Club Meeting 1 May 2019

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Rob ZL2AN, Wally ZL2MO, John ZL2AGE, Paul ZL2HB, Mike ZL2VM, Errol ZL2IT and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2DW, ZL2US, ZL2XC, (accepted 2MO, 2HB)

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2MQ, ZL2MY.

Arising: Wally: the 40/80m dipole antenna has now been re-instated and is fully operational.

Thank you Wally and assistants for a job well done from Dave 2MQ.

Blue: Branch 13 has donated $200 to the Jaidyn ZL4WW and Xenia ZL4YL Bulgaria travel fund.

Dave: Can the Napier ARC match this? Moved by Wally and Paul that the Napier ARC donates $200 to this worthy cause. Passed unanimously.

Correspondence: Received: NZART membership list and request for Call Book information.

Information regarding the IARU International Youth Camp in Bulgaria from ZL4WW and ZL4YL.

Jock White Field-day 2017 (2nd place) and 2018 (1st place) certificates from Stuart Watchman.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act form from Kiwi Bank.

Info from Holger 2IO regarding German antenna analyzer which was forwarded to members.

Sent: a thank you to Korin ZL2PGJ for his contribution and donation.

Finance: Treasurer’s report attached. Few minor transactions only.

General Business: Wally: the multi band vertical antenna is on a slant and needs refurbishing.

A Saturday or Sunday volunteers effort was suggested. Wally to organize.

Blue: John Newson forwarded a message regarding John Bolton’s display of ancient broadcast radios. To be found at 16 Byron st, till May 9th. Admission free.

Mike 2MY: do all members get a set of keys to the clubrooms? Response from Dave: committee members only but members will be given access on request.

Dave 2MQ presented two prototype versions of the Dummy Load project, the basic one with a smaller enclosure and the power meter version with a larger box. It was decided to use the larger version for both types. Estimated cost sofar is $50 and $75, to be confirmed. Karl to seek firm orders once prices are decided on.

Remits. There were two remits to consider, details can be found in the March/April 2019 Break In magazine. Of the 7 eligible members present 5 voted against Remit one with two abstentions.

Remit 2 received 7 votes in favour, zero against. Results to be forwarded to Debby at NZART HQ.

The meeting closed at 8:15 pm.

And was followed by the showing of several Ham Radio videos with a reasonably recent flavor e.g. while the sun is not much into ionizing our layers there are still many radio modes that are both fun and rewarding. And how to erect an aerial mast using a helicopter…

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 3 April 2019

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 3 April 2019 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Peter ZL2LF, Rob ZL2AN, Wally ZL2MO, John ZL2AGE, Peter ZL2HM, Stan ZL2ST, Holger ZL2IO, Stu ZL2XC, Karl ZL1TJ and visitors Ian and Dianne Jackson VK3BUF and VK3JDI. from the Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club.

Apologies: ZL2VM, ZL2US, ZL2IT and ZL2HB (accepted 2CD, 3MY)

Dave 2MQ welcomed Ian and Dianne who are on a one week tour of the North Island.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3TT, ZL2CD.

Arising: Peter 2LF has a spare hockey stick type aerial mast if needed. Wally: the job is underway.

Dave 2DW: the Taupo ‘meet our neighbours’ trip was a success.

Correspondence: Emails from and to Ian and Dianne Jackson, emails from and to Laurie 2TC regarding correction to previous minutes, email regarding conference registration from Branch 27, forwarded to members, correspondence with Holger 2IO regarding tech talk, copy of the Branch 13 versus Hastings District Council planning outcome from Dave 2DW, email to the Napier CC with this document attached to be part of our initial submission.

Finance: Treasurer’s report attached. Wally presented his account for hardware bought for aerial installation. Payment moved (2MO. 2MY), passed.

General Business: Dave 2DW, from the last Branch 13 meeting: The traditional Christmas social dinner will now be held mid year, probably the end of June. The annual Branch13 junc sale will be held July 24. The 725 IRLP node has been relocated and is up and running again. Xenia 4YL and her youth team operated the ZM4T station to take part in the WPX SSB contest last weekend.

