NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 305
10 October 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM email@example.com
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
Auckland Unitary Plan Update
Off Shore News Links
1. From our 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.
Many thanks to those of you who have given generously to our WRC-15 Travel Fund. If you are still to renew your subscription, it’s not too late to add a few dollars to your payment, or as many have chosen to do, forego your subscription rebate. Full details of the WRC-15 Travel Fund to support our delegate to the 2015 World Radio Conference in Geneva are in Infoline #304.
Debby ZL2DL at Headquarters recently made an appeal for ideas on NZART memorabilia that you our members can purchase from HQ. A number of suggestions have been received including a range of clothing (to order only); key rings; caps and bumper stickers. We are still very open to suggestions on items you might like to see us have available, so please do take the time to let Debby know at HQ.
2. NZART WRC-15 Travel Fund
Supporting our Delegate, Don Wallace ZL2TLL, to attend the 2015 (WRC-15) ITU Conference, in Geneva
Platinum: Donations $200 and over
Gold: Donations $100 - $199
Silver: Donations $50 - $99
Bronze: Donations $10 - $49
NZART is planning to send one Delegate to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, from the 2nd to the 27th November 2015. WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.4 will consider a possible new allocation to the amateur service on a secondary basis in the band 5 250 to 5 450 kHz.
The Association’s budget for next year will not cover the expected costs without reducing reserves as happened in 2012. We ask our members to make a donation towards this vitally important conference where Amateur access to the radio spectrum is decided.
This may be making a donation of your annual rebate, or a little more if you are able. All donations will solely be used for attendance at an ITU-R conference.
Make your donation to NZART HQ and your Call-sign or Branch will be added to the Honour Roll list which will be printed in the September / October 2015 issue of Break-In. Some donors may wish to remain anonymous, provision for that is made.
Your Association is committed to the maintenance and expansion of the Amateur Service in New Zealand and having our ALO, Don ZL2TLL representing us at this conference is yet another example of our work in this area.
Postal Address: PO Box 40-525 Upper Hutt 5140
3. Debby says . . .
Thank you to all those who have generously donated their subscription rebate and in some cases more, for the attendance of Don ZL2TLL at WRC 2015 in Geneva. To date we have received $2580.00. We still have quite a way to go to cover the projected expenditure of $15,000, so I urge you all, please dig deep.
If you need further information on how you can donate more than the rebate amount, please contact me on 04 939 2189 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember office hours are 9am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday.
You should now have received your September October issue of Break In. Please note that the Returning Officer has now called for nominations to President and Council for the 2015 elections.
Finally Call Book will be published in hard copy and will be included with your December issue of Break In. All information has now been forwarded to the printers for Call Book, therefore any changes you have recently made or need to make to your address details within SMART will not be included in this publication.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
4. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 305
Branch 69 Kapiti has applied to increase the e.i.r.p. to 17 dBW and to add the DMR modulation mode to its 438.850 MHz repeater at Mount Field, located at TOPO50 BP32 774.82 756.85.
BEACON AND REPEATER LICENCE TRANSFERS
October is the optimum month for transferring most of the RSM Licences from NZART to individual Branches, as required by NZART Council policy.
As at noon on Thursday the 9th of October, the following Branches had not completed their part of the licence transfer process:
28, 34, 37, 51, 56, 67, 86, 87.
Please contact FMTAG if you are experiencing problems with your part of the licence transfer process:
Licences not transferred in time risk being automatically cancelled by SMART.
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>
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, book reviews, equipment reviews, software reviews and 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!
Contact the Editor at <email@example.com>
Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
6. Jamboree On The Air 2014
Another year has rolled round to JOTA again. This is for your information if any of the local Scout or Guide groups ask for your help with a radio station. The groups should come to you but if you wish to contact a local group with information and help them, then wonderful.
I am running a camp at Brookfield this year again and Hutt Valley are very involved with this. Titahi Bay was also involved last year and I think they enjoyed themselves and I think they are keen again. You can reply to that one!!!. J If you do want to come to camp there is no fee and catering will be provided for all as well as accommodation.
This is the information that I have sent to all the Scouts and Guides.
JOTA & JOTI 18th and 19th October 2014.
The JOTA and JOTI is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts and use of the internet. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared.
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the--Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home
Since 1958 when the first jamboree-on-the-Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have "met" each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.
With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.
