Club Meeting 3 November 2021

Minutes of the Napier Amateur Radio Club

Meeting on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at the Clubrooms 123 Latham Street

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

Present: Errol ZL2IT, Peter ZL2CD, Mike ZL2VM, Bryce ZL1BCG, Dave ZL2DW,

Peter ZL2LF, Mike ZL2MY, Revell ZL2SS and Karl ZL1TJ.

Apology: Hunter Picket ZL2EDH, Stu ZL2XC.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Read and confirmed to be correct: ZL2MY, ZL2LF.

Arising: Dave 2DW: the Branch 13 Waipawa meeting and social was attended by 17 or 18 and was once again most enjoyable. Peter 2LF warned against installing the latest Windows operating system (W11) before all bugs have been fixed.

Correspondence: With Randall ZL2NW regarding the draft NCC district plan. From NCC, annual ground rent invoice ($621.20). From the Power consumers Trust: refund of $230 due. Monthly power account $ 84.57 (17KWh). Reminder from Companies Office: annual return due. Notice from RSM: repeater license fees due ($100). The usual notices to members.

Finance: Stu’s financial statement for the month was tabled. Moved and seconded (2LF-2VM) that the NCC ground rent be paid. Also that Dave 2MQ is reimbursed for the purchase of a balun for the proposed long wire HF antenna ($30).

General business:

Mike 2MY brought up the NCC annual charge and suggested a possibility to have this partially waved may exist. To be investigated. Dave 2MQ lead the discussion on the installation of the mast etc. for the HF long wire antenna. A bracket to secure the mast to the building needs to made , followed by a working bee to do the installation. Errol and Dave 2MQ to get that underway.

A discussion followed regarding getting our newly licensed members ‘on the air’. SK Stan’s TS 430 is available but a power supply is needed. Also a 2m antenna is needed. Dave 2MQ to follow up.

The meeting closed at 8:10 pm and was followed by the Annual General Meeting which was then followed by the annual home construction competition (The Pan Pac trophy).

Mike 2VM presented two testing / safety devices to be inserted in the power lead when livening devices. Indicators show various states, fuse protection avoids smoke out events.

Erroll presented a numbers of items in various states of completion, the virtually completed stepper motor driven tuning capacitor for the mag-loop antenna (parts: Wattie’s can and bit of ‘down pipe’).

High voltage relay switched capacitor (Russian made Parts?). Also his first attempt at making a sub-miniature oscillator board using a home brew (but Chinese made) 1 inch square circuit board. Hi-tech!

The winner: Errol ZL2IT.

Karl ZL1TJ