Branch 13 has a number of rechargeable batteries and other gear for sale. Contact David.

New members: Steve ZL2SPF and Brendan ZL2SB.

The meeting closed at 7:45 pm.

And was followed by Holger ZL2IO with a presentation on Station Automation and options and the availability of components and kitsets to construct the necessary equipment.

Holger’s discourse, complete with slideshow and internet browsing option, was of a high standard, with references, web links and source information. Printed copies for future reference were made available, one of which can be borrowed from the undersigned.

Holger also made a plea on behalf of a member of the above mentioned ZM4T youth team, Jaidyn ZL4WW.    Jaidyn is a 15 year old Karamu High School student who is interested in attending the forthcoming IARU Region 1 International Youth Camp to be held in August in Bulgaria.

All accommodation etc. costs are borne by IARU. However, Jayden needs funding for air travel. Jaidyn has engineering skills, he is seeking financial support / paying jobs (any) to earn his trip.

Contact the undersigned or Holger ZL2IO.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Meeting 6 March 2019

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT, Jan ZL2CZE, Rob ZL2US, Peter ZL2LF, Rob ZL2AN, Wally ZL2MO, John Mouritsen VK2CRI and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2VM, ZL2XC and ZL2HB (accepted 2MY, 2MO)

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3TT, ZL2CD.

Arising: Dave 2DW: the Kahuranaki trip was an undivided success. Also, did we get a reply from the Napier City Council? Karl: No. Dave 2MQ asked if a copy of the Branch 13 / Hastings District Council planning documentation is available. Dave 2DW to check.

Correspondence: Email from and to Dave 2DW regarding payment to Laurie ZL2TC.

Email from New Plymouth Conference organizers, passed onto members.

Mail from Gary ZL2IFB regarding doing a presentation, is too busy at present.

Email from Mike 2VM regarding use of the clubrooms for a CDEM meeting on February 12th. Copy of the NZART public liability Insurance certificate from Dave 2DW.

Finance: Treasurer’s report attached. Few transactions only.

General Business:Laurie ZL2TC donated a newer Tait repeater for the National System. The $50 cost of a new DTMF controller for this is to be shared by Branches 13 and 25. Moved by Dave 2DW, seconded by Wally 2MO that payment be made. Passed.

With thanks for his ongoing support to past President and life member Laurie ZL2TC.

Dave 2DW: the Taupo ‘Meet our neighbours’ trip on March 16th is still ‘on’. Meet hams from Taupo, Taumarunui, Rotorua etc., seats may be available. Booking essential.

Dave 2MQ: the Club project. Initial costing for a basic 100 Watt dummyload is $50. The design could be modified for a higher power rating and / or power display. A show of hands indicated sufficient interest to plan for a ‘run’ of 15. Dave may do a short write up for Break-In magazine.

The Menz Shed committee has given permission to terminate one end of our 80/40m dipole on their building. A short hockey stick type mast was provided for this. Alternatively Wally may be willing to part (for a reasonable fee) with a 7m tall boat mast languishing in his back yard. The project is in the capable hands of Blue 3TT and Wally 2MO.

The meeting closed at 8 pm.

And was followed by Jan ZL2CZE presenting the history (1984), development and present state of software defined radio. Limitations and applications (aircraft tracking, signals from the Universe).

Discussed were Rob 2AN’s Icom IC 7610 and the Lynrad software (Dave 2MQ).

Also Kiwi SDR and the proposal to install a remote receiver at Cliffton, a project of Branch 13.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 6.2.2019

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT, Laurie ZL2TC, Stu ZL2XC, Paul ZL2HB, Peter ZL2HM and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2VM.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2SS, ZL2CD.

Arising: Dave 2DW confirmed dates for the Kahuranaki and Taupo excursions. Kahuranaki participants must be NZART members. Booking is required.

