In this issue: • From the desk of HQ • FMTAG Proposals • Rule for Nationals Woodskills Festival Award • Doug Gorman Frequency Memorial Measuring Contest
From HQ…Not a very big issue this week, so if you have any articles or events coming up, make sure you let me know by the Thursday prior to this being sent out. For the next issue date check the bottom of this issue.
During the week I attended some training held by RSM at the Ministry building in Wellington. Our discussions soon ventured to the silent key call signs and the many that still appear in SMART. Even though RSM recently e-mailed, then posted to all amateurs a request to update their records, many went unanswered. In order for them to clearly identify whose call signs need to be removed, next week I will be posting out a special edition of HQ Infoline written predominantly by Jeff Hicks from RSM, regarding the reservation of call signs that have not been updated. A full list of all these call signs will be included.
We would appreciate when you see this list, if you can contact me as soon as possible so we can determine if the call signs are still active, or the holders have become silent keys.
On the official broadcast I advised that we are planning a membership promo to go out to all non-members of the Association. This was to have been organised for May this year, however due to time and call sign issues within SMART, NZART Council have approved this to go forward now in October this year. The special offer of $49 for one year’s membership will run from 1 October 2012 to 31 December 2013. This will also include a CD Rom call book and the chance to win a hand held radio. Only those amateurs within New Zealand who have not belonged to the Association for 3 or more years, or have never been a member will be eligible to join with this offer. While it looks like we are not considering members who have loyally contributed to the Association for a number of years, rest assured, if we are able to attract enough new comers to NZART, your subscriptions will not increase in the foreseeable future. Sadly we are in one of those no win situations, whereby not having enough members means the subs are almost unachievable for some. I would like to offer once again…for any persons having a problem with coming up with a lump sum payment, the small price of $8.25 per month for 12 months, will not only ensure you keep all the benefits of belonging to your parent body, but also keep the much needed numbers of membership within the Association that it needs to continue to offer them. Recently I had the unenviable task of contacting branches whose memberships fell below the requirements of the NZART Constitution. To put it plain and simply…NZART does not want to see these branches close. Merely to see if there is something that can be done to increase membership within your area, so that you can function more effectively and assist the Association at the same time. I have received calls and letters from some of the branches I wrote to, horrified that NZART would consider such a thing, but if we can help you to encourage your branch members to belong to this important organisation, then it will benefit us all. My sincere apologies if branches felt this was unfair. Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL ___________________________________
Branch 39 Tauranga Districts Amateur Radio Club Inc has applied for an inverted 70cm Repeater to be located at Papamoa Topo 50map reference BD894.13 184.87. The transmit frequency will be 433.025MHz and the receive frequency will be 438.025.
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. Branch 39 Tauranga Districts Amateur Radio Club Inc has applied for an inverted 70cm Repeater to be located at Papamoa, Topo50map reference BD894.13 184.87.The transmit frequency suggested is 433.025MHz and the receive frequency is 438.025MHz.
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above matters, by email to: <email@example.com> Thanks
73 David Andrews Chair FMTAG _________________________________________
Rules for National Woodskills Festival Award 1st to 14th September 2012
Members of Kawerau Branch will be available on the Awards net 3.677 each night at 8pm and also available on the repeaters and National system. Contacts with Kawerau Branch 67 on any band i.e. HF, VHF, National System. Ten points required for ZL applicants (five for DX Stations) may be accumulated as follows: 1. ZL1KW worth 5 points, Branch President Barry ZL1CAY and Kel ZL1ASL vice President worth 3 points, any other branch member worth 1 point. 2. Award is available to all Amateur Operators or SWLs who accumulate 10 points or 5 points if DX. 3. The Award application containing a copy of Log details or SWLs name and address plus $5 fee to be received by the Awards manager Branch 67 no later than November 1st 2012
Applications for the award to: Awards Manager Branch 67 NZART C/- Bev Osborne ZL1OS 34 Cobham Drive Kawerau 3127 New Zealand ____________________________________________
Doug Gorman Frequency Memorial Measuring Contest Monday 1st October 2012 at 2100 NZST
The date of the Doug Gorman Memorial Frequency Measuring Contest has been shifted to Monday 1st October for 2012.
The 60th annual NZART Doug Gorman Frequency Measuring Contest will be held slightly later this year than usual on Monday 1st October 2012 at 2100 NZST.
Details will be posted on the NZART webpage.
- 73 de John ZL4JY
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