NZART Headquarters Infoline Special Issue 275
21 June 2013
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this issue:
Debby Says…Hopefully you are all staying warm and indoors! As I prepare this week’s edition of HQ Info-line, it was touch and go whether I could get to work.
We should all be thankful we had such a wonderful Summer, although a distant memory now!
Just a reminder when advising of a silent key. I appreciate the notification, and can remove their details from being active in the NZART database, however I need confirmation in writing from a relative or family member that the call sign can be released. I am unable to release call signs within the RSM database unless I have written authority to do so. Refer attached form.
Headquarters will be closed from Monday 8th July to Tuesday 22nd July. For any urgent queries, please contact your local Councillor as follows:
Northern Region - Vaughan ZL1TGC, Neill ZL1TAJ, Phil King ZL1PK, Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
Central - Warren Harris ZL2AJ
Midland - Stuart ZL2TW, Phil ZL3PAH
Southern – Terry ZL4TAE
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
Old Timers’ Club - Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH <email@example.com>
Old Timers' Club-OTC (ZL)
Grand Old Man
Ivan Horn ZL2ATU P.O. Box 7250 Wanganui E-Mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Barry Stewart ZL2RR 1 Caversham Road, Westmere, Wanganui 4501
E-Mail ZL2RR@xtra.co.nz Phone: 06 - 345 4152
Monday Evening SSB Net
Net details: 2030 hrs (local time) each Monday on 3.870 MHz LSB.
Sunday morning AM Net
Net details: Sunday morning at 10.30 am on 3.850 MHz.
The Old Timers Club (ZL) has a provision in its constitution - (4 (c) - to recognise the older amateur with Associate Membership, subject to the following requirements:
Associate Membership; Amateurs of 10 years standing, are of the age of 60 years or over, shall be admitted to the Club as Associate Members without voting rights and be issued with the appropriate certificate.
A one-off membership fee of Ten Dollars is required to be included with any such application.
It is with sadness we farewell the following member:
A minute’s silence was observed on the Monday night net. Our sympathy is extended to his family and friends
There is one new member to welcome this month:
Certificates sent out
The following folk have all received long service certificates:
60 year Certificates:
50 year certificate:
OLD TIMERS CLUB 60th JUBILEE 1953 - 2013:
The ZL Old Timers’ Club (O.T.C.) was founded on 31 May 1953 during an NZART Annual Conference held at Palmerston North. To qualify as an OTC member, one needed to have held an amateur licence for at least 25 years and to be currently active as an amateur. Dan Wilkinson ZL2AB was the first Chairman.
In the year 1923 few households had electricity, radio broadcasting was just getting underway and much of the population had no personal experience of actually listening to a radio themselves. Domestic licences numbered around 4,000 for the entire country! There were a grand total of 30 licensed amateurs in New Zealand. DX was still in its infancy, but local QSO’s were very important as a means of testing one’s station and ‘finding the band’. Under these conditions it is scarcely surprising that all amateurs knew each other - who else would you have contacts with?
By 1933 the number of amateurs had grown to 702, but the number of domestic receiving licences had jumped to 152,000. Radio had arrived. So people, who could build receivers and hear signals on them and even more incredibly, claim to transmit radio signals over great distances to other enthusiasts, would have been noteworthy indeed, in their local community.
Many of these hams that had been ‘early adopters’ of radio knew they were on the leading edge of a technological wave and were rightly proud of their achievements. They seemed to have been a competitive bunch both technically and operationally. Apart from the long-distance DX achievements, one might say that he was the first to have a ‘rack and panel’ transmitter, another that he was the first to have crystal control, the first to work England on phone and so on. But they were realistic too, James Clerk Maxwell conceived the waves and Heinrich Hertz generated and detected them. Everyone else was second.
By the early 1950’s, radio was an established fact of life for everyone in New Zealand. In 1955 509,000 households had at least one radio, often with short-wave and an outside aerial. VHF vehicle radio for taxis, fire services and so on, was booming. TV was expected ‘soon’.
Single Side band was the coming thing in HF amateur radio and solid state was getting under way. Some of those who were proud of their involvement in radio from the “beginning” felt it was time to ensure that their veteran status was recognised in some way. Old timers’ clubs had already been formed in the USA and elsewhere, so why not here?
