Editor: - Don MacDonald ZL3DMC firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Issue 336 Date Friday 29/04/2016
In this Issue
1. Debbie Says..
2. ELG Report
4. Sangster Shield
5. Administration and IARU liaison Officers report for 2015
6. NZART Conference
7. Jock White Field Day 2016 Report and Results
8. Website survey
9. Branch News-letter Mailing list
10. Florida QSO Party
11. 3rd Russian WW Multimode Contest 2016
Off Shore News Links
1. Debby says
With the recent promotional offer being sent to over 3400 amateurs, the inaccuracy of RSM’s SMART database has become more apparent.
Regrettably I have received 332 letters returned to me as ‘undeliverable’ by NZ Post. This means that those amateurs’ details all have incorrect addresses. It is a requirement of the Radio Regulations, that details are advised to RSM either by phone to 0508 776 463 or e-mail email@example.com.
The same applies if you wish to have your address withheld within SMART, and will not be included in the NZART Call Book.
Furthermore I have received notification of over 44 silent keys that have yet to be removed from SMART, once again these call signs cannot just be released with a phone call to me. I need to receive this in writing. There is a special form for this which was included in the April newsletter from headquarters, posted out earlier this week.
Finally, I have just received notification from RSM, that I can remove call signs for people who have advised in writing, they a) no longer have an interest in amateur radio, or b) due to ill health (e.g. blind, alzheimers, dementia) and can no longer operate. Please help me to make the RSM records as accurate as possible, this information produces the NZART Call Book, therefore it is our best interests to ensure it is as up to date as possible.
Just before I sign off…I am very disappointed to advise, so far ‘NO’ award nominations have been received for conference in Christchurch. I have had a couple of branches ask what is involved, however the cut-off date is the 1st of May. I need to receive all nominations no later than Friday the 7th May, this will give me time to get the relevant engraving and certificates produced.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
2. ELG Report
TECG Branch 88 has applied for a 70 cm DMR repeater license. The frequency will be 439.750 MHz TX & 434.750 RX. Location will be at TOPO50 BD36 691.76 217.82 (Minden Amateur). (ELG ARE142)
Eastern BOP branch 51 has applied for a 2 meter repeater license on 147.300 MHz TX & 147.900 MHz RX. The modes are voice, data & digital. Location will be TOPO50 BE528.03 887.83, Whakatane.
They have also applied for a 70 cm repeater on 438.500 MHz TX & 433.500 MHz RX. Modes will be voice, data & digital. The location is the same as the 2 meter repeater. (both external ARE038)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all license enquiries & applications.
SOTA would like to welcome on board the South Island to the world of SOTA.
After many months of summit checking and rechecking, managing spreadsheets, naming and going cross-eyed surveying maps, SOTA is now going live for the South Island. There will be 3920 summits added to the database at 0000 UTC on the 1st of May (1200 Sunday our time).
To celebrate this achievement, myself and Andrew VK3ARR are making a special trip to activate a summit near Blenheim on Sunday afternoon. We will be active on HF and VHF frequencies and look forward to working many stations. With luck we may also work other SOTA stations both in ZL and around the world (especially VK). Please listen out for us, keep an eye on www.sotawatch.org, or face book group zl-sota on Sunday afternoon.
ZL3 summits will not be published on www.sotadata.org.uk until after the association goes live, however if you would like a list to plan an activation on Sunday afternoon please contact me direct email@example.com.
If you would like more information on SOTA there are a few good articles written by myself and Andrew in February's and April's Break In. I will be doing a talk on SOTA at the REG sale in Hamilton and at Conference in Christchurch.
Warren Harris ZL2AJ
4. Sangster Shield Contest New Rules for 2016
The Sangster Shield has new rules for this year’s Contest which will be held on Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22.
New rules have been sent to print & will appear in the April/May Break In and will also be placed on the NZART website under “Contests>Rules>Sangster Shield”
Those contestants using computer logging will need to make changes to the sending exchange and the logging formats.
Main changes to be notified are:-
1. Only Low power New Zealand stations (5w pep or less output) are eligible as entrants. Overseas entries & contestants may use any power permitted by their license conditions.
2. A new exchange (formerly called cypher) will consist of RST, Contact Serial Number and Branch Number. Power output will no longer be given but will be provided by each entrant and printed in results.
3. The Transistor Trophy will also now be available to any first time NZ entrant regardless of when licensed.
4. All NZ entrants must be financial members of NZART except for entrants for the Transistor Trophy who have been licensed for less than 1 year.
