NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 257
17 August 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
• From the desk of HQ
• Appointment of Midlands Councillor
• Table of international Call Sign Series
• FMTAG Notes
• VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest Committee
• ZL9HR DXpedition
• Huntsville Hamfest
Debby says…my sincere apologies, I am seriously out of sync with the calendar that was created by Jamie Pye for HQ Info-line. I appeared to be duplicating HQ Info-line with the Official Broadcast, so have had to realign my dates. For further information on the next due date of HQ Info-line, please refer to housekeeping at the end of this issue.
Midland Council appointment ZL3PAH
Council is pleased to advise that by due election in accordance with 3.7 (e) of the NZART Constitution, the appointment of ZL3PAH Phil Holliday as Midland Region Councillor was confirmed at their on air meeting on Tuesday 7th August 2012.
Council would like to thank the three nominees whose names were submitted for this position and hope that they will consider being nominated in future elections.
Council would also like to welcome Phil to the Executive of NZART and look forward to working with him.
Table of International Call Sign Series
On August 3, the ITU updated its Table of International Call Sign Series to reflect a call sign change for Niue. The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block, that is Callsigns from E6A to E6Z. Prior to the change, the island used ZK2. According to the CIA World Factbook, Niue is about 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC, and has a population of almost 1300 people! This new allocation for Niue frees up the ZK2 callsign series for use here by AREC.
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 257
Branch 34 South Canterbury has applied for a 144.575 MHz Digipeater on Mount Studholme, located at TOPO50 CA18 352.25 531.31. An engineering investigation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 63 Upper Hutt has applied for a 6-metre Repeater on Mount Climie, located at TOPO50 BP32 798.83 423.94. The repeater transmit frequency will be 53.950 MHz and the receive frequency 52.950 MHz. An engineering investigation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL
At its August 7th on-air meeting, NZART Council approved the following applications, published as Proposals in previous editions of HQ Infoline:
Branch 18 Hutt Valley. Power increase of its 700 repeater at Fitzherbert, located at TOPO50 BQ32 644 351.
Branch 30 Otago. Relocation of its 830 repeater to Halfway Bush Road, located at TOPO50 CE17 010.08 178.44.
Branch 30 Otago. Relocation of its 146.25 MHz link station to Halfway Bush Road, located at TOPO50 CE17 010.08 178.44.
Branch 30 Otago. Power increase of its 665 repeater at Highcliff, located at TOPO50 CE17 132.79 162.56.
ZL2VBO. 144.575 MHz Digipeater on Mount Burnett, located at TOPO50 BN24 696 014.
ZL3ADT. 50.040 MHz Beacon at Rolleston Railway Station, located at TOPO50 BX23 503 737.
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
FROM THE VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF CONTEST COMMITTEE
REMINDER – BRASS MONKEY CONTEST LOGS
Time is running out for the submission of logs for the Brass Monkey Contest. Please emails logs to:
THE NEXT CONTEST
The next contest 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 NZDST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZDST.
The contest after that is the Field Day Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of December 2012. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZDST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZDST.
The Contest Rules are available at:
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
Please include your email address if you wish to receive the results as soon as they are available.
ZL9HR DXPedition updates
When people think of DXPeditions, they think of operators sat under palm trees on exotic islands with the world of amateur radio enthusiasts trying to talk to them. While this is where every DXPedition tries to get to, there is a LOT of work that has to happen before this is possible! Months or even years before, the event planning starts and permits are requested, equipment assembled and transport both of equipment and operators arranged. Accommodation organised and all red-tape worked through. All of this requires a lot of work from the organisers and also requires finance in the form of contributions from those taking part in the event and from sponsors. Without sponsors no DXPedition can take place and the ZL9HR DXPedition to Campbell Island on November 28th. to December 9th. this year is no exception.
This DXPedition is rightly being billed as one of the most important DXPeditions in 2012 and the HARAOA is very happy to announce that many of the sponsors that supported earlier DXPeditions are helping again with ZL9HR. It is hoped that there will be additional sponsors “signing up” over the next few weeks, but we would like to thank those who have already committed to support the Dxpedition.
These are as follows (in alphabetical order);
Club & Organisations;
British Colombia & Northwest Washington – ORCA DX & Contest club
Danish DX Group
German DX Foundation.
Lone Star DX Association.
Long Island DX Association.
Mediterraneo DX Club.
Northern Illinois DX Association.
There are also currently 24 individuals who are sponsoring the event.
For the complete up-to-date list please refer to the ZL9HR.COM website.
The survey on the website is also getting a good response with keen DX-ers who are looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode to move towards a DXCC or other award voting for their preferences. Please don't miss out if you haven't already placed your vote please do so.
Preparations for the HARAOA ZL9HR DX'Pedition to Campbell Island in the Great Southern Ocean (IOTA OC-037) are on schedule for the activation dates of November 28th. to December 9th. this year.
The team are delighted to announce a new sponsor in the Northern California DX foundation, this is in addition to the other sponsors with Spiderbeam sponsoring ZL9HR and supplying spiderbeam antennas and masts, 21 worldwide DX groups and the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation award. Of course we should not forget the 36 individuals who are also sponsoring the DX'Pedition. Thanks to all of these.
The containers to carry all required equipment are currently being prepared and loaded, ready to be shipped out of Sydney around the 15th. of September.
The HARAOA ZL9HR DX'Pedition to Campbell Island in the Great Southern Ocean (IOTA OC-037) is delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation.
The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of DX and the HARAOA are honoured to have received this award.
Preparations for this major DX'Pedition are on schedule for the activation dates of November 28th. to December 9th. this year.
73 from Ed VK2ARE Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR.
It's time for the 2012 Huntsville Hamfest!!
Please join us during our live, online broadcast of the Huntsville Hamfest this weekend.
To join the broadcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins! During the Huntsville Hamfest W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products, and broadcast the announcement of the Young Ham of the Year. Special guests will include Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; Kay Kraigie (N3KN), ARRL President; Charlie Emerson (N4OKL) representing Huntsville Hamfest; etc.
During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world. During the 2012 Dayton Hamvention we had 47,400 viewers!
You could be the winner of one of 19 prizes, total value approximately $3500, which will be awarded during the broadcast! These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Huntsville Hamfest Prize Committee, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, MP Antenna, ARRL, MFJ, and many hams which have donated individual prizes. In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize. W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.
Huntsville Hamfest broadcast hours:
• Friday, August 17: 1400 UTC (9:00 AM CT) drive from Memphis to Huntsville (4 hrs) and set up
• Saturday, August 18: 1500 UTC - 2230 UTC (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT) Huntsville Hamfest
• Sunday, August 19: 1500 UTC - 2100 UTC (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT) Huntsville Hamfest
• Sunday, August 19: 2100 UTC (3:00 PM CT) drive from Huntsville to Memphis (4 hrs)
Please join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up with us year-round.
Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!
We'll 'see' you in Huntsville!
Tom Medlin, W5KUB
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