Correspondence: A number of email exchanges initiated by Mike ZL2VM with Douglas Birt ZL1BFS, NZART local government liaison officer, regarding the forthcoming Napier plan revision.

A preliminary submission to Napier city Council requesting consideration for amateur radio needs.

Email exchange with Charities Services of Internal Affairs withdrawing our application for charitable status.

Finance: Treasurer’s report attached. Power account paid. All subs have now been paid.

General Business: Dave 2DW reported Branch 13’s efforts and success with the Hastings Council’s last planning update. The Council preferred a negotiated outcome over a costly court battle. Dave suggested NARC submits the documentation of this outcome to the Napier CC.

Laurie ZL2TC briefly went over some of NARC’s previous efforts and outcomes.

The club project: Suggested were 1) a horizontally polarized (halo) 2m/70cm aerial, 2) a simple radio / computer interface for digital modes, 3) a dummy load with or without power meter, 4) an active receive only antenna.

After some discussion the dummy load won. Dave 2MQ to do some research and report back.

Laurie 2TC reported that the Wanganui ARS (Branch 48) is installing a broadband aerial, SDR receiver and associated gear to provide an online service similar to the Northland one. To go live early 2020.

The meeting closed at 8:10 pm

And was followed by Errol ZL2IT’s presentation of part two of the 475 KHz story: Transmitters “class E design,build and test”, antenna tuner requirements and antennas for 475 kHz.

Errol’s investigation and experimentation resulted in a ‘home-brew’ functional 630m transmitter and antenna putting out 15 Watts. The single transistor class E amplifier is switched on and off by a square wave output oscillator. Close to a sine wave is produced through filtering. Errol used WSPR mode for contacts made so-far, some with VK land. Class E transmitters can be used for CW, AM, FM and most digital modes. Antenna construction: a base loaded vertical with bucket sized adjustable coil.

Errol ended his excellent slideshow presentation with an invitation to all interested in 475 KHz experimentation to visit his QTH for a chat and a cup of tea.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 5 December 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 5 December 2018

at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT, Stan ZL2ST and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2US, ZL2HB, ZL2XC, ZL2MO.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2MY, ZL2ST.

Arising: An offer for the tribander and rotor from Mike Price ZL2MCP for $500 was accepted at the last committee meeting. Transport to Whanganui to be arranged. Quoted by Main freight $166.30. Dave 2DW suggested Laurie ZL2TC may be visiting Hawke’s Bay soon, Mr. Price to be advised.

Correspondence: with ZL2MCP regarding tribander, paid tax invoice from RSM, to and from ZL2CZE regarding tech talk presentation, seasons greetings from Steve ZL1FS Branch 86.

Finance: Treasurer’s report attached. Peter also presented the annual accounts for the previous year, audited by Stan ZL2ST. Moved by Peter and seconded by Dave 2MQ that the annual accounts be accepted. Passed.

General Business: 2019 Programme: Errol 2IT will present his latest results with 630m at the February meeting, Jan ZL2CZE to present another look at SDR in March. Dave 2DW offered his services as short notice standby in case of default.

Dave 2DW also reported the following from Branch 13: The annual Christmas Tea at the Napier RSA was another success, a ‘meet fellow Hams’ gathering is planned at the Ploughman’s Restaurant (near Taupo airport)  for March 16, a 4 wheel drive trip up Kahuranaki is planned for February 17th, the last of the summer wine bus trip and RSA lunch on December 8th, the Branch 13 AGM saw the committee unchanged, Branch 13 nominated Warren ZL2AJ for the NZART ZL1 Councillor position, Errol ZL2IT to present talk at January 23rd meeting and the Branch 13 SDR project is still being considered.

Stan 2ST reported medical problems and the need for surgery within the next few weeks.

Mike 2MY and Stan 2ST reported successful participation in the recent worldwide CW contest of the ZL4T group from Holger ZL2IO’s QTH.

