NZART Headquarters Infoline SPECIAL Issue 28s 10th July 2011 NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Silent Key
Saturday 2nd July 2011
First licensed as ZL2TGP in 1966, became ZL2NN in 1970. Jamie had many achievements throughout his life in amateur radio, to name a few:
- Member of the original design team for the first Mt Climie VHF Repeater
- Upper Hutt Branch Secretary in 1974
- Awarded the first “Branch 63 Merit Award” for the design, construction and commission of the Mt Climie 10 Metre Beacon
- Proposed and Constructed a 6 Metre Beacon
- Elected Branch President in 1980
- Throughout the 80’s tutored many radio classes and held a 100% pass rate.
- Made Life member of Upper Hutt Branch
- Elected to NZART Council 1983 – 1993
- Secretary to first Frequency Management Working Group (FMWG) forerunner of FMTAG
- Continued to produce many repeater and beacon maps and band plans for Call Book
- Responsible for several major revisions of the Basic Radio Training Manual
- In 2001 after a severe accident, becoming wheelchair bound he continued in administrative duties for NZART
- Awarded Life membership of NZART in 2005
- Appointed as Editor of HQ Info-line in 2006
- Appointed as Webmaster in 2008, a position he held until his passing
- Moderator of NZART Reflector
- Produced all certificates awarded to amateurs in New Zealand
- Maintained the Who’s Who Directory of NZART Council & Officers
- Appointed IARU Overseas Liaison Officer in 1981
- Member of the IARU Region 3 committee
- Attended many IARU conferences
- IARU Region 3 Beacon Coordinator
- Editor & contributor of many IARU papers
- Developed monitoring software for the IARU Beacon programme
To quote Terry Carrell ZL3QL another of the IARU committee…Jamie in his usual way and on so many occasions pulled the team together with his firm stance for the Association and his humoured approach to tasks.
Jamie not only greatly contributed to amateur radio, but passionately enjoyed his hobby. He and his XYL the late Gael ZL2SZ attended many NZART and VHF conferences. He was active with mobile operations both HF and VHF. Jamie was a keen enthusiast for the original Galbraith Frequency Counter, and modified it very early to use TV subcarrier for frequency locking accuracy.
On a number of occasions Jamie won the Frequency Measuring Contest and was involved with organising this event.
Jamie is survived by his son Jim ZL2PU, and daughters Elsa and Jan, who also held listener calls in their earlier years.
Jamie a great colleague, friend and amateur, you gave so much to this hobby and will be sadly missed. I thank you for your commitment and dedication and join with many others in celebrating the many wonderful memories you leave us.
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