Wellington VHF Group report Digital TV Testing at Belmont
DARC Hamvention 2013
Not too much news this issue, however a reminder to get your voting papers completed and posted to the Returning Officer before 20th March.
Please remember to place your name address and call sign details on the outer (larger/prepaid) envelope, to ensure your vote is valid.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Technology Convention, Easter, Auckland 2013
It’s now time to register for Technology Convention, to be held at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall, Auckland over March 30 and 31 (Easter).
The programme includes presentations on a Loop antenna design and experimental tuning tool; Using the maritime AIS system as a propagation indicator; Digital ATV – the Wellington and Auckland experiences to date; Oscillators and their design; Weaver method of SSB generation; Digital mobile radio technology update; forum – you opportunity to discuss current issues; a mobile rally and much more.
On Saturday night come and socialise with your partner at a “Meal and Movie”. On Easter Monday a visit to the Warkworth AUT Radio Telescope has been arranged for those of you who are staying on.
Full weekend registration is $50.00 plus $25 per person for Saturday night. Day only registration is $30.00. Further information and a registration form is available at www.qsl.net/zl1bq If paying by internet banking, please make payment to account 12-3020-0473626 and include your name/callsign with “Easter” in the reference field. If you prefer, registration with payment can be made to “Easter Convention”, PO Box 10138, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446.
None this time.
FINAL RECOMMENDATION TO NZART COUNCIL
Published as a Proposal in HQ Infoline number 267, for the information of, and seeking comments from, members. No comments have been received.
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.
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:
Our thanks to the 47 stations that took part in the contest.
Congratulations to the overall winning 2-man team ZL1AA (10678 points), closely followed by single operator ZL2BKC (9851 points), and by the 2-man team ZL4AA (3694 points).
The full results are available at: www.vhf.org.nz
THE NEXT CONTEST
The next 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: 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.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF Group
DIGITAL TELEVISION TEST TRANSMISSIONS FROM MT BELMONT
Transmission of the unmodulated CW carrier continues on 506 MHz, with horizontal polarisation. The maximum EIRP is +20 dBW (100 Watts) towards the North East.
Calibrated coverage measurements, at more than twelve locations, confirm that the transmit antenna is performing as expected. Reception reports are welcome.
The transmission is receivable over a 180° arc, from the North West, through North East, to South East. There are two minimas: one in the direction of Titahi Bay and the other in the direction of Seaview. Transmissions over the other 180° arc, from South East, through South West, to North West are about 20 to 26 dB weaker.
The “breadboard” version of the digital modulator was completed on Wednesday (27th February) and is now undergoing intensive quality testing.
Components have been ordered for constructing the permanent power amplifier.
For more information, and frequent updates, go to: www.vhf.org.nz
DARC HAMVENTION 2013
The 64th Lake Constance Convention and the HAM RADIO 2013, both organised by DARC, Germany's most prominent amateur radio club, will take place
from Friday, June 28th until Sunday, June 30th, 2013 in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance.
We very much hope that many representatives of the IARU member societies will be able to join us this year.
As in previous years we have been able to obtain a discounted rate for you at the “Seehotel”. Further details can be found in the attachment.
You can register and also make a hotel reservation by emailing or faxing the attached reservation form to Mrs. Simone Blümer at DARC.
We would also be very pleased to welcome you at the “Informal International Meeting for Representatives of IARU Member Societies”.
This year it will be held at the Zeppelin-Museum (www.zeppelin-museum.de) on Friday, June 28th at 18:30. We will organize a shuttle bus that will take you there from the exhibition halls.
Further details will be communicated in due time.
Please note that thanks to Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R and his team at ARRL we will again be having a booth in Dayton this year, so please make sure that you stop by and say hello.
Otherwise, you are of course always welcome to contact me by email.
Looking forward to meeting you in Friedrichshafen (and in Dayton)!
Break-In-Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the March/April issue of Break-In-closes on 10 March 2013.
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