Digital Television tests - Bulletin No 10

Members of the DATV Project Team recently met with representatives of several Government agencies to
discuss the final series of adjacent-channel spectrum compatibility tests.

Following the extensive series of field tests that have been carried out, and laboratory simulations using an output filter
consisting of a 6-pole cross-coupled bandpass filter plus a 6-notch filter, we expect a successful
outcome from the tests.

We are grateful to one of our corporate sponsors for the bandpass filter, and also to our member Steve ZL2ASF,
for the notch filter.

WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2014 – Friday the 18th of April, 2014

On Friday, the 18th of April, 2014, Radio Amateurs will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day, on the 89th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

This year's theme for World Amateur Radio Day is: "Amateur Radio: Your gateway to wireless communications"

For this event, Branch 74, The Wellington VHF Group Inc., has been granted use of the special callsign ZL2WARD.

ZL2WARD will be active on the National System.

An email QSL Card will be sent to all stations requesting one.

November 2013 Meeting - Bitcoins - A Brief Introduction

Randall ZL2RJP will present and demonstrate the new currency of choice for the internet generation. Bitcoins have varied in value and one consumer purchased a pizza for 10,000 bitcoins. Today That would buy you a nice house! At the time, it was about the right price

Bitcoins can be mined, earned, traded and converted to/from cash. See below for the audience requirements be be ready to trade with Randall on the night.

Date: Thursday 31 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

Demonstration: Audience Participation Requirements

October 2013 Meeting - AGM and AREC AGM followed by Show and tell

The October meeting will be the Annual General Meeting of the VHF Group and the AREC Section. This will be followed by a show and tell session so bring along any projects you have been working on and share them with the group.

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

September 2013 Meeting - Online Mapping for Amateur Radio

From the simple - checking the location of a site, to the complex - mapping all of the Amateur repeaters in the country Rob ZL2WAL will give an over view of some of the ways of using online maps for amateur radio, including an overview of the development of his automated system for producing online maps of the licensed NZ Amateur Radio Repeaters, Beacons & Digipeaters.

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

August 2013 Meeting - Single Board Computers of Today

New offerings in the single board computer have opened up a world of opportunities for experimentation, projects and even new products. From the PIC processor, the PICAXE, the AVR, then the Arduino, Beagle Board and the Raspberry Pi, we have a range of power, complexity and cost. Wayne ZL2BKC will talk about the offerings and how they can be used to do amateur radio and show off some of his projects. This is a not-to-miss talk on the state of the art in amateur radio construction.

Date: Thursday 29 August
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre