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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 194
18-OCTOBER-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 at:

Past and Present Infolines Maybe Found At:

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In This Issue

*Digital Futures Discussion Document

*October FMTAG Notes

*NZART Monitoring System Report

*Update to FMTAG Form 10 in October-2009

*The Results of Getting Your Amateur License in a Weekend

*Second Block Course/Weekend Study Course Proposed

*The Rhododendron Festival Award/Dan Wilkinson Contest 2009

*IARU Regional Conference Hailed A Success

*Kapiti Branch 69 Sale and Social

*Contest News

==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

==HF Contests

*Upcoming Events

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

*Break-In and Infoline Information

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

*Attachments for Branches:

NZART Headquarters Infoline 194.doc

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Digital Futures Discussion Document

The submitted paper on Digital Futures Discussion Document may be inspected at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/policies/digital-futures-submission-final.html

The paper answers 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 NZART paper strongly disagrees with this proposal and gives detailed reasons why it disagrees.

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October FMTAG Notes

At its October meeting, NZART Council approved the publication of the following notes for the information of, and seeking comments from, NZART members.

Any comments should be sent to FMTAG at:

fmtag@nzart.org.nz

MEMBER COMMENTS ON 2400 MHz BANDPLAN (July/August Break-In)

1. Three members have indicated support for the proposed "below 2400 MHz" bandplan, without providing additional information.

2. Three members gave useful information on local non-Amateur band usage and/or the experience in overseas countries, such as Australia, where most weak signal work now takes place just above 2403 MHz.

3. Three members, being the owners of commercially-made Japanese transceivers, which do not operate, or are difficult or impossible to modify to operate, on the proposed frequencies below 2400 MHz, have strongly objected to the proposed bandplan. The models involved are ICOM IC-970 including the ICOM UX-98 module, Kenwood TM-2400, and Maki Denki UTV-2400E.

4. One member described his direction-finder activities, locating the sources of non-Amateur transmissions between 2400 and 2450 MHz in his vicinity. He reports that their energy density seems to fall off below 2405 MHz. He also reported on his investigation into the behaviour of these non-Amateur transmissions in the presence of an un-modulated carrier (10 Watts into an omni-directional antenna): unsophisticated cordless telephones continued trying to make contact even though they became non-functional, while most of the frequency-hopping or pseudo-wideband-noise types eventually avoided frequencies in the vicinity of the un-modulated carrier and moved elsewhere in the band.

5. One member pointed out that we are likely to lose the frequencies below 2400 MHz at the next World Radio Conference, as these have been identified for Next Generation radio services, by various national Radio Administrations.

Taking all the above comments into consideration, FMTAG suggests that a long-term solution, likely to be acceptable to the majority, would be to locate the narrowband segment somewhere close to, but above, 2400 MHz, and seeks further comments from all members, including from the authors of the "move to below 2400 MHz" proposal.

INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL

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

Branch 86 Suburban ARC has applied for a 70 cm D-STAR Digital Voice repeater, to be located at Musick Point, at map reference NZ260 R11 799820. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.575 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 434.575 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 86 Suburban ARC has applied for a 23 cm D-STAR Digital Voice repeater, to be located at Musick Point, at map reference NZ260 R11 799820. The repeater transmit frequency will be 1293.625 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 1273.625 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

Branch 86 Suburban ARC has applied for a 23 cm D-STAR Digital Data repeater, to be located at Musick Point, at map reference NZ260 R11 799820. The repeater transmit frequency will be 1294.625 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 1274.625 MHz. An engineering evaluation confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL

None this month.

KEEP YOUR BEACON OR LINK OR REPEATER LICENCE UP TO DATE

Please contact FMTAG before making changes to the operation of your beacon, link or repeater, to ensure that the licence can be modified in time to match the proposed changes.

The MED issues a Warning, or Infringement Notice, with an attached Instant Fine, when it discovers that the equipment doesn't match the licence:

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 usually start at a minimum of $250 for individuals, and $1250 for corporate bodies, per infringement.

