NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 269
15 March 2013
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
Anyone able to help? Peter Le Quesne ZL4TCC has a request for information as follows:
There was a Ham who got the first message out of Napier by Radio on 3rd February 1931 when the earth quake hit. at 11am his messages were received in Canterbury/Otago at 1pm
Can you assist me in locating any article that may have been published in Break In, I have a feeling there was an article many years ago.
His name was G.E. (Dick) Tyler ZL2GE Vigour Brown Street, Napier.
Peter Le Quesne. ZL4TCC email: email@example.com
Election results will be advised as soon as possible after votes are counted on the 20th March here at NZART headquarters.
A full list of Council members and their biographies will be included in the June Break In.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Technology Convention, Easter, Auckland 2013
Don’t forget to register for Technology Convention, to be held at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall, Auckland over March 30 and 31 (Easter).
See last Infoline or http://www.qsl.net/zl1bq/ for details
Review of 70 cm Bandplan
In response to concerns expressed by a significant number of radio amateurs NZART Council has resolved that there is to be a review of the New Zealand band plan for the 70 cm band. A copy of the current NZART plan is appended below.
At the NZART Council Face to Face Meeting in Wellington on Saturday the 16th of February a working group was formed comprising of Councillors Warren Harris ZL2AJ, Neill Ellis ZL1TAJ and Phil King ZL1PK with members of FMTAG David Andrews ZL2SX, Doug Ingham ZL2TAR and Terry Thomas ZL4TAE. It is intended that it also be discussed at the 2013 Technology Convention over Easter in Auckland.
Submissions are invited from all NZ radio amateurs so that this can be achieved. Please send all submissions either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting to “70 cm Bandplan Review, NZART HQ, PO Box 40525, Upper Hutt 5140.”
All submissions should contain your callsign and contact address.
Some matters you might like to consider in your submission are:
Any issues with the current plan with a solution if possible.
Amateur Television operation in the 70 cm band including both Digital and Analogue and the effects on weak signal operators on the band (Satellite, EME and DX).
Interference to 70 cm operations from Low Interference Potential Devices allowed under the GURL.
70 cm Repeater inputs being in the frequency range of the Low Interference Potential Devices.
Compatibility of our plan with the Wireless Institute of Australia plan, noting that Australia has an additional 10 MHz of spectrum (see below).
Compliance with the IARU Region 3 plan (see below).
Any significant usage or suggestions for future usage that is not covered in the current plan.
Please make your submissions by 20th April 2013.
Jock White Field Day Logs
I have so far received a few logs but there are still a lot more to arrive!
It is vital that I receive all logs for field stations (i.e. if you gave out a branch number other than zero) as it makes my job considerably easier for working out who was a valid multiplier/branch point.
If you do not wish to submit an entry I would appreciate just the raw log sheets. If you are having any difficulty scoring your entry please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address below.
The closing date for logs is the weekend of the 23rd of March. I am flexible so late entries will be accepted within reason but it would be appreciated if you can work to the above date.
Thanks for your help and participation
Stuart Watchman ZL2TW
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. Reception reports are welcome.
Adjustment and testing of the digital modulator is complete. The prototype power amplifier module has been constructed and is now undergoing quality testing. Once testing is complete another three modules will be constructed. The four modules will operate in parallel.
For more information, and frequent updates, go to:
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 269
At its March 2013 meeting, NZART Council approved the following application:
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: 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
The International Amateur Radio Union
IARU Electronic Newsletter
1 March 2013
In this Issue:
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award
UK Amateurs Gain Increased Access to 5 MHz
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
Each year the IARU Administrative Council selects a theme for World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) for the following year. WARD takes place each year on April 18. At the November, 2012 Administrative Council meeting the AC adopted the following proposal: "The theme 'Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications' was adopted for the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2013."
The selected theme for 2013 is a excellent opportunity for amateur radio emergency communications or disaster communications groups to take advantage of the WARD to highlight the role amateur radio plays in disaster communications and disaster response. IARU member-societies could arrange amateur radio demonstrations in public places such as parks or shopping areas. Prepared handouts could explain the benefits of amateur radio in times of emergency or disaster. A ham radio demonstration in public areas usually generates inquiries and questions from the public about amateur radio and it also provides a great opportunity to attract new ham radio operators. If you plan on such a demonstration, don't forget to include some young people from your society so that young people who happen by the demonstration can see that amateur radio activity can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
In 2013, April 18 is a weekday. However, that doesn't prevent the public activity from taking place on the weekend before or after April 18. The idea is to gain as much exposure and publicity for amateur radio as possible.
