NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 301
8 August 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
1. From NZART HQ
2. From the President
3. FMTAG Notes
4. Auckland Unitary Plan Submission
5. Wanted - Copy for Break-In.
6. Geelong ARC Media Release
7. Shag Valley 90th Anniversary Activity
8. Enigma Event 2014
9. Official Broadcast
Off Shore News Links
1. Debby says . . .
Last Friday I attended the funeral of Barry ZL2RR, QSL Bureau Manager for NZART, on behalf of Council and members. Barry will be tremendously missed by many amateurs throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Many members appear to have been unhappy that NZART Council did not include this on the web page until the day of his funeral; however we were asked by Barry’s sons to respect their privacy at this time and wished to keep things relatively low key.
Ivan Horn ZL2ATU has been appointed by Council to the position of QSL Bureau Manager, on the recommendation from Barry prior to his passing. All mail and e-mails can be sent to the usual address as these have now been directed to Ivan.
Subscription payments are steadily coming in and I would like to take this opportunity to thank many of you who are generously donating the rebate of $10 for WRC 2015 representation. To those of you who have paid or are paying by credit card, unless you state the amount you wish me to debit your card, I will automatically assume it to be the full fee of $99.
I would also ask those of you choosing this method of payment to please ensure that you include the expiry date of your card to save time and postage for us all.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. From the President
We are in need of volunteers to fill two important vacancies. The first of these is the Editor of Break-In. While Break-In continues thanks to the work of Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH as interim editor, we are very keen to find someone who can take on this job and ensure that our magazine continues. Although Break-In is printed in Christchurch, the Editor does not need to be based there – with a good internet connection, the magazine files can be easily sent to the typesetter and printer in Christchurch from anywhere in the country. Do you think you might like to take this on? Please let me or Debby at HQ know as soon as possible.
The other vacancy we would like to find a volunteer for is the position of Break-In Advertising Manager. This is not a very arduous task, requiring just a little time every two months to ensure that our Break-In advertisers copy is received plus coordinating any Ham Ads received and following up on advertising enquiries. If you are interested, please let me or Debby know at HQ.
New “Keeper of the Milestones” appointed: I’m very pleased to be able to report that Craig Crawford, ZL3TLB, has offered his services to update and maintain our New Zealand Amateur Radio Milestones page on the NZART web site. Craig has a keen interest in radio history and plans to update the Milestones listing as a first priority. For those of you who have not had a look at it lately, the page can be found at http://www.nzart.org.nz/nzart/ar-milestones/ and is a record of achievements, events and happenings involving amateur radio in New Zealand.
Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH
3. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 301
CALL BOOK 2014-2015
In late June, all Branches owning beacons, links and/or repeaters were sent an email containing a draft version of their proposed Call Book listing and were asked to check the details add the callsigns of two Trustees for each station. A reminder was sent in late July.
As at 7th August, the following Branches had not replied:
03, 06, 20, 27, 55, 82.
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: email@example.com
None this month.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL
The following applications were approved by NZART Council at its August 2014 meeting.
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: 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
4. Auckland Unitary Plan Submission
6 August 2014
The Submission Status
The closing date for further submissions was 22 July 2014, however, submitters had five working days to send copies of their further submissions to me, and allowing for a couple of days for snail mail to arrive, that takes us to 2 August 2014. Up to today we have had 133 supporting further submissions from amateurs around the country – about 25% of these came from outside the Auckland area, so thanks to all those distant amateurs for your support.
A number of amateurs also sent in Further Submissions opposing the Clasen submission, which opposed amateur aerials within the boundaries of residential sites. Submitters were not obliged to send me copies of the Clasen Further Submissions, but never-the-less 29 people did, so thanks for that information too.
In addition NZART sent in opposing Further Submissions against:
a) Submission No. 1102: Bryon & Sharon Evans, who wanted Amateur Radio Configurations to remain Restricted Discretionary, and
b) Submission No 1614: Graeme N & Lynette Reed, who wanted amateurs to have aerials permitted, but only to a height of 10 meters, with a maximum of four aerials.
In total, the activity regarding supporting and opposing submissions to do with Amateur Radio numbered around 167, which I estimate to be about 8% of all the Further Submission on ALL Notified Plan topics that Auckland Council received. I think Vaughan Henderson will be happy with that degree of “noise” from the amateur fraternity.
Opposition to NZART’s Submission.
NZART has received two Opposing Further Submissions.
i) One is from Russell McVeagh Lawyers, representing Transpower. It appears they want a better definition of Masts.
ii) The other was from K Vernon, who opposes the whole of the NZART Submission 4498.
What happens next?
Peter Loveridge reports:
“I have had a quick look at the Auckland Council web site to see what happens next. They expect the "pre-hearing meetings" to begin in September and the hearings to begin in November. Pre-hearings are not open to the public and generally take place between expert witnesses to find whether agreement can be reached on matters prior to the hearings. There will be written reports of meetings at http://www.aupihp.govt.nz/documents/ . The outcomes of these meetings may result in changes to the Unitary Plan. It will be necessary to keep an eye on Plan releases to be up to date at the hearings. There is an FAQ sheet available at http://www.aupihp.govt.nz/documents/docs/aupihpfaq1.pdf with the relevant information.”
Douglas Birt ZL1BFS
NZART Local Government Liaison Officer
Mobile 027 492 5189
5. 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
6. GEELONG ARC Media Release
FIRST SHOT OF THE GREAT WAR (1914 -1918) COMMEMORATION FORT QUEENSCLIFF
STOP THE PFALZ!
GEELONG AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO ACTIVATE HISTORIC SITE
At the invitation of the First Shot Organising Committee the Geelong Amateur Radio Club Inc’ were invited to establish a radio station within the Fort Queenscliff precinct in recognition of the role played by terrestrial and wireless telegraphy during WW1.
