NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 264
14 December 2012
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM NZART HQ
In this issue:
Debby Says…well Christmas is almost upon us for another year and it has certainly been a busy one for me here at Headquarters.
The recent membership promotion has been a great success.
A total of 3176 letters were posted to all those who were not presently members of the Association, however there were a couple included whose call signs had changed, but I had neglected to update the NZART database, therefore they too received a letter by mistake.
I am pleased to advise that 236 amateurs have taken the opportunity to join with this special promotional offer. Of those, 115 are newcomers to the Association, with 121 re-joining after a lapsed period.
We must all now strive to retain these members next year when subscription levies return to the normal fee, however I am sure you will continue to encourage their much valued membership.
The special prize draw was conducted under the supervision of the Vice President Stuart Watchman ZL2TW.
The winner of the VHF handheld was Tim Hogan ZL2BI, who was contacted by his local NZART Councillor JohnZL2HD, to congratulate him on his good fortune.
Tim was very pleased to be getting back into amateur radio after more than 10 years away from it. His wife's comment was "I think I've lost my husband to ham radio again!", but she was assured that she could join in as well!
Tim was also presented with a complimentary membership of Branch 74 to go with his new NZART membership and the handheld, and invited to attend the Branch's next meeting. Tim was an active HF contester and was an active branch member in the 1980s and 1990s.
Congratulations on behalf of us all Tim.
Council elections nominations close on the 31st December, so please make sure you have your candidates forms to me by this date.
Remit submissions also close on this date, so if you haven’t already considered these two very important aspects of your Association, you had better get in quick.
Finally, for all those Officers who think they can relax for the holidays, can you please make sure you have your annual reports prepared and forwarded to me by the 24th January.
NZART Headquarters will be closed from 31st December until 15th January.
That’s all from me this year folks…enjoy your holidays and stay safe.
Amateur Access to 600 Metres
As members may be aware, the band 472 kHz to 479 kHz was allocated to the Amateur service for use on a secondary basis at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held earlier this year.
We have now agreed the basis on which New Zealand Amateurs will be given access to this band with the Radio Spectrum Policy and Planning Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment:
· Frequency range: 472 kHz to 479 kHz
· Type of allocation: Secondary (see definition below)
· Power Output: 25 W eirp
· Bandwidth restrictions: None (the previous 200 Hz limit is removed)
As a result of this new allocation, Amateurs will no longer have access to the previous temporary allocation at 505 – 515 kHz. The Ministry has, however, agreed that the temporary use in the band 505 kHz to 515 kHz will be permitted for one further year, until the end of 2013, to provide amateurs with an opportunity to retune and/or rebuild their equipment.
It is intended that the necessary alterations to the Amateur General User Licence will be made early in the New Year.
Definition of Secondary Allocation
For members who are unfamiliar with the concept of a secondary allocation, the following excerpt from the International Radio Regulations may be of interest:
“Allocations are made on a primary or on a secondary basis. Stations of a secondary service cannot cause harmful interference to stations of primary services to which frequencies are already assigned or to which frequencies may be assigned at a later date. Stations of a secondary service cannot claim protection from harmful interference from stations of a primary service to which frequencies are already assigned or to which frequencies may be assigned at a later date.”
Don Wallace, ZL2TLL, NZART Administration Liaison Officer
Annual Conference Masterton 2013
NZART Annual Conference is to be held next year on Queen's Birthday weekend in Masterton at the:
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Wairarapa
Planning is well under way and you can check in on progress at the special web site at www.nzartconference2013.co.nz.
Links to the venue and other sites plus the Conference registration form is also available for download from the site. Be in quick for accommodation as a flat rate applies for any of the rooms including standard right through to the executive suites. See online for more details.
See you there.
David Bray ZL2BA
VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF CONTEST NEWS
Field Day Contest Logs – December 1st & 2nd 2012
Many thanks to the teams who have already submitted their logs. Time is running out for submitting logs. Please send any remaining logs by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Contest Log in the subject line.
The Next Contest
The next contest 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 NZST and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZST.
The contest after that is the Low Band Contest, all bands 50 MHz to 440 MHz, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of April 2013. This is the weekend after Easter. 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
Please include your email address if you wish to receive the results as soon as they are available.
Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest
When: Saturday and Sunday February 23rd and 24th 2013.
Times: (NZDT): 1500 to 2400 Saturday then 0600 to 1500 Sunday
Home stations can also operate in the contest but are strongly encouraged to make a minimum of either 50 phone or 25 CW contacts on 80m and/or 40m and submit logs.
Why not combine the event with a club BBQ / Picnic?
Rules: For the latest version please see: http://www.nzart.org.nz/activities/contest-rules/rules-jock-white-field-day/ Team leaders must be familiar with the rules as on the NZART web site.
Bands, Modes and Power
40 and/or 80 metres, PHONE (SSB) and/or CW, 100 watts maximum.
Stations using two transmitters may operate simultaneously on both bands, however only one transmitter may be operated any one band at any one time. Single transmitter stations may operate on one or both bands.
• Single Operator – unassisted by any other person.
• CW only – single band or two bands
• Phone only – single band or two bands
• 80m only
• Single-transmitter station 40m and 80m
• QRP – 5 watts maximum (WM Hall Memorial Cup)
• Home stations
• Overseas stations in the South Pacific area
If you intend to operate with a branch number that is not that of your ‘home’ branch, please check the branch number section of the rules carefully. If you need any help or clarification please contact me at my e-mail address below.
