NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 262
16 November 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Amateur Digital Television Transmissions
In this issue:
Debby Says…We are nearing the end of the year so it’s now time for all branches to remember some very important activities and events.
Elections will be held in March next year, therefore all branches are urged to consider nominating someone they feel can best serve them in their respective areas and help the growth of amateur radio and NZART membership in future years.
I have attached a nomination form to this issue of HQ Info-line for your convenience. Please complete this and return to me before 31 December 2012.
Remits…all branches considering forwarding a remit to the AGM next year, a reminder that I need to receive this also before 31 December 2012.
So far we have had a good response to the membership promotion, however if you know of anyone who is still considering joining/rejoining with this special offer, please urge them to do so.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Top Monitoring Service Award
John Martin ZL1GWE Monitoring Service Officer, advised the recipient of this years award goes once again to Phillip Conza ZL2TZE. Congratulations Phillip on behalf of NZART Council and members and thanks for your continued efforts.
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 262
Published for the information of, and seeking comments from, members.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for a Digital Amateur TV Repeater at Belmont, located at TOPO50 BQ32 570.40 396.30. RSM has chosen a transmit frequency band of 502 MHz to 510 MHz. An Engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM PIB38, shows that there will be no interference to other stations.
Please refer to Infoline Special No 35s for background information regarding this Digital Amateur TV Repeater application – ZL1TGC
Final Recommendations to NZART Council
None this time.
FMTAG has sent Invoices, for $51.11 per licence, for repeaters owned by the following Branches:
05 Christchurch 26 Nelson
28 Whangarei 34 South Canterbury
37 Southland 38 Taumarunui
49 Westland 51 Eastern Bay of Plenty
56 Christchurch West 67 Kawerau
78 Far North 82 Southern Wairarapa
84 Bay of Islands 86 Musick Point
87 South Taranaki CARDS
Please contact FMTAG by email if the invoice has not been received: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment to NZART is required before the end of November, to avoid automatic cancellation of the licences by RSM's SMART system.
Many thanks to the Branches that have already paid.
Comments and Applications
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above, 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
VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF CONTEST NEWS
The Next Contest
The next contest 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 after that is the DX Weekend Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of February 2013. The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZDST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZDST.
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:
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.
Dark Future for Ham Radio in EU.
Polluting Draft Standard EN50561-1:2012 Approved Despite *RSGB* opposition,
the CENELEC Working Group 11 have voted in favour of draft standard *
EN50561-1:2012* for polluting Power Line Communication apparatus.
This draft standard means the polluting radio interference from PLT devices
could be 10,000 times higher than the previous standard EN55022, ruining
people's enjoyment of radio.
Hat off for RSGB and a few other IARU R1 members who took up the fight
To achieve growth and new jobs in the EU-market shortwave will be
One of the most important DX'peditions of the year is about to start.
ZL9HR will be active from the UNESCO World Heritage Campbell Island which is 650Km south of New Zealand in the Great
Southern Ocean. This Sub-Antartic island is sought after not only for DXCC and IOTA (OC-037) awards but I have been informed by August HB9TZA, also for the World Flora and Fauna radio award where the island has the reference ZLFF-019. Please checkout www.wff44.org for details of that competition.
I am glad to report all plans are still on schedule and ZL9HR will be active on all bands from 160m to 6m from November 28th to December 9th from Campbell Island. Here's hoping for mild weather and good propagation for the event.
As always please refer to the DX'Pedition's website zl9hr.com for all details and latest updates.
Thanks, this is Ed VK2JI Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR.
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 25th November. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 30th November 2012. Closing date for this is Thursday 29th November 2012.
Attachments to this issue:
Nomination form for Council Elections
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3
Date: 10 November 2012
The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference,
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3, 15th Triennial Conference was held on 5 - 9 November 2012, hosted by the Vietnam Amateur Radio Club (VARC) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Viet Nam.
The Conference opened on Monday 5th November, under the shadow of the passing away of the former Chairman Michael Owen VK3KI on 22nd September 2012.
The meeting observed a minutes silence in Michael’s memory. Throughout the duration of the conference a series of photographs of Michael were placed on the top table to remember him.