The meeting closed at 8:10 pm

And was followed by the Club’s annual quiz prepared and presented by Dave ZL2MQ.

It was another mix of general knowledge and radio questions. Some easy and some not so easy.

Joint winners were Revell 2SS and the undersigned with 16 out 20 points, joint second place with 15 points went to Dave 2DW and Stan 2ST.

It was another good one. The evening finished on a social note.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 7 November 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT, Stan ZL2ST, Stu ZL2XC and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2US, ZL2VM.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3HB, ZL2MQ.

Arising: Dave 2DW: The proposed Marine radio site visit was cancelled due to health and safety issues. Possibly to be given another ‘go’ at a later stage. Alternatives are being considered.

The NZDXRA cup was sent to Paul ZL4TT for inclusion in the Hocking Centre museum.

Dave 2MQ: the annual quiz will now be held at the December meeting.

Correspondence: Confirmation from Charities Services that the application for charitable status has been received and accepted, the outcome may take up to 12 weeks. Accounts from RSM for repeater and beacon licences and from Napier CC for ground lease.

Finance: Treasurer’s report is to be presented at the AGM following this meeting.

General Business: Blue: January 1st will be Amateur Radio ‘Have a Go’ day. An NZART initiative? Branches to decide on activity to involve potential new members?

Blue and Wally are still considering options for HF aerial re-instatement. Wally to check with NCC regarding tree status.

Dave 2MQ: the Tribander yagi and associated gear could now be sold? There was no objection from the floor. Karl to ask club members for expression of interest / offers. Dave 2DW to do the same for Bch 13 members. If not sold by 20 November the Trade-me option will be used.

The meeting closed at 8:10 pm

and was followed by the Club’s Annual general Meeting.

After the AGM the Annual construction project contest took place.

Two entries:

1) Stu ZL2XC presented the final working version of his Arduino based Semi automatic antenna tuner. The device obtains frequency information from the radio and drives two servo motors which adjust the controls of a standard (manual) tuner. The controller has many additional refinements and can follow the radio’s settings even when in scan mode. Stu wrote the Arduino ‘sketch’ (programme) himself.

2) Errol ZL2IT presented a beautifully constructed MF (630m) low noise Rf pre-amplifier. Gain 16 dB, used primarily for testing / experimentation.

The winner by narrow margin was Stu ZL2XC.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 1 August 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT, Stan ZL2ST, Rob ZL2US, Ray ZL2RB, visitor Bill ZL2WS and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC, and ZL2VM.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3CD, ZL2HB.

Arising: Dave 2DW: the branch 13 auction was another success raising about $200.

Stan: the ‘what is the NZRA / DX trophy’ question came up once before, it was and still is a mystery.

Correspondence: various email correspondence: Department Internal Affairs, Charities Services, application for charitable status. Frivolity Minstrels re: chair purchase, Manawatu ARS re: Ham cram course.

Finance: Treasurer’s report presented by Peter is attached.

General Business:

Stan introduced visitor Bill ZL2WS.

Dave 2MQ: the FT 1000 radio has been repaired (once again) electrolytic capacitors in the power supply replaced.

Revell: what stage is the reinstatement of the 80/40 dipole antenna? Discussion produced a few options: antenna between the clubrooms and the Menz shed building, possibly ‘long wire’ type.

The same between clubrooms and large tree in Westerly direction (assuming it is safe from Council chainsaws). Or the original dipole antenna between clubrooms and a (to be built) tower.

Dave 2DW reported repairs done at the Taraponui repeater antenna, with assistance of Warren ZL2AJ, at no charge to the club. Thanks to both Dave and Warren.

The meeting closed at 8pm

and was followed by Dave 2MQ explaining and demonstrating his VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) test set-up.

