NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 300 18 July 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM email@example.com
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
1. From NZART HQ 2. FMTAG Notes 3. Auckland Unitary Plan Submission 4. Wanted - Copy for Break-In. 5. Situation Vacant 6. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest News 7. Hamilton Amateur Radio Club – Market Day 8. Official Broadcast
Off Shore News Links NZART Housekeeping
1. Debby says . . .
Well we have now reached the 300th issue of HQ Info-line…another milestone in the annals of NZART.
HQ Info-line was the brain child of Jim Meachen ZL2BHF in approximately 2001, when he suggested to Council, due to Break In only being produced bi-monthly, much important information was not being see until long after the event was over. Hence the reason to introduce an e-newsletter designed to fill the gap, initially for branches.
Members soon jumped on board, and I understand the distribution list is currently over the 350 mark. Much of what is now included in HQ Info-line comes from you, the reader. Should urgent announcements be required, a special issue may be produced so that NZART Council can disseminate information quickly.
I do hope you all continue to find this a useful tool for information to your branch members and others interested in amateur radio.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 300
CALL BOOK 2014-2015
All Branches owning beacons, links and/or repeaters have been sent an email requesting that they check their proposed Call Book listing and add the call signs of two Trustees for each station.
As at 17th July, the following Branches had not responded:
Members are asked to provide feedback on the format of the tables, for example: sorted by geographic location order, or frequency order, or some other order.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch 53 Te Puke has applied for a 2-metre Voice, Data and D-STAR repeater at Shaw Road, located at TOPO50 BE37 870015. The repeater will transmit on 145.725 MHz and receive on 145.125 MHz.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for a 70-centimetre digital repeater at Colonial Knob, located at TOPO50 BP31 516426. The repeater will transmit on 439.750 MHz and receive on 434.750 MHz. The modulation modes will be: ETSI ETS 102 361 DMR and EIA P25 Phase 1. 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
3. Auckland Unitary Plan Submission
Auckland Unitary Plan Submissions 18 July 2014
All Radio Amateurs, no matter where you are in New Zealand, have been urged to send in Further Submissions to the Auckland Council Unitary Plan. NZART President, Vaughan Henderson says “We want Amateurs to make as much noise as possible over the present impossible conditions” Response has been good. As of Friday 18th July, 63 amateurs from all over NZ have sent in Further Submissions supporting NZART’s request to allow amateurs to have the right to erect aerials. With your help we can increase this to 100 “supports” by close of business on Tuesday 22 July 2014.
The Background As reported in earlier Infolines, Auckland Council’s notified Unitary Plan basically stipulated that all radio amateur configurations (i.e. aerials) would be subjected to a Restricted Discretionary resource consent. This is not only frightfully expensive (upwards of $5000 every time an antenna change is contemplated) but it is also blatantly discriminatory. Others may erect aerials as of right, but only Amateurs have to get such a Resource Consent. NZART has put in a rather comprehensive submission to try to achieve “Permitted Status” for a range of “amateur configurations”, but as Vaughan Henderson puts it, the Amateur Fraternity now needs to make as much noise as possible.
The Submission Status Up to the close of business in Tuesday 22 July 2014 – that is this coming Tuesday, amateurs from anywhere in the country are urged to put in a “Further Submission” supporting the NZART position. The submission which NZART provided can be seen on the VHF Group website (www.qsl.net/zl1bq) and is a narrative of 26 pages, followed by several technical attachments running to two hundred pages. Council officers have distilled NZART’s submission into 20 cryptic “amendments” to the Notified Unitary Plan, numbered 4498-1 through to 4498-20 on the council report. If you want to help, go to the Auckland VHF Group website (www.qsl.net/zl1bq), and download a “Further Submission” template from the blue folder on the AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN page. Fill it in with your personal details, and email the completed form email@example.com before 5:00pm on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Further information can be found in the “How To” guide, which is also in the Blue folder. You must also email a copy of that email form to firstname.lastname@example.org within 5 business days.
Please take action now – we must not lose this case.
Douglas Birt ZL1BFS NZART Local Government Liaison Officer email@example.com Mobile 027 492 5189
4. Wanted - Copy for Break-In.
My stock of articles etc for future issues is running low so I appeal to members to assist with material for publication.
This could be short or long articles on any topic related to amateur radio and electronics, constructional articles, workshop practice, boo¬k reviews, equipment reviews, software reviews and branch activity reports.
Do you have an idea for an article for Break-In but not sure where to start? Your Editor can put you in touch with someone to help you get started!
We have a column in Break-In titled “Around the Branches”. Asked for is more input from the branches with their activities, training new members to amateur radio, science and education to name a few. Newly licensed amateurs are also welcome to introduce themselves in this column.
Contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
5. SITUATION VACANT
NZART Council is calling for expressions of interest for the following Officer Vacancy. All applicants must be NZART members.
“Keeper of Milestones”
The Keeper of Milestones is responsible to NZART Council for the coordination, maintenance and promotion of our “Milestones” on the NZART website, noting significant events worthy of recording for posterity.
A job description is available at http://www.nzart.org.nz/council/jobs/ or from NZART HQ. Applicants for this role can be located anywhere in New Zealand.
The ideal person for this role will have experience in identifying appropriate entries for the Milestones listing and have a sound knowledge of all aspects of Amateur radio and the importance of historical events.
The Keeper of Milestones reports to NZART Council through the Officer Liaison Councillor.
The position is voluntary, however operating expenses will be refunded as per the NZART policy on officers expenses.
Applications for this position will be accepted from interested persons in writing or by email with supporting documentation to the General Secretary, NZART, PO Box 40525, Upper Hutt 5140. Email email@example.com
This advertisement is authorised by NZART Council. Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
6. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF CONTEST NEWS
Brass Monkey Contest reminder:
The next contest is the Brass Monkey Contest: All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of August 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
7. Hamilton Amateur Radio Club –Market Day
Saturday August 9th, 2014
Waikato Table Tennis Stadium, Edgecumbe Street, Hamilton
Vendors from 8.00 am Buyers from 10.00 am
Table space at $20 per metre pre-paid, $25 per metre on the day
All enquiries to: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://zl1ux.org.nz/market_day.html
8. Official Broadcast
NZART Official Broadcast Sunday 27th July at 8:00pm & 9:00pm on 3900 LSB and the National System.
Off Shore News Links
• WIA News • ARRL News & Features • RSGB News • IARU Region 3
• Break-In-Closing Date Reminder: Copy for the September/October issue of Break-In closes on 10 September 2014
• Copy for Break-In: Copy in word.doc or word.docx files is preferred. Photos and other graphics should be send as separate discrete files (*.jpg preferred); not as embedded pictures in the body of the text. Please ensure that suitable descriptive captions/legends are included with your copy. All received copy will be acknowledged to confirm receipt. Early receipt of copy is much appreciated with thanks. Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH Interim Editor: Email <email@example.com>
• Break-In: AREC Column: The close-of-copy date is Wednesday 3 September 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 HQ-Infoline: - Friday 8 August 2014. Closing date for this post is Thursday 7 August 2014.
1997-2017 Copyright New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters. All Rights Reserved.
PO Box 40-525, Upper Hutt 5140, New Zealand. Telephone: (04) 939 2189. Contact Us
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners.
Contact Webmaster at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org