Events of the Wellington VHF Group

Silent Key: Jamie Pye ZL2NN

Today I was made aware that Jamie Pye ZL2NN, a friend and acquaintance through Amateur Radio and someone who I of recent years had a wee bit to do with in respects to his role as the Webmaster for NZART, has become a silent key. (More after the jump.)

World Scout Jamboree

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.

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World Amateur Radio Day 18 April 2011

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded.

In 2011, the theme for this year’s celebration is Amateur Radio: The First Technology-Based Social Network.

In ZL-land, our own radio network is the UHF National System, so the Group is issuing a QSL card for contacts with the special event station ZL2WARD.

Listen for the Special Event Station ZL2WARD on the National System on World Amateur Radio Day, Monday the 18th of April 2011.

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7075 Repeater restored

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 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.

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Examination Classes To be Run Soon!

We have had interest in running a class to be come a ham, and are looking to fix the dates for a class.

Please let us know if you are interested, or go chase down those people that have shown some interest! Now is the time!

Cost is $95, includes NZART membership, training material, exam and call sign, Branch membership and all the help and support you need.

Contact Us if you want to get your certificate and call sign!

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VHF Convention Wellington – Easter 2011

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”

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Peter Aikin ZL1TX Awarded Amateur of the Year at NZART 2010 AGM

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.

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Results Of Remit Voting at NZART AGM 2010

At the NZART 2010 AGM in Auckland the remits were discussed and voted on.

Remit 2 had been withdrawn by Council but the submitting Branch held it's right to have it presented.

The outcome of the voting is:

Remit 1 Free ARX Services to NZART members - by count. For: 629, Against: 737 Lost on votes.

Remit 2 Review of Family membership - Carried with amendment to replace "principal member" with "licenced member".

Remit 3 Release of Call Letters X,Y,Z- Carried

Remit 4 Seek Mandate for Entry Level Licence - Carried

Remit 5 AREC meeting times at Conference - Lost

VHF Convention 2011 in Wellington

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.

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President's Blog - March 2010

“Bike The Trail” – a public service event

“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.

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