1. Conference 2016 Christchurch 2. From the President 3. Debbie Says… 4. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest news 5. Official Broadcast
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1. NZART Conference in Christchurch 2016 Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of NZART Riccarton Park Function Centre, 165 Racecourse Road, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042
General program Friday 3rd June 2016 Check in & social get together at Branch 05 new clubrooms. 5 Idris Road, Fendalton, Christchurch. Saturday 4th June 2016 - NZART AGM and AREC AGM Dinner at the conference venue, with entertainment and “ham natter” accompanied by casual music. Sunday 5th June 2016 – special group AGMs and Forums Evening program to be confirmed. Alternate programs The alternate programs will be Saturday 4th June – Kaleidoscope Tour of Christchurch and port hills including gondola, punting, tours etc (to be confirmed). Sunday 5th June – Activities including the famous Riccarton Market.
Forum sessions There will be forums and presentations throughout Sunday 5th June. Many speakers are booked into the sessions, with subjects including: D-star systems, Battery technology, RDF using UAVs, RF Baluns, Amateur Satellites, Summits On The Air, Military Radios, Precision timing, Raspberry Pies with Ham, DXing, Digital modes, Contesting, etc. There are still spare slots available, so if you would like to present a technology or ham radio related subject, please contact Kelvin ZL3KB email@example.com Topics shown above are subject to confirmation. See the latest details on www.hamradio.co.nz
2. From The President
I would like to thank Don MacDonald ZL3DMC for taking over the production of Infoline. Don is also an NZART Councilor in the midland region.
Council has been through quite a journey attempting to ‘sort out’ our web site. All roads on this are leading to one thing: we need a permanent webmaster who can sort out the web site. Advice has been sought from our temporary web master and our webserver Officer: there is no point investing financially in a new web site until a permanent web master is appointed. There will be more on this in the March-April edition of Break-In but specifically Council is dead keen to appoint a person with suitable experience to this position.
Weekend courses. Last year saw a record number of examination passes: in the eighties. This is largely due to the success of weekend courses being run by several branches. Council will soon be promoting the package that was originally devised by ZL2AJ and the late ZL2AL. Council is also grateful to some key members of those branches who have made themselves available for advice to branches wanting to run their own courses.
Stuart Watchman ZL2TW NZART President
3. Debby says…
Happy new year everyone. I hope you have enjoyed a nice relaxing break and ready to get started on promoting amateur radio in 2016? Hopefully branches will do well again this year in holding classes and introducing newcomers to the hobby. Just a few wee reminders…All officers, it’s that time of year that I need your annual reports. You should all have been contacted by the Councillor acting as Officer Liaison, Phill Dodds ZL4XYZ, with a reminder to please forward your reports as soon as possible. Conference is fast approaching, so time to put your thinking caps on for nominations for the following awards; Life Membership of the Association, Amateur of the Year, Young Amateur of the Year, and the ZL1HV Jumbo Godfrey Branch award. This is the perfect opportunity to recognise people who have generously donated their time and talent for the good of amateur radio and the Association. Lastly for this issue, headquarters will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday 8th & 9th February. Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
4. VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest news
DX Weekend Contest: All bands 6 m and up, on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of February 2016 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 to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
5. Official Broadcast
Next Official Broadcast will be made on Sunday…...
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>> 73
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