Club Meeting 4 March 2020

Minutes of the Napier Amateur Radio Club

Meeting on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

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

Present: Wally ZL2MO, Dave ZL2DW, Karl ZL1TJ, Peter ZL2CD, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2LF, Stu ZL2XC, John ZL2AGE and Mark Cowan.

Apologies: ZL2ST, ZL2IT, ZL2SS, ZL3TT, ZL2US, ZL2VM.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2CD, ZL2LF.

Arising: Nil

Correspondence: Acknowledgment of receipt of $1000 deposit by East Pier.

Invite to Debby NZART to visit combined branches sometime September or October.

A response from Debby but no firm commitment as yet.

Correspondence with Dave ZL2DW re: joint branches website development.

Email from Daniel Vandenberg regarding reciprocal licensing.

Notice from energy supplier Powershop of another price increase.

Finance: financial statement attached, $ 1000 deposit paid to East Pier.

General business: Dave 2DW: The Pakowai Hall needs to be booked in time for the proposed Debby Morgan visit. Alternatively the Napier club rooms could be used.

Financial contribution was discussed, travel compensation paid to Debby by Branch 13 at the occasion of her previous visit was based on a Km rate rather than cost of fuel.

Dave 2MQ moved that NZART be invoiced for the $1000 deposit paid to Eastpier.

Dave 2DW: “DMR rules”, the new digital repeater is working well, coverage substantially better than the previous D-Star repeater. Users at about 15 at present and increasing.

A lengthy discussion / explanation led by Dave 2MQ followed.

Karl: from various email exchanges it would appear that the proposed joint branches website will be limited to an essential resource from which names, phone numbers etc. can be found by those seeking further information about amateur radio in Hawke’s Bay.

John ZL2VAF, editor of Break-Out magazine, offered to maintain this.

Peter 2LF’s grandson, who is IT knowledgeable may also be available for some input.

Club Programme: The April meeting is to feature an EME demonstration by Dave 2MQ, subject to a suitable dish antenna being available and being installed in good time. The alternative of a brief video of Dave’s home station in operation may be more realistic.

Karl asked Mark Cowan if he would like some assistance with the construction with a basic aerial. Mark is likely to take up the offer in a few month’s time.

The meeting closed at 8:45 pm

Karl ZL1TJ

Club Meeting 5.2.2020

Minutes of the Napier Amateur Radio Club

Meeting on Wednesday 5 February 2020 at the Club rooms 123 Latham Street

Chair: Dave ZL2MQ, the meeting started at 7:40pm.

Present: Wally ZL2MO, Dave ZL2DW, Blue ZL3TT, Revell ZL2SS, Rob ZL2AN, Karl ZL1TJ, Peter ZL2CD, Mike ZL2MY, Peter ZL2LF and Daniel Vandenberg ZL2DRV.

Visitors: George Theron ZS5JAM, Mark Cowan and Rudolph Blaha.

Apologies: ZL2ST, ZL2IT, ZL2XC, ZL2HB.

Dave 2MQ opened the meeting and welcomed our visitors.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL3TT, ZL2SS.

Arising: Dave 2MQ: Martin ZL2MD has now moved to his new abode in Awakina (Marlborough Sounds). His offer to contribute to the setting up and maintenance of a new, combined branches website is therefore no longer applicable. Daniel made the point that a club website page dedicated to the Conference needs to be established, with a link to the NZART website.

Correspondence: email exchange with MED regarding payment of license fees. Emails from and to Mark Cowan about meeting times, various Conference correspondence items.

Finance: financial statement attached, the usual payments for ground rent and power were made. Also annual license fees. Annual refund from power company received. It was agreed to temporarily dedicate the AREC account to the 2021 conference.

General business: Suggested by Dave 2DW that Debby ZL2DM, NZART secretary be invited to come to the Bay to renew acquaintances and discuss Conference requirements sometime September / October. Karl to do the inviting.

Karl: Stan, being incapacitated after a hip transplant is not able to organize or participate in the annual Jock White field day contest. Any one interested in organizing this or just participating please contact the undersigned or Dave ZL2MQ.

Dave 2DW: A DMR repeater is now operational, first switched on 29/1. Frequency 439.2375 MHz

The meeting closed at 8:15 pm and was followed by Daniel ZL2DRV, in his capacity of NZART Counselor giving some insight in the workings of Council and progress being made. NZART incumbent President Mark Gooding ZL2UFI insists that when a commitment is made this is followed up with action.

Membership is always an issue, especially younger members are needed.

Daniel looked into the Napier Club’s history and told us a bit about his own background.

Daniel was asked a number of questions most of which were answered on the spot with the occasional “I shall look into it” response.

Dave 2MQ thanked Daniel for coming to Napier to address both the Conference organizing committee and the Club meeting.

Karl ZL1TJ