

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Forty Years Since The First Human Landing On The Moon

WIA News XTRA -July Eighteen 2009

NASA are providing a unique audio 'time capsule' in observance of the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon. Audio from the entire Apollo 11 mission is being replayed and streamed on the Internet at exactly the same time and date it was broadcast in 1969.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/july2009/nasa_audio_time_capsule.htm

This audio retrospective began at 6:32 a.m. CDT Thursday, July 16, two hours before the spacecraft launched. The audio is continuing through splashdown of the mission at 11:51 a.m. CDT Friday, July 24, and recovery of the crew shortly afterward. The Web stream features the communications between the astronauts and ground teams, and commentary from Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/july2009/nasa_audio_time_capsule.htm

With thanks to VK4BB on behalf of the National WIA.

Another Interesting Site

Follow the 40th anniversary of the moon landing with a reenactment from start to finish.

http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/

AMSAT-NA

AMSAT to Mark First Lunar Landing: AMSAT-NA http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/index.php will mark the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing with a special event on AO-51 http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/. AO-51 will transmit a message commemorating the event Monday, July 20 during evening passes in the US and Europe. The message will be transmitted on the 435.300 MHz FM downlink and will contain a Robot 36 SSTV image as well as a voice message. A special AO-51 QSL will be available to those who copy the downlink. Send QSL requests marked "Apollo 11" with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AMSAT, 850 Sligo Ave, Ste 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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Web Notes

Change to NZART Web and e-mail

We are waiting on two items being completed before further progress can be made. Gaining control and changing the DNS (Domain Name System) for the NZART Web and e-mail to NZ, and 2) Waiting for our new VM (Virtual Machine) to be up and running. (our VM will be the first in a new group of VMs currently being installed at the ISP). The first date we got when it would be ready was Monday 13-July2009! NZART hosts 925 individual e-mail subscribers in the callsign alias, group lists and Infoline services. As many subscribers have a callsign alias and an Infoline subscription, the total then becomes 1286.

Jamie Pye ZL2NN

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Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

RESULTS OF THE HIBERNATION CONTEST 6th and 7th June 2009

Band 		Frequency
	Callsign 		Locator 	Points
6 m 		(50 MHz)
	ZL1SWW 			RF73kc 		4
23 cm		(1296 MHz)
	ZL1SWW 			RF73kc 		26
9 cm		(3.3 GHz)
	ZL1SWW 			RF73kc 		101
5 cm 		(5.7 GHz)
	ZL1SWW 			RF73kc 		149
TOTAL SCORES
	ZL1SWW 			RF73kc 		280

BEST DX

ZL1SWW-ZL1TPH 36 km

5 STATIONS ACTIVE

ZL1AVZ, ZL1BK, ZL1QF, ZL1SWW, ZL1TPH

EQUIPMENT USED (WHERE STATED)

6 m (50 MHz)

FT-817 + 5/8 2-metre magnetic mount

23 cm (1296 MHz)

FT-817 + 4 W transverter VK5EME + 11-element

9 cm (3.3 GHz)

FT-817 + 5 W transverter (modified DXR740) + 20-element flat panel antenna

5 cm (5.7 GHz)

FT-817 + 5 W transverter (modified DXR768) + dish feed (no dish)

THE NEXT CONTEST

The next contest is the Brass Monkey Contest, 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of August 2009.

The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZT and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZT. The contest after that is the Microwave Contest, 614 MHz and up, on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of October 2009. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZT and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZT.

The contest after that is the Field Day Contest, 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of December 2009. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZT and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZT.

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

Waitakere Sprints

25-July and 01-August-2009

Rules

Just a quick note to advise that the rules for the 2009 Waitakete Sprints are now available at:

LINK REPORTED AS BROKEN 20100129

There are some small changes but the intent is still the same for participants... enjoy the 1 hour sprints.

Phone Sprint is on 80m Saturday 25th July from 10.00 - 11.00 UTC ... (Saturday nite)

CW Sprint is on 80m Saturday 1st August again from 10.00 - 11.00 UTC ... (Saturday nite)

If anyone would like the rules emailed direct they can send an email to zl1dk@nzart.org.nz with 'Sprint Rules' in the subject line. Lets hope we see another good gain in activity as the more operators for these one hour contests...... the more fun for us all.

David ZL1DK

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International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

THIS YEAR'S EVENT -15-16 AUGUST 2009

NEXT YEAR'S EVENT -21-22 AUGUST 2010

Information for all operating in this fun activity.

If you intend to operate close to an active lighthouse, would you please request prior approval from Maritime NZ (MNZ).

The person to contact is Jim Foye at JimDOTFoyeATmaritimenzDOTgovtDOTnz.

Cheers

John ZL1ALZ (ZL6LH member)

Further activity information can be found at:

http://illw.net/

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From The NZART Contest Manager

Last weekend's IARU HF World Championship contest experienced somewhat reasonable band conditions when compared to recent experiences. A pleasing feature at ZM1A was a 10m QSO with a W5 station, somewhat unexpected and may well be the sign of things to come!!.

2009 DOUG GORMAN MEMORIAL FREQUENCY MEASURING CONTEST

7 September 2009 and at 2115 NZST (0915 UTC)

For rules please see:

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

A great Branch activity that could be used as a Team Building occasion, or even a fun event.

2009 OCEANIA CONTESTS - ALL BAND SSB AND CW

SSB Contest - 3 October 2009 and 4 October 2009 - 0800 - 0800 UTC

CW Contest -10 October 2009 and 11 October 2009 - 0800 - 0800 UTC

For details please see:

http://www.oceaniadxcontest.com

Please give your support to these contests which is a jointly organized event for NZART and our Trans Tasman colleagues, the WIA. Your participation will be appreciated by the Oceania DX Contest Committee and by those international contesters who are appreciative of the Trans Tasman support afforded to their own contests.

OTHER UPCOMING CONTESTS

RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 25 to 1200Z, Jul 26

That is about it for this week and next week's edition will include the results of the 2009 ARRL CW Contest, which have just come to hand and hopefully the 2009 ARRL Phone Contest results. Meantime keep warm -if the current weather forecast is to believed.

73

John Powel. ZL1BHQ

NZART Contest Manager.

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Upcoming Events

Whangarei Amateur Radio Club Junk Sale

Date: 25 July 2009 @ 10:30

IARU R3 Conference 12-16 October 2009

NZART Annual Conference Auckland 5th - 7th June 2010

http://nzartconference.cjb.net

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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 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER issue of Break-In closes on 10-SEPTEMBER-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-SEPTEMBER-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

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

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 09-AUGUST-2009 *

INFOLINE 2009 SUNDAY=DEC-06-20
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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor zl2nn@nzart.org.nz