Well conference is once again over for the year and thanks to Hamilton for putting on great weather and hosting conference.
In my special edition for Conference there were a couple of errors. Corrections as follows:
1) Bev Gilman ZL3OV received 1st place in the Thelma Souper Award
2) Daniel Wilden ZL4DU was actually 16 when he passed the amateur exam in 2014.
Public Liability Insurance.
I have yet to receive confirmation of acceptance of the PL insurance for clubrooms from 4 branches, Napier, Franklin, Hawke’s Bay and Eastern Southland. Can you please advise ASAP if you wish to accept this offer as I need to confirm with the insurers and get this sorted for you all.
Reminder invoices were posted out just prior to conference, if you feel you have paid but have not received Break In, please contact me with the details of payment.
Talk soon . . . Debby ZL2DL
2. From our President
This is my first comment in Infoline since becoming NZART President at the AGM held on Saturday May 30 in Hamilton. I look forward to working Council, our Business Manager Debby Morgan and all our hard working officers to serve you, our members.
I would like to thank the Hamilton conference organising team for their hard work in making the event a success. I enjoyed the weekend and I am sure all the other attendees did as well.
There is a lot to report following the conference weekend and associated council meetings. I will make more detailed comment in the next Break-In Presidents column.
At the Friday meeting of Council at the AGM weekend Vaughan Henderson, outgoing President welcomed Alex Gordon ZL4ARG and Don MacDonald ZL3DMC to council. At the same meeting Council elected Phil Holliday ZL3PAH to the position of Vice President.
Council is pursuing possible candidates for the following positions: NZART Solicitor and publicity and marketing officer.
We are still looking for volunteers for the keeper of the VHF/UHF and SHF records and the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) co-ordinator.
Vaughan ZL1VH has been appointed to the position of national training officer.
Band Planning Group
The details of the band planning group were published in the Jan/Feb Break-In of this year. Council is now establishing this group for work above 30 MHz using the procedure as published above. Specifically the 9 cm band plan requires. We are looking for suitable persons to join this group, please contact me for further information or expressions of interest.
All three remits were passed at the AGM.
Council discussed remit one and is looking at developing a package for branches to use for attracting candidates and getting them through the examination. We will be looking at techniques successful branches in this area have been using with particular interest in weekend classes. As our examination system allows candidates to get through in one weekend Council does not see the need for an introduction of a foundation license. The need is to provide material and motivation to our branches.
The work on remit 1 may have implications for remit 2 so work on remit 2 (review of the examination question bank) will be put on hold for now.
Implementation of the constitutional remit (3) is a straightforward procedural matter.
Local Government Liaison work
I have been impressed by the work being done by the local government liaison officer Douglas Birt ZL1BFS on the Auckland unitary plan update. This is a one-off chance to secure our right to engage in the pursuit of our pastime by raising towers etc. in the Auckland ‘super city’ area. The other local authorities in NZ will be strongly influenced by the outcome here, success is vital. NZART may have to fund some of this work along with the contribution already made by Auckland branches.
Modernisation of the NZART website is now a priority and a group within Council has been formed to perform this task and to include a member’s only section.
New Officer Position:
Following a suggestion from our Business Manager Debby, council has accepted an offer from Topsy Scott ZL2LS to act as a Conference liaison officer. This will involve working with the branch conference committee and Debby to assist in conference organisation.
3. ELG Report
ELG replaces FMTAG
This is the first license application since ELG was formed.
Motueka Branch 24 has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater license at Takaka Hill (NZART) Topo map 50 BP25 883.29 587.24
The repeater will be known as Tasman DMR. The TX frequency will be 439.6875 with a receive 5.0 MHz minus split.
Wellington VHF Group Inc. branch 74 application for a beacon on 3400.275 MHz at Colonial Knob has been approved by council & will be licensed very soon.
Please send all applications & correspondence to ELG, not to individual ELG members. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Fogerty ZL2ASF
ELG Team Leader
03 528 9366 home
03 528 8707 work
021 050 4054 cell
4. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest news
Hibernation Contest this weekend:
The next contest is the Hibernation Contest: All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of June 2015
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.
On June, 12th, 2015 the Russian Digital Radioamateur Club invites to celebrate our national holiday the Day of Russia to play with colleagues in "Russian DOMINO" - the name of our new radio event. We announce the Day of Activity "Russian DOMINO" for all amateurs of digital modes from 00:00 till 23:59 UTC on June, 12th on all 9 HF bands in DOMINO mode.
Specifically, we recommend everybody to work DominoEX11 mode in the following frequencies: 1.840-1.843; 3.583-3.586; 7.043-7.047; 10.142-10.145; 14.073-14.076; 18.096-18.099; 21.073-21.076; 24.922-24.926; 28.123-28.126. Besides those who will be in DOMINO, our Day of Activity is open to all who work on this day in any digital modes other than DOMINO.
The prize - a real Russian dominoes - will be raffled between participants who have taken the first a place in each subgroup. It is necessary to send adif-file (.adi) from logbook till 23:59 UTC on June, 20th for summarizing the results to the address: email@example.com
So, who did not take long ago in hands... a dominoe? Join our campaign!
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