1. From NZART HQ 2. From our President 3. VHF Convention Easter 2015 Update 4. National System Award 2015 5. WIA Latest News Letter 6. Wanganui Award 7. Wanted – Copy for Break-In 8. Official Broadcast
Off Shore News Links NZART Housekeeping
1. Debby says . . .
Thank you to those branches who have responded to the letter I recently sent them regarding Public Liability cover for club rooms.
Of the 18 that returned an expression of interest, I have received 9 replies, with only 5 so far accepting the offer.
I urgently require your branch’s response to this as the quotation made by AON is only valid for 30 days, therefore may not be available to us if I do not receive everyone’s replies.
This includes Young Amateur of the Year, Amateur of the Year, Arthur (Jumbo) Godfrey branch award and Youth Achievement award. The winners of all awards are announced at conference in Hamilton at the AGM on Saturday 30th May 2015.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. From our President
New Midlands District Councillor
I am pleased to announce that Council has approved the appointment of Don MacDonald, ZL3DMC to fill the vacancy in the Midlands district. Don is a very active amateur, President and AREC Section Leader for Branch 68 North Canterbury and a member of the ZL3X Quake Contesters. Welcome to NZART Council Don, and I look forward to working with you.
FMTAG Restructure Complete
As has been previously announced, Council initiated a review of the Frequency Management and Technical Advisory Group and I can now report that this work is complete. The new Council advisory body will be known as the Engineering and Licensing Group (ELG). Full details of the Group will be in the next issue of Break-In but the current FMTAG secretary and ARE, Doug Ingham ZL2TAR will be joined by Steve Fogerty ZL2ASF and Tony Brown ZL2DB who bring with them a wealth of experience as ARE’s. Doug has been performing the engineering work on his own for well over ten years and the new ELG will lessen his workload and bring additional expertise to this important work on behalf of NZART.
The ELG has two distinct functions; the frequency coordination and engineering of new applications for repeaters, beacons and fixed links, mainly on our VHF and UHF bands, and a band planning group which will formulate and make recommendations to Council on new or amended amateur band plans for the amateur bands from 10 metres and up. The now familiar Form 10 will continue to be used by Branches and individuals wanting to change or establish a new repeater, beacon, etc., and a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org is now available for communications with the Engineering and Licensing Group. The postal address remains the same – PO Box 40525, Upper Hutt 5140. The old email address for FMTAG can still be used and will be re-directed to the new group.
Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH
3. VHF Convention Easter 2015 Update
Hosted by The Wellington VHF Group and Kapiti Amateur Radio Society.
Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April at Waikanae.
Digital Voice: DMR, P-25, D-Star.
Digital Image: DVB-S, DVB-T, HF digital image modes.
Digital DX: JT65, WSPR, JT4 and Beacons.
Digital Broadcasting: DAB, DAB+ and shared spectrum with Amateurs.
Digital Location services: AIS, ARDS, APRS, Advanced Wander System.
Mobile rally, Hidden transmitter hunt, Antenna test range.
Repeater Trustees meeting, VHF Forum.
An exciting array of speakers and demonstrations, covering recent developments, future directions and new areas for experimentation. Progress at Colonial Knob, the new digital-only site, and future plans, will also be outlined.
This is Convention Light. There will be a small fee to cover venue hire. No meals will be catered. They will taken at local venues on a pay-as-you-go basis, to be coordinated during the day. Morning and afternoon teas will be provided by the host clubs.
Waikanae is an easy drive from Wellington, Horowhenua, Wairarapa and Manawatu.
9:00 Registration and morning tea.
10:00 Opening, followed by keynote speaker.
12:00 Depart for lunch.
13:30 Subject 1.
14:30 Afternoon tea.
15:00 Subject 2.
16:00-18:00 Mobile Rally.
19:30 Meet for dinner at restaurant.
9:00 Special interest groups: ZL-DMR User Group, WanderTrak users. Others as requested.
Wanganui has just celebrated the 100th birthday of the Dublin Street Bridge so, it seems fitting to have a promotion of the Wanganui Award which depicts the Old Town Bridge which was replaced in 1970 and is situated only a few kilometres downstream from the Dublin Street Bridge.
The sketch on the Award is by the late Gerald Weeks, a well admired artist and sculptor from Wanganui.
The award measures 220mm x 190mm and is printed in full gloss.
Qualification is very easy, only 8 points required and the Club Call Sign of ZL2JA counts as two points, as does contact with any Wanganui YL. Contact with ZL2JA is not compulsory. Any mode or any band including repeaters and the National System, with contacts dating from 1st January 1982 from permanent residents of Wanganui. (May be portable)
Branch 48 will be monitoring the Awards net on 3.677MHz for two weeks commencing Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
Several Wanganui stations are active on the Old Timers Club net on 3.870MHz on Monday evenings at 8.30pm.
Anyone is welcome to announce themselves and join in and make contacts with Wanganui stations after the net.
Applications for the Wanganui Award can be made by submitting Log evidence to Ivan Horn. Award Custodian, P.O. Box 7250, Wanganui. A fee of $5.00 is applicable.
Ivan Horn ZL2ATU
7. Copy for Break-In
Wanted Copy for Break-In
My stock of articles for future issues is starting to run low so ask 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. To assist further I have updated the “Guidelines for Authors” on the NZART website <http://www.nzart.org.nz/h-quarter/break-in/>.
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