The Commemoration and Memorial Service will take place in the Fort at 10.30 am on Tuesday 5th August, 100years to the hour when a shot was fired across the bow of the German merchant ship SS Pfalz, to stop the ship from leaving Port Phillip Bay
(Additional information below)
The Federal Department of Veteran Affairs and the Australian Communications and Media Authority have granted the Geelong Amateur Radio Club, through the Wireless Institute of Australia, authorisation to use a special event callsign VI3ANZAC. The first allocation of a callsign representing the ANZAC Centennial Commemoration.
Communication by wireless telegraphy, the transmission of messages by Morse Code, from this historic site is particularly significant, as it was in the vicinity of this location that the first Shore to Ship transmission in the Southern Hemisphere occurred on 5th May 1901, when Henry Walter Jenvey sent a message to the ship Ophir carrying the Duke and Duchess of York and Cornwell, for the opening of the first Federal Parliament.
On the 12 July 1906 the first wireless transmission from the Australian mainland to Devonport was carried out by the Marconi Company, in the presence of the Governor General, Prime Minister Deakin and many other dignitaries.
Additional information from
Barry Abley (VK3SY) 0438290718
Jenni Blasco (VK3FJEN) 52511909
STOP THE PFALZ
The first shot of the Great War
The July Crisis
Following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand a month of diplomatic maneuvering between Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, and Britain has been called the July Crisis.
Germany mobilised on 30 July 1914, and Russia responded by declaring a full mobilisation that same day. Germany's war plan, the Schlieffen Plan, relied on a quick, massive invasion of France to eliminate the threat on the West, before turning east against Russia. On 4 August, after Belgium refused to permit German troops to cross its borders into France, Germany declared war on Belgium as well. Britain indicated that if Germany did not withdraw its threat against neutral Belgium, a state of war would exist from Midnight, Berlin time. August 4th eleven-thirty London time.
London indicated to the Colonies that belligerent ships could be fired upon from midnight London time 4th August. 10am on the 5th August Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The Norddeutscher Lloyd ship Pfalz was unloading general cargo at Victoria dock when her captain received a plain language message instructing all German merchant ships to make for the nearest neutral port.
Steam Ship Pfalz
Captain W. Kuhiken sailed at daybreak with a Pilot, Capt’ Robinson, and a full coal bunker sufficient to take the ship to South America, not knowing he needed to be through the heads before 10am.
The Fort Queenscliff had been instructed by telephone to fly a signal requiring the Pfalz to stop. The ship approached the heads sometime after 10am and either did not see the signal, or chose to ignore it.
On orders from Fort Queenscliff, the 6” Mark 7 naval gun at point Nepean was loaded with a full charge of 123 lbs of cordite and a100 lb projectile. On the Pfalz the roar of a 6-inch gun at close range and the scream of the shell across the bows at such an angle that the missile struck the sea at the ship’s side, drew Pilot Robinson’s attention to the signal flying on the high mast ashore on Point Nepean. He rang for “full speed astern” to check the ship’s way. The ship was arrested and later converted to a troop transport ship HMAT Boorara and took part in the second Australian convoy.
7. 4AA Shag Valley 90th Anniversary Activities
Shag Valley Station, 4AA and the 90th anniversary of Frank Bell’s contact with the Cecil Goyder in the UK.
11th to 18th October, 2014
Otago Branch 30 of NZART, who incidentally have long recognised this achievement with the club call sign ZL4AA, having been planning a special event station at Shag Valley Station since last year. We also have a Memorial Cairn at the gates of the station to further commemorate the historic event.
Club members have recently visited the station and met with the current landowners, 6th generation Bell family, and descendants of the original operator, Frank Bell. The family have been enthusiastic in supporting Branch 30 in setting up a commemorative station on the site for the week leading up to the 18th October, 2014. They have agreed to our use of their shearer’s quarters for accommodation for the period.
The site is in a hollow in a rural area with high surrounding hills making VHF, UHF and mobile phone communication difficult or impossible.
Therefore, initial plans have focused on installing a vertical mast for 80m operation, close to the original frequency, 92.5 meters, or 3.243 MHz approximately.
However, we are also exploring VHF and UHF options to get contact back to Dunedin’s Mt Cargill amateur installations which open up the means to access the National System and a Dunedin based IRLP which would offer further worldwide contact.
We are applying for the special call sign Z4AA for the week, 11th to 18th October, to be used from Shag Valley Station as 4AA is not available being the current prefix for Mexico.
The British with the support and help of RSGB are mounting a number of operations with a major effort from the site of the original contact, Mill Hill School, using the original call sign 2SZ from the 11th to 18th October.
We would like to have more bands operational, but even manning 80 and VHF/UHF will stretch our resources so we invite any other amateurs or amateur groups wishing to be a part of this unique event to contact us at email@example.com. If any group is prepared to come complete with all the gear to operate other HF bands, we would be delighted to welcome you. We are also exploring the options for campervans to be parked on site for the duration.
And where and what is Shag Valley Station now – this links gives you some history and current information about the station. http://www.livingheritage.org.nz/schools/primary/palmerston/school/r1-shag-valley.php
And this link is an interview with Frank Bell’s sister, Brenda Bell.
8. Enigma Event 26 September 2014
Special Call II1ENG for Enigma Event September 26th 2014
We remember that to participate to event with Real Enigma Machine/Software Emulation is necessary to subscribe: http://www.arilaspezia.it/pages/iscrizioneregistration-enigma.php
Cliccare here to unsubscribe
9. Official Broadcast
NZART Official Broadcast Sunday 31st August 2014 at 8:00pm & 9:00pm on 3900 LSB and the National System.
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