5. Entries may be emailed to the Contest Manager so long as log files are of plain text, MSWord or Excel formats.
6. 80 Metre CW only, half hour operating & scoring periods between 8pm and 11pm NZST each night will be retained as will the Contest timing of 3rd full weekend of May each year.
Other changes are minor to simplify & clarify rules and to state Manager’s scoring practices.
Glenn (ZL2KZ) looks forward to working you May 21 & 22
5. Administration and IARU Liaison Officer’s Report for 2015
Due to an oversight the Administration and IARU liaison Officers report by Don Wallace ZL2TLL was left out of the March-April edition of Break-In. Don's report is attached and it will also be included in the May-June edition of Break-In. It is important that delegates to the AGM in Christchurch read this; extra printed copies will be available at the AGM. NZART Council.
This report covers my two roles as Administration Liaison Officer and IARU Liaison Officer.
2015 was, once again, a year dominated by conferences, the NZART conference in June, the one week IARU Region 3 conference in Indonesia in September and the four week World Radio Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva in November. There were also a number of different matters requiring discussions with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) – including preparatory work for WRC-15.
5 MHz Amateur Allocation
As reported last year, a possible international Amateur allocation at 5 MHz was included on the agenda for the WRC-15 held in November. At this meeting, thanks to the efforts of IARU and its member societies, we were able to get agreement to a new secondary international allocation from 1 January 2017 with a frequency range of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz and a power limit (for most of the world) of 15 watts e.i.r.p.
Please note that this international allocation DOES NOT mean that we will have an identical New Zealand allocation as RSM needs to coordinate any New Zealand allocation with its Australian counterpart. Although Australia did not oppose the allocation at WRC-15, it is known that they have concerns regarding existing users in this space and we will be working with RSM to see what we can get for New Zealand amateurs.
For further detail on the 5 MHz discussions at WRC-15, please see the article in the January/February 2016 issue of Break-In.
50 MHz Amateur Allocation
Also at WRC-15 changes were made to two New Zealand specific footnotes in the Radio Regulations to formalise decisions made by the Government to better align our allocation with the rest of Region 3. The changes will recognise that the New Zealand Amateur service has a primary allocation in the frequency range 50-54 MHz (6 metre band) although we will still be sharing 51-54 MHz with the Fixed and Mobile service.
World Radio Conference 2015
As noted above, the major issue at WRC-15 was the allocation of a 5 MHz amateur band. In parallel with the 5 MHz allocation, other items, which could affect amateurs, were being discussed. One such discussion was a proposal for a primary allocation to radiolocation service in the frequency range 77.5-78 GHz. This was to allow automotive radars to use the frequency range 76-81 GHz (which was agreed to) and various other proposals that could affect other amateur allocations.
Overall, the outcome for amateurs from WRC-15 was, I believe, positive due in no small part to the coordination work done by IARU.
IARU Region 3 Conference
The 16th IARU Region 3 Conference was held in Indonesia in October 2015. Two people represented NZART, myself as the official Delegate and Terry Carrel ZL3QL as an Observer. Peter Lake, ZL2AZ also attended the conference in his role as a (retiring) IARU Region 3 Director.
Towards the end of the conference, the election of Directors was held and I was one of those chosen to lead IARU Region 3 for the next 3 years. As a result of this, I will no longer be able to represent NZART at future Region 3 Conferences and we will need to recruit someone else for this role.
For further detail on the IARU Conference, please see the article in the January/February 2016 issue of Break-In.
Funding of Attendance at International Meetings
As most members will be aware, attending international meetings, while essential, can be a significant drain on NZART funds so donations were sought to reduce the cost to NZART of our attendance at WRC-15. The generosity of Amateurs meant that donations exceeded the expected costs for WRC-15 and the Hamilton conference agreed that the surplus could be put towards the cost of attendance at the IARU Region 3 conference. At that stage, it was thought that NZART would still have to contribute about $1,500 towards attendance but further significant cost savings mean that it appears that the donations will more-or-less cover the cost of attendance at both conferences.
New Amateur GURL
We expect that the Amateur GURL will be re-issued early in the New Year. While the main reason for the re-issue is to record a number of previously agreed changes (e.g. to tidy up our 6 metre allocation, delete the expired temporary allocation at 500 kHz, additional 900 MHz spectrum, etc.). A significant change will be to add effective isotropic radiated power (e.i.r.p.) power limits for all Amateur bands to bring the Amateur GURL into line with other radio licenses currently in the New Zealand Radio Frequency Register.