I am looking forward to hearing you on, I will be active as part of the Marlborough, ZL2KS team.
"IARU Monitoring System Intruder Watch DK9KR retires and hands over to Peter Jost HB9CET
Resignation as a Vice Coordinator of IARU Monitoring System Intruder Watch and as Coordinator of DARC Bandwatch.
Dear fellow Intruder Busters of IARU Monitoring System Region 1.
Sometimes you have to say good bye to activities which you have liked doing for many years:
So I want to inform you that by 31. December 2012 I will resign from both jobs, the Vice Coordinator of IARU Monitoring System Region 1 and the Coordinator of DARC Bandwatch.
I have been a member of DARC Bandwatch for 45 years, and I am a founder member. For 26 years I have been the Coordinator of DARC Bandwatch. My long time job as a Coordinator of DARC Bandwatch was only possible because I had the big help of Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, my Vice Coordinator at DARC-MS, who has been supporting my work for 24 years.
In 2005 at the IARU Region 1 Conference in Davos Wolf Hadel was elected Coordinator of IARU MONITORING SYSTEM Intruder Watch, and I was elected his Vice Coordinator. His enormous dedication made it possible that now we have 24 Intruder Watches in Region 1.
In 2005 there were only 8. DARC Bandwatch is the most active of all Intruder Watches in Region 1. This was only possible by the enormous input of time by both of Wolf and myself. But I must admit that DARC Bandwatch is more or less a "Two-Men-Business". It consists of Wolf Hadel and myself.
We have about 5 (!) regular contributors. The other 38.000 members of DARC apparently do not hear any intruder on exclusive Amateur Radio frequencies or do not report intruders to the Monitoring System. They are taking part in contests instead or try to reach a new country for their QSL collection. This is not very much encouraging for both of us! We have allocated our jobs: Wolf has become a real specialist dealing with digital intruders.
Some years ago the Swiss producer Wavecom has sponsored to him the most sophisticated equipment to take fingerprints from digital signals. Almost every day he would ring up the German Telecoms authorities in Konstanz, our partner, to report an intruder or to ask them to pin point an intruder.
I have been concentrating on Broadcast Intruders and pirates in spoken voice as I speak several languages. When I hear a broadcast intruder in the range 7000 - 7200 kHz I would first inform the German telecoms authorities and IARU MONITORNG System. If there is no ham radio association in such a country (e.g. in Somaliland or Eritrea) I would send emails, faxes and written letters to the relevant embassy in Berlin, to the broadcaster itself and/or to its telecoms authority. In many cases
these actions were successful. The last success was the frequency change of Radio Bangladesh off 7105 kHz.
Also for 25 years in every second edition of CQDL, the pamphlet of DARC, I would write articles about the situation in our bands and invite fellow radio hams to participate in our system. No response from the Brotherhood of Radio Amateurs!
In 2003 prostate cancer was detected in my body. I had to undergo prostatectomy surgery, exposure to radiation therapy and treatments with hormones, new kinds of drugs and chemo therapeutic infusions. In January 2013 I will have to undergo more examinations to detect further growth of the bone metastases in my body and find out new treatment.
Right now I am feeling rather fine. The hair has grown again: When Hans, PB2T, awarded me the IARU Region 1 Medal this summer at Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Fair I had to wear a base cap because all my hair had gone.
In my situation I have thought over my huge commitment of time, some 2 - 4 hours every day during 26 years into the intruder watch monitoring. There are 38.000 members of DARC who are doing absolutely nothing for the defence of our bands, and I would place my alarm clock at 2.30 hours in the early morning to find out the program schedule of Radio Myanmar or Radio Sri Lanka in the 40- m-band... How crazy of me!
OM Peter Jost HB9CET is so kind to be my follower at IARU MONITORING SYSTEM Intruder Watch. Also he has very sophisticated equipment from Wavecom, and he is an experienced monitoring person and has very good contacts to the Swiss telecoms authorities "BAKOM" and also to the Swiss Military. So he really is the right man at the right place.
For DARC OM Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, will be responsible as a coordinator of DARC Bandwatch.
Thank you, dear Peter and Wolf!
I wish Peter and Wolf good luck, and above all, good health for their time consuming and difficult
Thank you for all your good words and support of my work in the past. I greatly appreciate them.
Fraternally yours in the Amateur Radio hobby,
Ulrich Bihlmayer DJ9KR / DL0IW
Vice Coordinator of IARU MONITORING SYSTEM"
The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia, ZL9HR team of ten Amateurs from around the world, arrived safely back on the New Zealand mainland on Tuesday 11th. December having completed operations on Campbell Island in the early hours of Sunday morning 9th. December (local time). On arrival back into New Zealand, the last of the log data was sent to the webmaster and the online log updated. The team of operators then set off back to their homes around the world with undoubtedly memories of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Hi praise for the operation has been received by the pilots from Amateurs around the world and the question most often asked is “where will the HARAOA team go next?” - we'll all have to wait a while before that question can be answered!
Putting on an expedition as big and as remote as this one costs a lot of money and it is not too late to make a small personal contribution to help with the costs if you wish to. This can be done at the website www.zl9hr.com.
The club log Online QSL Request System (OQRS) is active club log for those who wish to request their QSL cards electronically.
Until the next one -
73 Ed, VK2JI, Publicity Officer for ZL9HR.
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 24th February 2013. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 18th January 2013. Closing date for this is Thursday 17th January 2013.