Radio Electronics Group Inc. Radio & Electronic Equipment Sale
NZART CONFERENCE 2014 Reminder
2014 Jock White Field Day Results
National Panasonic RF8000 communications receiver wanted
Off Shore News Links
1. Debby says . . .
Some of you may have heard my wee diatribe on the Official Broadcast weekend. For those who didn’t here is a précis of what I said….I believe it is important and needs to be repeated.
We are now only 4 weeks away from the annual conference, the ultimate opportunity to recognise fellow amateurs for their work and commitment in a branch throughout 2013, and yet we have no nomination for amateur of the year, nor young amateur of the year and only one nominee for the ZL1HV Jumbo Godfrey award.
Come on branches, are you seriously telling me there has been no-one that you wish to acknowledge as going above and beyond, in your branch? What a sad state of affairs, many secretaries were quick to inform me of what I inadvertently omitted from your recent branch circulars posted out. Therefore I am sure you can think of someone who deserves to be recognised.
Speaking of the branch circular, if a member advised me of a change of address, specifically if moving out of your usual branch area, you also need to advise me what branch you now wish to belong to. Again I have heard from secretaries that members have moved on, or should be included in the statistics that were advised. There are two reasons they may no longer be on your list. One, they have moved, the other that they are no longer financial.
If the latter, branches need to consider the opportunity to reintroduce them back to the Association, whereby the branch can retain $50 of the $99 membership fee when they forward the membership application form of a relaxed or new member. By relaxed, the person must not have been a member of the Association for a period of three years or more.
Should the branch not want to keep the $50, then by all means forward the application with a cheque for the balance to me, i.e. $49.00, this is an opportunity that I am sure will attract those who for one reason or another have not renewed their membership for a number of years.
I apologise for being so forthright this month and sounding like I am always asking for money, which I have been accused of doing, however the voice is more often heard in numbers rather than in shouting. More members equals more opportunity to be heard and of course lower subscription rates.
Amateur Radio Promotional Power Point Display
Stuart Watchman ZL2TW with the assistance of Council has put together an excellent power point display to be used by individuals, branches and perhaps even at field days and junk sales to promote amateur radio. This is a snapshot of what Amateur radio is and how easy it is to become an amateur radio operator.
I have two formats available electronically for any branch or member who may wish to use them. One is a reduced text version, the other full text. Please contact myself in the first instance if you would like to receive an electronic copy.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. FMTAG Notes
Branch 33 Rotorua has applied for a 70-cm simplex link transmitting from Meads' Airstrip, located at TOPO50 BE37 966.62 777.91. The transmit frequency will be 430.0375 MHz, in accordance with the band plan. 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
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. Radio Electronics Group Inc. Radio & Electronic Equipment Sale
To be held at the Glenview Club Inc., 211 Peacocks Road Glenview, Hamilton
Saturday 10th May 2014.
Doors for Public open 10am, $2 Lucky Ticket Entry
Trade display – Refreshments – Door prizes
Plenty of parking, Motor Homes welcome, Vendor Tables available.
For vendor registration and enquires contact Trevor ZL4GJ (07) 843 7365 or 0211775710
STOP PRESS: Icom New Zealand have very kindly donated an Icom IC-5100D for us to raffle at conference. Icom NZ will also be bringing Theo Kalkandis VK3AP, Icom Australia's amateur radio products manager, who will be giving a presentation and demonstration of D STAR during the Sunday forums.
6. 2014 Jock White Field Day Results
Thank you to all of you that participated in the 2014 Jock White Field Day.
I have attached a PDF of the results table and my report.
Please note that Field Day for 2015 is on the weekend of February 28/March 1.
Stuart Watchman ZL2TW
7. National Panasonic RF8000 communications receiver.
Dear Amateur Radio Operator,
My name is Oleg Vladimirovich, I am 65 years old and during all my life I am collecting old radios and receivers.
I have many different radios in my collection, but up to now I was not able to acquire the National Panasonic RF8000 communications receiver.
I would be very happy to buy it but it is almost impossible to find it in Russia. Therefore I decided to appeal to you in a hope that may be it is possible to buy such a receiver in your great country.
The Technology Convention is currently held every two years over Easter.
At the 2013 Convention held in Auckland there were no offers made to host the 2015 Convention. The NZART Conference over the Queen’s Birthday weekend 2014 will be attended by representatives of most branches. This is an invitation to discuss hosting a Technology Convention and bringing feedback to the Conference. Information about how previous Conventions were held can be obtained from the Auckland VHF Group.
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Next Official Broadcast: - Sunday 25 May 2014.
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