NZART Headquarters Infoline Issue 309
19 December 2014
Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
In this Issue
Off Shore News Links
Public liability Insurance update…I must retract a statement I made in the last official broadcast and HQ Info-line regarding Public Liability for branches.
The amount that Branches would need to pay, has increased considerably. I have finally received a quote from our insurers and based on the number of branches and members within each branch, the stated cost of $60 - $100 is a long way off the actual price. Negotiations are still continuing in this regard.
I am currently preparing a letter for all branches that have placed an expression of interest; this will include a draft policy document detailing the cover and amount payable should you wish to continue.
Branches would be expected to respond to this letter by end of February.
Annual leave…Just to let you know my office hours over the Xmas new year period, the office will be closed on Xmas eve day, but reopen again 30th and 31st December, then back again for the week commencing 6th January. My official leave will start on the 12th to the 27th January.
Election nominations/Remits…please forward any remits or nominations for Council/President to me on or before the 31st December.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout the year and wish you all a very happy Xmas and prosperous new year….
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. From the President
Central District Council vacancy filled.
I am very pleased to be able to report that Council has approved the appointment of Phil Dodds ZL4XYZ to fill the vacancy on Council left when Warren ZL2AJ resigned. Phil is a Civil Engineer and recently moved from Omaru to Gisborne. If you see Phil or hear him on air, please give him a warm welcome.
Break-in Editor confirmed.
After learning the ropes for a few months as interim Break-in Editor, Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH has decided to take on the Editors job. Many thanks Stephen. Stephen has developed an excellent rapport with the Christchurch based production team. Look out for a few changes to the appearance of Break-In in 2015. As always, your Editor will welcome your article or contribution to the magazine.
We are still looking for nominations from people willing to stand for Council for the 2015 to 2017 term. If you are interested please download the form from the NZART Web site and get it into Debby at Headquarters as soon as possible.
May I wish you all a very merry Christmas and an enjoyable new year.
73 Vaughan ZL1VH
3. FMTAG Notes
FMTAG NOTES FOR HQ INFOLINE 309
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.
Branch 30 Otago has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater at Highcliff, located at TOPO50 CE17 132.79 162.56. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.700 MHz and the receive frequency will be 434.700 MHz. An engineering evaluation, in accordance with RSM document PIB38, confirms that there will be no interference to other stations.
Branch 69 Kapiti has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater at Mount Field, located at TOPO50 BP32 774.82 756.85. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.700 MHz and the receive frequency will be 434.700 MHz.
Branch 81 Waikato VHF has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater in Central Hamilton, located at TOPO50 BD33 010.18 150.70. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.725 MHz and the 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.
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: 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
4. Jock White Field Day 2015
Please note carefully the date: Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st.
(It is in February and March to prevent a clash with the ARRL International CW contest. This occurs in years where there is only three full weekends in February. This will not occur again until 2026)
Now is the time for your branch or team to start planning your Field Day activities.
For the rules please see: http://www.nzart.org.nz/activities/contest-rules/rules-jock-white-field-day/
As always, any queries prior to the event please contact me at: email@example.com
I look forward to hearing you during the event
Stuart Watchman ZL2TW
5. ANZAC Centenary Celebrations Proposal
NZART proposal for ANZAC centenary celebrations – a call to judge interest and call for volunteers to assist
25th April 2015 is the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey by ANZAC forces. NZART has received permission to use ‘ANZAC’ from the government for the purpose of celebrating this centenary.
NZART proposes that amateurs in New Zealand celebrate this centenary with a one month of activity period starting on 25th April using the special call-signs ZL100ANZAC and ZL1ANZAC, ZL2ANZAC, ZL3ANZAC and ZL4ANZAC. We believe that QSOs with these call-signs will be in demand by amateurs both here in New Zealand and overseas.
WIA also propose to operate similar stations with call-signs VK100ANZAC, VK1ANZAC etc. The period of operation proposed by WIA is greater but NZART feel that most operators would prefer a shorter period of operation as this makes it easier to focus the effort required.
In association with the use of these call-signs NZART proposes to sponsor a special ‘ANZAC’ award.
Before committing to this program NZART would like to judge the level of support for this activity.
Brief details are as follows. If there is sufficient interest then full details will be posted.
Any licensed amateur in New Zealand would be able to use one of these calls. The ZL1, 2 etc calls will be available to amateurs in the appropriate region. It is proposed that an on-line calendar would enable an amateur to book a 2 hour slot on a band using either CW, Phone or Data. Given the number of bands and modes available it is not envisaged that there would be a problem booking suitable slots throughout the activity period. The ZL100ANZAC call will be most sought after and will be available to branches to book for a short time before the booking system goes live to all. However it is envisaged that other operators will also get a fair chance to use this call-sign if they wish.
Since QSL cards will be much in demand it would be a necessity that all logs produced using these call-signs be emailed to a central log manager in ADIF format (produced by all electronic logging programs) in a timely manner so that QSL requests can be managed.
The proposal for the award is based on points for working the special call-signs and lesser points for working other ZLs during the activity month.
NZART will only proceed with this proposal if there is sufficient support from amateurs. We will also be asking for volunteers for some of the work in making this happen, such as QSL management, log management and operation of the booking system. Offers from both branches and individuals are welcome.
If you would like to take part, whether it is using one of the special call-signs, or just making a special effort to hand out QSOs to other amateurs looking for ZL during this time, or to assist in the running of the event please indicate by email to either Stuart Watchman ZL2TW firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Holliday ZL3PAH at email@example.com as soon as possible. There is not a lot of time to organize and publicise this.
6. Waipa District Council – District Plan
Your assistance requested.
NZART appealed the decision of the Waipa District Council which limited maximum antenna heights to 15 metres, and is seeking 20 metres as a permitted use.
Your local government liaison officers are currently negotiating with Waipa District Council in an endeavour to achieve a better deal for amateur mast installations.
The District Council has asked for information on where tall antenna masts carrying amateur antennas can be viewed, to assist them in assessment of what they consider would be acceptable within the community. If they can be satisfied the 20 metres height can be accepted, then we will not have to proceed to a Court hearing.
I live in the lower North Island, and don't have knowledge of the locations of such installations.
I would be grateful if amateurs who possess or know the locations of such installations (15 metres or higher) within, say, 90 minutes driving time from Te Awamutu, would advise me, so that I can pass the information on to the Council.
Anything in the wider Hamilton / Waipa / Waikato / Bay of Plenty / Rotorua / Hauraki Plains / Taupo / King Country region could be useful.
Your assistance would be appreciated.
Mike Newman, ZL1BNB
7. Official Broadcast
Next Official Broadcastwill 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.
Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH Editor: Email <firstname.lastname@example.org>