NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 244
03 Feb 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
From the desk of HQ…Welcome to the first issue of HQ Info-line for 2012, I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and new year festivities.
This issue has some very important dates to remember, so make sure you circle your calendar for the activities that interest you.
Break In will be in your mail boxes any day now, so be sure to take a look at the front wrapper that includes all the Conference registration costs to be held in Nelson over Queens Birthday weekend.
If you have not received Break In, and you feel sure that you have paid your subscription, can you please check that your cheque has been deposited or your credit card debited before you enquire with me as to its whereabouts. There are genuine cases that some may have been misplaced in the mail, however I can assure you, that all those who I am aware have paid have been included in the mailing list sent to the distributors.
Speaking of Break In…I have received the following from John Walker, please make sure you contact him for further details.
An apology. Unfortunately the circuit for the DSB Demodulator (p4-5) was omitted from the Jan/Feb Break-In. It will be included in the next issue of Break-In but meantime pdf copies may be obtained from the Editor email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Phillipines Amateur Radio Golden Anniversary
Dear fellow hams from New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters [NZART]
The Philippine Amateur Radio League (PARL) is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year 2012. To commemorate this milestone of our radio club, the members have agreed to initiate a commemorative diploma that can be obtained by establishing 2-way QSO’s with its members.
The rules to qualify for the award and sample diploma can be viewed over at http://www.dx1l.dxhams.net/Awards.htm
Further, throughout 2012, we will be putting on air a special event call sign 4G0LD. We look forward to having QSO’s with you and your members.
Mike Hogar, DU1XX Club President
The IARU Region 3 Newsletter Headlines
Issue 24 - October to December 2011, Released January 2012
* A Word from the Chairman of IARU Region 3 - Michael Owen VK3KI
* Saving almost 1,000 lives in Thailand
* Typhoon hits Southern Philippines
* JARL elects new officers
* Seanet 2011
* Increase in New Zealand Amateur Power Limit
* Australian regulator to permit higher power for Advanced licensees on trial basis
* “WRC-12 (World Radiocommunication Conference 2012)
* 15th Region 3 Triennial Conference
* The 2012 International YL Meet- a reminder
* Keith Malcolm VK1KM SK
MS Word version of this newsletter is available at
Acrobat PDF version is also available at
APRS Digi Licences:
NZART recently asked Radio Spectrum Management to put in place a licence class that would allow us to have multiple repeaters on the same frequency under a single licence. A similar licence class is available in the commercial world but is not available to amateur repeaters.
Such a licence would be of great benefit to the APRS community as all APRS digipeaters could be grouped under one licence paying one fee. This fee is likely be more than the current individual repeater licence fee however the benefits would be a net reduction in fees, as well as no extra cost for additional APRS repeaters.
RSM carefully considered the suggestion and, while they saw its benefits to the amateur community, they unfortunately declined to grant us this licence class at this time, suggesting we raise the issue at the next fee review.
NZART is always looking for ways to improve the conditions for amateur radio in New Zealand and we intend to look further at this (and other licensing issues) at the next fee review.
Roy Symon, ZL2KH
President, NZART (Inc)
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE
None this month.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL
Branch 60 Taupo has applied for a VHF Linking Station (VLS) at Maroanui, located at TOPO50 BF36 634.01 323.75, to provide a link between the Maroanui 675 repeater and the Taraponui 725 repeater. The link transmit frequency will be 147.850 MHz and the receive frequency will be 147.250 MHz.
COMMENTS AND APPLICATIONS
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters, 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 website:
Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The current status of Applications can be viewed on the NZART website:
From the VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Manager:
RESULTS OF THE VHF/UHF/SHF FIELD DAY CONTEST
3rd & 4th December 2011
Congratulations to the overall winning team: ZL4AA.
Also, congratulations to the band winners:
ZL4AA 2 metres and 70 centimetres
ZL2AS 6 metres
ZL1SWW 23 centimetres
The Contest highlight was a 6 metre opening to North America on Sunday the 4th of December.