From an internet search: filter testing with a VNA:

http://www.reeve.com/Documents/Articles%20Papers/Reeve_FilterMeasVNA.pdf

Dave proceeded to test various filters / devices brought in by members. The clubs 40m and 80m band pass filters (Field Day use) were tested and came up as almost perfect.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 4 July 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2CD, Revel ZL2SS, Errol ZL2IT and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC, ZL2ST and ZL2VM.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3TT, ZL2HB.

Arising: Dave ZL2DW: the proposed NZART public liability insurance for members will now also apply to branches with charitable / non profit status according to Peter Mulhare ZL2IK.

Also: the on line sale of Baofeng hand-held radios was discussed at the last Branch 13 meeting.

It was decided to spread the information via the reflectors and pass names etc. onto the Radio Inspectorate. The Radio Inspector responsible for the area is reported to visit Hawke’s Bay soon to investigate the matter further.

Dave ZL2MQ: the two remaining SWR Power meters have now been sold. Trade-me fees are now exorbitant.

Correspondence: various email correspondence: Peter Mulhare re: NZART insurance, non profits are excluded. Internal emails regarding new Bank and members financial status.

Finance: Treasurers report attached.

General Business: Errol ZL2IT questioned Dave 2DW regarding the proposed AREC communications trailer (see minutes 6 June). The status and usage of the present ageing caravan was discussed. The consensus was that the proposed trailer is a viable concept. It will be supported by Branch 13, support from Branch 25 will also be needed.

Dave 2DW mentioned the annual Branch 13 junk and scrap metal collection is now ‘on’ and the associated auction of ‘The Good Stuff’ is to take place at the next Branch 13 meeting, July 25th.

The winner’s trophy for the Branch 13 home brew contest was presented to Errol ZL2IT.

Dave 2MQ asked for information about ‘The Napier Branch Verification Cup’ (NZRA DX). First presented in 1933 it appears not to have been contested after 1938. There are a few other ancient trophies that may be of interest and need to be identified.

The meeting closed at 8pm and was followed by an interesting ‘Show and tell’ session.

Mike ZL2MY presented a simple but clever central hub for a VHF / UHF ground plane antenna. Resonant frequency can be changed quickly by exchanging rods.

Dave ZL2DW presented a much more satisfactory way of utilising an (automatic) antenna tuner. It is mounted just below the (dipole) antenna balun in a weather proof enclosure. An inductor / capacitor network is used to feed the necessary 12V dc up the coax cable to feed the tuner.

Errol ZL2IT presented his E-Field Probe Active antenna. A small device made of copper laminate with a J-Fet transistor. It works on the electrostatic dimension of radio waves and has a very wide pass band. In Errol’s case is used to receive 475 KHz. Also, similar to Dave’s, a DC into coax injector device to go with the antenna.

Errol also presented a DDS oscillator, high stability, to take the place of a number of crystals in an older radio. The device is paired with a Picaxe micro processor to provide the 2 bit parameter input and read the 14 bit output using Hexadecimal coding. High Tech. Amateur Radio in the 21st century.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 6 June 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Dave ZL2DW, Rob ZL2US, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Mike ZL2VM, Mike ZL2MY, Stan ZL2ST, Peter ZL2CD, John ZL2VAF, Phil ZL2RO and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2HB, ZL2VM.

Arising: Dave ZL2DW: Conference remit voting: the first three remits were lost, the last two passed. Dave 2MQ enquired at what stage the chair replacement is. A response to Peter 2LF’s email to the scouting people has not been received. Karl to follow up.

Correspondence: various email correspondence: apology from Stu ZL2XC, Bank statements, NZART regarding remit voting and proxy, initial application for non profit status.

Finance: Dave ZL2MQ and Peter explained the Club’s switch to Kiwibank. The primary reason being the ANZ Bank’s inability to provide a dual signature online service. Consequently it is recommend the club applies for Non-profit status as the bank waves most fees for this.

Dave 2DW: tax on term deposit interest will be saved also. Karl to action.

The Club’s new Bank Account number is: 38-9019-0636026-00. Make a note!

