NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 307
21 November 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
1. Debby says . . . At the risk of sounding like a broken record.
URGENTLY required, nominations for President and Council.
I will be relentless in my pursuit to obtain enough nominations, not only to fill the current Council vacancies but also to ensure an election will be required within each district, as well as President. I cannot divulge who is and isn’t standing for these positions next year, but I can say that a number of current Council have contributed a considerable amount of their time over the years for you all…it is now your turn to help run your Association.
For your convenience I have attached a nomination form to this issue of HQ Info-line – please consider submitting your name and representing your area on NZART Council.
The rebate for subscriptions for 2015 ends on the 30th November, if you wish to take advantage of the $10 discount, please send your payments ASAP
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. 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
3. 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
4. VHF Field Day Contest
All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of December 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
5. ARRL International Humanitarian Award for 2014
ARRL INVITES NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Nominations are open for the 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award http://www.arrl.org/international-humanitarian-award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
A committee appointed by the League's President recommends the award recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.
Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee's particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.
All nominations and supporting materials for the 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA.
Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2014. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award.
The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.
Chuck Skolaut KØBOG
Field & Regulatory Correspondent
ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio
Greetings to all,
Here is 9M2SE IOTA AS-072 activation video I just made.
Thanks for your support.
7. HamRadioCoin First Crypto over amateur radio
Hi I have a news story for NZART I thought you might find interesting.
We have a new crypto currency based on the bitcoin algorithm especially for Amateur radio operators.
Our first transmission was by SSTV and used a DM780 template
http://www.hamradiocoin.com/sstvtemplate/SSTV_Template_HamRadioCoin.xml then progressed to a PSK63 type transfer; see our Hamradiocoin Proof of concept video.
On Air / PSK63 digital mode
In the spring of 2015 HAMRadiocoin will attempt an Earth-Moon-Earth communication over HAM radio!
What will the payload be? Hamradiocoin of course...
Earth-Moon-Earth communication (EME), also known as moon bounce, is a radio communications technique which relies on the propagation of radio waves from an Earth-based transmitter directed via reflection from the surface of the Moon back to an Earth-based receiver.
This is just the beginning... HAM will boldly go where no other crypto coins have gone before.
We hope to create a bridge between the crypto community and the amateur radio community bringing the two worlds together with a bilateral tether.
Since amateur radio rules do not allow "radio for profit" so we suggest one way to use HAM be for "not for profit" radio club fundraisers etc, or as an emergency currency sent over radio to regions devastated by man-made, natural or political disasters, we have radio clubs that accept both HAM & BTC for club donations on our site map
We invite all clubs worldwide to add themselves to the map. Start accepting HAMradiocoin for club donations simply by installing the wallet & adding a HAM address to your website, newsletters etc...
To learn more or contribute to the community please visit the homepage http://www.hamradiocoin.com/ or drop me an email.
HamRadioCoin Founders -
IZ4WNA, IZ4WNP, IZ4COW, IZ4TNW, IW4EIC, KM4EOM
8. Official Broadcast
Next Official Broadcastwill be made on Sunday 30 November
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
Copy for the Jan / Feb issue of Break-In closes on 10 January 2015.
Note: this deadline is primarily for the columnists, all other input; Articles, Around the Branches and Advertising etc should be sent earlier.
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