This idea was seen as elitist by some and others felt that the 25 year qualifying period was too long and should be reduced to 20 or 21 years or that professional radio qualifications and experience should count. However, the Old Timers Club went ahead anyway and many, but not all, of those qualified to join, did so.
The charge of elitism is emotive rather than factual. There was never any intention on the part of the founders that the OTC be exclusive. To join, all one needed to do was have held an amateur licence for at least 25 years. As the earliest adopters died off, the rest of us would move up the ladder, with new members joining as they qualified. Today there are over 500 current members and associate membership is available to hams over 60. There is a processing fee on joining to defray costs, but no subscriptions. Joining OTC is an affirmation of your interest and support for amateur radio itself.
Still, twenty-five years of amateur radio seems an impossibly long time when one first comes on the air, but 25 years later, it seems no time at all. One amateur might sign up to join the OTC immediately one’s 25th ham birthday arrives. Another might put off joining the OTC because he or she doesn’t feel quite old enough, not just yet!
Old Timers used to be easy to spot because they mostly had 2-letter call signs. But the 2-letter call sign is no longer a reliable guide. Changing policies in call sign allocation have put paid to that. Alarmingly, some old timers now look younger than me!
So what binds people that join the old timers club, together? I suspect that it is a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded individuals with a shared history. True, the earliest adopters and oldest old timers have mostly passed on, but today, every old timer knows absolutely, that he or she shares at least 25 years of experience in common with every other member of the Old Timers Club. Not a bad basis for having a chat or striking up a new friendship, now that none of us can recall the name and call sign of every ham in New Zealand. Real old timers are the ones you know.
It is the duty of the old to remember the past and the young to take the present into the future. Some old timers do both. The ‘modern’ present will become the quaint and then the distant past. Depend on it!
(This is an edited reprint of a 2003 article by Mike ZL2BCW)
Monday evening on air OTC net
The ZL6OTC “On Air” net details are 2030 hrs (local time) each Monday evening on 3.870 MHz LSB and all are welcome to check-in and say hello.
Many thanks go to the contributors who help make this column happen with their input: ZL2ATU, ZL2RR and others.
The OTC column in Break-In is a forum for members to publish a letter, or an article. OTC readers, along with association members, will all enjoy reading and hearing about other radio amateurs experiences, both past and current.
Contributions can be technical, an account of first involvement with early amateur radio, nostalgia, along with vintage radio which all provides an invaluable source of information on the history of their hobby.
The “Old Timers’ Club” was essentially a social organisation, and that is still current today.
Articles relating to all aspects of OTC, are most welcome, and to be addressed to: Stephen Hayman, ZL1TPH; Postal address, 68 Kath Hopper Drive, Orewa, 0931 or via email to <email@example.com> We also accept large picture files sent via email and will transcribe hand written letters to text. 73, Stephen ZL1TPH
Branch 86 Musick Point Radio Group has applied for a 2-metre Digipeater, located at TOPO50 BA32 696201. The transmit and receive frequency will be 144.675 MHz, in accordance with the bandplan. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 86 Musick Point Radio Group has applied for a 70-centimetre Digipeater, located at TOPO50 BA32 696201. The transmit and receive frequency will be 432.675 MHz, in accordance with the bandplan. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
FINAL RECOMMENDATION TO NZART COUNCIL
The following application was published as a Proposal in HQ Infoline 273. No comments have been received.
Branch 26 Nelson has applied for a one-way link from Grampians, located at TOPO50 BQ26 234283. The transmit frequency will be 438.900 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: 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
From the VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Committee
Just a reminder that time is running out for the submission of Contest Logs for the Hibernation Contest, held on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of June 2013.
The next contest is the Brass Monkey Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of August 2013.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Contest Log in the subject line.
IARU HF World Championship
Annual IARU HF World Championship Contest is to take place on July
Please find attached the outline of the contest and full details at the URL
I wish many HQ stations as well as R3 Directors to participate in the
Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
Secretary, IARU Region 3
Next NZART Official Broadcast is on Sunday 30th June. Next HQ-Infoline e-mailed on FRIDAY 5th July. Closing date for this is Thursday 4th July 2013.
Attachment – IARU HF World Championship
Silent Key Call Sign Removal form.