Please note that the proposed e.i.r.p. limits have been carefully calculated to ensure that they will have no effect on the power we are permitted to use (1 kW peak envelope power on most bands). And further that (except for those bands that already have power limits expressed as e.i.r.p.) we will continue to be limited by output power rather than by e.i.r.p.
I would like to thank the large number of people both within and outside the amateur community who have contributed, formally or informally to the matters discussed above – it would not be possible to carry out my role without their contributions.
Don Wallace ZL2TLL Administration and IARU Liaison Officer
6. NZART Conference 2016
The Conference is taking shape and filling up nicely. The attached program shows we now have three streams of presentations on Sunday, and we are pleased to begin offering presentations on the Saturday afternoon as well. The session times have now been extended to allow time for moving between streams.
For more complete information, and registration details go to
Please note all presentation titles and running order are subject to final confirmation.
See you all in June!
See below for conference timetable
NZART Conference 2016, Christchurch
Programme of events
Saturday 4th June
Time Amateur events Presentations
/demonstrations Trade Displays
8:00 Registration Open
9:00 Opening address Closed
9:15 RSM Updates Closed
9:30 AGM Closed
10:15 Morning Tea Open
10:45 AGM Closed
12:30 Lunch Open
1:15 Keynote technical presentation TBA Closed
1:45 AREC AGM Summits On The Air in New Zealand Closed
2:30 Communications using Aircraft enhancement Closed
3:15 Afternoon Tea Open
3:45 AREC AGM UAV (drone) demonstration (weather dependant) Open
5:00 Bar opens Closed
6:30 Dinner Closed
11:30 Finish Closed
All activities, presentation titles and running order are subject to final confirmation.
7. Jock White Field Day 2016 Report
Thanks to all those that entered this year, especially the field stations which are what the event is all about.
Some Northern North Island teams endured heavy rain for part of the weekend while the weather for the rest of the country was ideal and in some places very hot.
Propagation was good on both bands with 80 being better than it has for the last year or so. There was the usual first hour propagation and over the horizon radar black out of 40 metres on Sunday. I sometimes wonder if we should start 40 metres at 0700!
This year South Taranaki ZL2QF just edged out Napier ZL2GT and Taupo have shifted this year to phone only and grabbed first place from Manawatu.
There was a change of activity this year, two less field stations and more being single operators with a reduced total number of field operators from 210 last year to 185. I hope this is not a trend that will continue and perhaps some regular branches were having a break and will be back next year e.g. Hamilton, Titahi Bay and Eastern Southland while it was good to the see the Northern region regular ZL1AM back this year.
In the overseas section and new to Field day was Colin VK4FAAS who won on just 10 watts. Tom, VK4ATH also a newcomer was runner up.
No team operating both bands and modes managed to work all 90 available multipliers, the same with phone only stations.
Phil ZL2RO was the first placed home station with an impressive score and is looking at setting up a field team next year in Hawkes Bay: bring it on! Veteran Ian ZL1PZ was runner up.
Comments from teams
Note: I do enjoy reading comments.
This is a good club contest.
Operators were well behaved generally, even courteous.
This is a very worthwhile activity.
Rain Saturday afternoon and evening, some rain on Sunday with one canvas tent pretty wet with some pooling on the floor.
Apart from the usual 40 metre blackout 0600 to 0800 conditions were good.
This year we experienced local noise thought to be from the adjacent school IT equipment
Preparations to keep the (rain) water out of electrics and the generator and the humans paid off and we kept going and dry.
Didn’t operate full contest hours due to a red back spider bite!
Would have had more QSOs if one side of the loop had not fallen down but it was still tuning and working on 40m. Fixed it when rain lessened (gales and 50 mm rain).
I hope we will be a serious contender in 2017 despite the fact we have a very small number of members.
We were a bit late starting on 40 because we discovered a dis (disconnect) on the 40m antenna at the last minute.
A great contest, the fan in the tent was blowing hot air and you could fry eggs on the power supplies, was a relief when the sun went behind a cloud.
Unfortunately the newbies learn the bad habits from others. The usual ‘my numbers to you are’, ‘thank you for your 59245/95 etc.’, ‘Fiver, niner, zulu lima’ and ZL2** operator kept on CQing - this is Branch ***’ etc.
A certain ZL2 station that gets mentioned each year, once again wasn’t doing any QRS for the slower CW ops
A pretty good amount of CW activity I thought. Variable standards of operating but good to have people giving CW a go.
