NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 272
3 May 2013
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
Debby says…Getting ever so close to conference now, and sadly I have had only one response from branches re awards and recognising members of branches for their service to amateur radio, in the community and nationwide. I fear we are at risk of losing any sponsorship that we have carefully negotiated for just such events.
This is the last opportunity you have this year of nominating any person for the awards I have previously advised, in HQ Info-line and your branch circular.
I will be away on the 16/17 May as I have been generously offered by Tait Mobile Communications to attend the RFUANZ conference to be held here at Te Papa. I am not exactly sure how this may benefit you as members of the Association, but having seen the conference agenda, there are people who will be there that I have dealt or continue to deal with in my role here.
Perhaps understanding what they do in the commercial industry may help you also, I dare-say time will tell.
This said, the next issue of HQ Info-line is due out on the 17th May, so please send any articles you wish to have included early, so I can prepare this and send out to you.
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 272
ZL2WHO has applied for a beacon at Waipuna, located at TOPO50 BJ33 890.46 298.11. The transmit frequency will be 432.271 MHz. This beacon will be co-located with existing beacons on 50.024 MHz and 144.271 MHz.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL
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:
Completed forms should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
70 cm Band Plan Review
Submissions on the 70 cm band plan have closed.
I want to thank those 27 hams who placed a submission or supported other hams. In addition I would like to thank the 3 Branches that also took the time to prepare a submission.
Once analysed, and as soon as practical, we will be putting out a proposed band plan for you to offer any final comments on.
Phil King ZL1PK
Chairman 70 cm Band Plan Review Group
80M PHONE TRANS-TASMAN CONTEST: 11 MAY, 8PM-2AM
The popular 80m phone Trans-Tasman contest is coming around again, and will be held on Saturday 11th of May 2013, from 8pm to 2am NZST. As usual your best 5 hours of the 6 count toward the final result.
Contact as many ZL's and VK's as you can each hour on 80m SSB. Bonus points for QRP, and for each group of 5 different call areas. Full rules and last years results are on the WIA contest pages:
The contest logging software VKCL has been updated to cover the latest revision of the rules. VKCL can be downloaded here:
This is always a great night of contesting, not too long or too serious, but there's enough activity and challenge for an enjoyable evening. For extra fun many stations go portable with simple wire antennas.
160M PHONE & 80/160M CW & DIGITAL TRANS-TASMAN CONTEST: 20 JULY, 8PM-2AM
The 160m phone contest in July is always popular with 160m enthusiasts, and is a great chance to have a go on the band, or to go portable with simple antennas.
The Trans-Tasman CW and Digital contests are held on the same night. They can be entered separately or combined with 160m phone to compete in the multi-mode category. This is a great opportunity for clubs and other multi-op stations to work both bands and all modes with 2 transmitters. CW scores double points this year!
Rules and results on the WIA page above.
2013 Jock White Field Day Report
The weather was excellent over the entire country this year which made for an more enjoyable weekend.
Thanks as usual to all of you that participated, with the same number of field stations there was more activity (4 more branch points than last year for the same number of stations: 35) on 40m than last year which is great to see.
For some reason there were no CW only or overseas entrants, the latter would be explained by the reduced VK activity this year.
The Northern and Central regions first and second place getters swapped positions this year. Napier and South Taranaki were very close in contacts but somehow South Taranaki missed two branch points on 80 which sealed their fate.
Propagation on 80 was better than has been for a while, 40 performed well but with deep QSB on Sunday and the usual dead loss for the first hour or two on the Sunday morning.
With even the ‘big gun’ stations making five contacts or less each for the first hour on 40m on Sunday morning one wonders if we should start 40 at 0700? This has been the situation for a number of years with poor propagation first thing written off by over the horizon radar.
Interest seems to be fading in the single station 80/40 section I will watch this over the next year or so and see how things go.
From my own listening I think there were less poor quality signals around, I only noted one station that was probably running low on ‘volts’. Your average solid state HF transceiver likes to be well fed: keep DC lead resistance low, batteries in good shape and you could consider a DC-DC booster, MFJ have one available.
There are always a few Elecraft kitset transceivers out there, but this year we heard a more basic QRP SSB kit (MKARS 80) on the air from Stewart near Nelson.