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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NZART Monitoring System Report

Any reports please inform MS@nzart.org.nz or ZL1GWE directly.

"QRG: 14002.2 kHz - African pirate net in USB, every morning (06 - 09 utc and later, also in the noons and evenings) - operating like a phoneline - unknown tribal language - about 180 degrees from Germany, possibly Central Africa or Angola. No calls, only names. NGO? Missionaries? They only understand QRM.

QRG: 7117.0 kHz - F1B/F1A - 50 Bd, 1000 Hz shift, Russian Airforce Moscow, ident "REA4". The ident is transmitted in CW on the mark-QRG 7117.5 every full hour +40 minutes. forty minutes - sri!

73 from Wolf, DK2OM"

73

John

de ZL1GWE

Monitoring System Coordinator NZART

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Update to FMTAG Form 10 in October-2009

Repeater/Beacon/Link etc. NZART FORM 10
(revised: 2009-10-01)
Please fill in the details and send by email to: fmtag@nzart.org.nz
Application date:
Originating Branch name and number:
Trustees (two required)
Trustee 1   (also the nominated MED contact person)
Name:
Callsign:
NZART membership number (on Break-In wrapper):
Phone number:
Email address:
Trustee 2
Name:
Callsign:
NZART membership number (on Break-In wrapper):
Phone number:
Email address:
Location in NZ Metric Grid coordinates from Terralink map:
MED site name, or name on Terralink map:
Site ground height on Terralink map:
Desired name of station in Call Book:
Owner of site:
Owner of building housing station:
Are there "Suppressed Records" services at or near the site?    YES NO
Type of station: Amateur H
Voice repeater (Y/N):               Digipeater (Y/N):
Data repeater (Y/N):                ATV Repeater (Y/N):
National System repeater (Y/N):     STSP repeater (Y/N):
Beacon (Y/N):       Beacon callsign requested:
Other (give details):
Band for this station:
Receive location: Amateur Mobile Area
Antenna configuration:
Antenna polarisation:
Antenna gain (dB isotropic):
Antenna height above ground (m):
Distances to other nearby antennas (m):
Direction(s) of maximum radiation (degrees true), or omni:
Feeder loss (dB) or feeder type and length:
Transmit circulator make and model number:
Transmit Duplexer or Output Filter make and model number:
Transmit Duplexer or Output Filter loss (dB):
Transmit modulation mode:
Receive Duplexer or Input Filter make and model number:
Receive Duplexer or Input Filter loss (dB):
Receive modulation mode:
Make of Tx:                 Model of Tx:
Make of Rx:                 Model of Rx:
Transmitter output power (W):       dBW     EIRP:       dBW
Main Power source Mains (Y/N):  Solar (Y/N):
Other (Y/N):                Backup power source (Y/N):
Copy of minutes of Branch meeting approving construction:
Comments and/or System diagram/description:
Details checked by MED-Approved Radio Certifier/Engineer number
Please make payment of $50 to NZART HQ, by cheque or to BNZ Upper Hutt:
02 0772 0209760 00  Please email FMTAG when payment has been made.

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The Results of Getting Your Amateur License in a Weekend

The Hawke's Bay Amateur Radio Club Inc. ran an amateur radio study course over the weekend of 5th and 6th of September 2009.

They had eight candidates attend the two day event with their conculsion below.

"So what did the weekend experiment prove?

I think that we can draw the following conclusions:

* You never know where potential amateur radio operations will come from. Clues to a good resource are friends of existing radio amateurs.

* It is probably a myth that there is any particular age that the hobby attracts. Targeting one age group without targeting all age groups is folly.

* It is possible to source quality candidates and train them to pass the examination over the weekend. It should not be just training to answer the questions. Much emphasis should be placed on the teaching of as much of our craft as possible.

* Precision planning combined with excellence in teaching is a foremost requirement for success.

