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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 209
27-JUNE-2010
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:
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Past and present Infolines can be found at:
http://www.nzart.org.nz/infoline/index.html
Where HTML, PDF and DOC formats can be found for the 2010 e-mailed Issues of Infoline.

In This Issue

*From The Business Manager ZL2TDM
*Did You Know That Exam Candidates Can Join NZART For $30?
*Did You Notice?
*Amateur of The Year 2010
*RSM Call Book Database is on The NZART Website
*A 1928 Description of Amateur Station 1AS
*Upcoming Events
*UPPER HUTT NZART Conference 2011 - Pre-registration
*Contest News
==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes
==HF Contests
*General Information For Break-In and HQ Infoline
*Attachment(s) for Branches: NZART Headquarters Infoline 209.doc

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From The Business Manager ZL2TDM

Debby Says...

SMART (Spectrum Management and Registration Technology)

Firstly I have an announcement from Radio Spectrum Management Office.

Recently they were updating SMART and inadvertently reactivated Silent Key records, RSM and I are presently working through these records, to make sure they are removed entirely.

Speaking of which...After quite a long day with RSM representative Peter Gray, whose official title is Technical Approvals Officer, we have come up with the following processes that should make it easier for you to understand how SMART works.

Silent Keys

On receipt of a death notice, I can remove a call sign from the RSM database. A scanned record of this notice is kept in their database, so should any family member come back after a period of time there is a history as to how it was removed and who requested it.

This does not negate the current form that we do ask to have signed, it just helps when there are no known family members that can be contacted.

I can remove the call sign, but this does not remove the record all together. This can only be done by an RSM (head office) officer and on request by an ARX (Amateur Radio Examiner) then this will be rendered inactive by them.

I am presently preparing a list of silent keys that I am aware of whose record still appears in a search of the name. If you know of a silent key that this applies too, can you please let me know and I will include it on my list to forward to RSM.

Name Suppression

Should you wish to have your details withheld in SMART, you must apply in writing to the Registrar of Radio Frequencies, Andrew Mulcahy, and state the reason for this before it can be approved.

I am unable to suppress this information at the time of activating your record in SMART, this application must be sent directly to Andrew.

Correction

In my last issue of HQ Infoline, I advised motions passed by Council at their meeting in Auckland. As these have yet to be approved by Council at their next meeting in July, they are not yet set in concrete.

One particular motion referred to ARX fees and membership to NZART. The motion was incorrectly worded, and has changed from what was advised and Council have yet to approve it.

Please watch for the July on air Council meeting minutes to be placed on the web which will state the new fee structure for the NZART ARX services.

Talk soon...Debby ZL2TDM

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Did You Notice?

Did You Notice that there was a request from NZART Council, for a volunteer(s) to help with information for amateurs that are coming to New Zealand for The Rugby World Cup 2011?. 'Infoline 208' and 'The-Rugby-World-Cup.pdf' have the full details of what is required. These two documents can be found on the NZART Web at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/pdf/2010/The-Rugby-World-Cup.pdf, and
http://www.nzart.org.nz/infoline/2010/infoline-208.html.

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Did You Know That Exam Candidates Can Join NZART For $30?

A special fee structure for new candidates is offered to encourage them to join the Association at the time of making application for a new call sign and certificate of competency.

Examination
Callsign and certificate allocation
NZART membership for first year
Total payable
$15.00
$75.00
$30.00
$120.00

See:
http://www.nzart.org.nz/exam/examprocedures.html#examproc

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Amateur of The Year 2010

At the NZART AGM held recently in Auckland, I was delighted to award the "Amateur Of The Year" to Peter Aikin ZL1TX. Hearty congratulations to Peter. It is amateurs like Peter who keep our hobby in good heart - and the award was designed for amateurs who contribute as much as he has.

I am including the nomination I received so that all can see the magnificent job that Peter has done.

