NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 280
6th September 2013
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
Vaughan ZL1TGC announced on the Official Broadcast last Sunday night that the one letter call sign stand down period of 6 months has been reconsidered by RSM. This essentially means that if proof of use can be submitted at the time of an application, the one letter temporary call sign can be reissued to the current holder at the end of the 12 month period.
I would also like to add that if your previous certificate of competency does not include a photo, that when submitting the application for your one letter call sign, please send a passport photo with it. It is now a mandatory requirement of RSM for all new and updated certificates to have a photo ID included on them.
I have another request for information, this time on a long since deceased amateur by the name of David Richard Gardner ZL1KM. David lived in the Rotorua area some 20 years ago, so anyone who has any information on his amateur radio activities, could you please contact me by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2, Reciprocal Licensing – Japan
NZART is pleased to advise members that the New Zealand Administration (MBIE) and Japanese Administration (MIC) have signed an agreement formalising reciprocal licensing between the two countries.
Under the agreement:
3. From the VHF/UHF/SHF Contest Committee
The next contest is the Microwave Contest, all bands 921 MHz and up, on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of October 2013.
The contest after that is the Field Day Contest, all bands 50 MHz and up, on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of December 2013.
For all contests, the operating periods are 1700 to 2300 on the Saturday, and 0700 to 1300 on the Sunday, NZ local time.
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.
4. YL Activity Week
YL Activity Week
WARO is inviting all YL’s to join us in a week of Amateur Radio fun.
This is not a contest, this is a chance for WARO members and YL’s from around New Zealand to get together on Amateur radio and help promote Women in Amateur Radio.
We will be however asking contacts to be logged as we will give the person with the most YL contacts a certificate at the end of this week.
Dates: Sunday 24th November to Sunday December 1st 2013.
Frequency 80 meters 3695
20 meters National System. 2m/Repeaters.
Time: 8pm to 9pm every night (2000 to 2100hrs)
We encourage all WARO members to participate and would like all other YL’s to come up on air and have a contact with other ladies.
Amateur radio is much fun so why not come and join us, and have a contact and conversation with some amazing women in and around New Zealand.
5. FMTAG Notes
A REMINDER THAT FMTAG HAS ONLY ONE EMAIL ADDRESS
Please send all emails, on FMTAG matters, via the FMTAG email reflector, rather than to individual email addresses, to ensure that all members of FMTAG receive a copy of the email in a timely manner:
CALL BOOK REPEATER, BEACON AND LINK STATION LISTS
Our thanks to all Branches that provided their information, and for helping make the next Call Book the most accurate yet.
The following Branches missed the publication cut-off date:
20 Manawatu 37 Southland
56 Christchurch West 62 Reefton-Buller
The following applications are published for the information of, and inviting comments from, NZART members.
Branch 18 Hutt Valley has applied for a HF Access station at Birch Street, located at TOPO50 BQ32 610359. The transmit and receive carrier frequencies will be: 3.675 MHz LSB, 3.677 MHz LSB, 3.850 MHz AM, 7.075 MHz LSB, 7.083 MHz LSB, 7.175 MHz LSB, 14.200 MHz USB and 14.225 MHz USB. In addition, 3.900 MHz USB will be for AREC use only. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 27 New Plymouth has applied to relocate its 720 repeater to Mangorei Road, located at TOPO50 BH29 912603. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that the repeater can remain on the existing channel: repeater transmit on 147.200 MHz, and receive on 147.800 MHz, and that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for a 70-centimetre digital repeater at Colonial Knob, located at TOPO50 BP31 516426. The repeater will transmit on 439.250 MHz and receive on 434.250 MHz The modulation modes will be: ETSI ETS 102 361 DMR and EIA P25 Phase 1. 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
6. Request for Photographs for NZART Promotional Material
NZART Council is preparing a promotional power-point for members to use. The aim is to feature as much New Zealand activity as possible in the photographs used.
If you have high-resolution photos of such activities as: mobile operation, portable/hill top operation, AREC, home construction etc. then please contact Stuart Watchman at the e-mail address below.
Please note: we request that photos submitted would become copyright to NZART.
Regards, Stuart ZL2TW for NZART Council.
7. Trikeri Lighthouse Activity
The following Greek radio-amateurs:
SV4AFY XYL Katerina
will activate, for second time after 5 years, the Trikeri Lighthouse, with identification number ARLHS GRE-128. You can browse our old SY4LH DXpedition back to 2008 here.
The Trikeri Lighthouse activation will take place during 07 - 10 September with the special call sign J44LH.
The lighthouse is situated on Point Kavoulia, about a ten-minute hike from the Geroplina Settlement of Trikeri, in the Gulf of Pagasitikos.
Locator: 39.05.77N 23.03.05E Grid square: KM19MC
You will be able to hear us on all bands, 160m-6m in such modes as CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY.
Equipment: YAESU FT-897, ICOM IC-706ΜΚΙΙG, Yaesu FT-101ZD.
Antennas: HF Extended Double Zeppelin 20+20m, Multiband Delta Loop (40-10M), 10m end fed Vertical, 3 PC with MixW & Wintest.
QSL Manager: SV4FFL
Should you require further information or clarification, please contact Costas SV4FFL on: +30 6945 886306 or via email: sv4ffl( at )raag.org
CU on the Air 73 de Costas SV4FFL on behalf of J44LH team.
8. Train the Trainers. (Excel Spreadsheet attached refers)
A “Train the Trainers” course is planned to be held over Labour Weekend (26-28 October) this year in Taupo. The format of the weekend course will be to provide a training course for new amateurs, with trainers sitting in and participating to gain the skills and confidence required to run a course of their own back at their own Branch.
Trainees will have the opportunity to gain their amateur radio certificate of competency, along with the theory required to carry out amateur radio in New Zealand.
Trainers will gain the teaching methods and skills required to take such classes for themselves.
Combined this is designed to create an environment where branches can boost the amateur radio population, as well as gaining new members for the club and NZART.
Saturday morning 0730 - Meet and greet
Saturday 0800 - Course begins
Saturday 1700 - Course Day 1 ends - some homework given
Sunday 0800 - Day 2 course begins
Sunday 1700 - Day 2 Course Ends
Monday 0800 - Day 3 begins
Monday 1100 - Day 3 Course ends - Question and answer time
Monday 1200 - 1230 - Lunch
Monday 1230 - Exam
Monday 1400 - Course ends
Morning, afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.
All participants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation costs. Your branch may like to fund this for you.
Course costs are as follows
Trainers - $50
Trainees - $55 to participate, + $95 for call sign allocation if successful.
How to apply
Please fill out the form (attached) along with payment of either $50 for a trainer or $55 for a trainee.
Applications for the course will close on Saturday 5th of October. After this time if there are too few participants the course may be postponed or cancelled. A full refund will be provided.
This weekend does fall on CQWW weekend so please keep this in mind when applying.
9. Amateur Radio Mobile Homes
Community of interest in amateur radio mobile homes
Amateur radio in the camper is on the rise. You see it in the visitor the HAM radio.
The RV park is almost full. And all have radio on board. All are on 2m,
QRV on HF and 70cm. Many also send APRS positions. But no one knows what you
for an icon (ICON) is to send as WOMO. And where one is seen. We have a
new website made the camping cars all around the world, where it displays send the correct ICON.
The Community of interest in amateur radio mobile homes intended to bring together the community of amateur radio mobile home drivers.
It is interesting if you like the holiday can be found at any place of the world. The Community of interest in amateur radio mobile homes is no club, so too should it not be, but can only be understood as a support of the hobby amateur radio.
How will appear on the website, there is described in detail under the INFO button.
So, all driving a WOMO, look at the website and find out.
By the way, on 2m, 145.500 MHz is one standby when traveling. We meet on the street.
73 good trip
Rolf Behnke DK4XI
Maritime Mobil Net INTERMAR
8.00h & 16.30h UTC 14313KHz
10. World’s First Trans-World Radio Contact – 90 year Celebration details
It happened on the 18th of October 1924 between 0615 to 0730 UTC on 80 meters....
The World’s First Trans-World contact took place between Frank Bell Z4AA. A sheep farmer in Shag Valley NZ and Cecil Goyder an 18 yrs old student at Mill Hill School using the call sign G2SZ in London.
To celebrate this historic occasion a group of serious DXers have managed to arrange for the call ZL90DX (still to be confirmed) and we intend celebrating not only this historic event next year but also Frank Bell’s other major DXers events this year, like;
the first ZL VK contact in 1923, the first ZL LU contact 1924, the first ZL W contact 1924 and finally with something big the ultimate of the first trans-world contact in October 1924.
Please feel free to contact me ZL2CC for further information if you would like to get involved. I’m just one of the group, not the boss.
Mike S Mather
Fortiter et celeriter
11. World’s First Trans-World Radio Contact – Historic details
World record set in 1924
It happened on the 18th of October 1924 between 0615 to 0730 UTC on 80 meters....
The World’s First Trans-World contact took place between Frank Bell Z4AA. A sheep farmer in Shag Valley NZ and Cecil Goyder an 18 yr Student at Mill Hill School using the call sign G2SZ in London.
That’s 89 years ago this year and 90 years ago next year.
Actually from the reports of both Frank and Cecil it was more like 90 (ish) meters. In those days frequency was in wavelength not mega-hertz or even kilo-cycles.
The contact was by Morse and was the first ever ‘trans-world’ two-way radio contact of any type. At this time the commercial interests had forced the amateurs into the ‘higher’ wavelengths and even they not managed to do what a couple of amateurs had done.
The time of 06.15 GMT (UTC) was just before sunrise in the UK and at sunset in ZL. Contemporary reports in QST suggest that the contact was made long path as the short path was in daylight. What we would now call ‘grey line’ propagation.
Frank Bell was a prolific HF experimenter and held a few records at the time for contacts with South America and North America among others. He resided on a sheep station in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. He had the space for a good antenna system that he was always modifying for better performance. On the day of the historic contact, Frank had spent the day modifying his top hat and the counterpoise of the antenna and was looking for a contact to test his signals. He had heard G2OD the previous evening so probably realised it was possible to work G land. This evening he heard G2SZ calling V1XAV with no joy and Cecil announced he would listen around 80metres. Frank called him for about 4 minutes and he came back.
The world’s first trans-world QSO that lasted about an hour and a quarter and confirmed via cable. (A telegram-no longer available but us older guys remember them). They exchanged addresses and arranged to call again the next evening/morning.
The power levels used was only in the order of 200 watts or less by today’s reckoning. They were using something like 200 watts input to their finals.
Over the next few days several UK stations and New Zealand stations made similar contact.
A transcript of Frank’s contact can be found at the web site of the Dunedin radio club ZL4AA.
Both transcripts can be found at jking.kol.co.nz.
Mike S Mather ZL2CC
12. Break-In Advertising Manager Position Vacancy
Incumbent Break-In Advertising Manager wishes to retire. Interested persons please contact Lorne Douglas ZL2AHB at firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone (03) 358-9100 or 027-458-9101 or John Walker ZL3IB Break-In Editor at email@example.com Telephone (03) 348-9084 for further information.
13. Break-In Editor Position Vacancy
Our long serving and much respected Editor of Break-In, John Walker ZL3IB, has advised that he will be stepping down from that position next April. While ideally the new Editor will come from the Canterbury area in order to maintain the existing relationships with our typesetter/printer and dispatch people, this is not essential. High speed internet connections should make it relatively easy to send and receive files and maintain the liaison with the magazine production people. Interested persons please contact either Debby Morgan ZL2DL at Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the President, Vaughan Henderson ZL1TGC (email@example.com).
14. Central District Council Appointments
I am pleased to be able to advise that Council has made the following appointments to fill the two vacant positions in the Central District: Max Wheatley ZL2MAX from Ashurst and Malcolm Wheeler ZL2UDF from Lower Hutt were appointed at the September Council meeting. My congratulations to the two new Councilors and I’m sure you will be made welcome by our members in the Central District.
Vaughan Henderson ZL1TGC
15. Selling Amateur Radio Equipment on Trade Me
If you are selling items of amateur equipment on Trade Me, and are selling anything capable of transmitting on the amateur bands, please make sure that you include the words “only for sale to a licensed radio amateur” or similar wording in your description of the item. Radio Spectrum Management have worked with Trade Me to make this a requirement and this has been added to the Trade Me web site trading rules. For more information see:
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17. NZART Housekeeping
1. Break-In-Closing Date Reminder:
Copy for the Sep/Oct issue of Break-In closes on 10 September 2013.
2. 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.
3. Break-In: Early receipt of copy is much appreciated
4. Break-In: AREC Column:
The close-of-copy date is Thursday 5 September 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
5. Next Official Broadcast: - Sunday 29 August
6. Next HQ-Infoline:- Friday 20 September. Closing date for this post is Thursday 19 September.