Emergency communications groups might also combine a public demonstration for WARD with a simulated emergency test (SET).
WARD also provides an opportunity for amateurs to give presentations about ham radio to such groups as civic organizations, charitable groups, etc. For example, Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs are only two of many worldwide organizations who have weekly meetings and these organizations are always looking for interesting and informative programs to present to their membership. There are very few experienced hams who can't talk for 15 or 20 minutes about ham radio in a positive fashion. Don't make the talk too technical. Stress the fun aspects of ham radio and the opportunity to assist in times of disaster. Keep the presentation to about 20 minutes to allow time for questions.
The fact that World Amateur Radio Day only happens one day each year shouldn't prevent IARU member-societies from promoting ham radio all during the year of course. Some member-society officials have expressed concern about a decrease in the number of new amateurs entering ham radio in their country. Upon further examination and discussion, it turns out there are many activities that societies could be involved in to increase public exposure to amateur radio but many are not taking advantage of those opportunities. WARD provides an opportunity to get out and make the effort to show the public what ham radio is about.
And, if your member-society is involved in promoting amateur radio on a regular basis and it has been a success, let me know. I will publicize the activity in this newsletter so that other member-societies can benefit from activities that have attracted people to amateur radio.
IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award
The IARU Administrative Council created the IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award in November, 2012. The Administrative Council Summary Record states: "10.13. The AC created the IARU Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award. A recipient of the award will be named from time to time and the award will be restricted to those individuals who perform above and beyond their volunteer roles either for a specific task or for long standing involvement on behalf of IARU. Nominations for this award should be directed to the IARU Secretary and will be forwarded to the AC for consideration at an AC meeting."
Michael was the President of the Wireless Institute of Australia at the time of his death in September, 2012. He started his involvement in IARU affairs in mid 1970's as a member of the newly formed IARU Region 3 Association, an organization of IARU member-societies in the Asia-Pacific region. He was involved in WARC 1979 when amateur radio gained bands at 10, 18 and 24 MHz. He was heavily involved in WRC 2003 and the Article 25 re-write which contain the rules that apply specifically to the amateur and amateur-satellite services. From 1989-1999, Michael served as IARU Vice President. After stepping down as IARU VP, he became involved in WIA and had an important role in transitioning the WIA from a confederation to a national amateur radio society. He then turned his attention once again to IARU Region 3 and served as Chairman of IARU Region 3 since 2006 until the time of his death.
Michael's enthusiasm and experience was beneficial to all of the IARU member-societies and his passion for amateur radio will remembered well by those who had the good fortune to know Michael.
If you know an any deserving individual who has contributed time and effort to the IARU and the IARU member-societies, please send along the information about the person to me as IARU Secretary and the individual will be considered for the award by the Administrative Council.
Amateur Access to 5 MHz for UK Hams
After 1 January 2013, UK amateurs who hold a "full" license have been allowed to apply to operate on frequencies within the 5 MHz band. Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain for increased access to the 5 MHz (Experimental) Band, Ofcom (the UK independent telecom regulator) secured the agreement of the primary user to increase spectrum access from the current 7 spot frequencies of 3 kHz each. Details of the change can be found at http://www.rsgb.org/committees/spectrumforum/5mhz.php Congratulations to the RSGB for their effort to gain additional access to 5MHz. Let's hope this news encourages some of the other IARU member-societies to approach their telecom authority with a request for access to the 5 MHz if they currently have no operating privileges in that band. (Credit: RadCom, March 2013 issue and RSGB)
73, Rod W6ROD
Distribution Of This E-Letter
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Rod Stafford W6ROD
The IARU E-Letter is published on behalf of the Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union by the IARU International Secretariat. Editor: Rod Stafford, W6ROD, IARU Secretary. Material from The IARU E-Letter may be republished or reproduced in whole or in part in any form without additional permission. Credit must be given to The IARU E-Letter and The International Amateur Radio Union.
Enigma World Code Group and website
The attached flyer and website was designed especially for those interested in learning about and using the German WWII Enigma code. This subject seems to appeal to amateur radio enthusiasts because of the use of code. I encourage all hams to try it out!
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 31st March 2013. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 5th April 2013. Closing date for this is Thursday 4th April 2013.
Attachment – Ham Flyer