Welcome to the Wellington VHF Group, Branch 74 NZART.

WVHFG is dedicated to the promotion of Amateur Radio (and specifically in our case, operation above 30MHz) in both the Wellington Region and in New Zealand as a whole. We welcome you to our online home. Please browse the links to the left, and keep checking back... this site will be regularly updated with news and current events about the branch, and Amateur Radio at large. Enjoy!

Upcoming and Recent Meeting DetailsMeetings Schedule and LocationsCall Sign Services & How to become a Radio AmateurNational System Status Info

APRIL 2014 Meeting - ZL4JY - A new digital age - TRBO and P.25 - carried over from February

John has recently joined his MotoTurbo repeater as a node on the worldwide MotoTrbo network. This enables easy communications to nodes around the world using pre-set talk groups. MotoTrbo and P.25 continue the amateur tradition of converting commercial gear to amateur use in a way that takes it beyond the original use. There is also gear from amateur suppliers and plenty of used gear on Ebay and TradeMe. This is quite an exceptional direction for digital comms and an exciting direction for the amateur world.

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Digital Television tests - Bulletin No 10

Members of the DATV Project Team recently met with representatives of several Government agencies to
discuss the final series of adjacent-channel spectrum compatibility tests.

Following the extensive series of field tests that have been carried out, and laboratory simulations using an output filter
consisting of a 6-pole cross-coupled bandpass filter plus a 6-notch filter, we expect a successful
outcome from the tests.

We are grateful to one of our corporate sponsors for the bandpass filter, and also to our member Steve ZL2ASF,
for the notch filter.

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WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2014 – Friday the 18th of April, 2014

On Friday, the 18th of April, 2014, Radio Amateurs will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day, on the 89th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

This year's theme for World Amateur Radio Day is: "Amateur Radio: Your gateway to wireless communications"

For this event, Branch 74, The Wellington VHF Group Inc., has been granted use of the special callsign ZL2WARD.

ZL2WARD will be active on the National System.

An email QSL Card will be sent to all stations requesting one.

Update on Colonial Knob progress January and February 2014

Update: 1 Feb: End door is now working and bathroom door is able to be opened and closed: Thanks Bruce ZL2ABC.
More progress on the fence, with much of the old barbed wire removed and the grounds cleared and mown. Looking in the gate it looks like a tidy garden area. All wood, wire, concrete, rubbish and debris have moved to the pile near the gate (out of sight) and it is looking repectable.
Progress is being made on the plumbing system and the tank will be installed very soon. The old tank is planned to be put back into use at a lower level.

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November 2013 Meeting - Bitcoins - A Brief Introduction

Randall ZL2RJP will present and demonstrate the new currency of choice for the internet generation. Bitcoins have varied in value and one consumer purchased a pizza for 10,000 bitcoins. Today That would buy you a nice house! At the time, it was about the right price

Bitcoins can be mined, earned, traded and converted to/from cash. See below for the audience requirements be be ready to trade with Randall on the night.

Date: Thursday 31 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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Trading Table Updated

The Trading Table Manager has updated the main listing, effective November 2013. Look for new bargains from our comprehensive stocks of useful bits and pieces at:
Trading Table Listings

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October 2013 Meeting - AGM and AREC AGM followed by Show and tell

The October meeting will be the Annual General Meeting of the VHF Group and the AREC Section. This will be followed by a show and tell session so bring along any projects you have been working on and share them with the group.

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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October 2013 Special Interest Group Meeting - Single board Computers

The special interest group meeting this month will be a follow up from the August Single Board Computer presentation.

Date: Thursday 10 October
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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Digital Switch Over for Lower North Island get your 6m contract now

From Sunday 29 September 2013 analogue television will be switched off in the lower North Island freeing up the 50 to 51 MHz portion of the Amateur 6m band for use, you will still need a 6 metre contract to operate in this part of the band.

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September 2013 Meeting - Online Mapping for Amateur Radio

From the simple - checking the location of a site, to the complex - mapping all of the Amateur repeaters in the country Rob ZL2WAL will give an over view of some of the ways of using online maps for amateur radio, including an overview of the development of his automated system for producing online maps of the licensed NZ Amateur Radio Repeaters, Beacons & Digipeaters.

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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