Roy Symon, ZL2KH
President, NZART (Inc)

Nominee for Amateur of the Year, Peter Aikin ZL1TX

The Committees of the Wellington VHF Group Inc, Branch 74, and Whangarei Amateur Radio Club (Inc), Branch 28, hereby jointly nominate Peter Aikin as "Amateur of the Year 2010".

In recent years Peter has made an outstanding, indeed remarkable, contribution to the hobby of amateur radio, particularly in Northland and also at a national level.

In Whangarei, the Bay of Islands, and the Far North there are seven repeater sites with fourteen amateur repeaters. Peter has made his specialist skills available for the benefit of all Northland amateurs through upgrading and maintaining these sites and equipment.

In particular he was responsible for re-engineering the National System equipment throughout the region when that was required a little while ago, even procuring surplus Tait T800 gear from the U.K. for the purpose. In addition, he assisted with the Dargaville repeater 147.175 MHz, he made a transmitter for the Whangarei Data repeater, then became involved in the Kaikohe/Kerikeri repeaters, and finally became involved with the Far North repeaters.

The cavity filters which he built for the Whangarei ATV repeater are just one of the many examples of his dedication to precision workmanship and cost saving to our hobby.

As a further benefit to amateurs in the North, he has been able to recognize and accumulate retired equipment, which can be re-purposed for use by amateurs. One example was his rewriting of the software to reprogram the firmware in a commercial RT to operate as a 2 m and 70 cm dual band amateur radio. Many of these have now been converted by him and are in daily use by amateurs. This project was published in Break-In.

Peter has contributed to his local branch, with continued enthusiasm and leadership within the repeater and radio equipment areas. He is now again leading the charge in the introduction of digital radio, building a new D Star unit from surplus commercial equipment.

Peter has presented technical papers to several VHF Conventions, and has led seminars and discussions on technical matters. The VHF/UHF community has appreciated his input.

Branches 28 and 74 are proud to nominate Peter. In summary he has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of the hobby both in the North and in VHF/UHF, in keeping with the finest amateur ideals, and is a worthy recipient of the award of "Amateur of the Year".

Yours Sincerely,

Signed:

Wellington VHF Group Inc, Dick Greenbank ZL2TGQ, President

Whangarei Amateur Radio Club (Inc), Brian Winger ZL1BSW, President

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A 1928 Description of Amateur Station 1AS

Station 1AS

(OZ1AS in 1928 and ZL1AS after 1930)

The term "station" is used because the shack stands upon a high "platform"-also one hears of "signals" there. Having climbed to reach there you are welcomed by 1AS, and the first thing that strikes you (if you are not careful) is the door frame. The exertion of the climb encourages you to sink into one of the chesterfields, set along the whole length of the shack (no matter which you choose they're both alike). After resting you are escourted to the extreme end of the shack, and 1AS points out his set (you wouldn't recognise it otherwise). Whether the "set" is on him or not he's never explained. There's neither anything out of the ordinary or anything in common with other sets of the same breed. The circuit is a "troubled harley." Now for constructional details: Secure two stout uprights and some threeply, nail them together and you have a frame. Obtain some air and wind on 'steen turns of wire, and you have a splendid "felix." Suspend this in the space between the two threeply panels, add a few other gadgets and a "bottle." (The arrangement depending upon the amount of transformer oil in the rectifier). Having assembled the set as per instructions you squeeze the lemon, in other words turn on the juice, press the key, if your transmitter is not locked the ether is open, and QSL's will come rolling in from all continents. But no(ne ED.) addressed to you!

From Break-In for March-1928 Vol 1 No. 3. Text for this issue of Break-In can be found at:
http://www.nzart.org.nz/breakin/breakin-archive.html
Some of the terms and inferences are not obvious to a young ham like the Infoline Editor. Bottle is a radio valve as far as I know, but what '...splendid "felix."' meant, I have no idea. Maybe the word should have been HELIX, then the reference would almost make some sense. ' Troubled Harley', 'steen turns' and 'amount of oil in the rectifier' runs riot with my imagination.

