From the desk of HQ – Council Election nominations
Review of 70cm Bandplan
Jock White Field Day
IARU R1 – Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs.
Debby says…I have been requested by the Returning officer to advise the upcoming election nominees.
As you can see there will only be voting required in the Midlands region for 2 Councillors, three nominees have been submitted.
There are also 2 nominees for President; therefore all current financial transmitting members will receive voting papers to vote.
The following will be published in the Jan/Feb issue of Break In due out next week.
Elections will be held in February/March 2013 for the following positions on the NZART Council: President and Councillors representing the Midlands Electoral District.
Nominations for the positions on Council have been received from:
President (1 Required)
John Andrews ZL2HD
Vaughan Henderson ZL1TGC
Northern Electoral District (3 Councillors Required)
Neill Ellis ZL1TAJ
Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
Phil King ZL1PK
No election required
Central Electoral District (3 Councillors Required)
Warren Harris ZL2AJ
Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ
Ted Linney ZL2TB
No election required
Midlands Electoral District (2 Councillors Required)
Ann Fraser ZL3TNT
Philip Holliday ZL3PAH
Stewart Watchman ZL2TW
Southern Electoral District (1 Councillor Required)
Terry Thomas ZL4TAE
No election is required for councillors representing the Northern, Central or Southern Electoral Districts as the nominations received in each district equals the number of councillors required.
All association members entitled to vote will therefore receive a ballot paper for the Presidential Election. The Ballot paper for Association members from within the Midlands District will be included with the ballot paper for the election of the Association President.
Those members entitled to vote who receive Break-In will receive their voting paper, instructions and envelopes with the January/February edition of Break-In. Other Association members who do not receive a personal issue of Break-In, but are entitled to vote will have the respective paper and envelopes mailed to them.
Evan T Sayer
8 January 2013
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Review of the 70 Centimetre Band Plan
NZART Council has decided a review of the current 70 cm Bandplan is desirable as a conflict with the IARU Region III Bandplan has been identified by a number of formal complaints to both NZART and Radio Spectrum Management (RSM). Council considers it part of its responsibilities to amateur radio that it reviews the Bandplans when significant changes occur in the use of the spectrum.
This proposed review is now on the agenda of the Council Face to Face (FTF) meeting in February and it is hoped that submissions will be called for shortly afterwards. The review is also planned to be a discussion topic at the Technology Convention in Auckland, where it is anticipated it will be presented as a Draft Final Recommendation for comment, before being presented to NZART Council.
Due to the discrepancy between the NZART 70 cm Bandplan and the IARU Region III Bandplan, the review will give consideration to concerns regarding the operation of Amateur Television. It will also consider interference received from UHF Low Interference Potential Devices – LIPD's by equipment we operate such as 70 cm repeaters (the National System was re-engineered to be resistant to this some time ago).
NZART Council will seek feedback from existing operators on the 70 cm band. We are interested in any interference presently being received or perceived may occur in the future whilst operating on this band.
NZART will soon be inviting comment from parties interested in providing submissions to a Committee appointed at the Council FTF to do this review. Submissions from 70 cm Band users on the current 70 cm Bandplan and any issues perceived with it, or suggestions to improve it will be most useful.
Neill Ellis ZL1TAJ and Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
For NZART Council
Jock White Field Day
Coming up on 23rd and 24th February. Full details on the NZART web site:
By now you should be planning your field station: operators, site, power source, radios, antennas, shelter and last but not least, food and drink.
This year the Kapiti Coast Museum plan to operate as a home station using the special call sign ZL6KCM, you can count them as contact points but like any home station, they are not valid as a branch point.
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1
Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs
11th World High Speed Telegraphy Championship
22-26 September 2013
Bulletin No 1
(28 January 2013)
Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) is pleased to invite High Speed Telegraphy (HST) teams, individual competitors and visitors/guests from all over the world to 11th World HST Championship to be held in Bulgaria in September 2013.
The Championship will be held in Borovets, 70 km south of capitol Sofia (60 km from Sofia Airport). Borovets is one of well known Bulgarian mountain resorts situated in Rila Mountain at height 1200 m above see level.
Correspondence and information:
Address for correspondence: BFRA, P.O. Box 830, BG-1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Some of the teams travel, as tradition, by their own bus/cars. Suitable transportation will be organized for the rest, who will arrive at Sofia Airport or Sofia Railway Station.
The accommodation and the competition will be organized in a luxury four-star hotel.
Double and triple rooms with WC, bath, TV and Wi-Fi Internet are provided. Single accommodation is available upon request (see bellow). Accommodation prior and post Championship is also available upon request.
The weather in this period of the year is stable, usually sunny, with daily temperatures 18-19 degrees C, early in the morning down to 8 degrees C.
The citizens of majority countries expected to take part in the Championship do no need visa to enter Bulgaria. Those societies that need visa will be informed accordingly after receiving their Letter of Intent.
Program of the Championship:
22 September, Sunday – Arrival, accommodation, official opening;
23 September, Monday – Competition, awarding;
24 September, Tuesday – Competition, awarding;
25 September, Wednesday – Day off, excursion, awarding, closing ceremony and banquet (hamfest);
26 September, Thursday – Departure.
Entry fee and terms of payment:
There are lots ofoptions depending on the status of the participants, needs of accommodation/full board, and date of payment as follows:
Premium fee (payment till 30 June 2013) per person
Late fee (payment after 30 June or upon arrival) per person
Full package for competitors and team leaders including accommodation, all-inclusive full board, participation fee, excursion, banquet
Reduced package for competitors and team leaders including participation fee, excursion, banquet
Full package for visitors including accommodation, all-inclusive full board, excursion, banquet
Reduced package for visitors including excursion and banquet
Special package for newcomer societies (participating for first time in World/Regional Championship) including accommodation, all-inclusive full board, participation fee, excursion, banquet
Single accommodation – the relevant price above plus EUR 50,-per person.
The price from Sofia Airport (or Railway Station) to Borovets and back is EUR 20,- per person.
1. Please find enclosed a LETTER OF INTENT. It must be fulfilled and sent back to reach the organisers at least on 28 March 2013.
2. All additional information and next Bulletins will be distributed only to societies that have responded and only to the contact person regarding the Championship.
3. Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs would like to draw your attention on the fact that the Championship will be held in a season when all the hotel reservations must be made in advance. Therefore BFRA will consider all late entries (received after 28 March 2013) with a willingness to help but without any guarantee that they will be satisfied and participants accepted.
Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs
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