Branch secretaries will all receive a circular from headquarters in the coming week, included in this will be the branch membership names of all those who are current financial members of the Association. This ensures your vote is counted on the remit to be discussed at the upcoming AGM in Masterton.
This is your last chance for branches to send their nominations, for
Young amateur of the year (2012), Amateur of the Year (2012), and the Jumbo Godfrey service award.
Please send in all nominations to me by the end of April. We are very lucky to have two sponsors for the Young Amateur and Best Examination Result for under 20 years old. So be sure to send in those nominations.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
NZART Council is calling for expressions of interest for the following Officer Vacancy. All applicants must be NZART members.
Applicants for this role can be located anywhere in New Zealand. The ideal person for this role would have experience in the area of VHF/UHF/SHF operating and/or contesting.
The VHF, UHF and SHF Records Co-ordinator reports to NZART Council through the Officer Liaison Councillor.
The position is voluntary, however operating expenses will be refunded as per the NZART policy on officers expenses.
Applications for this position will be accepted from interested persons in writing with supporting documentation through the General Secretary, NZART, PO Box 40525, Upper Hutt 5140.
This advertisement is authorised by NZART Council.
World Amateur Radio Day
On April 18, 2013 we’ll celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day on the 88th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU.
This theme for this year World Amateur Radio Day is:
“Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications”
The REP-Rede dos Emissores Portugueses with the group the operators, will activate the special callsign CR5IARU from April 13 to 19, 2013 on all bands.
QSL via CT1REP (bureau or direct).
Logs will be available in ClubLog.
Branch 74, The Wellington VHF Group, has been granted the special callsign ZL2WARD for World Amateur Radio Day 2013, Thursday 18th of April.
The station will be active on The National System, and possibly on other bands.
An email QSL Card will be sent to all stations requesting one.
Branch 74 – WELLINGTON VHF GROUP
Digital Television Test Transmissions from Mt Belmont
The unmodulated CW carrier on 506 MHz has been turned off, on completion of coverage testing. Our thanks go to everyone who provided reception reports.
The digital exciter has been completed and successfully passed all tests.
Four power amplifier modules have been constructed and tested with the digital exciter. Their gain and linearity match within half a dB. The four modules will operate in parallel to achieve the licensed output power.
A prototype 2-way splitter, being one third of the 4-way drive splitter, has successfully passed all tests. A similar prototype, a 2-way combiner designed for higher power operation, being one third of the 4-way output combiner, is under construction.
REMINDER – THE LOW BAND CONTEST IS TOMORROW AND SUNDAY
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.
The operating times are: Saturday 1700 to 2300 NZ Daylight Saving Time and Sunday 0700 to 1300 NZ Standard Time. Remember to put your clocks back one hour before operating on Sunday morning.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 270
Branch 26 Nelson has applied for a one-way link from Grampians, located at TOPO50 BQ26 234283. The transmit frequency will be 439.350 MHz. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 49 Westland has applied to transfer its 6 metre beacon to Stafford, located at TOPO50 BU18 417747. The Branch has requested a change of transmit frequency to 50.055 MHz. The new frequency has been coordinated with Region 3 IARU. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 49 Westland has applied to transfer its 2 metre beacon to Stafford, located at TOPO50 BU18 417747. The transmit frequency will be unchanged at 144.286 MHz. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
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
Break-In-Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the March/April issue of Break-In-closes on 10 May 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 May 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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