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RSM Call Book Database is on The NZART Website

The NZART Administration Liaison Officer, Don Wallace ZL2TLL, has obtained a pre-Call Book copy of the RSM Call Book Database that is on the NZART Website, but sadly not to stay ED.

The purpose of this is to give people the ability to check their own and their friends listings and for the person with the entry in error to get in touch with RSM to correct any errors. This will then give us a more accurate Call Book.

Details can be updated either online at:

http://www.rsm.govt.nz/smart-web/smart/page/-smart/WelcomePage.wdk

(you will need your log in details) or by phoning RSM on 0508 776 463.

For Silent Keys, there is a form available at

http://www.nzart.org.nz/policies/2006-callsign-removal-form.html

and this can be filled in and posted to Debby at HQ (PO Box 40-525 Upper Hutt 5140) with relevant supporting documentation by a person authorised to do so.

For further information, please see the help files online at:

http://www.nzart.org.nz/call-book/index.html

or contact RSM as above

Tony Case ZL1UD

Northern District Council Member

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Upcoming Events

2010 Silver Rally 14-20 Nov 2010
http://www.silverfernrally.co.nz/, or
http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/2010/02.html#feb03

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UPPER HUTT NZART Conference 2011 - Pre-registration

On behalf of the Steering Committee, we welcome you to the Upper Hutt NZART Conference 2011. The Conference will build on the success of the previous conferences, which were held in Upper Hutt in 2000 and 1979. The objective of this conference is to further enhance NZART as an organisation and amateur radio. The conference will maintain the quality of the previous conferences while incorporating new features to enhance your experience.

Location:
Silverstream Retreat
3 Reynolds Bach Drive
Upper Hutt
Phone: 04 562 9080
Reservation free phone:
0800 800 499
Fax: 04 563 5284

Wouxun KG-UVD1P Dual band VHF/UHF Handheld by pre-registration, valued at $300.00. (with additional accessories of a USB Programming Cable and a Speaker/Microphone) Send a cheque for $25.00 to pre-register before 5-November-2010 and be in the draw to win this transceiver. It will be pre-programmed with New Zealand 2 m and 70 cm Repeaters (including National System Repeaters).

Prize draw will be announced in Break-In November/December 2010 issue.

Pre-Registration: UH Conference 2011, 204 Plateau Road, Upper Hutt 5018

(Note: there is no refund on this deposit by pre-registration.)

Conference-2011-pre-registration-form.pdf

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Contest News

VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes

The next contest is the BRASS MONKEY CONTEST, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 7 and Sunday the 8 of AUGUST 2010. 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 Website http://www.vhf.org.nz

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HF Contests

2010 NZART MEMORIAL CONTEST
When :- 3 & 4 July 2010
Times :- 2000 NZST until 2300 NZST both evenings
Band :- 80m
Modes :- CW and Phone
The Memorial Contest was established soon after the end of World War 2 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the service of their country. It is a fitting way to honour those Hams and others who selflessly served their country so that we, today, may enjoy the freedoms that we do.
The Contest is split into a number of categories catering for all HF interests so please spare an hour, or two to honour those who paid the ultimate price that we now enjoy in our present lifestyles.
Contest Rules and other Operating Information is available from the NZART website - http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/index.html

For contests not mentioned here, please see the latest
"Contest Manager's Report" at:

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

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General Information For Break-In and HQ Infoline

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

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

http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/2010/wia-weekly-news.html
ARRL Letter:
http://www.nzart.org.nz/html/2010/arrl-weekly-news.html

These are updated weekly, normally p.m. Friday.

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Dates for Official Broadcast (OB) and Head Quarter's Infoline
OBs FOR 2010
28-FEB 28-MAR 25-APR 30-MAY 06-JUN 27-JUN
25-JUL 29-AUG 26-SEP 31-OCT 28-NOV 19-DEC

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