The full results are available at:
THE NEXT CONTEST
The next contest is the DX Weekend Contest, 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of February 2012. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZDST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZDST.
The contest after that is the Low Band Contest, 50 MHz to 440 MHz, on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of April 2011. This is the weekend after Easter. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZST.
All contest logs should be sent, to arrive within two weeks, to:
email@example.com with Contest Log in the subject line, or by post to:
Wellington VHF Group
GOLDEN SHEARS WORLD SHEARING COMPETITION AWARD 2012.
1. This Award is offered by Branch 46 NZART to celebrate the Golden Shears Society’s World Shearing Championship Competition, an event of International significance. This competition draws competitors from New Zealand and worldwide. The award will run from Monday 20th February 2012 and conclude at mid night on Saturday 3rd March 2012, the night on which the competition finals are held.
2. The award is available to all amateurs and short wave listeners,
3. Contacts will be confined to 80m SSB, local repeaters and National system. Any contact made on repeaters, National system or with Branch 46 members operating mobile are permitted.
4. New Zealand Stations require 10 points from those listed below:
(a) Compulsory contact with ZL6 WSC 5 points
(b) Contact with Club Station ZL2OA 3 points
(c) Contacts with Branch member’s 1 point
5. Overseas stations require 5 points from those listed above but no compulsory contact with ZL6WSC is needed.
6. A copy of log details with appropriate fee is to be received at the following
address before the 31st March 2012.
The Award Custodian
Branch 46 NZART
PO Box 860
7. Award applications from New Zealand and Australian stations will cost $A/NZ 5.00
8. Award applications from other overseas stations will cost US$ 5.00
9. Award fees cover all NZ postage charges.
10. The Award Certificate will be a colour print portraying a scene of significance to the Wairarapa overprinted with the Golden Shears Emblem.
11. ZL6WSC, ZL2OA and Branch members will operate on a roster basis during the Award period on or about the following frequencies
(a) The Awards Net – 3.677hz SSB most nights.
(b) The repeaters within Wairarapa and the National system will be monitored most evenings.
This information sheet is available by e-mail on application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jock White Field Day February 25 and 26
Field day is approaching once again.
The event commences at 1500 (local time) on Saturday, with a break from 2400 until 0600 Sunday, then concludes at 1500.
For the up to date rules please see the NZART contest page:
Each year some teams seem to want to come up with their own score sheets, please use the score sheets which can printed from the following link, it makes my job a lot easier.
In 2011 several teams sent in logs with no attempt to score them, or an incomplete attempt. I did score some of these which took a lot of my time, this year they will be listed as a check log.
If you are struggling with scoring, contact me as I am more than happy to help.
The rules in the past have not allowed flexibility for field teams that need to operate a distance from what has been arbitrarily referred to as their “branch area”. Examples for the need for this have included:
A branch where a number of members live away from the branch area
A field team or single operator not aligned to a particular branch wishing to use a branch number.
Rule 12 has been altered to accommodate these contingencies:
12. Branch Number
12.1 Field stations will usually operate in the area of their Branch. They will use the NZART Branch number in their cypher.
12.2 It is recognised that for various reasons some field teams may need to venture beyond their ‘normal branch area’ to operate.
12.3 Some teams may not have affiliation to a particular branch but wish to operate as a field station. To provide a branch number in this case nearby branches not active in field day should be approached for permission to use their number. (see 12.5 below)
12.4 If the field station chosen location is within another Branch area care must be taken not to clash with the other Branch station. The onus is on the 'moved' station to ensure that there is no clash.
12.5 The Branch number of Branches in recess may be used.
12.6 The field day manager should be contacted well before the event if there is any potential difficulty with the use of branch numbers.
The intention here is to encourage activity and get the maximum number of branch numbers in use, which makes the event more interesting.
I cannot stress the point enough that care must be taken to ensure geographical separation between field stations.
As always, if there is anything that needs clarification, contact me prior to the event.
I look forward to hearing many of you on, I will be part of the branch 22, ZL2KS effort.
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 26th February 2012. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 17th February 2012. Closing date for this is Thursday 16th February.