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NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 224
NZART Website: http://www.nzart.org.nz/home/
*From The Business Manager ZL2DL
*FMTAG Notes For February 20 HQ Infoline
*Report - Face to Face Meeting
*Spectrum Management Bill Threatens - 70 cm - ARRL Report
*Proposed Changes to 27 MHz Amateur Band
*NZART Conference 2011
*Branch Data - The Information on NZART Branches and Affiliates
*NASA's First Solar Sail NanoSail-D Deploys in Low-Earth Orbit
*NZART Aliases and Groups
*Some Famous People and Their Callsigns
*Kiwi Digital Modes Group
==VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes
*Attachment(s) for Branches: infoline-224.doc
Last weekend a special edition of HQ Info Line was sent out as I appeared to be receiving a considerable number of e-mails and phone calls regarding envelopes for voting.
If you have been unable to find yours included in the last issue of Break In, please send your vote in an envelope marked "Returning Officer", then INTO another envelope, to the address of HQ, but include your name and address details on the reverse of the outer envelope so I can confirm your membership status before it is opened.
Only envelopes were missing - all voting papers were issued.
For those of you who have included your Break In Readers Survey form in the election envelope, I have forwarded them to John Walker, however cannot guarantee they will be placed into the lucky prize draw.
The address to send these surveys to is on the survey form in bold lettering at the bottom.
Finally, Datamail did not include Branch details and Membership Expiration dates on the front wrapper. You will ONLY have received Break In if your membership is current to the end of 2011. Therefore you don't need to confirm if you are financial.
Talk soon...Debby ZL2DL
Please click HERE to go to the FMTAG Applications Being Processed
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters and recommendations, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
Roy Symon, ZL2KH
President, NZART (Inc.)
.....The D-Block consists of two, 5-megahertz-wide segments of spectrum (758-763 and 788-793 MHz) that became available when the FCC ended analog television broadcasts in June 2009 and reallocated the 698-806 MHz band for Public Safety and commercial broadband. It was anticipated that the D-Block would be auctioned for commercial use. There are several bills in Congress providing for the allocation of the D-Block for Public Safety use, and HR 607 is one of those. But HR 607 uniquely provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to commercial users, in order to offset the loss of revenue that would occur as the result of the allocation of the D-Block to Public Safety instead of commercial auction. HR 607 lists the paired bands of 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz among the bands to be reallocated for commercial auction within 10 years of its passage.....
For further information and to see the full text, please go to:
This topic has been a subject in a special Infoline but is repeated here for information EDITOR
It has just come to our notice that changes being proposed by the Radio Spectrum Policy and Planning group to the CB licence (see
will, if approved, give CB radio users access to our 26.95 to 27.3 MHz Amateur Band. (There are also changes planned at UHF but these do not appear to affect Amateurs.)
NZART ALO, Don Wallace, ZL2TLL
Upper Hutt Branch 63 NZART cordially invite NZART Members and their guests to join us at the - Upper Hutt NZART Conference 2011.
This year's Conference is being held at the Silverstream Retreat which is located near the Upper Hutt suburb of Silverstream and just north of the entrance to Stokes Valley.
It is easily accessible from the nearby State Highway 2 and State Highway 58 (Hayward's Road).
Silverstream Retreat, Corner Eastern Hutt Rd & Reynolds Bach Drive Lower Hutt 5019
The program will include lectures and forums by several guest speakers, the NZART AGM plus the usual AREC, AMSAT-ZL, OTC, SPAM, WARO, and other section meetings, forums and AGMs. An exciting range of other talks and displays has been organised.
Final costs for both Conference Registration and Accommodation are almost complete, and will be available from 10 March 2011.
Pictures of Silverstream Retreat main reception (left) and the Boardwalk (right). The Boardwalk is directly opposite the main reception at the venue. The Boardwalk will be the Conferences' main hub of Registration, gathering point and entrance for the NZART AGM on the Saturday.
The format for advising the Call Book Editor about changes to Branch details has been changed to a more efficient CMS based system.
Please use the new form
to advise changes to Branch details.
An update to the Branch list will be done early March and the old system of spreadsheet, Word document and pdf removed.
The new system has a menu 'BRANCH LIST MENU' and a simple database 'BRANCH LIST DATA'. The Branch List menu has a list of all NZART branches in alphabetical and branch number order. Branch List Data has 88 records with each record having 19 fields with the details of each branch.
