NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 196
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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.

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In This Issue

*From The Business Manager Debby Morgan ZL2TDM

==NZART HQ Office Hours


==Final call for 2010 subscriptions at the reduced rate.

*New Web-Page Antennas amp; Planning

*Updates from NZART Monitoring Service Coordinator

*NZART World Wide Web

==URLs Changes

==Progress Report on Transferring the NZART Web and E-mail Services to NZ

*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 196.doc


From The NZART Business Manager Debby ZL2TDM

NZART HQ Office Hours

As from 1 December 2009, NZART headquarters office hours will be from 9am to 4:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. It will NOT be open Monday's and Friday's however if urgent a simple call to the office will advise my cell phone details, so you contact me.


It is time again for branches to consider any remits they wish Council to consider for the AGM in 2010.

Could all branch secretaries please send these in writing, either by post or e-mail before the 31st December 2009.

Final call for 2010 subscriptions at the reduced rate.

If you wish to take advantage of the $10 discount applicable to your NZART subscription, please forward your payment on or before the end of this month.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM


New Web-Page Antennas & Planning

A new web-page can be found on the NZART Web-Site at:

Antennas and Planning contains information relating to local authority planning and how it affects amateur radio antenna installations.

The current issues are

a) Wellington City District Plan Change No 74

Submissions have been made and further submissions close on 4 December.

A proforma further submission will appear on the web-site in a day or so, and all amateurs, whether NZART members or not, are invited to make a further submission.

You can use the proforma or write your own further submission.

b) Proposed Taurange District Plan

Submissions close on 15 December. A summary will be published and further submissions will then be invited.

Remember -- these are the only opportunities we get to persuade the Councils to meet our reasonable needs, so that antenna installations can be erected as permitted uses, and without the problems that can occur with overly restrictive planning rules and vexatious neighbours.

Visit these pages often to keep abreast of ongoing planning developments.

For further information email


Updates from NZART Monitoring Service Coordinator

VU2UR B.L. Manohar was not re-elected recently for Region 3 Monitoring Service Coordinator.

He has been replaced by Peter Young, VK3MV Australia E-mail:

By the way were you aware that New Zealand actually had OTHR (Over The Horizon Radar) transmitter sites?

They are part of the SuperDarn system which includes the Unwin A and B systems from New Zealand.

73 de ZL1GWE Monitoring Service Coordinator NZART


NZART World Wide Web

URLs Changes

From Q-Bit for November 2009, the Newsletter of the Wellington VHF Group NZART Branch 74, comes the following, found at the bottom of page 4:


THAT, the FMTAG Coordination Procedure be amended to enable public scrutiny of applications by use of modem technology, such as notice via NZART website, and public response via email.

Explanation: The purpose of this remit is to overcome the frustration caused by the delay of notice due to the two-month cycle of Break-In magazine."

With the activity increase expected for the Antennas and Planning, The NZART Monitoring Service and the possible change in use of the FMTAG pages, it was time to bring about a change to the NZART Web pages, related to these three items, as they had been tucked away under a general folder 'nz'.

Effective immediately the following URLs have changed:

Local Government has now been renamed to ANTENNAS AND PLANNING

Antennas & Planning is at


FMTAG is at


MS (Monitoring Service) is at


The data is stored in a folder, below the main folder, with a name of the current year. For example, the October 2009 FMTAG Notes,would have an address of:, when the notes were given the name of 'oct.html'.

A redirection has been made on the original address as have the files for each address.

Progress Report on Transferring the NZART Web and E-mail Services to NZ

The physical position of the NZ server is Lower Hutt, not that it matters where it is located in NZ. The web is up and running and has been checked and tested successfully for some months now.

Getting e-mail successfully running has been the cause of the delay in transferring the service over, but progress is being made.

The NZART member e-mail alias service is still up and running on the USA server and is offered for any current or future member to join. Use e-mails NZART.HQ@NZART.ORG.NZ, WEBMASTER@NZART.ORG.NZ or ZL2NN@NZART.ORG.NZ to request to join the service.


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:

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 Website


HF Contests

When :-  Saturday. 5 December 2009
Times :- 0800 UTC until 0900 UTC (2000 NZDT until 2100 NZDT)
Band :-  80m
Modes :- PSK31 - 0800 until 0830
         RTTY -  0830 until 0900
Sprint/Contest Rules and other Operating Information - refer to Manawatu Branch Website -
When:-   Saturday, 27th February 2010 and Sunday 28th February 2010
Times :- Saturday 1500 NZDT until 2400 NZDT and
         Sunday 0600 NZDT until 1500 NZDT
Updated Contest Rules and Other Operating Information will be available from the NZART Website prior to the commencement of the contest .
When : - Saturday, 20 February 2010 and Sunday, 21 February 2010
Times :- 0000 UTC (20th) until 2400 UTC (21st).
Bands :- All Bands
Mode:-   CW Only
Contest Rules and Other Operating Information are available from the ARRL Website,
Website -
A good contest as is the later SSB Contest (March 6&7) to garner those missing US States for the elusive Worked All States award.
When :-  Saturday, 6 March 2010 and Sunday, 7 March 2010
Times:-  0000 UTC (6th ) until 2400 UTC (7th )
Bands :- All Bands
Mode :-  Phone Only
For Contest Rules and other Operating Information please refer to the Contest
Website -
When :-  13 & 14 March 2010
Times :- 1000 UTC (Sat.) until 1000 UTC (Sun.)
Bands :- All Bands
Mode :-  CW Only
Considered to be one of the more gentlemany contests that has been in existence since the mid-1930's. Apart from the individual performances there is a Team's event, based on individual nation's participation. The NZART Team under the astute leadership of Frank Hunt, ZL2BR won this event in 2007 and finished third last year. Frank is looking for Team participants to make up the NZ Team. Interested - contact Frank by "snail mail" at :- 8 Manu Crescent, New Plymouth. 4310., or email :-
Contest Rules and other operating information is now available from the Contest
website :-


Upcoming Events

Wellington Radio EXPO '10

27 March 2010, Knox Church Hall, Lower Hutt

NZART Annual Conference Auckland 5th - 7th June 2010


Break-In, Infoline and General Information

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

1. Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the JANUARY/FEBRUARY issue of Break-In closes on 10-JANUARY-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-JANUARY-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


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

WIA Weekly News Bulletin

ARRL Letter


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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 29-NOVEMBER-2009, * and

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

JAN-17 FEB-07-21 MAR-07-21 APR-04-18 MAY-09-23 JUN-13-27
JUL-04-18 AUG-08-22 SEP-05-19 OCT-03-17 NOV-07-21 DEC-05-19

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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor