Debby says…a very special thank you to the Hastings, Napier and Gisborne branches for inviting me to speak at their branch meeting last Saturday in Hastings. A beautiful Summer’s day and great company made for a very worthwhile visit.
Many topics were discussed; however one person approached me afterwards with a very unique and relatively easy method with which to mark examination papers. Thank you Peter Dingley ZL2LF for forwarding your idea to me. Essentially he has written a procedure for marking papers using an overhead projector style of answer sheet that can be modified and printed out for each examination paper produced. I dare say this would make it easier for many supervisors, especially if there are a number of papers to be marked.
Peter is more than happy to share this process, so for anyone interested I can send you the details on how this is done. Please contact me via e-mail email@example.com.
In my last issue of HQ Info-line I called for nominations for awards to be presented at the upcoming Conference in Blenheim, so far I have received one nomination for the ZL1HV award. I am sure there are many other branches that have members they wish to recognise for outstanding service throughout the year. All nominations must be received by me by 1 April 2014.
Lastly HQ will be closed from Tuesday 18th March, reopen Friday 20th March.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. 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 Debby Morgan ZL2DL at Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the President, Vaughan Henderson ZL1TGC (email@example.com).
3. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 291
Branch 46 Wairarapa has applied to relocate its National System Repeater to the Branch 46 clubrooms at Manaia Road, Masterton, located at TOPO50 BP34 220.80 605.69. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that the repeater can remain on the existing frequencies (Repeater Transmit 434.950 MHz, Repeater Receive 439.950 MHz) and that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 46 Wairarapa has applied to relocate its National System UHF Link Station (ULS) to the Branch 46 clubrooms at Manaia Road, Masterton, located at TOPO50 BP34 220.80 605.69. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that the the repeater can remain on the existing frequencies (Link Transmit 434.975 MHz, Link Receive 439.975 MHz) and 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
4. World Amateur Radio Day:
WARD 2014 World Amateur Radio Day
This day is celebrated each year on April 18 in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.
The primary purpose of WARD, as stated in IARU Resolution 94-3, is the “need for an annual focus on Amateur Radio and the benefits countries and communities derive from the service”.
Every year the IARU Administrative Council has attempted to select a theme both consistent with the role and purpose of amateur radio and at the same time representing a meritorious activity which, if promoted, could bring favourable credit to IARU and amateur radio generally.
At the Administrative Council meeting in September 2013, various topics were discussed and possible themes massaged. The theme “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” was put forward and after discussion was adopted by the Council for the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2014.
This is an opportunity for amateurs in VK to show there expertise in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association with Amateur Radio.
How the day is promoted is a matter for the individual member society and or Region. There have been many varied ways the day is recognised in scope, complexity and success.
The AC discussed when the day falls on a weekday it is more difficult to observe and promote and the opportunities are somewhat diminished.
Council approved the idea that any public relations activities or operating events could appropriately take place the weekend following April 18 in those years when the actual date fell on a weekday.
IARU R3 Director
5. Branch 89 NZART, Radio Electronics Group Inc., Annual Equipment Sale
Saturday 10th May 2014.
At the Glenview Club, 211 Peacocks Road Glenview, Hamilton
The Napier Amateur Radio Club Inc will be running a Hamfest on Saturday April 5th. This is a new venture for us and we would like to extend an invitation to your club members to attend. The programme is attached and it promises to be a great day.
As secretary of your club, we would it be possible for you to forward the programme PDF File to your members or pin it up on your bulletin board or make mention of it in your club newsletter.
We need the publicity and the support of your members to make this a successful day.
Thanks so much for your help. It would be great if you could give us feedback on interest or perhaps the number of hams from your area that may attend.
Copy for the Mar/Apr issue of Break-In closes on 10 March 2014.
Copy for Break-In:
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Break-In: Early receipt of copy is much appreciated
Break-In: AREC Column:
The close-of-copy date is Thursday 6 March 2014 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
Next Official Broadcast: - Sunday 30 March 2014.
Next HQ-Infoline: - Friday 21 March 2014. Closing date for this post is Thursday 20 March 2014.
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