Entry Category or Section (Rule 7)
Every year I receive entries where the section being entered is ambiguous. Please check the rules and stick to one of the sections listed. ‘Multi-operator’ ‘Low power, 80 and 40 metres, phone and CW’ etc. are not field entry sections.
These can be downloaded and printed from: http://www.nzart.org.nz/activities/contest-rules/
Please use them as they make my life much easier. I will be contacting entrants who did not use the correct sheets this year.
Improving Field Day Operating Technique
This was raised in a couple of Break-In articles in the last year.
Many operators want to read numbers back: “thank you for your 59 121 branch 99 my number to you is ….” This is not routinely necessary if you are happy that you have received the number from the other station accurately. Think of that QRP station that is always at the end of the queue, or other stations that that have to wait due to being weaker for whatever reason. The wait is much longer if unnecessary read-backs are occurring. The quicker exchanges take place the more contacts everyone can make per hour.
An example of an efficient QSO:
CQ call by ZL2YZ
Answered by ZL1ZZ
Acknowledged by ZL2YZ: “ZL1ZZ 59001/95”
Reply by ZL1ZZ: “59003/99”
Acknowledged by ZL2YZ: “Thank you CQ ZL2YZ..”
By all means if you did not hear the number ask for clarification but routine read backs are not needed.
This year again there was only one field station that did not reach minimum contact numbers on a particular band/mode which is good to see. There was one other field station that every year insists on making single digit CW contacts, this year just one CW contact over the entire event. All I can say is they are lucky Jock White is not still running field day, he would name and shame that entrant!
33 Field stations with 181 team members.
Again this year 1/3 of logs were electronic, the rest were paper.
Valid Multiplier List
A total of 94 active, the maximum possible claimed that can be worked by field stations are 90 as you cannot work your own station.
80 Phone (31) 01 02 03 06 10 11 17 18 20 22 23 25 27 28 29 30 43 46 56 58 60 63 65 68 69 77 80 83 86 87 89
80 CW (17) 01 02 03 17 22 25 27 28 30 32 42 46 68 69 77 80 87
40 Phone (30) 01 02 03 06 10 11 17 18 20 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 43 46 56 58 60 63 65 68 77 80 86 87 89
40 CW (16) 01 02 03 17 22 25 27 28 30 32 42 46 68 77 80 87
Non Valid Multipliers:
06 CW 29 CW (insufficient contacts)
Received with thanks:
ZL4NM ZL2ARG ZL1EL ZL1TUA ZL2AUA ZL1SK ZL2TMD
Jock White Field Day Manager
8. Blue sky ahead for NZART online.
NZART has started the process of reviewing the current website and we'd like to hear from members about what they want to see on their computer screens, mobile phones, smart watches and even your mobile rig if it has a screen!
There's a short four question survey and a bit of an intro at the web link below, please take five minutes to share your ideas.
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions specifically about the survey.
9. Calling all newsletter editors!
There’s some great stuff going on around the country from the far north to the deep south and we’d love to get newsletter editors sharing the news around!
If you’re a branch newsletter editor or secretary join the branch-newsletter mailing list and let the rest of the country enjoy your work.
Go to http://www.nzart.org.nz/join/e-mail-lists/join-the-branch-newsletter-list/ and follow the link there to subscribe to the mailing list.
Then add the address email@example.com to your newsletter mailing list and you’re cooking with gas or your favourite fossil fuel.
If you’d like to receive newsletters from all the clubs that join up to the list follow the link above and sign up today.
Drop Warren, ZL2AJ an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any queries about the list.
10. Hello Contesting Friends,
The 2016 Florida QSO Party is *this weekend*; we sure hope you'll join us. All 67 counties will be active.
Please check out the 2015 FQP results and much more at our Web Site: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/
The Florida QSO Party
Object: Everyone works Florida, Florida works Everyone
Activate and work ALL Florida counties
Have as much FUN as possible!
When: April 30 – May 1, 2016
Two ten hour operating periods, with a ten hour break:
Saturday, April 30 1600Z (Noon EDT) - 0159Z (9:59 PM EDT)
Sunday, May 1 1200Z (8 AM EDT) - 2159Z (5:59 PM EDT)
20 Hours total
Exchange: RST and County (Florida stations)
RST and QTH (State, Province or Country for non-FL)
Where: 10, 15, 20 and 40 Meters
CW : 28.035, 21.035, 14.035, 7.035 MHz
SSB: 28.485, 21.335, 14.260, 7.195 MHz
(Approximate center frequencies; lots of activity spreads out from there!)
At least 15 Mobile stations will be on and most can be found here:
CW: 7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHz
SSB: Please note there are no longer designated SSB Mobile Windows; mobiles will generally be found in the low General-class portion of each phone band.
If you are not mobile, *please* refrain from calling CQ in these windows.
Special Emergency Frequency Avoidance:
As you may know, Ecuador hams are operating earthquake nets on 7.060 MHz – PLEASE AVOID OPERATING ON OR EVEN NEAR THIS FREQUENCY – Thanks!
Single Op, Single Op Assisted, Multi-Single, Multi-Multi, Mobile, School and SWL.
Three power levels: QRP, Low, and High Power.
Use CW, SSB or both.
19th Anniversary Special Event Award- 2016 FQP Spelling Bee!
Contact the 1x1 stations below whose suffixes spell SUN. Stations that have a contact with at least one S, one U and one N station will earn a SUN SWEEP.
The 1x1 callsigns and hosts are:
K4S - W4UH/PAL
W4S - KT4Q/LAK (SSB only)
N4S - N4OX/ESC
K4U - NF4A/BAY
W4U - K5AUP/ORA
N4U - N4WW/ORA
K4N - K1TO/MTE
W4N - K4LQ/HIG (CW only)
N4N - K4FK/BRO
Seven of the nine stations will be on both modes full-time and should be very accessible. QSL all nine 1x1 calls active in FQP via KK3Q direct or via bureau.
Prizes: Beautiful color Certificates for top participants
Plaques for top finishing entrants.
Web Site: http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/
Detailed rules, mobile routes, past results, plaques, county maps and much more!
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!!!
Florida Stations of all types – please go to the FQP website and register your fixed, mobile, rover and 1x1 Spelling Bee operations; just click on the “Counties On the Air” link on the left to get started – thanks!
Logs to email@example.com or via US mail to K8NZ, please.
Any questions or feedback? Please feel free to reply to my e-mail:
THANK YOU in advance for making the 2016 FQP another terrific event!
Chris, NX4N, on behalf of:
Chris, WF3C and Dan, K1TO – President and Immediate Past President
Florida Contest Group, proud sponsors of the FQP since 1998
11. Dear Fellow Amateurs
The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the 3rd Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2016.
We invite all fans of amateur radio to take part in contest from 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30th April till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1st May, 2016.
Types of modulation: BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB.
The repeated contacts are permitted on different bands and different modes providing that a contact will be made not earlier than in 3 minutes. The output power should not exceed the resolved power according to the radio amateur license of the participant. The operator may change the bands no more than 10 times within calendar hour (with zero on 59-th minute of each hour). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m.
MOAB-MIXED - MULTI-ONE MIXED - Multi-Operator, Single Transmitter, All Bands, 2, 3 or 4 modes - Club stations and SES stations:
SOAB-MIXED - SINGLE-OP ALL MIXED - Single-Operator, All Bands, 2, 3 or 4 modes:
SOHF-MIXED - SINGLE-OP 20M-15M-10M MIXED - Single-Operator; 20, 15 and 10?; 2, 3 or 4 modes:
SOLF-MIXED - SINGLE-OP 160M-80M-40M MIXED - Single-Operator; 160, 80 and 40?; 2, 3 or 4 modes:
SOAB-BPSK - SINGLE-OP ALL BPSK - Single-Operator, All Bands, BPSK:
SOAB-CW - SINGLE-OP ALL CW - Single-Operator, All Bands, CW:,
SOAB-RTTY - SINGLE-OP ALL RTTY - Single-Operator, All Bands, RTTY:
SOAB-SSB - SINGLE-OP ALL SSB - Single-Operator, All Bands, SSB:
SOSWL - SINGLE-OP SWL - Single-Operator SWL, All Bands, 2, 3 or 4 modes:
A separate category for the Russia and foreign participants:
- World - all the countries except for Russia,
- European Russia,
- Asiatic Russia
20 CUPS of RUS-WW-MM 2016 are founded. Awards in electronic type will be awarded to WINNERS, PRIZEWINNERS and other PARTICIPANTS.
For more info please visit Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2016 Rules: http://www.rdrclub.ru/russian-ww-multimode-contest/159-rus-ww-multimode-contest
You should send your log upload via the Web interface ua9qcq.com or via email rusww(at)rdrclub.ru
All logs must be sent no later than 14 days after the contest (23:59 UTC on 15th May 2016).
73! de Russian Digital Radio Club
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.
P O Box 40-525
UPPER HUTT 5140
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Next HQ-Infoline: - Friday 20/05/2016. Closing date is Wednesday 18/05/2016.