JOTI is the new age of technology in communication with Scouts and Guides talking to other Scouts and Guides using the internet. Groups need to register their groups on the JOTI internet site and also on face book, (Over 14 years).
You can get in touch with the local radio club to help run a JOTA station and leaders can help run a JOTI station. Radio operators are always keen to help Scout and Guide groups as they really enjoy all radio work. Also organising a camp is a great way to get lots of Scouts and Guides in one area to enjoy JOTA and JOTI
For more info and register your station contact firstname.lastname@example.org
JOTA JOTI National Organiser
LOWER NORTH ISLAND JOTA JOTI CAMP
There is a Lower North Island camp for JOTA and JOTI at Brookfield Scout Outdoor Centre, Wainuiomata on the 18th and 19th October where you can have a Group camp, Family camp or individual patrol camps both Scouts and Guides.
The camp is booked for the entire weekend. Radios and computers will run as bases from 8am till 8pm on Saturday, and 9am till 3pm on Sunday.
Groups can come in on the Friday night to set up
Day visitors are encouraged to come in on the Saturday and Sunday for the activities
The radios will be running from the Camp kitchen (Skyline Garage) and Nelson, with the computers in Maire Hall Also if each group could bring with them an activity based on communication would be great. All the groups will go round other groups as an activity base.
Campfire on Saturday night after 8 pm. If there are many younger members we may look at a small earlier camp fire. This will depend on numbers.
Registration closes on the 10th of October 2014
For more information contact Marie at email@example.com
National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
7. Auckland Unitary Plan Update for 6 October 2014.
The Submission Status
There is very little additional information since the Updates dated 6 August 2014 (and subsequently on 3 September 2014). The formal statics are, however, interesting.
The Auckland Council has published a “Further Submissions Report” in its website, which reports on the support or opposition of every clause of every further submitter. With respect to NZART’s submission (No 4498) there were 133 submitters in support, and two who opposed.
The Further Submission Report for submission 4498 alone provides 114 pages with approximately 25 lines of submission data on each page, (in support or opposition), amounting to 3163 actual submission points of which all but a dozen were in support.
The Clasen Submission No 5219.
Hartwig Clasen had put in an original submission specifically limiting most aspects of amateur activity. In the “Further Submission Report” there are 133 lines of Further Submission data, of which 131 are in opposition to what Clasen requests, and two (from the same person) are in support. It appears that in all 66 Amateurs put in further submissions opposing Clasen.
Opposition to NZART’s Submission.
Of the two who opposed NZART’s submission:
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 opposed the whole of the NZART Submission 4498.
Key Topics in Detail.
On Auckland Council’s website, Amateur Radio does not seem to appear in the list of Key Topics. Nor does Amateur Radio appear in the list of “Decisions Sought” in relation to Auckland Wide provisions.
What happens next?
When the Hearings Panel gets around to dealing with our submission (which is probably a low priority as it does not feature in the above paragraph) we will be notified of a pre-hearing session and an in-person Hearings date. At that stage three persons will represent NZART: they are members of the steering committee; Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH, Peter Loveridge ZL1UKG, and Douglas Birt ZL1BFS.
Early in 2013, Vaughan sent a request to all Auckland NZART Branches to contribute to a “Fighting Fund” to enable professional legal input into this process. This is again mentioned in the NZART President’s address in the September/October 2014 Break-In.
Reflecting on Jaques Calvo’s attempt at a Resource Consent application in Western Bay of Plenty (in which he was refused permission to erect a 3 metre mast and an HF Beam on his roof) a legal opinion indicated that there were so many inconsistencies in WBOP’s hearing process that a professional appeal could have overturned this decision. It would be better still to win on the first round, and not to have to rely on legal appeals.
We amateurs can deal with all the technical aspects concerning the need for aerials, and their heights, but when it comes to legal technicalities which arise during the hearings process, I believe we could benefit from having professional legal support during the hearing, to avoid a repetition of the Calvo decision.
Douglas Birt ZL1BFS
NZART Local Government Liaison Officer
Mobile 027 492 5189
8. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
9. Official Broadcast
Next Official Broadcastwill be made on Sunday 26 October
The broadcast is made on 3900 kHz, and on the National System and local VHF repeaters.
The broadcast is made at 2000 hours (8:00 pm), with a repeat at 2100 hours (9:00 pm).
Off Shore News Links
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