NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 190


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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 at:

In This Issue

*From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

*Summaries of Submissions to MED

==Digital Dividend Scoping Paper

==Access to 500 kHz

==806-960 MHz Band Re-Planning Options Discussion Paper

==TVOB Remote Control Discussion Paper

==Paper Under Preparation - Digital Dividend Phase 2 - CALL FOR INPUT

*A Message to Branches of NZART Concerning Additional Repeater and Beacon Costs

*Get Your Amateur Radio Call With a Weekend of Study and On-air Practice

*AREC Rules Changes

*Marketing Ideas Forum at RSGB Convention 2009

*NEW 3cm 10368 MHz SSB record verified and listed

*Web Notes

*Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

*Upcoming Events

*Break-In and Infoline Information

*Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Head Quarter's Infoline

*Attachment for Branches: NZART Headquarters Infoline 190.doc and Course Info.pdf


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

Break In... I have recently had a number of members asking

a) when is the cutoff for articles to Break In and

b) when is Break In posted.

Cutoff for any articles to be published in Break In is the 10th of the month PRIOR to dispatch, production or receipt (whatever name you want to give it)of any given issue.

Break In is due at your address sometime in the first week of the following months.

February, April, June, August, October, December.

Therefore Break In and Cutoff dates are as follows:

Jan/Feb - cutoff 10th January, Mar/April - cutoff 10th March, May/June - cutoff 10th May, July/Aug - cutoff 10th July, Sept/October - cutoff 10th September, Nov/Dec - cutoff 10th November.

Subscription invoices are always posted out with your July August issue of Break In, that you receive at the beginning of August. Usually Call Book is included with this issue also, however until such time as we Council feels that correct information can be published, they have decided that this year NO call book will be printed.

There is however a pdf file of call signs available from our web page. You can request a hard copy from me if you need it - it will only include call signs no additional technical information.

Finally if you have want to place a HAMAD, please address them to the Break In advertising manager whose address details are in the front of the magazine.

Talk soon... Debby ZL2TDM


Summaries of Submissions to MED

by NZART Administration Liaison Officer

Full Text of Submissions Can be Found at:

Digital Dividend Scoping Paper

Text For Menu Entry on NZART Web Policies Page:

2009 Digital Dividend Scoping Paper NEW

NZART recently put in a submission on the Government's Digital Dividend Scoping Paper which affects both the 6 metre amateur band and our Channel 39 television allocation. The submission says that NZART:

* looks forward to New Zealand Amateurs having access to the full Region 3 allocation (50 to 54 MHz) shown in the ITU Table of Frequency Allocations; and

* would like to see their current analogue Channel 39 repeater licences replaced by similar/same frequency DTT repeater licences at the appropriate time but are willing to consider other alternatives if they meet the needs of New Zealand Amateurs.

Access to 500 kHz

NZART Web Policies Page Text For Menu Entries:

2009 Access Rules to 500 kHz Band Draft NEW, and

2009 Letter To MED Requesting Access to 500 kHz Band NEW

NZART recently put in a submission to the Government asking for NZ Amateurs to be granted access to frequencies around 500 kHz. We requested:

* General Access by NZ Amateurs to a Band at 505 - 510 kHz on a Temporary Basis

* Access to Spot Frequencies at 487.5 kHz and 512 kHz for a Memorial Station ZLD's Digital Dividend Scoping Paper which affects both the 6 metre amateur band and our Channel 39 television allocation.

806-960 MHz Band Re-Planning Options Discussion Paper

Text For Menu Entry on NZART Web Policies Page:

2009 806-960 MHz Band Replanning NEW

NZART recently put in a submission on the MED discussion paper on the re-planning of the 806-960 MHz band. The submission noted that Amateurs will be affected by your proposal to allow increased power for SRDs in the sub-band 920-926 MHz and requested that, if the proposed changes to SRD band and allowable powers proceed:

* the 900 MHz Amateur band be likewise extended to match the expanded SRD band (so that we continue to have access to "quiet" parts of the 900 MHz spectrum); and

* the power limit for Amateurs is raised from the current 25 to 100 watts eirp.

TVOB Remote Control Discussion Paper

Text For Menu Entry on NZART Web Policies Page:

2009 TV OB Camera Remote Control Around 434 MHz NEW

NZART recently put in a submission on the MED discussion paper on TV Outside Broadcast Remote Controls. This submission contains our comments on Question 5 in your discussion paper:

How feasible is it to allocate the high power control channel service on a shared basis with the existing amateur service in the 434.1375 - 434.4625 MHz frequency range?

After carefully considering the proposal, we formed the view that there is a high probability of interference between these devices and other users of this spectrum and that it is therefore advised the MED that it is not feasible to allow TVOB remote controls to share this frequency range.

Don Wallace ZL2TLL NZART Administration Liaison Officer

Paper Under Preparation - Digital Dividend Phase 2 - CALL FOR INPUT

As some members may have seen, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage have now issued a further Digital Dividend paper "Digital Futures: Planning for Digital Television and New Uses". This paper can be viewed at:

The paper seeks feedback on a range of issues related to the switch-over to digital-only television broadcasting and includes the following question:


Question 12

Do you agree with the proposal not to provide for Amateur television services in the UHF band?

Please give reasons for your view.


The reasoning used by the Ministries can be seen in the following extract from the discussion paper:

Don Wallace, the ALO, is seeking input from members for a further submission on behalf of NZART.

