Editor: - Don MacDonald ZL3DMC email@example.com Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Issue 339 Date Friday 01/07/2016
In this Issue
From NZART Headquarters
The CW open contest
Hamilton Market Day
Trans Tasman Low bands Challenge
Off Shore News Links
1. From Headquarters
Conference is over for another year and once again a great weekend was had by all
One very important point made during an excellent data display of the new NZART website by Chris Hellyar ZL3LF. Now more than ever in this technological age we need to be able to contact you, the members of NZART by the most efficient method, being e-mails.
Therefore I urge you all to forward me your contact e-mail address so I can include in the database. The annual subscription invoice will be posted out with your August Break In, included in this will be another reminder to supply this to me.
I have also undertaken an update of the NZART examination supervisors on our current website as much of the information is either obsolete or has changed. In order for prospective candidates to contact the right person it is really important to have this as up to date as possible. I will be in contact with each branch to make sure the details are correct.
Regrettably there are some examiners listed who are no longer members of NZART and others have incorrect e-mail addresses, can you please respond to my e-mail and advise amendments accordingly.
Finally, an unusual request from John Longden:
I volunteer with the Thames Coast Kiwi Care Group. We track kiwi (carrying radio transmitters) with small yagi antennae as part of a population rebuilding project.
We often have a lot of trouble finding birds in deep bush, and are trying to find out about some possible improvements to our technology.
I wonder if it is possible to mention us in your communications with members? We would love to find someone, possibly but not necessarily local, who has the knowledge and skills to advise us on the radio side of our project, in particular the construction of yagi antenna suitable for field use in our terrain.
John Longden 408 Thames Coast Rd Te Puru RD5 Thames 3575 Mob 0274 595 596
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
The CW Open 2016
Open to amateur radio operators worldwide
The Friendliest Contest in Ham Radio!
Saturday 3 September 2016
Everyone works everyone: CW only, Single Op only
Three sessions, each 4-hours long, at 0000Z, 1200Z and 2000Z
Any or all HF non-WARC bands (160-10 meters)
Exchange: QSO number and given name (e.g. 12 Yoshi)
Work stations once per band per session
One point per valid QSO
One multiplier per callsign, first time worked, per session
Trophies to winner of each session in each ITU region (1, 2 and 3)
Plaques to winners of each category in each ITU region (1, 2 and 3)
Rules at www.cwops.org/cwopen.html
It’s that time again.
Hamilton Market Day is just over one month away. It will be on the 13th of August at the Waikato Table Tennis Stadium in Edgecumbe Street, Hamilton.
(Street map on the Hamilton Club web site.)( zl1ux.org.nz/market_day.html)
Sellers start at 8 am and buyers can enter at 10am.
As always there is free entry for buyers and there will be food available at the cafeteria.
More details on the Hamilton Club web site at zl1ux.org.nz/market_day.html including a sellers registration form.
I hope to see you there.
4.Trans Tasman Challenge
he Trans Tasman contest has undergone a metamorphosis into a faster more interesting low bands challenge.
With three modes catered for in SSB CW and Digital (RTTY/PSK) the contest is now divided into three two hour segments for reworking and 160 80 40 is on the same evening.
This is in the prime time for Low Frequencies (LF) the month of July.
VK6 was long felt left out of the action and the inclusion of 40M will help them be part of the contest as well as a new Open power category means that those have trouble making the trip over the ditch are now able to do it easier.
QRP Medium and High power categories as well as single op and multi op round out the offering.
Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge
Prepared by VK4TS and VK4SN
Last amendment 9th May 2016
1. Contest Introduction
This contest is to encourage Low Band Activity in Australia and New Zealand – The applicable bands are 160, 80 and 40M. The modes are SSB CW and Digital (RTTY and PSK only)
Amateurs in VK and ZL will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK and ZL.
* VK and ZL, means any station operating within Australia or New Zealand and their external territories.
* Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK and ZL stations.
The contest is made up of 3 individual two hour blocks – you are able to work another station once per band and mode in every block. Every different Prefix used by VK or ZL stations is a valid multiplier and credit can be claimed once per band per block.
3. Contest Date & Time
The contest is held on the Saturday night of the third full weekend of July Start Time is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC 16th July 2016
A. Single Operator – High Power All Modes All Bands B. Single Operator – Low Power (100 watts) C. Single Operator – QRP E. Multi-Operator – Single Transmitter F. Multi-Operator – Multi Transmitter (One per band)
* QRP stations are limited to 5 Watts average (CW/RTTY/PSK) or PEP (SSB) at the transmitter output.
Each category will have High Scores for SSB, CW and Digital awards.
Any station in Single or Multi Op may win the Single Mode awards – BUT Multi ops will not be eligible for single op categories.
NOTE: The Mode scores are purely on the highest score and may be from a partial log. You do not enter SSB only – rather the log is determined as having the highest SSB score.
5. Permitted Bands
Contacts may be made on 160M 80M 40M in SSB, CW and Digital (PSK and RTTY Modes)
NB. PSK and RTTY are the only allowed digital modes and are combined, not counted separately.
6. Multi-operator Stations
A. Multi-operator single transmitter stations are only allowed one transmitted signal on air at any time. If you are using three transceivers to scan the bands, simultaneous transmission will reclassify you as Multi Transmitter(Category F.) – your responsibility to stop multiple transmitters operating.
B. Multi-operator Multi Transmitter stations a. Are only allowed maximum one transmitted signal per band, b. Simultaneous transmissions on different bands are permitted. * Multi-operator stations are mixed mode only.
A. Suggested Call: “CQ TT”, “CQ Contest”, or “CQ Test”
B. Exchange: A valid exchange consists of RS(T) followed by a three figure serial number starting at 001 for each band.
C. No cross band contacts are allowed.
D. Exchange of contact information via satellites, telephones, repeaters, Echolink, IRLP, or the internet is not in the spirit of the contest and is banned.
All contacts are worth one point – Add the number of contacts made in the two hours and multiply by the different prefixes worked on each band in that two hours.
NB external territories count as one prefix – eg VK0 counts as VK0 and not the separate DXCC same as for VK9
e.g. 160 80 40 total contacts 50 X 35 prefixes (total of each band added) = 1750 points per hour.
Final Score is the addition of the scores from the three two hour blocks starting at 08:00; 10:00 & 12:00 UTC
Logs are due in within one week of closure of the contest.
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
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