In past years it has been our practice to send out renewal reminder invoices to all non-financial members from the previous year.
This year we (Evan & myself) have included those members in the mailing list for the first issue of Break In for the year, but have not updated their expiry date, nor included voting papers, in the hope this will alert them to renew or contact me to confirm renewal.
I am pleased to advise that so far this has proven to be very successful and the additional cost is nominal to us. Plus savings are made for postage as Break In has already been received.
There are some members whose expiry dates have not been updated due to a small glitch in our file, however they WILL have received their voting papers in with their Break In, so rest assured payment has been received.
Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27th February.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
BRANCH 74 – WELLINGTON VHF GROUP
DIGITAL TELEVISION TEST TRANSMISSIONS FROM MT BELMONT
The first test transmission, in cooperation with users of the adjacent spectrum, was a success and the station has been cleared to continue transmitting.
The coverage of the station is now being measured. Reception reports are welcome.
The transmission should be receivable over a 180° arc, from the North West, through North East, to the South East. There are likely to be two nulls: one in the direction of Titahi Bay and the other in the direction of Seaview. Transmissions over the remaining 180° arc are likely to be weaker.
Look for an unmodulated CW carrier on 506 MHz, in the centre of the licensed channel, on horizontal polarisation. The maximum EIRP is +20 dBW (100 Watts), towards the North East.
The CW transmission will continue until the digital modulator is ready.
For more information, and frequent updates, go to: www.vhf.org.nz
ZL2WHO has applied for a 2-metre beacon at Waipuna, co-located with the existing 6-metre beacon, at TOPO50 BJ33 890.46 298.11. The frequency will be 144.271 MHz.
None this time.
COMMENTS AND APPLICATIONS
Please send your comments and suggestions on the above, and on any other FMTAG matters, by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
As at Thursday, the 14th of February, 2013, logs had been received from:
ZL2ADU, ZL2BKC, ZL2KG and ZL4AA. Many thanks.
THE NEXT CONTEST
The contest 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:
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
Wanganui Amateur Radio Club – Junk Sale
Date: Saturday May 4th, 2013.
Venue: Wanganui Intermediate School Hall, Dublin Street
Start: Auction starts at 10am.
Lots accepted from 4pm on Friday 3rd May 2013.
Sellers pay 15% commission with a max of $20 on any one item.
Accounts will be run. (to be settled on sale day before goods uplifted)
Bids will be possible only by registered bidder number.
Bidders must register with a $5 fee. This will also cover the sale catalogue.
Cash, Cheque or EFTPOS accepted.
Clean out your shack and help us kick-off this iconic sale again!
For further information contact Graham Hawtree ZL2AHR PH: 06 3447501 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jeff Howe ZL2THO PH: 06 3444302 email@example.com
NZART Conference 2013 – Branch 46 Masterton
Home of the Golden Shears
Queens Birthday weekend 31st May – 2nd June 2013
Venue: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Wairarapa, High Street, Masterton
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Wairarapa
On the outskirts of Masterton, Wairarapa's largest town, the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped parklands with its own native bush walks and fragrant gardens. The hotel and resort provide 102 bedrooms, leisure and business facilities including three restaurants and bars, gym, swimming and spa pools, tennis and squash courts, seven conference rooms and business centre. and golf driving range on site.
The hotel holds a Qualmark 4 Star Plus and Enviro-Gold rating and is easily accessible from both Wellington and Auckland by road, rail and air.
Ring Copthorne Hotel on 0800 765 929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the group booking reference number 67866 for a flat rate for any room (standard and luxury)of $145 per night. There is also free parking available for campervans (non powered site) at the location.
There are also plenty of other hotels and motels no more than 10 minutes driving time from the venue to suit your budget.
Please contact the committee for further information or suggestions at email@example.com or visit the conference web site nzartconference2013.co.nz or Postal address of Branch 46 NZART Conference 2013,PO Box 860, Masterton
See you there.
David Bray ZL2BA
Special Event – Grey Point Fort
Dear New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters,
I would like to introduce ourselves as a group of Radio Amateur restoring Grey Point Fort, a WW1 Coastal Defence Fort located in Helens Bay, Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland.
We would like to inform you that we will be running a special event station with the three Special Event Callsigns allocated to Grey Point Fort.
GB0GPF - GN0URN - MN0GPF
For a 48 hour special event, starting at 1700hrs UTC 31st May 2013 to 1700hrs UTC 2nd June 2013
An award certificate is available for contact with all three special event stations (sample on web site)
The Special Event is under the heading “A Moment of Remembrance” and is;
“To honour all who left us too soon, whose lives were cut short and those who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the precious gift of life and security.
Every life lost is a tragedy; it is a loss to each nation and to the families who grieve.
No one can take away the sorrow that comes to the families of the fallen, we can only say that they served in a noble and necessary cause and their sacrifice has made their nations more secure.
We owe them nothing less than to remember all of them and keep their memories alive in our hearts”.
We would also like you to know that we come from all walks of life, movie stars, missionaries, doctors, students, politicians and just plain people like ourselves, but we all have one common interest - In radio communications.
We also believe that age, nationality, disability, political and ethnic barriers are non-existent in our hobby and we all strive to promote international friendship and understanding throughout the world.
We all would like to ask, if you all, would consider taking part in the event.
If it is your wish to take part in the event, could you possibly send us your callsign/club callsign, email address and website address, we feel that since you have taken the time to show interest in the event that we will publish your callsign/club callsign and website URL on our webpage in the hope that we can spread international friendship.
Where: Aboard the Battleship New Jersey - CALL SIGN: NJ2BB Representing The BNJARS (Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station)
When:Phone:First full weekend in March March 2-3, 2013). Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday. Contest Period: 48 hours.
Objectives: W/VE amateurs work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.
DX stations work as many W/VE stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible. The QSL Route: QSL Info: QSL Manager is KB2BRR
QSL via the Bureau or send SASE with US Postage, or SAE with IRC or "Green Stamp" to:
Margaret Burgess, KB2BRR 150 Schooner Ave Barnegat, NJ 08005 USA
Break-In-Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the March/April issue of Break-In-closes on 10 March 2013.
Copy for Break-In: Copy is welcome in most electronic formats but word.doc files are preferred. Photos and other graphics should be send as separate discrete files (*.jpg preferred); not as embedded pix in the body of the text. Please ensure that suitable descriptive captions/legends are included with your copy. All received copy will be acknowledged to confirm receipt. Thank you for your cooperation. John Walker ZL3IB Editor.
Break-In: Early receipt of copy is much appreciated
Break-In-AREC Column: The close-of-copy date is the 5 March 2013 for articles for publication in the AREC COLUMN OF BREAK-IN. Photos, if available, to be on a separate floppy or CD (with captions), posted DIRECTLY TO US. Use the Call Book address. All other material can go to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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