General Business: Dave 2MQ reported on the SWR bridge project. All but two have been sold. The last two will be offered for sale on Trade-me if no further enquiries come through.

The club’s beacons have been off the air briefly, minor changes to reduce white noise and key clicks have been made. Errol ZL2IT’s QTH is close to the beacon location. He monitors signal quality regularly.

Paul ZL2HB mentioned the availability of both police band and amateur radio transceivers to anybody, mostly through the internet and direct from China. This is not new of course but the problem appears to be getting worse.

The meeting closed at 8pm.

And was followed by two talks by John ZL2VAF.

The first was about the Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank, a repository of historical and current information about Hawke’s Bay and it’s people. It is a community operation managed by the Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust on behalf of the people of Hawke’s Bay.

Located at Stoneycroft House, 901 Omahu Road Hastings. See: www.knowledgebank.org.nz

Become a friend or member, annual fees $25.00.

John then proceeded to explain the AREC trailer project. To be purpose built and take over from the present AREC caravan which is getting older and in need of serious repairs. John explained the various purposes the trailer would be used for, it’s construction and contents and the need for contributions to finance it. While local authorities are steering away from amateur radio involvement in emergency communications there is no reason why we should not be prepared, just in case ‘The System’ falls over.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.

Club Meeting 2 May 2018

MINUTES OF THE NAPIER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Meeting on Wednesday 2 May 2018 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:30 pm.

Present: Revell ZL2SS, Peter ZL2CD, Dave ZL2DW, Rob ZL2US, Wally ZL2MO, Paul ZL2HB, Blue ZL3TT, Errol ZL2IT, Mike ZL2VM, Peter ZL2LF, Phil ZL2RO, Mike ZL2MY and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apologies: ZL2XC and ZL2ST.

Minutes of previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2HB, ZL2MO.

Arising: Dave ZL2DW mentioned the previous Sunday’s NZART official broadcast reporting very favourably on the 2018 Bay Hamfest.

Correspondence: various email correspondence regarding the winding up of the 2018 hamfest, apology from Stu ZL2XC, Bank statements and the annual NZART circular and membership list.

Finance: Dave 2MQ reported the resignation of Treasurer Paul ZL2HB. Peter ZL2CD has stepped up to take over this position, thank you Peter. Karl thanked Paul for giving the job ‘a go’. Peter suggested that internet banking is going to make the job much easier and will investigate the options.

General Business: Dave ZL2DW explained the state of affairs regarding Chorus looking at charging for hosting repeaters at their transmitter sites. NZART president Stuart Watchman is negotiating with various parties and is hopeful a satisfactory outcome may be achieved.

Dave 2MQ asked Peter 2LF regarding the possibility of the Scouting group’s surplus chairs still being available. The purchase of up to 20 chairs at a cost of $10 each was approved by the meeting. Peter to check and confirm this and if so arrange the transfer etc..

NZART Conference remits: The annual vote on remits went as follows:

Remit 1, Stop the paper version of the Call book: in favour 2, against 4

Remit 2, Allow opt out of paper Call book: in favour 4, against 2

Remit 3, Allow non NZ visitors (boaties) to gain NZ Ham licence: in favour 6

Remit 4: Audit by non Accountant: in favour 1, against 5

Remit 5: Extend audit completion time: in favour 1, against 5.

Dave asked if anyone present is likely to attend this years conference and if so act as our delegate.

As no one appeared to be going the the undersigned is to seek a delegate or proxy by email and if not successful request Debby at NZART to appoint a proxy.

The meeting closed at 8:25 pm

And was followed by Dave ZL2DW presenting a talk which he prepared as a ‘standby’ for the recent Hawke’s Bay Hamfest. Dave presented the latest improvements to his home aerial systems, the HF loop antenna following the section’s boundaries and VHF Skeleton slot 2m antenna which is a modified ‘Gisborne’ project which produces fairly impressive simplex contacts. Thanks Dave.

Karl ZL1TJ Secretary NARC.