NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 230
NZART Website: http://www.nzart.org.nz/home/
*From The Business Manager ZL2DL
*NZART QSL Bureau: Annual Report for 2010
*FMTAG Notes For HQ Infoline-230
*Google Maps View of Locations For Beacons & Repeaters
*Online NZ Repeater Maps
*Interesting Links From John ZL1GWE
*VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Notes
*Attachment for Infoline Branches Subscribers: infoline-230.doc
Sorry folks, not sure what or how it happened but the full annual QSL Bureau report was omitted in Break In. The complete report is shown below.
I have also received notification that SMART along with other Ministry of Economic Development web sites were unavailable on Thursday 19th May. If you were searching for a call sign you will not have been able to access any information. Rumour has it, that it had something to do with the Government's announcement of the budget! Hmmm, scary.
2011 annual conference to be held in Upper Hutt, is now only two weeks away. If you would like your apologies noted at the AGM please let me know ASAP. Also if your branch does not have a delegate attending and you wish your branch votes to be counted, send me results and I will arrange for a proxy. I do need to know how many were actually in attendance at your branch when voting and how many for/against the remits. There are thirteen in total so quite a few to consider, and more importantly your opportunity to have a say.
Talk soon...Debby ZL2DL
DX: Packages/envelopes - 176, Cards - 33,218
ZL: Packages/envelopes - 436, Cards - 23,956
DX: Envelopes 431 (Cards - 23,382)
ZL1 Bureau: Forty kilogrammes of QSL Cards.
ZL2 Bureau: Thirty Six kilogrammes of QSL Cards.
ZL3 Bureau: Thirteen kilogrammes of QSL Cards.
ZL4 Bureau: Twelve kilogrammes of QSL Cards.
ZL7T: Four & a Half Kilogrammes of QSL Cards (Privately funded postage)
The NZART QSL Bureau's gross expenditure for this past financial year was $1,539.97, an increase of $215.69 on the year ending 2009. The nett cost to the Association was $1105.98 as against $900.98 for the previous year. Donations ($424.95) and Non-Member Fees ($10.00) made up the balance of the running costs of the Bureau for the year under review.
The Association's sincere thanks go to those of its members who, from time to time, saw fit to enclose a donation with their QSL cards. Their generosity has helped to keep down the Associations day to day running expenses.
Year 2010 saw an increase of four per cent in numbers of cards sent out by ZL operators whilst there was a two per cent decrease in the number of incoming cards from overseas amateurs,
During the past year, the NZ Post Office increased its postal charges partly due to the Government's decision to ramp up GST by 2 1/2%. This provided a windfall to the PO as it needed to round up its prices for stamps but despite this, the postage for large envelopes used for mailing QSL Cards to the ZL3/ZL4 Sub-bureaux suffered an increase of 20%! Over-all, there was a minimal inflationary effect on the Bureau expenses.
During the year Ross, ZL1BGB, assumed the position of ZL]-Prefix Sub-bureau Manager following the untimely passing of Ian ZL1BFB. The mailing details for the ZL1~Prefix Sub~bureau remain unchanged.
My thanks go to our four Sub-Bureaux managers, namely Dave ZL4OZ, Charlie ZL3CED and Ken ZL4HU, Tony ZL2AGY and Ross ZL1BGB, who attended to the stuffing of envelopes for all of the deserving during 2010.
B. E. Stewart ZL2RR, Manager
Please click HERE to go to the FMTAG Applications Being Processed
Additional simplex channels have been requested for D-STAR, P25, and similar modes (Narrowband data calling channels, 16 kHz bandwidth or less).
The following frequencies appear to be satisfactory:
146.600 MHz 147.400 MHz 147.450 MHz 147.550 MHz
The following comments are invited from members:
(a) which frequencies are suitable?
(b) which frequencies are unsuitable, and the reason why they are unsuitable?
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters and recommendations, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The text below was extracted from an e-mail from ZL1TAT to ZL2NN
Congratulations on your good work arranging the NZ amateur beacon and repeater locations in Google Maps.
This is very useful, as it allows the viewer to see a beacon/repeater location plotted over a map or terrain profile background, plus particularly when zoomed right in on satellite view, to see an aerial view of the site. Simplified line diagrams like those published in the Call Book are also essential. (These line maps are to be continued - ZL2NN)
I've listed each station below with an outline of where the antennas are mounted, along with a link to the Branch website listing where one exists.
Your work will be appreciated by all who view locations for these assets.
Ian Brown ZL1TAT
Branch 81 trustee, and technical advisor to Branch 85
In the last Infoline the new online repeater maps were introduced. The ones hosted on the Wellington VHF Group website at http://www.vhf.org.nz/maps are generated from information from two sources as follows:
1. The technical data is sourced from the RSM's SMART system, if this is incorrect please notify the owner of the licence and ask them to submit a form 10 to get it corrected (Note: if the licencee is NZART please contact the branch not NZART itself). The actual data from SMART is as follows:
a. Frequency (the input frequency for repeaters is calculated)
c. Site Name
d. Map Reference
f. Licence Number
2. Other data is sourced from the NZART call book and any corrections received. For corrections to this data please email email@example.com. The actual data fields are as follows:
The tool used to generate the maps is open source and therefore is under active development. The map generator can be downloaded from http://projects.wallace.gen.nz/projects/nzrepeaters/files both as a source archive for any platform and an installer for Windows.
It is currently capable of generating output in the following formats:
1. KML - for display in Google earth and Google maps
2. KMZ - for display in Google earth and Google maps (this is a compressed version of the above file format so it is smaller to download)
3. CSV - spreadsheet that can be used in many tools including Libre Office/Open Office or MS Excel
At present the following enhancements to software and hense to the maps themselves are planned (for further information and to look at the progress see the development roadmap at http://projects.wallace.gen.nz/projects/nzrepeaters/roadmap):
1. Adding links in as lines between the repeaters
2. Splitting the repeaters etc. by band when viewed in the larger map or using the KMZ or KML file
3. Adding links to the pop-up bubbles to access information in SMART if possible:
a. Licencee to the licencee in SMART
b. Licence number to the licence in SMART
c. Site Name to the site in SMART
4. Adding links to branch information on the NZART website
5. Automation of the downloading of updated data files from within the software rather than having to download a new release
6. Displaying links between repeaters
7. Filtering by name eg: to make a map just showing the national system
With a rise in power-line networking uptake across the UK, GCHQ reported earlier this year that the technology is causing interference with its highly sensitive antennae.
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VHF++ Hibernation Contest (1st SAT JUN 2nd if Conf) 11/12-JUN-2011
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 29-MAY-2011
Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 05-JUNE-2011
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Regards, Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org