NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 239
9 Oct 2011
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Headquarters will be closed from Monday 10th until Tuesday 25th October as I will be away on some much needed R & R!
Please contact a Councillor in your area if you need information urgently.
For those of you wanting to be in the draw for the Icom VHF Hand Held, you will need to ensure your 2012 subscriptions are paid by the end of November.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
FMTAG welcomes Terry, ZL4TAE, to the FMTAG team. He was appointed by NZART Council at its meeting on the 4th of October. Terry brings his extensive radio engineering and managerial skills to the FMTAG team.
The Auckland VHF Group, Branch 66, has applied for a 850 repeater at North Head, located at TOPO50 BA32 616227. The repeater transmit frequency will be 438.500 MHz and its receive frequency will be 433.500 MHz. An engineering investigation, in accordance with MED PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
There were no Final Recommendations to Council this month
Time is running out for the inclusion of Repeater, Beacon and Link details in the forthcoming issue of Call Book.
As at the close of business on the 7th of October, FMTAG had not received information from the following Branches. The request for information was sent to the Branches in mid August, and can be re-sent if it has been lost or misplaced.
03 Western Suburbs
08 Eastern Southland
27 New Plymouth
35 South Otago
42 Titahi Bay
56 Christchurch West
66 Auckland VHF
85 Mercury Bay
87 South Taranaki
88 Tauranga Emergency
REG Radio Electronics
Please respond to FMTAG, by email, within the next five days, to ensure inclusion of the information, and to help make this Call Book the best ever:
Logs for the Microwave Contest (October 1st and 2nd).
The closing date for receipt of contest logs is next Sunday. Please send your logs to the address below.
Field Day Contest - All bands 50 MHz and up. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December.
DX Weekend Contest - All bands 50 MHz and up. First Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February.
For both contests, the operating periods are 1700 to 2300 on the Saturday, and 0700 to 1300 on the Sunday, NZ local time.
All contest logs should be sent, to arrive within two weeks, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Contest Log in the subject line, or by post to:
Contest Manager, Wellington VHF Group, P.O. Box 12-259, Thorndon, Wellington
The contest rules are available at: http://www.vhf.org.nz/VHF-UHF-SHF-ContestRules
Wellington VHF Group Website http://www.vhf.org.nz
Polish and lubricate that old morse key and enjoy an evening of old time radio fun. An activity night in which everyone can be a winner with a certificate to prove it.
When: First Sunday in November 2000-2200 NZST in two one-hour periods
Band: 80 m (3.5 MHz) only
Mode: CW sent with STRAIGHT KEY ie characters formed manually, no system of automatic dots, dashes or spacing permitted.
Divisions: 1. Vintage QRP, 2. Vintage QRO, 3. Open QRP, and 4. Open QRO.
Explanation: Vintage receivers and transmitters or transceivers using valves, no solid-state devices in the signal line permitted. QRP: 5 watts or less rf output.
3. Operator’s name (one word),
4. Key used (e.g. ZC1, P&T),
5. TX type (eg ZC1, FT1000, homebrew), and
6. TX power (watts).
Except for DX stations (ie non ZL mainland) only RST, operators name, and QTH need be exchanged.
ONE Point per QSO.
Stations may be worked once in each one-hour period, CW to CW only. All stations submitting logs MUST use a straight key throughout, but straight key stations may QSO stations using bugs, electronic keyers or keyboards.
1. Vintage QRP multiply total points by 2,
2. Open QRP multiply total points by 1.5,
3. Vintage QRO multiply total points by 1.2, and
4. Open QRO multiply total points by 1.
Suggest using standard NZART log pages (not contest log sheets).
Each log QSO entry to show of station worked:
1. Time (NZST or Z ),
6. Key type,
7. Tx type, and
8. Tx power.
Calculate total score then multiply by the appropriate multiplier to give total score claimed.
Logs to have associated data sheet giving entrant’s:
4. Age (optional),
Full description of equipment used including:
7. Tx power, and
Ken McCormack, ZL1AIH, 181 Ararimu Valley Road, Waimauku, AUCKLAND, or email
All (including DX stations) who send a log will receive a certificate. Special certificates to top three in each division. Annotated certificates e.g. Best ZC1, Youngest/oldest op, etc., at manager’s discretion. Any photos of operators and/or equipment gratefully received.
