A branch circular has now been posted to all Secretaries. Unfortunately I omitted the branch update listings page, so sent an e-mail to the branch contact addresses I had on file. If your branch missed out on this can you please contact me.
Included with the branch circular, was membership figures for each branch. If your name has not appeared, it may be that you have yet to pay your 2014 subscription. Or perhaps you have recently moved advised your change of address but forgotten to let me know the branch to whom you now wish to belong?
Lastly I urge you to register early for conference in Blenheim. I understand that accommodation is filling fast, therefore if you wish to find a nice place to stay you need to do so sooner rather than later.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
ZL1DAY has applied for a 6-metre repeater at Arowhana, located at TOPO50 BE34 262.39 702.62. The repeater transmit frequency will be 53.975 MHz and the repeater receive frequency will be 52.975 MHz.
Comments and Applications
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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:
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3.Sangster Shield Contest
This year’s NZART Sangster Shield Contest is to be held Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May;
2000 – 2300hrs NZST each evening.
CW only with maximum power output of 5 watts
Rules are published in the 2012/13 printed Callbook & in the 2014 CD Callbook
Remember that there are 6 HALF hour operating periods each evening.
Use the Branch No. of your location regardless of whether this is currently active or in recess.
Use one Branch number only if you are operating from different locations each night.
Operating just one night is also fine as we would all prefer to have as many on as possible.
Last year we had our first SDR transceiver entry – so let’s see what this year brings. Maybe a valve output stage!
73’s & hope to work you – Glenn ZL2KZ
4.International Marconi Day Down-under
IMD is an international event, timed to celebrate Guglielmo Marconi's birthday, and is on the Saturday nearest April 25. This year it is the 26th. Around the world there are more that 60 stations in locations with some link to Marconi. These are called "Award Stations".
The only example in Oceania is VK2IMD, located at Hornsby on the Upper North Shore of Sydney. This is close to Wahroonga, where Ernest Fisk received the first official direct radio message from Britain. This message was sent by Marconi from near Caernarfon (then called Carnarvon) in NW Wales, on behalf of Australian PM Billy Hughes on 22 September, 1918.
IMD runs from 0000 to 2359 UTC on the Saturday, meaning midday on the 26th to midday on the 27th, NZ time. The event is restricted to MF and HF bands.
VK2IMD is operated by HADARC, the Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Visitors are most welcome at HADARC meetings, and on the Club's VHF and HF nets.
Our FQP team will be Multi-Multi/Mobile cw only, signing K4OJ/m in honor of Jim's memory. Yes, we will be operating truly Multi-Multi mobile, active-in-motion on 40m-10m simultaneously through 46 counties during the 20 hour contest period.
Operators/Drivers include N4KM, W4LT, K0LUZ, N4BP and NX4N; backup op is KR4X. QSL via N4KM.
A token prize offered by our team will be awarded to the out-of-state station that sweeps us on all 4 bands from the most counties.
Look for us and other FL CW stations in and around the mobile windows (7.025-035, 14.040-050, 21.040-050 and 28.040-050 MHz) on each band.
The FQP will also have many FL Phone and Mixed-Mode stations activated as well - look for them in and around the SSB mobile windows (7.180-190, 14.265-275, 21.340-350 and 28.480-490 MHz).
Sponsored by the Florida Contest Group (http://floridacontestgroup.org), the FQP is the 2nd largest State QSO Party with many mobile and fixed stations activating all 67 FL counties on both cw and phone. There are many sponsored plaques and certificates for new and experienced contest operators alike. Please see FQP rules, results and other details at http://www.floridaqsoparty.org
One Chevy Suburban, 4 radios, 4 antennas, 4 sets of stubs/filters, 1000 miles of open road and 5 loco operators/drivers - Jim would love it.
Please, please - pass to the word to your friends to look for us and our other FL stations on all four bands.
We're bringing the Party to you - Catch us if you can!
Team K4OJ Multi-Multi/mobile
(Chris NX4N, Kevin N4KM, Lu W4LT, Red K0LUZ, Bob N4BP and Larry KR4X)
The Napier Amateur Radio Club has developed a Club Project which is now available to all ZL amateurs and clubs.
This dual band 2m – 70cm base station antenna kit comes with all parts and instructions and may be constructed in an hour.
Copy for the May/Jun issue of Break-In closes on 10 May 2014.
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