* A weekend such as this only allows the candidates to gain a piece of paper and a callsign. It does not make them amateur radio operators. The mentoring help by all members of the local clubs will help them achieve what they want to accomplish in our hobby. The "Entry Level licence" debate will still rage on over the next few years. The Hawke's Bay Amateur Radio Club's experience has little to do with alternative views on changing our existing licensing regime. We do feel however, that the existing examination requirement is not really an impediment to anyone becoming a radio amateur. This weekend was all about having some fun, doing something different and gaining new people to enjoy our hobby and it succeeded.

Our heartiest congratulations to the new hams, Andrew ZL2AJD, James ZL2OO, Peter ZL4KR, Gary ZL1GA, Peter ZL2AK, Jan ZL2CZE and Campbell ZL2CCM. Amateur radio is a great hobby.

We wish you well.

73, Lee ZL2AL, Warren ZL2AJ and Peter ZL2LF

Hawke's Bay Amateur Radio Club Inc."

Thank you Lee, ZL2AL, for the full report and pictures, which can be found on the NZART Web at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/exam-weekend.html

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Second Block Course/Weekend Study Course Proposed

Hawke's Bay Amateur Radio Club Inc. is running a second block course this year if there is enough demand. Please let all know of this.

21st / 22nd of November.

More info to follow.

Please send all expressions of interest to warren@technaserve.com

Regards,

Warren Harris

ZL2AJ

Technaserve Ltd

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The Rhododendron Festival Award/Dan Wilkinson Contest 2009

The New Plymouth Website also has the details. Please see:

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

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IARU Regional Conference Hailed A Success

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3, 14th Triennial Conference was held on 12-16 October, hosted by the NZART in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Delegates from 10 member societies (ARRL, ARSI, CRSA, HARTS, JARL, KARL, NZART, ORARI, SARTS and WIA), with RAST, RSGB and VARC being represented by proxy. Also attending was the IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH and Vice President Ole Garspetad LA2RR, from Region 1 President Hans Timmerman PB2T and Secretary Dennis Green ZS4BS and Region 2 Secretary Ramon Santoyo XE1KK.

The IARU R3 Directors had identified two topics, the IARU Monitoring System, and emergency communications, as being highly important, and major decisions were made on both of them.

Three working groups were established:

* The IARU Monitoring System (MS)

* Policy matters that included education, training, development of amateur radio and international and regional conferences involving radio administrations

* Operational and Technical Matters, including emergency communications, the IARU R3 Award and band plans

The Conference agenda included five documents on the IARU MS that generally sought a review and reinvigoration of this important activity. A special working group was established with Peter Young VK3MV appointed chairman and Rod Stafford W6ROD as secretary.

The amateur services must take action to protect their bands, the Conference heard, because without complaints about an intruder causing harmful interference, it may be claimed that there is no breach of the ITU Radio Regulations.

There was keen interest and participation in that working group. As a result of its work, the Conference resolved to acknowledge the contributions over many years of the IARU MS Region 3 Coordinator Arasu Monohar VU2UR.

The Conference identified the need to update and modernise the IARU protocols and procedures to effectively deal with intruders causing harmful interference in the amateur radio bands.

A package of proposed measures adopted by the Conference included greater coordination between the IARU MS coordinators in the three IARU regions, a single website to more effectively collect data on intruders and to record action being taken on them, and to provide information to assist those submitting intruder observation reports.

The Conference confirmed the importance of participation in regional telecommunication organisations, which are setting directions on regulatory matters that could impact on amateur services. IARU member societies are encouraged to be involved in that activity, where possible.

The regional telecommunication organisation's decisions significantly influence the decisions taken by the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), with the next being in January 2012.

The NZART received praise for a number of its initiatives. One was its "ZL3 Buildathon" project that involved the encouragement of electronic project construction in schools and elsewhere in the community to lift the profile of amateur radio. Another was the 'Radio WAVE' project that demonstrates the principles of radio frequency propagation, polarity and effective radiated power.

The Conference heard that the Amsat-ZL's KiwiSAT amateur satellite project was undergoing final development. Some difficulties has arisen because of the US restrictions on the export of technology. KiwiSAT was expected to be ready for launch in 2010, although no decision has been made on launching it into orbit.