Nominations are open for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award
<http://www.arrl.org/international-humanitarian-award>. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
A committee appointed by the League’s President recommends the award recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.
Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio’s unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularlyprovide to people in need.
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee’s actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee’s particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.
All nominations and supporting materials for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA.
Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2011. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award.
The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.
Hans Zimmermann F5VKP and F/HB9AQS, the IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications sent me the following information about an EMCOM component of this years JOTA event:
Within this year’s JOTA, an emergency communications exercise will take place on Saturday, 15 October in the afternoon (European time zone). This simulated emergency test will include the Headquarters station, HB9S, of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), which will be operated by hams from 5 different countries.
WOSM has now published the details for the event on its web site:
with numerous links to related documents of IARU and other sources.
This year’s JOTA theme offers an excellent opportunity to raise the awareness for the role of the Amateur Radio Service in disaster situations.
For more information, the JOTA organizer, Richard Middelkoop, can be reached at RMiddelkoop@scout.org.
First issue to be released October 2011
CQ Communications, Inc., will launch multi-platform digital editions of all of its magazine titles before the end of 2011, Publisher Richard Ross, K2MGA, announced today. Those titles include CQ Amateur Radio (CQ magazine), CQ VHF, Popular Communications and WorldRadio Online. Many CQ book titles are already available in digital form on CD.
The digital editions will supplement, not replace, current print editions, and will feature enhancements not possible in the print medium. Versions will be available for a variety of online and mobile platforms*.
Examples of features that will be possible in the digital editions include live links to all World Wide Web addresses listed in each issue, as well as supplemental content, such as photo albums, audio and video files, software and more.
The digital launch will begin in late October with the November issue of an enhanced, multi-platform, version of WorldRadio Online, which will again become a paid-subscription publication; followed by November CQ, which, appropriately, is the magazine's first annual Technology Special. The fall issue of CQ VHF and the December issue of Popular Communications will round out the introductions. Digital editions will be available by single copy and by subscription. Details will be in the near future in the magazines and on all CQ Communications websites.
(*Initially, digital editions will be compatible with the following platforms: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android 2.0 and higher.)
For the month of November 2011 the special callsign VK100ARV will be well
sought after and qualifies toward the Amateur Radio Centenary Award. For
images visit QRZ.COM.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Amateur Wireless Society of Victoria,
formed in 1911, quickly changing its name to the Wireless Institute of Victoria,
and today is known as Amateur Radio Victoria.
A special QSL card has been printed. The front features defining words capturing the
spirit of the founding of the organisation and a gallery of Presidents. and
The Award certificate has a montage of the organisation over the decades.
Both are worth obtaining for display and will show the Centenary logo.
Lower Hutt Branch 18 intend to run JOTA over a longer period each day than in previous years - the aim is to contact more overseas JOTA stations. Jota weekend 12 – 15 October.
It is also planned to have one of the school radio educational kits available in the Club
Rooms, at Philip Evans Reserve.
North Shore Branch 29 is looking for Mobile operators for the Silver Fern 7 day marathon car rally to be held in the 2nd week of November 2012. Portable HF for 80m and 60m on-site communication and VHF equipment for mobile operation is essential. Fuel and accommodation will be provided. Further details can be obtained from Warren Harris ZL2AJ email@example.com.
Whangarei Branch 28 in their September newsletter has an interesting article on “How to use the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP)”. For those of you wanting to know more about this, I suggest you make contact with Jeff ZL1TOB from Whangarei branch.
Hawkes Bay Amateur Radio Club is holding a training weekend on the 5th and 6th of November. Anyone who would like to gain their GAOC and callsign please contact Lee Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Christchurch Amateur Radio Club Branch 05 is hosting a radio technology day RadioTek on Sunday 13th November, open to all persons interested in radio technology or amateur radio.
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on SUNDAY 30th October 2011 and Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on SUNDAY 23rd October 2011.