NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 308
05 December 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
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Christmas is fast approaching and this is the second to last HQ Info-line for the year so please take note of important dates.
Subscriptions: The rebate period for subscriptions is now over, therefore anyone who has yet to pay, please ensure you pay the full rate of $99 or $129, whichever is applicable .
NZART Caps: I am pleased to advise I have received the new styled duel branded cap. The cap has been sponsored by Icom and includes the NZART logo. It is a very smart red and black style, so if you are thinking of what to buy your OM or XYL for Christmas, this could be the answer. They are very affordable at $15.00 each. Be in quick as stock is limited.
Public Liability Insurance: I have submitted the names of all those branches that have identified they wish to be included in the NZART Public Liability insurance ZL1VH has previously talked about. This cover is only for NZART members who meet regularly at a branch. The policy provides cover for third party damage only, i.e. should damage be caused to the building or property during or after a meeting of NZART members, it will not fall back on the branch to repair or replace the said clubrooms.
Those branches who have asked to be included will receive a policy document, and a letter from me advising the cost to the branch. NZART will pay a percentage with branches being asked to pay between $60 - $100. However this amount is yet to be confirmed by Council.
This public liability cover is not to be confused with the existing one currently held by NZART on repeater sites.
WRC 2015: I am pleased to report that donations received to date for Don Wallace ZL2TLL to attend WRC2015 has just ticked over $6800.00, well done everyone...we still have a way to go, but every little bit helps.
NZART Office Closed: Just to let you know that the office will closed on Tuesday 9th December and Wednesday 24th December, otherwise will be open through the Christmas New Year period on normal working days. I am not taking annual leave until later in January, for two weeks from the 13th to the 27th January, so please make sure you have these dates penciled into your branch diaries.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. From the President
Council has received with regret the resignation of Warren Harris ZL2AJ. Warren has found that his workload of employment and study has proved to be too great to allow reasonable time for his work for NZART and has resigned from Council. Warren’s departure leaves a Casual Vacancy on Council and we are required under the NZART Constitution Clause 3.7 (e) to fill this vacancy. This Council vacancy is in the Central electoral district, defined as being the former administrative area in the North Island where the New Zealand licensing authority formerly allocated callsigns beginning ZL2. Any members interested in applying for this vacant Council position are asked to contact me in the first instance: email@example.com . If you would like more information on the role of an NZART Councilor, please let me know.
3. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 308
AREC has suggested that the All New Zealand Short-Term Special-Purpose repeater licence (Licence 209732) be updated by adding emission designators for FM Data, DMR, P25 and D-Star digital modes. All the other parameters remain unaltered. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO NZART COUNCIL
At its December 2014 meeting, NZART Council approved the following applications. These can now proceed to licensing.
Branch 39 Tauranga has applied to add Data and D-STAR modulation modes to its 146.800 MHz repeater at Minden, located at TOPO50 BD36 691.76 217.82.
Branch 46 Wairarapa has applied to relocate its 433.825 MHz repeater to its clubrooms, located at TOPO50 BP34 220.80 605.69, to increase the e.i.r.p. to 23 dBW, and to add the DMR modulation mode. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that the repeater can remain on the existing frequencies (repeater transmit 433.825 MHz and receive 438.825 MHz) and that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater at Hawkins Hill, located at TOPO50 BQ31 449.78 236.89. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.725 MHz and receive frequency will be 434.725 MHz. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 74 Wellington VHF has applied for a 23 cm beacon at Waipuna Trig, located at TOPO50 BJ33 890.46 298.11. The transmit frequency will be 1296.271 MHz in accordance with the band plan. The modulation modes will be A1, F1 and JT4F. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
RADIO SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT (RSM) HOLIDAY CLOSURE
RSM has advised that its office will close at 5 pm on Wednesday the 24th of December 2014 and reopen at 8.30am on Monday the 5th of January 2015. Licences will not be granted between these dates.
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. 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. 2015 NZART AGM & Conference . . . .
. . . . . is being held in Hamilton, "Heart of the Waikato", over Queen's Birthday weekend, from Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.
The venue will be the Kentucky Lounge at the Te Rapa Racecourse, Ken Browne Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton.
Hosted by the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club, Branch 12 NZART.
BOOK EARLY! BOOK NOW!
AS ACCOMMODATION IS AT A PREMIUM OVER QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND.
See Branch 12 website for accommodation possibilities.
Further information will be available as planning proceeds in Infoline, Break-In, Official Broadcast and on the Branch 12 website at - www.zl1ux.org.nz
Gavin Petrie (ZL1GWP)
for organising committee
6. The WaiPlenty Repeater Network
The Waikato VHF Group is pleased to announce the completion of our 4 year project to develop the “WaiPlenty” repeater network.
In 1973 we established a 2metre repeater on Mount Te Aroha, which has a majestic view over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. This repeater provided excellent service to the amateur community for many years, however over time the steady increase in broadcasting services from that site caused a rapidly increasing level of background noise, impacting on performance. In 2011 the indications of a likely rent hike caused consideration of a move, then the last straw of failure of the antenna array, (which would require us to engage commercial riggers) resulted in the decision to develop a new repeater network.
The new network consist of 4 repeaters, all are continuously linked, so users switch repeaters as they travel and maintain continuous contact in an area much wider than the old 695 Te Aroha ever managed.
The coverage areas are as follows:
‘695 at Te Weraiti covers from Katikati to Tauranga and Papamoa, plus from Te Aroha and Morrinsville to Tokoroa. Hamilton is on its western fringe.
‘5675 at Te Uku covers Hamilton, Taupiri, Cambridge and Te Awamutu plus the west coast from Raglan to Kawhia.
‘5575 at Maungakawa, covers Matamata and Morrinsville and up the Thames Coast, as well as Huntly to the top of the Bombay Range. Hamilton is on its southern fringe.
‘5475 “Waihi North” covers Whangamata and Waihi across to Tauranga, plus into the eastern end of the Karangahake Gorge as far as Waikino.
Coverage of these repeaters is indicated on our web site at www.zl1is.info by clicking on the “IRLP” heading.
This entire network has IRLP access through node 6549
The Waikato VHF Group welcomes all users in the area, or passing through to use the network, and invites users to consider supporting the on-going costs by joining our branch in addition to their local group. Membership details can be obtained from our web site, or by writing to PO Box 606 Hamilton.
Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
President Branch 81
7. 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
8. Official Broadcast
Next Official Broadcast will be made on Sunday 21 December
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.
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.
The close-of-copy date is 3 January 2015 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
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.
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