Editor: - Don MacDonald ZL3DMC firstname.lastname@example.org Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Issue 333 Date Friday 18/03/2016
In this Issue
2016 NZART Conference Christchurch
Debby says… from NZART HQ
9 cm Band Plan
VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest ahead
Invitation to the new short award program 1050TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAPTISM OF POLAND
2016 QRP Day (June 17)
Off Shore News Links
All Christchurch conference information, including registration forms are available on the website: www.hamradio.co.nz/
2. Debby says…not too much this week. I was off work for a while with a Summer flu, so am just catching up.
The membership promo that Stuart ZL2TW has advised you of will hopefully be in non-members mail boxes next week.
Some members, who have not paid their 2016 subscription due at the end of last year, may receive a letter offering a discounted rate. Due to time restrictions this could not be helped, therefore I will honour a promo payment amount of $50 if received.
Also where possible secondary call sign holders have been removed if you are currently a member, again there are always the occasional few who slip through the cracks, so my apologies if you receive a letter in error.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
3. ELG Report
Ivan Nelson ZL1OTF has applied for a 2 meter voice repeater at 177 McLeod Road Waioneke,
Helensville. The repeater transmit frequency will be 147.325 MHz, repeater receive frequency
147.925 MHz. (ELG-ARE 035)
Christchurch Branch 05 has applied for a 70 cm D-Star repeater to be located at their club rooms 5
Idris Road Christchurch. The repeater transmit frequency will be 439.2125 MHz, repeater receive
frequency will be 434.2125 MHz. These are 12.5 kHz spaced channels, the maximum bandwidth is 10
kHz. This has also been engineered for possible use at Marley’s Hill later. (ELG-ARE038)
Steve Sapich ZL1AKD has applied for a 2 meter FM voice, data & D-Star repeater to be located in
rural Henderson at 148 Forest Hill Road. Topo map50 reference is BA31 433.81 142.84.The repeater
transmit frequency will be 145.375MHz, repeater receive frequency is 144.775 MHz (External-
4. 9 cm Band Plan
At the Queen’s Birthday council meeting 2015 it was decided to form a group to update the 9 cm band plan to incorporate changes to current national & international usage.
Since the last version of the band plan, the international weak signal segment including EME has become 3400-3401 MHz (1). The Wellington VHF Group beacon on 3400.275 MHz has been approved & licensed into this segment.
The satellite allocation has changed to 3404-3408 MHz (SAT). This is the best projection as this time. There has never been satellite activity in this band. This will be non exclusive until when & if there is satellite use (AW+SAT).
Since the council meeting, Australia has lost spectrum above 3400 MHz in metropolitan areas. 3398-3400 MHz will also be weak signal & narrow band modes (1) to harmonise with weak signal tropo & EME to Australia.
The exclusive repeater segments have been removed as there has never been usage & this allows for greater flexibility with 3300-3498 MHz This all becomes all modes including wideband (AW). Current modes such as mesh networks require very large bandwidth & it is desirable to have large continuous blocks that can be used. This does not preclude repeater use.
(1)Weak signal & narrow band modes up to 25 kHz bandwidth.
(2)(AW) All modes including wideband.
(SAT) Satellite, non exclusive.
ZL2ASF & ZL2TWS on behalf of the 9 cm band plan group.
VHF-UHF-SHF-EHF Contest ahead
Low Band Contest:
All bands 6 m up to and including 70 cm, on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of April 2016
This is the 6 metre band, the 2 metre band and the 70 cm band.
With past history this contest has proven to be an even playing field with the lower VHF and UHF bands and recently introduced for 2016 is a “Top Home Station” winner category.
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 behalf of the Polish Amateur Radio Association (PZK) I would like to invite amateur radio community from your country to participate in our short (only one month) award program-competition related to the 1050TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAPTISM OF POLAND
On this occasion, since 1st till April 30th 2016 there will be about 20 special event stations on the air SN1050?? or SN966?? , each gives 100 points per QSO.
The interest in QRP activities is everlasting in amateur radio community worldwide.
QRP radio communications testify high ability of radio amateurs, and offers advantages concerning,
among others, the reduction of QRM on the amateur bands.
The 10th IARU Region 3 Conference held in September 1997 in Beijing has resolved the following
recommendations based on the document (97/X/14) submitted by NZART, which says;
"That Region 3 Societies help to promote the IARU objectives for QRP operation, specifically:
i) to support QRP operation on June 17 each year;
ii) to foster QRP activities by their members;
iii) to encourage regular publication of QRP articles in their national magazines;
iv) to provide QRP sections in any national contests; and
v) to assist other Societies with the promotion and development of QRP."
Accordingly, member Societies are requested to note the above resolution and take appropriate
actions with reference to the holdings of the following events, for example, in order to contribute
to more effective use of radio spectrum:
1) QRP Field Day;
2) QRP Contest;
3) Distribution of QRP Transmitter Kits and Reference Book; and
4) Workshop of QRP Operation.
Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP
Secretary, IARU Region 3
8. Official Broadcast
The Official Broadcast is made on the last Sunday of each month except:
December when the Broadcast is made on the Sunday before Christmas.
January when there is no broadcast
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.
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