Christmas Picnic Dinner

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In place of the committee meeting this month we will be having a picnic dinner, come along and join the committee for a picnic dinner at Willowbank Reserve in Tawa:

John ZL2TAU Silent Key

Sadly we hear that John ZL2TAU (Salvin John) passed away over the weekend.  We offer our sincere condolences to John's partner and his family.

John had just made it to 80 years and had been an amateur since his early 20's, certainly a double old-timer.  John was very active in radio both professionally and as an active amateur.  John has been involved in construction, repeaters, VHF DX, and site investigations and negotiations over the years, and was a very strong supporter of the VHF Group.

A couple of recommended DMR radios..

I asked for some recommendations of a good radio to buy at the November meeting.  

A couple of radios were recommended by people who had very recently been studying this subject and had purchased these radios.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.


The RT73 mobile dual band DMR was recommended. Very small, powerful, very good. It was noted that this radio could hold all the DMR IDs in the world, so every contact came up with callsign and location.  Some rave reviews on AliExpress and some tips to follow.


August 2021 Main Meeting (Updated) - Fraser Hughson on Water Based Electrolytes for Batteries & Super-capacitors

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Our speaker for the month Fraser Hughson  will speak to us online on  "Water Based Electrolytes for Batteries & Super-capacitors", after the talk there will be an opportunity for an informal catch up

We will be using Google Meet, it is easy to connect online by clicking on the link or you can use the phone with the details below:

  • Wellington VHF Group General Meeting - Fraser Hughson  Water Based Electrolytes for Batteries & Super-capacitors

  • Thursday, 26 August · 19:30 – 21:30

  • Google Meet joining info

January Meeting - Combined BBQ with Kāpiti Branch

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The January meeting is a combined meeting is a combined BBQ with Kāpiti Branch at QE2 Park Paekākāriki, enter via Wellington Road then Queen Elizabeth Road and meet in the open area indicated by the red cross in the photo .

BYO food, drinks , portable chairs , ground rug etc. There is some seating in the park. For those bringing a BBQ it must be GAS (no wood or charcoal).

XYLs YLs & family also welcome.

Bring bikes to explore the tracks around the park .

Date: Saturday 30 January 2020

Time: From midday

Location: QE2 Park, Paekākāriki

Nov Meeting - Thu 26th 7.30pm Tawa

Ron ZL4TDR – STSMHS Server Transport System Message Handling Server (STSMHS) its Architecture. The STSMHS is part of the NZ Automatic Building Fire Alarm System. It is a ”Life Critical System” that validates and then forwards valid fire alarms to the 111 Fire Emergency Centers where they are then sent to the NZ Computer Aid Dispatch System. That causes Fire Appliances to be dispatched to the building where the fire alarm was activated.

September Meeting - Join us for dinner at 6:30

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Breaking News: 

With the return to level 1 this week, we are going to have our 50th celebration dinner at 6:30 pm at the meeting room in Tawa on Thursday 24 September.

We will have a few pizzas there, but feel free to bring something to eat. We will have soft drinks, tea and coffee, but you can bring anything you like.

This will be followed by our main meeting and special guest speaker, Shalini Divya who will be giving a presentation on her research into Aluminium-ion batteries.