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.