A few branches made their first appearance for many years: Far North Districts, Tararua (ZL2AJ as a single operator) and Reefton-Buller (ZL3DAC as a single operator).
Claiming branch points (multipliers)
I understand that when you are scoring your entry and filling in summary sheets many of you are hesitant to claim a callsign for branch number that you fear may not be valid. Each year there are a few stations that appear for a short period, make a few contacts giving out a branch number and then vanish, not achieving the minimum 20 CW or 50 phone contacts on a particular mode/band. Some of these will be obvious to you, others not.
My suggestion is that you go ahead and claim them anyway, I check every summary sheet and have to make corrections every year, it’s not an issue for me.
Contacts needed to become a valid branch point (repeated from last year)
Note that 20 contacts are needed to achieve this on CW for field stations and 50 on phone. These numbers are required as too few contacts mean many teams miss out on the chance to gain that branch point.
It is getting tiresome seeing the same branches year after year coming on and ‘giving out a few contacts’ then going QRT.
Those contacts are of no use, I remove them from the raw data when I calculate the final scores.
Field Stations not submitting logs
There were three stations this year that failed to do so, one achieved the minimum number of contacts the others did not. To find this out requires me to troll through submitted logs to work this out and is a complete waste of my time. It also prolongs the time my family loses partial or complete use of the dining table!
If you operated as a field station you make my day by submitting a log, and vice-versa!
Home stations not valid as branch points
Please note that you cannot claim branch zero
Correct use of Summary Sheets
Another annual problem. Download the sheets and use them to do your scoring. It makes my job much easier, please note this includes sheets two and three for listing callsigns claimed for each branch.
If there is any confusion feel free to email me.
Great contest, 40’ pole broke in half, ‘someone’ forgot to tighten the bolts! Great family weekend and BBQ, nothing burnt this year
Operators well behaved
A very successful club event in glorious weather
My CW is still @$#%, who is at branch ** (deleted but in Taranaki!) that insists on sending at 25 plus WPM!?
80 metres performed more consistently well throughout the contest than in previous years
Less VKs than in previous years
Late starting on Sunday morning “they said the generator would not start!!!”
Thank you for a good experience
As we lost one of our team members to the ZL@%$ team, we should get a percentage of their points!
Full marks to those that dusted off neglected Morse keys and had a go
Deep fading on 40m on Sunday
Supported by a local tractor driver/dairy farmer
Aussie DX poor this year?
Lack of operators this year
Band conditions good, stations just weren’t there
35 Field stations (same as 2012) with 169 operators
Log format (field stations): 26 paper based, 9 electronic
6 Home station entries
Total of 94, maximum available to a field station is 90 (you can’t claim your own branch point) although a home station could claim this many if
80m phone (total 34)
02 03 05 06 08 10 12 18 20 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 34 37 40 50 53 56 58 61 62 63 64 68 69 77 86 87 88
80m CW (total 17)
02 02 05 12 22 24 25 27 28 30 53 56 69 77 86 87 88
40m phone (total 28)
02 03 05 06 08 10 12 18 20 22 25 28 29 30 37 40 56 58 61 62 63 64 68 77 78 86 87 88
40m CW (total 15)
02 03 05 12 22 25 27 28 30 37 56 77 78 87 88
Invalid Multipliers (insufficient contacts made)
80m phone: 13 41
80m CW: 18 29 37 40 41
40m phone: 27 41
40m CW: 29 40 41 86
Received with thanks from home stations: ZL2YT ZL2AFT ZL1RL and ZL4NR
Jock White Field Day manager
Special Event EA3DBE
Members of a local section of URE in Tarragona together with the RADIO CLUB DEL TARRAGONES will activate this special callsign EA3DBE from 13 to 26 of May.
From the above dates, a large number of exhibitions, workshops and conferences how to visitors of Tarraco, one of the most magnificent cities at the time of the Roman Empire. These events take place at Roman monument sites such as the old city walls, the circus, amphitheatre and aqueduct.
In these spectacular settings, different groups give demonstrations of how competitions of gladiators and equine sports took place, or what different aspects of daily life were like in a Roman city.
For more info in http://www.tarracoviva.com
EA3BDE Secretary of URE SL Tarragona
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 2nd June at Conference. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 17th May 2013. Closing date for this is Thursday 16th May 2013.
Attachment – Jock White Memorial Contest Official Results