Will members who have ideas for the NZART submission and/or plan to put in a submission themselves please contact Don ( ASAP with their ideas.

NOTE: Submissions are due by 30 September 2009 so Don needs your input by Mid September at the latest!

For all details and papers please see:


A Message to Branches of NZART Concerning Additional Repeater and Beacon Cost

(This letter has been emailed to some Branches and posted to others, respective addresses have been drawn from the Branch entries in the latest Call Book)

It has become a concern to Hawkes Bay Amateur Radio Club, NZART Branch 13, that the Association Headquarters and some Branches are incurring costs beyond that which would be considered as internal costs of NZART (eg Kordia fees and those licence fees paid to the MED, Radio Spectrum Management by HQ to name but two).

We have become aware that some Branches are making donations to these costs in the hundreds of dollars and we have a concern that this is inequitable and that these donations may not occur every year, leaving a problem for HQ to deal with.

To provide an equitable answer to these costs HBARC/Br13 suggests that each Branch make an annual donation, in October each year, of $95 or a pro-rata portion of this from Branches with less than 15 members.

It is to be understood that this annual donation is tagged to pay for items of external cost and not the general running of NZART/HQ. Should the fund incur a surplus then it should be held over for the following year. Should the annual donations under subscribe the requirement, then an adjustment should be made the following year.

HBARC/Br13 requests your feed back on this suggestion as soon as possible. Replies can be posted to Branch 13, c/o Box 2403, Stortford Lodge, Hastings (4153) or via email to

Thank you and regards, David Walker (ZL2DW Sec. for HBARC/Br13, Hastings)


Get Your Amateur Radio Call With a Weekend of Study and On-air Practice

The Hawke's Bay Amateur Radio Club Inc has planned a block course for the certificate in amateur radio (required to obtain an amateur radio licence and callsign) over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of September 2009.

Details can be found at:



AREC Rules Changes

AREC rules have been changed to remove references to the pre 2003 constitution and put references to the post 2003 constitution in them. They were also reformatted to give them a fresh look and a contents page.

See the AREC web page at:


Marketing Ideas Forum at RSGB Convention 2009

At the RSGB Convention, to be held from 9 to 11 October, there will be Forum where visitors will get the chance to discuss any ideas they may have to market amateur radio.

Amateur radio in the UK needs more people to take part; from young to old, experienced and inexperienced alike, if it is to prosper in the coming years.

The hobby must continue to attract these new people so, in our current consumer-driven culture, we need to promote it in much better and more coordinated ways than we've been doing.

We need to generate a 21st Century image and drive the amateur radio brand more into the public eye as a worthwhile hobby. This is what marketing is all about.

Under the guidance of Alan Messenger, G0TLK, this Marketing Ideas Forum will enable active radio amateurs to air their ideas for what they think could be done to attract and keep new people into the hobby or to bounce around ideas suggested by others.

It promises to be quite a lively discussion!


NEW 3cm 10368 MHz SSB record verified and listed

Hello from NZART VHF/UHF/SHF Records.

Recently Stephen ZL1TPH and Ted ZL2IP re-submitted their record claim that was declined earlier this year.

The claim errors have been corrected. The claim now complies with the published NZART claim rules.

I am pleased to announce the following SHF record:

3cm 10368MHz Int. ZL1TPH/p-ZL2IP/p 04/01/2009 SSB 551 TD

Confirmed as a new New Zealand record and a milestone record. It is to date the longest terrestrial distance contact at 551kms made on the 3cm microwave band.

ZL1TPH operating from Cape Reinga at 175 M ASL.

ZL2IP operating from North Egmont at 960 M ASL.

The actual frequency used was 10368.1 MHz and the signal path used a Troposphere Duct.

Congratulates to Stephen ZL1TPH and Ted ZL2IP.

73 and good DX, John ZL2TWS

NOTE: The New Zealand VHF/UHF/SHF Records Now Cover 2009


Web Notes

The change of the NZART Web and e-mail to NZ has taken a major step - the server in NZ has just become available so testing and installation can now begin.

Jamie Pye ZL2NN


Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes


Microwave Contest, 614 MHz and up

3 October 2009 - 1700 to 2300 NZT

4 October 2009 - 0700 to 1300 NZT

Field Day Contest, 50 MHz and up

5 December 2009 - 1700 to 2300 NZT

6 December 2009 - 0700 to 1300 NZT.

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


HF Contests


7 September 2009 at 2115 NZST (0915 UTC)

For rules please see: http//


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: OCEANIA


SSB Section - 0000 UTC, 24th October through to 2359 UTC 25th October

CW Section - 0000 UTC, 28th November through to 2359 UTC, 29th November

Contest Rules and Other Operating Information CQ WW


Upcoming Events

Saturday 3 October 2009

Manawatu Amateur Radio Society Branch 20 NZART

Table Sale at the Longburn Hall

Saturday 10 October 2009:

Branch 03 Table Sale at Rosebank Rd primary School hall

12-16 October 2009

IARU R3 Conference at Christchurch see

NZART Annual Conference Auckland 5th - 7th June 2010

There are links for the above two CONFERENCES on the NZART Web HOME page


The WIA Weekly News Bulletin and The Weekly ARRL Letter can be found at:


Break-In and Infoline 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 1947 can be found at:

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: or


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Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Head Quarter's Infoline

* Next NZART Official Broadcast SUNDAY 30-AUGUST-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 06-SEPTEMBER-2009 *

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor