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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!

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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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August 2013 Meeting - Single Board Computers of Today

New offerings in the single board computer have opened up a world of opportunities for experimentation, projects and even new products. From the PIC processor, the PICAXE, the AVR, then the Arduino, Beagle Board and the Raspberry Pi, we have a range of power, complexity and cost. Wayne ZL2BKC will talk about the offerings and how they can be used to do amateur radio and show off some of his projects. This is a not-to-miss talk on the state of the art in amateur radio construction.

Date: Thursday 29 August
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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Digital Television Tests – Bulletin No 9

The 502 to 510 MHz Digital TV Transmitter is being prepared for the final series of spectrum compatibility tests, to be witnessed by users of the adjacent spectrum.

Ever mindful of the cost of these tests to the users of the adjacent spectrum, we want to ensure the tests are successful at the first attempt. Accordingly, we have performed an extensive series of field tests and laboratory simulations to determine the performance margins of the transmitter system.

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August 2013 Special Interest Group Meeting - Colonial Knob Project Planing

Planning what we are going to do at our Colonial knob site, what work needs to be done on the site and what our priorities are.

Date: Thursday 8 August
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

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