In this issue… 1. From NZART HQ 2. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest News 3. Conference 2016 Venue 4. The Lee Jennings Activity Marathon 2016 5. SOTA New Zealand 6. Calling ZL CW Operators 7. Official Broadcast 8. Off Shore News Links 9. Housekeeping – includes calendar of HQ Infoline and the Official Broadcast for 2016
1. From NZART HQ Well as this will be the last issue for 2015, I would like to take this opportunity wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season. Sincere thanks to all those who have helped by submitting noteworthy articles to HQ Info-line this year and supported me here at HQ.
Take care and hope to talk with or hear from you in 2016. Debby ZL2DL
2. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest news
This Weekend… VHF Field Day Contest 2015
All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of December 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.
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
3. Conference 2016 – Christchurch
The venue is the Riccarton Park Events Centre http://events.riccartonpark.co.nz/events/83/functions.htm
To be held Queens Birthday weekend 2016.
Friday night 3rd June at the New Branch 05 Clubrooms for meet and greet. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June for the AGM and Conference.
A Web site is still under construction for the conference.
73 David (ZL2IC)
Vice-President Branch 05 Conference 2016 Chairman
4. The Lee Jennings Activity Marathon 2016
A reminder (for those who read the CQ DX column in Break-In and notification for everybody else) the Lee Jennings (ZL2AL SK) Activity Marathon commences on 1 January 2016. The object is to get ZL amateurs active on HF by seeing how many days they can have four or more QSOs on any of the MF/HF bands, 630m to 6m during the year.
A minimum of 50 days will qualify you for a Bronze Certificate, 100 days Silver, 200 days Gold and 300 days Platinum. This is not a contest so the only requirement for a QSO is to log a call sign and signal report. All HF QSOs using any mode count including ZL to ZL QSOs. You can also count all QSOs you make with a branch or club callsign (although you will need to obtain an extract of the log showing the QSOs you make).
If the challenge of four QSOs a day is not enough then there is the opportunity to endorse your award by making your QSOs on a single band, or using a single mode, operating QRP, or for working 100 or more DXCC entities. You could do a combination of all of them e.g. 17m CW while operating QRP and aiming for 100 countries.
I would like to print regular updates of goals set and progress so if you set yourself a goal email me (mark [at] zl3x [dot] com) with it and then regular updates during the year. Obviously as everyone's goals can be different this is not a competition but rather the emphasis is on participation. Therefore you do not need to be worried about how you will compare to others. The full rules can be found at <http://zl3x.com/marathon>.
Thanks Mark ZL3AB
5. SOTA New Zealand SOTA has landed in New Zealand and its shaping up to be big amongst the Ham Community with a lot of interest to date. The North Island summits have been mapped, checked, and are now active. South Island Summits will follow in the not to distant future. They have been mapped and are currently being checked before going live.
SOTA is a world wide activity. Hams can make contacts from hill tops and collect points in an almost competition like activity among the Ham community. To quote www.sota.org.uk Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an award scheme for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for everyone - this is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).
As the Association manager for SOTA New Zealand, I am keen to encourage SOTA activity. I am available to give some branches a talk, and to provide advice and encouragement to fellow hams. Feel free to email me email@example.com.
There is lots of material on the internet to research SOTA. Many activators run blogs. There is a facebook group I manage and can be found by searching “ zl-sota”. There are several reflectors. The New Zealand reflector is firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a message with "subscribe" in the subject line to join. The website www.zl-sota.org should also be active soon. SOTA_Australia is a yahoo group that welcomes ZL hams. VK is extremely active with SOTA and if you let them know they will be keen to work you as a contact.
More info can also be found at www.sota.org.uk. Rules, FAQ and links to sotawatch and the database are available.
Other than that - get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful scenery New Zealand has to offer, involve your family, involve your friends - SOTA is a great excuse to combine the outdoors and amateur radio. You may even recruit a few new hams in the process.
I look forward to working you from your mountain or from mine or just learning of your achievements involving SOTA. Thanks to those that helped make ZL SOTA a reality Andrew Ryan VK3ARR Don McDonald ZL3DMC Richard Smart ZL4FZ
Warren Harris ZL2AJ Association Manager for ZL SOTA.
6. Calling ZL CW Operators!
You are invited to join us in many new CW activities and to join the site VKCW.net -- here are a few of the activities that may be of interest to ZL CW operators:
* A CW News Bulletin (QST) is broadcast on 7022.5/14022.5/21022.5 each Saturday afternoon 0400 UTC with a repeat Sunday morning at 2200 UTC lasting half an hour at 17 WPM. A second repeat is on Monday evenings at 1000UTC on 3522.5/7022.5/14022.5. We'd love to have call backs from ZL stations after any of these QST with your reception reports.
* Due to low levels of CW activity we have a functioning CW Calling Frequency on 7050 which works very much like how 500kc/s used to work in the olden days of maritime radio. After establishing contact stations QSY off for QSO. Especially Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday evenings is popular as there is also "CW Bash" hour around 0900-1000UTC. Be great to have ZL participate.
Many other activities including CW Nets can be found along the top menu at www.vkcw.net and we hope CW operators in ZL will join the site and various activities of possible interest.
77 "Best Wishes and Long Live CW" de Lou/VK5EEE
7. Official Broadcast Next Official Broadcast will be made on Sunday 20th 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). Members and Branches are welcome to submit material for inclusion in the Broadcast to the e-mail or postal address shown below. ZL2BHF NZART Headquarters P O Box 40-525 UPPER HUTT 5140 E-mail <<email@example.com>>
8. Off Shore News Links • ARRL News & Features • RSGB News • IARU Region 3 ________________________________________ 9. NZART Housekeeping
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