NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 296
16 May 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
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. . . only two weeks to go before the annual conference in Blenheim.
I do hope to see many of you there!
For those of you are not able to attend and wish to have your apologies noted, please advise ASAP. Those branches are not able to be represented, please forward your voting figures to me so I can arrange a proxy.
As you are all aware, the Association Treasurer was advised at late notice, that our usual auditors could no longer complete the annual audit of Association funds. I am pleased to advise that after considerable hunting to find a local auditor, Evan was able to have them completed at last.
Attached to this issue of Infoline is a set of audited accounts. They will be included in the next issue of Break In, and where possible I have forwarded them to all known branch e-mail addresses.
Finally, I have yet to hear from quite a number of branches regarding the details they require in Call Book this year. Can you please forward your branch information to me as soon as possible.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
NZART Public Liability Insurance
Headquarters has recently received inquiries from Branches asking if the NZART Public Liability can be used to also provide public liability for individual Branches.
I’m sorry, but it does not. NZART carries $M2 of public liability insurance which specifically provides protection from third party claims arising from negligence causing loss or damage to a third party's property, business, reputation or a liability for an unintentional breach of a Statute or a professional mistake when providing advice. This includes radio engineering work carried out on behalf of your Association.
Our insurance also specifically covers NZART members working at any of the listed repeater sites (contained in a supplied list to our insurance company), then they are covered to a maximum of $2,000,000 in the event that they cause damage to “other equipment” at the same repeater site. An excess of $2000 applies in respect of any claim.
Many of our radio repeater sites are multi-user or shared sites with other radio spectrum users, e.g., Telecom, Kordia, and a number of other telecommunication/radio service providers and include a requirement for this cover as part of site or co-location agreements.
In addition to the Public Liability cover, your Association also has Fire Risk cover in the amount of $M1 which provides for claims made by Rural fire Authorities as a result of a fire in a forest park through accidental ignition of vegetation. Some repeater sites have access roads through such parks and an accidental fire can be an expensive experience!
If any Branches are currently paying for liability insurance specifically for repeater sites, please consider saving yourselves some money by making use of the NZART policy.
Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
5. 2014 Dayton Hamvention webcast
Please join us during our live, online broadcast of the Dayton Hamvention this week. To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!
Expanded show for 2014: We will be inside Hara at Booth SA302 again this year but will also provide video from both inside and outside Hara arena.
During the Hamvention W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products. We will have many special guests such as Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; John Amodeo (NN6JA) producer of ABC TV’s hit show, “Last Man Standing”; and a special guest and co-host. Joining us this year is NASA Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock. Doug will be with us all day Friday May 16th and Saturday morning May 17th. Doug made thousands of contacts from the International Space Station. Online viewers can directly communicate and ask questions through our chat room.
During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world. During the 2013 Dayton Hamvention we had nearly 50,000 viewers that followed us for the 5 day broadcast!
You could win one of 53 prizes which will be awarded during the webcast! The prizes include dual band HTs, Comet Antenna Analyzer, Heil microphone, antennas, weather station, computer to radio interface, spool LMR-400, auto antenna tuners, and much more. These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, Heil Sound, ARRL, MFJ, and many more. In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize. W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.
Dayton Hamvention webcast schedule (all times are subject to change):
Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message! Join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up with us year-round.
We'll 'see' you at Hamvention!
Tom Medlin, W5KUB
Queen’s Birthday Weekend May 30 – 1 June
The Marlborough Convention Centre and adjacent Old Marlborough Club 42 Alfred St. Blenheim.
The Marlborough branch of NZART would love to see you for a great weekend but please note that a $40 penalty for late registrations will be enforced after May 16.
Please see the NZART web page http://www.nzart.org.nz/ for more information and the registration form
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.
Hibernation Contest reminder:
The next contest is the Hibernation Contest: All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of June 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.
The contest rules are available on the NZART website: http://www.nzart.org.nz/activities/contest-rules/rules-vhf-and-above/
All contest logs should be sent, to arrive within two weeks, to: VHFcontest@nzart.org.nz
Or by mail to: Contest Manager, PO Box 10138, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446.
Stephen Hayman - ZL1TPH
8. International Museums Weekend (IMW).
For well over a decade now, there has been an extremely popular and extremely well supported annual amateur radio special event, by the name of the International Museums Weekend (IMW). The majority of those taking part in the event have been in the United Kingdom, but with a few radio amateurs taking part from the rest of the world. For the 2014 IMW, the members of the Radio Amateur Events Organisation administration team are hoping to make the event a truly in international one, with great deal more participation from beyond the UK's borders.
The basic idea of the event is to set up and operate an amateur radio special event station, from absolutely any type of location which might be broadly classified as a museum. In the UK we have had stations set up in castles, preserved WW2 warships, air museums, railway museums, radio museums, preserved jails, agricultural museums and even doll museums - in fact the event has involved over 270 different museums over the years. The possibilities of finding a suitable venue are almost without limit. The sites have been operated by teams from clubs or just a lone operator. Irrespective of the location, those taking part have always had a great time and the operators were generally invited back for the following years by the museum’s curator, pleased with the extra visitors and publicity the event has generated.
Apart from the enjoyment for t he operators the event is intended to help spread the word for amateur radio, in some of the regularly visited locations by members of the public - the museums.
The 2014 IMW will take place on the two weekends of the 14th/15th and 21st/22nd June. More details about the event, its history and how to register to take part can be found at http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/
2014 will see a brand new event in the amateur radio event calendar by the name of the International Air-ambulance Week. A nine day event, commencing 27th September 2014 is also being organised by the Radio Amateur Events Organisation.
The intention of this event will be mainly to help raise awareness of donation funded flying medical services around the world, by operating your special event station during at least some of the 9 days during which this event takes place. The nine days include two weekends, so everyone can get an opportunity to take part. The date has been set to coincide with the UK's own fund raising week, simply because the UK has by far the most complete coverage of donation funded medical helicopter services in the world. An additional and equally important aim will be to help the UK's Association of Air Ambulances, spread the concept of a public donation supported air ambulance service to the rest of the world. More details about the event and how to register to take part can be found at http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/
These events are intended to help really good causes and deserve our maximum support. There is absolutely no cost involved for taking part, nor is there any cost for the range of IMW/IAW Awards.
Sue Pyecroft G6DDS
Publicity Officer IMW/IAW
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.
Auckland VHF Group
May NZART Official Broadcast Sunday 25th at 8pm & 9pm on 3900 LSB and the National System.
ZL2KS Marlborough Branch Station will make the NZART Conference Official Broadcast Sunday 1st June from Blenheim at 8pm ONLY on 3900 LSB and the National System.
June NZART Official Broadcast Sunday 29th at 8pm & 9pm on 3900 LSB and the National System.
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