Debby says…All branch secretaries should this week, receive the branch circular which includes membership figures and remits for discussion.
Also included is the criteria for various awards that can be presented in recognition of members both within a branch and at national level. Please consider nominations and forward to me before 1 May 2012.
Talk soon….Debby ZL2DL
Repeater licensing from November 2012
A decision from February Face to face Council meeting which will have an impact on several branches is that repeater and beacon licences currently held in the name of NZART will be handed back to those Branches who own and operate our many repeaters, beacons and fixed links.
The current system of invoicing and renewals means a heavy administrative workload for FMTAG and also at headquarters at a time when subscription renewals are also being processed. This will mean that this coming November when the individual licences are up for renewal, each branch will receive the licence renewal invoice direct from the MED.
Branch secretaries will need to be aware of this and ensure that payment is made by the due date. Failure to do so may result in the licence being cancelled.
FMTAG will be contacting the Branches concerned to let them know of this change in licence ownership and to assist with the changeover.
If your Branch does not want to make payment direct to the MED, then the licence can stay in the name of NZART.
You will be advised of the requirement to make payment to NZART for the licence, and once paid, the fee will be paid to MED – this is the same as the process we have been using for the past several years, with one small change – your Branch will be invoiced for the full amount of the licence and the prompt payment discount offered by the MED will be retained by headquarters to offset the administrative overhead.
Can I encourage your Branch to look at taking ownership of the licence(s) when you receive the details from the FMTAG Secretary.
Radio Scouting IRLP Calling Channel
Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air now has a common meeting place for IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) contacts. Scouts and Scouters may simply connect an IRLP node to Node 9091, which is a dedicated Topic Channel for Radio Scouting. If you're looking for a contact, after connecting make yourself known by IDing and indicating your interest in a Radio Scouting or JOTA contact. Remember, "live" repeaters are involved, so please use proper identification procedures.
If no one is available, it's OK to remain connected. The next person to connect will similarly ID and a QSO can be established. Since this is a single channel, it's recommended that once contact is made, the two stations mutually agree on IRLP nodes, disconnect from the Topic Channel and connect to the agreed upon nodes. For detailed information on available IRLP repeaters in your area, how IRLP works and operating guidelines, visit www.irlp.net
A recommended time for calling has initially been established for 1800Z (1100 PDST, 1400 EDST). This time was selected for weekend activities, such as Radio Merit Badge events, as well as contacts during Summer Camp. Another suggested time is 0100Z (1800 PDST, 2100 EDST). The evening schedule should accommodate most scouts and scouters during the evening hours. The Radio Scouting/JOTA Topic Channel is available for use 24/7.
The Topics Channel will initially be set up for IRLP only and will soon have connectivity via EchoLink.
For more information about Topic Channels, see http://www.irlptopics.net/ The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association sincerely appreciates the resources provided by Kent Johnson, W7AOR, on the Western Reflector Annex, to Michael Bloom, W7RAT, for coordinating this Channel, and to the Oregon Internet Radio Group for implementing the Topic Channels Project.
FMTAG Notes for HQ Info Line 248
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for an APRS Digipeater at Kaiwharawhara Hill, located at TOPO50 BQ31 494.93 316.03. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.575 MHz in accordance with the band plan. An engineering investigation, in accordance with MED PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
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:
The next contest is the Low Band Contest, 50 MHz to 440 MHz, on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of April 2012. This is the weekend after Easter. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZST.
The contest after that is the Hibernation Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of April 2012. This is the weekend after Queen's Birthday weekend. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZST.
The contest after that is the Brass Monkey Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of August 2012. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZST.
The Contest Rules are available at: www.vhf.org.nz/VHF-UHF-SHF-ContestRules
All contest logs should be sent, to arrive within two weeks, to:
Please include your email address if you wish to receive the results as soon as they are available.
Break-In-Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the May/June 2012 issue of Break-In-closes on 10 May 2012.
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