WIQ – Wireless Institute of Queensland 100 year centenary
63rd Lake Constance Convention Invitation to IARU member societies.
Debby says…Sorry everyone, I should probably asked you to specify which issue of Break In you may have missed. I seem to be getting a number of members advising they have not received their latest issue. The last issue to be posted was March/April, the next one due out at the beginning of June will be the May/June issue. Obviously this one is yet to be produced, therefore you won’t have received it yet.
Just as a reminder, Break In is produced bi-monthly, and dispatched at the beginning of every second month. I.E. March, June, August, October and December.
There is still time for those branches who have yet to return their call book details to me. I did state that close off was the 1st of May, however as Call Book is yet some months away before it will be published, I can now extend that time to 30 June.
Lastly – please remember to send me your Branches voting figures if you require a proxy to present them at the AGM.
Hope to see you at conference!
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 251
Branch 24 Motueka has applied for a 7 dB power increase of its 670 repeater at Mount Campbell, located at TOPO50 BP24 876.19 474.92. The repeater transmit frequency is 146.700 MHz and its receive frequency is 146.100 MHz.
Final recommendation to NZART Council
None this time.
NZART Council Revises its Licence Fee Policy
As mentioned in “From the President” (page 3 March/April Break-In), NZART Council has revised its Beacon, Link and Repeater Licence Fee Policy. Here are more details.
Council resolved to encourage the transfer of Repeater, Beacon and Link Licences from NZART to the equipment-owning Branches, and to impose a surcharge of $5.11 per licence, to offset NZART HQ costs, on those licences that remain with NZART.
The MED's Annual Administration Fee, for an Amateur Beacon, Link, or Repeater Licence, is $46.00, if paid by credit card via the MED's SMART website, or $51.11, if paid by cheque to the MED's Business Service Centre. The $5.11 surcharge recognises the cost to the MED of processing a manual payment.
Previously, NZART HQ requested payment of $46.00 from Branches and forwarded the full amount to the MED.
The NZART HQ cost of processing a manual payment are similar to those of the MED and, therefore, NZART Council decided to introduce the same $5.11 surcharge per licence for all Licence Fee payments made via NZART HQ.
As at the 17th of May, the following Branches (and Affiliates) had not yet completed licence transfers:
03 Western Suburbs
51 Eastern Bay of Plenty
66 Auckland VHF
78 Far North
84 Bay of Islands
85 Mercury Bay
86 Musick Point
42 Titahi Bay
82 Southern Wairarapa
87 South Taranaki
34 South Canterbury
56 Christchurch West
08 Eastern Southland
35 South Otago
61 Central Otago
64 North Otago
Branches wishing to avoid paying the $5.11 surcharge for each licence need to arrange transfer of their licences from NZART to the Branch. To start the licence transfer process, please send an email to FMTAG to receive an information pack:
NZART Council has confirmed that the revised policy does not apply to National System or International Beacon Licences.
Comments and Applications
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The current status of Applications can be viewed on the NZART website:
Two years ago, in the year 2010, “We” as Australian Amateur Radio Operators celebrated a world first, by way of the fact that our National Body, the Wireless Institute of Australia turned 100 Years of age. Such a milestone eclipsed both the formation of the ARRL in US and the RSGB in the UK. Thus, Australia was the vanguard of organised Amateur Radio in the entire world. During 2010, from what I heard on Air, Australian Amateurs embraced the Centenary of the WIA with gusto. Each night the bands were abuzz with all and sundry striving to contact the special Centenary Station VK100WIA.
This year 2012 sees the Centenary of the Formation of the Wireless Institute in the State of Queensland, the W.I.Q. As such, “We” in Queensland plan to celebrate over the course of the rest of the year with various “Club” based special events and activities. Our Centenary Call Sign “VK100WIQ” will be operational from June 1st 2012 through to July 31st 2012, by way of a Roster System for all the Queensland Radio Clubs to apply for a three day block.