For those that like their data in Excel format, instructions on how to convert the branch data is at:
Lorne ZL2AHB Call Book Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. EST, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., confirmed that the NanoSail-D nanosatellite deployed its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit and is operating as planned. Actual deployment occurred on Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. EST and was confirmed today with beacon packets data received from NanoSail-D and additional ground-based satellite tracking assets. In addition, the NanoSail-D orbital parameter data set shows an appropriate change which is consistent with sail deployment...more info at:
Note frequency of its transmissions: 437.270 MHz
Related Web site is interesting and where you can submit a report.
<NAME> = 6M, ADVERTMANAGER, ALO, AREC, ARISS, ARPROMO, ARX1, ARX2, AWARDS, BRANCH.05, BRANCH.12, BRANCH.18, BRANCH.22, BRANCH.30, BRANCH.39, BRANCH.53, BRANCH.65, BRANCH.81, BREAK-IN, BREAKIN, CALLBOOK, CONTEST, DIGITAL, EDITOR, EMAIL, EMC, EXAM, EXAMS, FINANCIAL, FMTAG, FUNDING, HAMADS, HARCMDAY, HQ, IARU, INFOLINEEDITOR, LEGAL, LOCALGOVERNMENT, MILESTONES, MORSE, MORSEMAN, MS2, MS, NATIONALTRAINING, NZART.HQ, NZART, NZARTHQ, OFFICERLIAISON, POSTMASTER, PRESIDENT, PROMO, PUBLICITY, QANDA, QSL, RADIATION, RECIPROCAL, RECORDS, TRUST, WEB-DEVEL, WEBMASTER
To relate a name to an officer's postion please see:
<GROUP NAME> = AREC-NZ, BOP-AREC-GROUP, COUNCIL, COUNCILPLUSHQ, OFFICERS, TECG-GROUP, NZART-MEMBERS
NOTE: The addition of LISTS after the @ symbol.
From Shacknews JAN-2011:
The third running of the Kiwi Digital Modes Group RTTY contest will take place in April 2011.
PLEASE NOTE: These rules differ from previous years.
This year's contest format see's a change in the points system and operating periods. To make life that more interesting and to hopefully generate a bit more interest in the contest this year I have decided to break each nights operation in to two half hour periods. I have also changed the points system with 2 points being awarded for each contact worked in the first half hour period, and five points being awarded if the same station is worked in the second half hour period.
This contest will take the format of two half hour period sprints run over two consecutive Saturdays. The first night will be on 80 metres and the second night will be on 40 metres.
The contest is open to all licensed amateur radio operators living in the VK & ZL callsign districts.
Saturday April 23rd 2011 - 1000 UTC - 1100 UTC, in two half hour periods (1000 - 1030 UTC) & (1031 - 1100UTC) - 80M only
Saturday April 30th 2011 - 1000 UTC - 1100 UTC, in two half hour periods (1000 - 1030 UTC) & (1031 - 1100 UTC) - 40M only
Operators can choose to enter one of the following three categories:
* 80 Metres Only.
* 40 Metres Only.
* 80 Metres / 40 Metres Combined.
Certificates will be issued for the following categories:
The points system is as follows:
Log Sheets are to contain the following:
A separate Log Sheet is required for each night of the contest with the operating band and date specified. In addition, a separate summary sheet advising what category is being entered into along with the operators Name, Address, Callsign and a declaration that all good amateur radio operating practises have been observed for the duration of the contest.
Logs are to be received by the organizer no later than Sunday the 22nd of May 2011.
Logs can be sent electronically to: email@example.com
Alternatively they can be posted to:
KDMG RTTY CONTEST
365 High Street
Further information may be obtained by contacting the organizer at either of the addresses given above, or check out the Kiwi Digital Modes Group website at:
73 & Happy Contesting
de Allan Chandler ZL2SKY
VHF++ Low Band Contest (1st SAT APR 2nd if Easter) 02/03-APR-2011
THE VHF CONTEST RULES (http://www.vhf.org.nz/VHF-UHF-SHF-ContestRules)
|Contest Name||Date(s) 2011|
|Jock White Field Day (last full WE FEB)||26/27-FEB-2011|
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 27-FEBRUARY-2011
Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 06-MARCH-2011
Headquarters-Infoline is a twice-monthly bulletin of news from NZART Headquarters. News and items of a general or technical interest are also included that are obtained from various amateur sources. The bulletins are e-mailed directly to Branches, the amateur radio packet Bulletin Board Service and to others that subscribe through the NZART Website at:
Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org