Not too much news this week, as I have been away, visiting a relative in Christchurch. This was my first visit post quakes, so was very sobering and sad to see such devastation. More important though, families were still living in such harsh conditions, while the CDB appears to be getting more attention! We tend to forget how much it has affected people, physically, emotionally and financially.
The annual branch circular will be posted to all branch secretaries by the end of next week. Included in this will be membership stats for voting on remits. This year we have two to be discussed at the AGM.
If you are not included, perhaps you may have forgotten to pay your subscription, or perhaps have moved and not advised me of your new branch affiliation? Please advise me as soon as possible, so this does not occur.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. From our President
We are in need of volunteers to fill two important vacancies. The first of these is the Editor of Break-In. As you will know, John Walker ZL3IB is standing down from this important job effective the March/April issue of Break-In. We are very keen to find someone who can take on this job and ensure that our magazine continues. Do you think you might like to take this on? Please let me or Debby know at HQ as soon as possible. I would like to assure you that Break-In magazine will continue to come out thanks to a very generous offer from Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH who will be the interim editor until we can find a permanent long term replacement. Stephen spent a day in Christchurch on 7 March to learn about the magazine production processes from John ZL3IB, and meet Angela, the typesetter who produces the copy ready for printing.
The other vacancy we would like to find a volunteer for is the position of Break-In Advertising Manager. Lorne ZL2AHB is standing down as he plans more overseas travel, and we would like to find a volunteer to replace him. Again, if you are interested, please let Debby know at headquarters.
I regret to advise that when you get your next issue of Break-In with the reports and remits for our June Annual General Meeting in Blenheim, the usual financial reports will not be found there. We received an unpleasant surprise when Evan Sayer, our Treasurer did a follow up check with our auditor of many years, Parsons Roddick in Upper Hutt to confirm that the audited financial reports were ready for publication. Evan was told that Parsons Roddick were no longer undertaking financial audits and that as a result, our books which had been with them for several weeks, had not been audited! Due to increased auditing standards introduced by the NZ Society of Chartered Accountants, Parsons Roddick were withdrawing from audit work. Evan’s inquiries to other accounting firms in the Upper Hutt area got the same answer.
Evan has been busy making inquiries of other Chartered Accountants and has found one who is happy to undertake the audit of our accounts and this work will shortly be underway. Once we have the “books” audited, a copy will be sent to all Branches and will also be sent out via Infoline. Copies will also be available at the AGM in June. My apologies that the information will not be in your next issue of Break-In.
Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH
3. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest News
Low Band Contest reminder:
The next contest is the Low Band Contest: All bands 6 m up to and including 70 cm, on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of April 2014.
For all contests, the operating periods are 5 pm to 11 pm on the Saturday, and 7 am to 1 pm on the Sunday, NZ local time.
Or by mail to: Contest Manager, PO Box 10138, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446.
Stephen Hayman - ZL1TPH
4. CDEM HF Radio
As reported in the January e-Bulletin after a recent review of HF radio by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM), the decision has been made not to renew the HF licenses when they expire in March 2014. Arrangements will be made with the Radio Spectrum Management Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to retain the HF frequencies currently licenced to MCDEM for on-going use by any CDEM Group who wants to retain an HF capability. Those groups will be gifted the current equipment and infrastructure within their regions but will need to assume responsibility for all licensing and maintenance requirements from 1st April 2014
Those CDEM Groups wishing to decommission their HF radios should follow the process below:
Contact your MCDEM Regional Emergency Management Advisor (REMA) to arrange a time for them to collect the radio from your location.
MCDEM will cancel all associated licenses with effect from 1 April 2014.
Groups are free to dispose of any remaining items associated with the installation
5. OK-OM DX SSB CONTEST - 2014
1. Contest sponsors
The Czech Radio Club, ČRK in cooperation with Slovak radio club SARA is pleased to announce first International "OK-OM DX SSB Contest - 2014"
2. Contest Period
Second weekend in April,. i.e. 1200 UTC 12 April - 1200 UTC 13 April 2014
Milos Prostecky, OK1MP
IARU Liaison - Czech Radio Club
[Please refer to the PDF file attached to HQIL 292 for details – Ed]
Copy for the May/Jun issue of Break-In closes on 10 May 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 8 May 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 4 April 2014. Closing date for this post is Thursday 3 April 2014.
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