The following submitted by the National JOTA Coordinator, Jim ZL2APE:
Amateur radio stations have been set up at each World Scout Jamboree since 1957. They provide live-links from the Jamboree to the home countries of the participants over short-wave radio as well as being interesting stations for other amateurs to contact.
From 27 July till 7 August 2011, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree at Rinkaby in Sweden will be on the air with the call sign SJ22S (Scout Jamboree No 22 Sweden). This is a special event call sign.
The station will offer an exciting radio-scouting programme including kit building and fox hunting to the Jamboree participants.
Jim, ZL2APE, who is the NZ National Organiser for the Scout Jamborees on the Air, will be one of the station operators.
Google SJ22S, and go first to the QRZ listing for details of frequencies etc.
UPDATE SATURDAY 9th APRIL. The 7075 voice & data service has been resumed today. Thanks to John ZL4JY, Steve ZL2KG, & Paul ZL2BEZ. (See original notice below). Performance reports would be appreciated, please email firstname.lastname@example.org attention Colonial Knob 7075 trustees.
Saturday 2nd April 2011. Today, the Trustees removed the Colonial Knob 7075 repeater equipment for repair. It will be replaced as soon as repairs are complete, on either 9th or 10th April, weather permitting.
It is expected that the repeater will again be fully functional in time for the VHF Convention at Easter.
The Wellington VHF Group invites you to attend the VHF Convention to be held in Wellington during Easter, 22nd – 24th April, 2011, at Tawa College in Tawa. Come and enjoy Lonely Planet’s 4th top city in the world to visit in 2011 and see for yourself why Wellington is the “Coolest Little Capital in the World”
At the NZART AGM held recently held in Auckland, Roy Symon ZL2KH as NZART President awarded Amateur of the Year to Peter Aikin ZL1TX for his outstanding contribution to the hobby, particularly in Northland and also at a national level.
Peter is the drive behind a large number of repeaters in his extended area including the National System stations, local data repeaters, the Whangarei ATV repeater and many others in Northland and the Far North.
Peter is a member of Branch 28 Whangarei Amateur Radio Club and also the Wellington VHF Group. He was nominated by both Branches.
The organising committee of the Easter 2011 VHF Convention has been announced and have started work already. The venue at Tawa College has been booked and work with the Wellington Expo Committee started to see that this is going to be suitable for the Expo.
The plan is to run Wellington Radio Expo and the VHF Convention together, with the Convention having its kick-off at 1pm on the Saturday after the Expo finishes. There will be a Friday evening informal Social event, but the forums and technical sessions will be on the Saturday.
“Bike The Trail” is an easy, scenic, 25km bike ride down the Hutt River trail from Harcourt Park at Brown Owl to Hikoikoi Reserve, Petone. In 2009 over 1500 of the public participated. This year the event was scheduled for Sunday 28 February, which turned out to be an eventful day for a more global reason than a local bike ride.