The Conference was declared open by the Chairman of VARC Mr Nguyen Minh Duc 3W2REH. Local officials Mr Lee Manh Ha Vice Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee and Mr Nguyen Van Thu Deputy Manager Radio Frequency Management Department and Director of the Centre for Regional Frequency Management 2 of the Ministry of Telecommunications of Viet Nam warmly welcomed everyone to HCMC.
Mr. Tim Ellam VE6SH President of the IARU and Peter Lake ZL2AZ Chairman of Directors of Region 3 also participated in the opening ceremony. They also paid tributes to Michael Owen on behalf of the IARU, Region 3 and radio amateurs all over the world.
The conference saw participation with a record number of 16 societies in person and one by proxy. (ARRL/ ARSI/ BDARA/ CRSA/ CTARL/ HARTS/ JARL/ KARL/ MARTS/ NZART/ ORARI/ PARA/ RAST/ SARTS/ VARC/ WIA and PIARA represented by JARL. This compares with 10 member societies and 3 proxies at the 14th Regional Conference in Christchurch. Also attending were the IARU President Tim Ellam, from Region 1 President Hans Timmerman PB2T and Secretary Dennis Green ZS4BS and from Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM and Secretary Ramon Santoyo XE1KK.
Terry Carrell ZL3QL from New Zealand was nominated as the Conference Chairman by VARC, and accepted by the conference.
Two Working Groups were formed:
In addition the Finance Committee was convened at times when all delegates were invited and available to participate.
A total of 61 documents were discussed by the Working Groups and recommendations submitted to the conference.
One of the major items for consideration was the possible increase in subscriptions, a subject that had been initiated at the last conference in Christchurch. This has engaged the attention of all societies during the past three years as the current rates of subscription payments just about balanced the expenses of the region without generating much for building up a reserve or covering inflation etc.
The conference debated this issue and recognized the need, and voted for an increase of 20% over the current IARU Region 3 subscription rates.
Two societies had submitted resolutions for increasing the number of directors from the present five to either six or seven to provide greater representation from societies, and to be able to work on the many issues that need attention. This item was discussed in detail and it was agreed by the conference to increase the number to six.
Attendance at APT/APG meetings is vital to the build-up for WRC 15, and budget has provided for the region to be adequately represented.
The conference noted that ORARI were in an advanced stage of preparations to launch an amateur satellite from a launch pad in India.
Steps will also be taken to modernize the IARU Region 3 website.
The Conference accepted a proposal from WIA to sponsor and implement an annual award in memory of the late Michael Owen, VK3KI. It is to be awarded to the highest Region 3 individual score in the annual IARU HF Contest. The WIA will fund and present a suitable trophy each year.
Consequent to the decision of conference to elect six directors the following six nominations were received and declared elected, unopposed:
The Directors then elected Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN as their Chairman, which was endorsed by conference.
Katsumi (Ken) Yamamoto JA1CJP was returned unopposed as Secretary. The auditor was also reappointed.
Most Regional Coordinators were reappointed. The Conference appointed Onno W Purbo YC0MLC to the vacant EMC Coordinator's position due to the resignation of Chang HL3QVU. The EMR Coordinator's position remains vacant after the passing away of Keith Malcolm, VK1KM. The Directors are tasked with finding someone to do this job.
The Administrative Council of IARU met just before the Region 3 conference with Chairman Peter Lake ZL2AZ and Secretary Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP participating on behalf of Region 3, with Shizuo Endo JE1MUI also attending as an observer. The Administrative Council members also participated in the conference.
The Directors of Region 3 also met before the Region 3 conference. Most of their work was concerned with preparation for the conference. The re-elected and new Directors met after the conference, on 10 November, to prepare for the next triennium of work.
The conference was in praise of the VARC organizing committee, headed by Mr Nguyen Minh Duc 3W2REH, and the Royal Hotel Saigon, for their arrangements for meetings etc.
The conference thanked Terry Carrell ZL3QL for taking on the role of conference chairman and conducting the meetings with efficiency.
One invitation was received from ORARI to host the 16th Regional Conference of IARU Region 3 at Jogjakarta in Central Java, Indonesia in late 2015. Presentations were made by ORARI. The conference adopted the motion to hold the next conference in Indonesia.
Secretary, IARU Region 3