A total of nine documents on the agenda referred to emergency communications and amateur radio. ORARI and CRSA were highly commended on the role that they and radio amateurs had played in Indonesia and China after major natural disasters.

The Conference considered the concept of emergency centre of activity (CoA) frequencies worthwhile, and adopted 3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz. These have been immediately included in the IARU R3 Band Plans.

CoA are not spot frequencies, but starting points + or - 5 kHz, are not the only frequencies to be used, and are not mode specific and should be considered as being 'all modes'.

The Conference also encouraged radio societies and emergency groups to include in their planning and training, how best to publicise the role of radio amateurs during emergencies and make it known internationally.

Among the other agenda items considered were ARDF, better utilisation of all allocated amateur bands, BPL/PLT, EMC, visitor licensing, liaison between societies and the radio administrations in their nations, operating ethics and standards, and support for the development of amateur radio in the region.

An election was required for the five-member IARU R3 Directors, with Michael Owen VK3KI, Shizuo Endo JE1MUI, Peter Lake ZL2AZ, Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN and Joong-Guen Rhee HL1AQQ being re-elected. The Directors then nominated Michael VK3KI as their chairman, which was endorsed by Conference. The Secretary, Jay Oka JA1TRC, was elected unopposed.

Michael VK3KI described the Conference as one of the most constructive and friendly he had attended. He said the credit for that goes to all who participated in the meaningful discussions resulting in productive outcomes.

All in attendance were in praise of the NZART organising committee, headed by Terry Carrell ZL3QL, who also took on the role of Conference Chairman, contributing greatly to its success. Sue Carrell and Mary Rogers ran a full women's program during the week for the wives of delegates and visitors.

The IARU recognised the work of Bob Knowles ZL1BAD on his retirement as the IARU MS Coordinator, a position he held for more than 20 years.

The Conference elected Peter Young VK3MV as the IARU R3 Regional IARU MS Coordinator. All other regional coordinators were reappointed.

The Conference received two invitations, one from ORARI for Bali, Indonesia, and another from VARC for Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam to host the next Conference. The delegates voted in favour of accepting the VARC invitation for the 15th Conference in late 2012.

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Kapiti Branch 69 Sale and Social

Kapiti Branch 69 will be holding its Sale and Social at the club's rooms on Saturday 31 October. This is a good opportunity to meet old friends and new Hams for a chat...and to pick up or dispose of some worthwhile gear.

The sale will start at 9am and refreshments will, as usual, be available at a small cost.

73 de Bill ZL2BIL

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Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

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:

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

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HF Contests

2009 CQ WORLD WIDE CONTESTS

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: http://www.cqww.com/

2009 STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT ACTIVITY

When - 1 November 2008 (SUNDAY)

Time - 2000 NZDT until 2300 NZDT

Band - 80m (3.5 MHz) Mode - CW Only

http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/2008/2008-nzart-straight-key-night-rules.html

2010 JOCK WHITE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY CONTEST

When:- Saturday, 27th February 2010 and Sunday 28th February 2010

Times :- Saturday 1500 NZDT until 2400 NZDT and Sunday 0600 NZDT until 1500 NZDT

http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/2010/jwfd-rules.html

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Upcoming Events

30th October 2009 to 8th November 2009 inclusive

The Rhododendron Festival Award/Dan Wilkinson Contest 2009

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

NZART Annual Conference Auckland 5th - 7th June 2010

http://nzartconference.cjb.net

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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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Break-In, Infoline and General Information

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

1. Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER issue of Break-In closes on 10-NOVEMBER-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-NOVEMBER-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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Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Head Quarter's Infoline

OBs FOR 2009=OCT-25 NOV-29 DEC-20

* Next NZART Official Broadcast SUNDAY 25-OCTOBER-2009, * and

* Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 08-NOVEMBER-2009 *

INFOLINE 2009 SUNDAY=NOV-22 DEC-06-20

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

Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor zl2nn@nzart.org.nz