NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 256
27 July 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
Debby says…Next week or early the following, you will receive your Break In. Included with this issue will be your 2013 subscription. Please check carefully before throwing away your wrapper that you has received this.
There are some members who have paid early, therefore confirm the expiry date of your subscription is 31/12/2012 before you forward a further payment.
I also have it on reasonable authority that Call Book will be produced with the October issue of Break In…so yes it is coming but not quite yet!
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
HF Noise Measuring Campaign for New Zealand:
I spotted an article within the latest RSGB Bulletin: July 2012, when mentioned a HF Noise Measuring Campaign. As we know all users of the HF bands in particular have issues with background noise. As I was reading this, I thought this could be quite useful to the whole of the New Zealand SWLers, and Radio Amateurs, as an interesting and worthwhile project, which clubs and associations could also participate in on a once a month basis.
We know that the ITU-R for instance ITU-R P.372 provides information on the background levels of radio-frequency noise in the frequency range from 0.1 Hz to 100 GHz. Which takes account of noise due to lightening, to man-made sources, to the galaxy and to the temperature of the lower atmosphere. The level of radio noise sets a limit to the performance of radio systems.
The aim is to not only provide those participating with the knowledge of their own circumstance as far as background noise levels are concerned, but to eventually provide the necessary agencies with sufficient evidence to that a more scientific campaign may be launched, if necessary.
The proposal is to get all participants to measure (at their own location or QTH), the background noise on the bands 1.8 MHz to 28 MHz once per month, for perhaps 2-3 years.
The requirement would be that the level (in S-points) be noted in a spread sheet (which will be supplied), and if the participants use an SDR receiver, the dBm figure as well.
A requirements would be that the same radio and aerial setup be used for the whole campaign.
Bob Knowles and I are planning on participating and collating the information from all participants on a regular basis.
If you wish to participate please contact ZL1GWE at MS@NZART.ORG.NZ and you will be supplied with a suitable spread sheet to complete.
You will be required to state whether you are using SSB or CW filters i.e. bandwidth for the measurements, and use the same aerial, and carry out the same measurements at the same time/day of the month to ensure consistency.
Or if you wish you can contact Gwyn Williams, G4FKH, OTHR, e-mail email@example.com for further information directly.
Bob and I believe this is a worthwhile campaign, which could be also used to compare ITU-R figures background noise for New Zealand in reality and provide assistance to others potentially with interference issues, which could be passed on to the EMC Officer to assist participants.
Reference: http://www.giangrandi.ch/electronics/radio/smeter/smeter.html - S-points for frequencies below 30 MHz.
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 256
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, and to reply to FMTAG.
Please contact FMTAG if the Branch has not received the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As at the time of writing (Thursday the 26th of July) FMTAG has not received the list of Trustee callsigns from the following Branches:
20 Manawatu 33 Rotorua 37 Southland
55 Waitomo 56 Christchurch West 66 Auckland VHF
78 Far North 85 Mercury Bay 87 South Taranaki
The close-off for returns to FMTAG is the 31st of July. After that date, blank spaces will appear in Call Book.
Please help ensure that this Call Book is the most accurate ever.
ZL2VBO has applied for a 144.575 MHz Digipeater on Mount Burnett, located at TOPO50 BN24 696.26 013.69.
ZL3ADT has applied for a 50.040 MHz Beacon at Rolleston Railway station, located at TOPO50 BX23 503 737.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL
These items were published in HQ Infoline 255. No adverse comments have been received.
Branch 30 Otago has applied to relocate its 830 repeater to Halfway Bush Road, located at TOPO50 CE17 010.08 178.44. An engineering investigation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations, and that the repeater can remain on 438.300 MHz.
Branch 30 Otago has applied to relocate its 625 link station to Halfway Bush Road, located at TOPO50 CE17 010.08 178.44. An engineering investigation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations, and that the link transmit frequency can remain on 146.250 MHz and its receive frequency on 146.850 MHz.
Branch 30 Otago has applied for a power increase of its 665 repeater at Highcliff, located at TOPO50 CE17 132.79 162.56. An engineering investigation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations, and that the repeater transmit frequency can remain on 146.650 MHz and its receive frequency on 146.050 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: http://www.nzart.org.nz/fmtag/index.html
Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF CONTEST COMMITTEE
THE NEXT CONTEST IS NEXT WEEKEND
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: email@example.com
with Contest Log in the subject line, or by post to:
Wellington VHF Group
P.O. Box 12-259
IARU Region 3 Newsletter July 2012
IARU Region 3 News Letter of July 2012 can be found at the following address:
IARU Region 3 News Archives
73 de Ken Yamamoto/JA1CJP
Secretary, IARU Region 3
Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society
The annual ARLHS is being planned for
Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 at the Holiday Inn in Biloxi, Mississippi. Before we can complete arrangements, it is very important that we know how many members definitely will or will not attend. If you are “NOT SURE,” please let us know definitely by September 15, 2012.
LET U KNW BY SEPT. 1st,
HARAOA ZL9HR DXPedition
to Campbell Island (IOTA OC-037) November 28th. - December 9th. 2012.
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.
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 29th July 2012. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 27th July 2012. Closing date for this is Thursday 26th July 2012