Our Centenary Committee is well founded with the following Amateurs at its helm, Mr. Ewan McLeod, VK4ERM, WIA Director, Mr Trent Sampson, VK4TS, WIA Director, Mr. Al Shannon, VK4SN, QAC, Mr Don Wilschefski, VK4BY, QAC, Mr. Kevin Johnson, VK4UH, QAC, and Myself, Mike Charteris, VK4QS, Chairman QAC. Between us, we hope to encourage and participate in as many of the Centenary events being hosted by various Radio Clubs throughout this great State of ours.
The origins of the celebration stem from a meeting organised by one Mr. Sydney Victor Colville, in the year 1912, with the view to form the Wireless Institute in Queensland. To quote the WIA Book, Volume 1, “WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF QUEENSLAND FORMED BY S.V. COLVILLE (XQF), WHO LATER BECAME THE SECRETARY AND ORGANIZER.
For those unfamiliar with the history of the Q.W.I, or W.I.Q, and what later became the W.I.A.Q, a new website has been developed to give an overview of the men the names and the places that saw the Wireless Institute develop in Queensland. You can find our Website at the following address: www.wiaq.org.au
Please take the time to read the brief histories that have been written, and largely drawn from the wonderful work by Mr. Alan Shawsmith, George Taylor Medallist,VK4SS, SK, in his book “HALCYON DAYS”. To seek out and obtain the book, “HALCYON DAYS” is perhaps one of the best ways to understand the pioneering spirit of Amateur Radio Pathfinders and Experimenters in Queensland from the earliest days.
On Sunday, July 22nd, following the President’s Centenary Luncheon on the Saturday, the Hervey Bay Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a Free BBQ for all attending Presidents, Members and Guests. This will be held at the Hervey Bay SES Building on Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay. On this day Hervey Bay will host the Centenary call sign VK100WIQ, on HF from the SES Building. It is hoped that many will take the opportunity to work our National WIA President Michael Owen, and invited guests on air with the Centenary call VK100WIQ that day.
Throughout the duration of the Centenary Call Sign period, from June 1st through to July 31st 2012, I trust that all Radio Amateurs in New Zealand will avail themselves of the opportunity to work VK100WIQ.There is a Centenary QSL Card as well as a special Centenary Certificate for five different Club contacts with VK100WIQ. The cost structure for the Certificate will be similar to that of the VK100WIA Certificate, around $5-00US.
So come one, come all, my fellow Amateur Radio Operators, as we here in Queensland invite to our Centenary. Come and share in some Queensland Hospitality and Radio Fellowship throughout the Year 2012. We, the Queensland Centenary Committee, look forward to us all celebrating our special One Hundred Year Event with you the Amateur Radio Operators of New Zealand. For history has shown our hands linked across the Tasman from the days of Anzac to now.
Mike Charteris, VK4QS
On behalf of the Amateurs of Queensland
Ham Radio 2012 Lake Constance Convention
The 63rd Lake Constance Convention and the Ham Radio 2012, both organised by DARC, Germany's most prominent amateur radio club, will take place from Friday, June 22nd until Sunday, June 24th 2012 in Friedrichshafen.
We very much hope that many representatives of the IARU member societies will be able to join us again this year.
As in previous years we have been able to obtain a special discounted rate for you at the “Seehotel”. Further details can be found in the attachment.
You can register and also make a hotel reservation by emailing or faxing the attached reservation form to Mrs. Simone Blümer at DARC.
We would also be very pleased to welcome you at the “Informal International Meeting for Representatives of IARU Member Societies”. We will communicate via separate email the venue and date/time for this meeting in due time.
If you attend Hamvention 2012 in Dayton please also visit our booth in the ARRL EXPO area. We will be next to the RSGB stand on the left side of the ARRL exhibit area.
Looking forward to meeting you in Friedrichshafen.
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