NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 254
27 June 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
Richard L. Baldwin W1RU, NZART Life Member, Silent Key
It is with regret to report that Dick Baldwin W1RU, past IARU President and NZART Life Member, died on 21 June. He was 92.
As ARRL Assistant General Manager Dick was the ARRL staff member who was primarily responsible for initiating preparations for the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference and was one of the key players in formulating the objective to obtain new amateur HF bands at 10, 18 and 24 MHz. As ARRL General Manager from 1975 to 1982 he played an essential role in turning that objective into reality.
Following his retirement from the ARRL staff Dick was elected President of the IARU. He had served as IARU Secretary from 1976 to 1982. He served as IARU President for 17 years, which included managing the transition to a new IARU Constitution that made the IARU a more representative body. Upon his retirement from that volunteer position in 1999 he was named President Emeritus by the IARU Administrative Council.
Dick initiated and led Amateur Radio Administration Courses to appraise the administrators of amateur radio in many countries of the benefits and advantages for developing a viable, healthy and active, amateur radio service in their countries.
Dick’s thorough preparatory work and leadership set the basis for the very successful review of the Amateur Service at the World Radio Conference 2003.
A great friend and supporter of amateurs and amateur radio societies the world over, Dick was made a Life Member of NZART in 1992 to recognise his service and achievements for the world Amateur Radio fraternity.
From the Desk at HQ
Debby says…not too much news from me this issue. There is quite a bit in here, so I suggest you tick the dates of the contests that you are interested in and mark them on your calendar.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
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Call Book 2012/2013 Beacon, Link and Repeater Listings.
At the beginning of June, FMTAG sent an email to all Branches (and NZART-affiliated groups), requesting that they check their Beacon, Link, Repeater (and their Trustees) listings for the 2012/2013 Call Book.
Please contact FMTAG if the Branch has not received the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As at the time of writing (Thursday the 28th of June) FMTAG has not received information from the following Branches:
03 Western Suburbs 12 Hamilton 13 Hawkes Bay
20 Manawatu 22 Marlborough 23 Marton
27 New Plymouth 30 Otago 33 Rotorua
34 South Canterbury 37 Southland 38 Taumarunui
48 Wanganui 49 Westland 51 Eastern BOP
55 Waitomo 56 Christchurch West 60 Taupo
66 Auckland VHF 78 Far North 84 Bay of Islands
85 Mercury Bay 86 Musick Point 87 South Taranaki
88 Tauranga Emergency
The close-off for returns is the 31st of July. Please help ensure that this Call Book is the most accurate ever.
Branch 18 Hutt Valley has applied for a power increase of its 700 repeater at Fitzherbert, located at TOPO50 BQ32 643.78 350.86. An engineering investigation, in accordance with MED PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations, and that the repeater transmit frequency can remain on 147.000 MHz and its receive frequency on 146.400 MHz.
Final Recommendations for NZART Council
NZART Council has approved the following applications:
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.
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:
Old Timers’ Club-OTC (ZL)
OTC update: As per the last HQIF bulletin we now have sufficient copy, plus one photograph, for the next OTC scribe in Break-In. A printed page of Break-In usually contains about 1300 words (with no picture) and we are normally limited to around one page, two at maximum.
My ideal would be to fill at least one page for each edition in the OTC column ahead. Input is asked for and below is some guidelines.
The OTC column in Break-In is a forum for members to publish a letter, or an article. OTC readers, along with association members, will all enjoy reading and hearing about other radio amateurs experiences, both past and current.
Contributions can be technical, an account of first involvement with early amateur radio, nostalgia, along with vintage radio which all provides an invaluable source of information on the history of their hobby.
The “Old Timers Club” was essentially a social organisation, and that is still current today.
Articles relating to all aspects of OTC, for Break-In are most welcome, and to be addressed to: Stephen ZL1TPH; Postal address, 68 Kath Hopper Drive, Orewa, 0931 or via email to email@example.com
We also accept large picture files sent via email and will transcribe hand written letters into text.
73, Stephen ZL1TPH
NZART Officer Vacancy
NZART Council is calling for expressions of interest from NZART members for the following Officer Vacancy - Position: NZART VHF/UHF/SHF Records Coordinator
The VHF/UHF Records Coordinator is responsible to NZART Council for the coordination, maintenance and promotion of the New Zealand VHF/UHF/SHF records.
Description of the position
Duties of the position
To maintain, review and update when necessary, the established:
To receive completed Record Claim Forms submitted by radio amateurs, appropriately process to verify by making whatever enquiries may be necessary, and make the concluding decision to accept or to reject the claim.
The NZART VHF/UHF/SHF Records Coordinator will be expected to demonstrate competent performance in:
The NZART VHF/UHF/SHF Records Coordinator will require:
Applicants for this role can be located anywhere in New Zealand. The ideal person for this role would have experience in the area of VHF/UHF/SHF operating and/or contesting.
Officer Positions are voluntary; however operating expenses will be refunded as per the NZART Policy on Officers Expenses.
Applications for this position will be accepted from interested persons in writing with supporting documentation through the General Secretary, NZART, PO Box 40525, Upper Hutt 5140.
This advertisement is authorised by NZART Council.
2012 NZART Memorial Contest (2012 will be the 66th year of this Contest)
To commemorate those from our ranks who lost their lives in World War 2.
When: Saturday July 7th & Sunday 8th July
A total of six operating periods, three each evening of one hour each from 0800 - 1100 UTC
(8.00 pm to 11.00 pm Saturday NZT and 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm Sunday NZT).
For Memorial Contest Rules See "Rules Memorial" in the right hand Page Links menu
and including Manual Log Sheets etc.
Results for the Trans-Tasman 80m phone contest held in May.
Congratulations to Ron, ZL4RMF, operating as ZL4R, for achieving First ZL. Bill, ZL2AYZ, operating QRP as ZL3VZ, achieved second ZL, and Alastair and Quentin operating as ZL3YOK, achieved third ZL.
Congratulations also to Ash Clark, VK3SSB, from Horsham Victoria, who took out the overall First place.
The full results have now been published on the WIA website. Follow the link from the NZART web site "Rules" page. The next Trans-Tasman contest will be held on Saturday, the 21st of July, from 8pm.
This is the new Multi-Mode contest which includes separate categories for 160m phone, as well as CW and Digital modes on both 80m, and 160m. There's also an overall "multi-mode" category for any combination of these modes or bands. The "multi-mode" category is well suited to multiple operators, clubs, and anyone wanting more activity than any
one mode can offer.
Rules can be found on the WIA web site, or follow the link on the "Rules" page of the NZART web site.
The 80m phone contest has been a great success under the new rules, and the upcoming new Multi-mode contest should be a lot of fun too!
This is the first year that this contest has been fully managed in ZL, and the contest manager, Rob, ZL3AKM, wishes to thank everyone who participated.
From The VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest Committee
Results of The Hibernation Contest 9th & 10th June 2012
Congratulations to Dick, ZL2TGQ, and Gavin, ZL2TVM, for both winning the Hibernation Contest, in a dead heat.
THE Next Contests
The next contest 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 after that is the Microwave Contest, 921 MHz and up, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of October 2011. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Contest Log in the subject line, or by post to:
Wellington VHF Group
P.O. Box 12-259
Please include your email address if you wish to receive the results as soon as they are available.
Annual IARU HF World Championship Contest is to take place on July 14th-15th.
Please full details of the contest at the URL, http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship
I wish many HQ stations as well as R3 Directors to participate in the contest.
Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
Secretary, IARU Region 3
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 29th July 2012. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 13th July 2012. Closing date for this is Thursday 12 July 2012