September Meeting - Our AREC investments

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A look at the last year’s purchases for our AREC section The Group has received a huge amount of new radio equipment from AREC National to help us serve LandSAR and other agencies, as well as to make us better prepared for any major disaster we may be called on to help with.

While the radios are generally supplied, we have had to ensure that they are usable and protected during travel. This means hard cases, power supplies, antennas and cables, programming and training and experience.

August Meeting - Young Physicist Tournament 2016

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Catherine Pot is a student at Onslow College and has been a member of their Physics Club for a number of years. The club as a team that competes in the Young Physicists Tournaments. Last year we heard how the Onslow team went at the international competition, and this year Catherine has been to Russia with the team to compete.

We are lucky to have Catherine and her father Michael talk to us on the trip and the competition. Catherine will also speak on one of the subjects that was presented.

Van der Pauw - Geometry and the 4 wire resistance measurement

July Meeting - Visit to the new Rescue Coordination Centre

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Time changed to 8:00 pm

The RCC has recently been moved and upgraded to support larger mass casualty events or multiple simultaneous searches. Last month we heard about the new beacon receiving and locating systems. Although all beacons sold in New Zealand are GPS equipped, not all beacons in the RCC search area are GPS enabled.

The RCC is key to maritime searches and more and more land searches as the use of personal 

Thanks to Rodney Bracefield for last month's exciting talk and for arranging this month's visit.

June Meeting - The new MEOSAR Satellite system explained

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The June meeting will be a talk from Rodney Bracefield the RCC (Rescue Coordination Centre) Operational Support Manager on the MEOSAR Satellite system including the NZ COSPAS SARSAT Earth Station near Rotorua and 406 EPIRB beacon tracking.

http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/news/media-releases-2015/20151029a.asp

Date: 30 June
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Tawa Community Centre

Porirua Grand Traverse Sunday 3 April 2016

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Various Wellington AREC Sections will be working together to support this multisport event on Sunday 3 April 2016. The event is being arranged by Ross ZL2UAC.  The event web site is here:

http://poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz/

More than 20 DMR portables and mobiles will be used for this event on the AREC ZL-TRBO network ZK talkgroup.

March Meeting - Batteries, Solar (PV) and Electric Vehicles : The end of the Lines Companies?

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John Andrews, Senior Energy Analyst at NZX Energy will give a presentation on

The recent Downstream Conference for the electricity and gas retailers and generators covered the possible effects of batteries, PV and EVs on the lines companies, the national grid and electricity retailers and generators. Much information from other markets was presented, but the big question remains- is New Zealand really different? And does NZ have the right model in place to deal with these changes?

The Last Hurrah

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In the 1956 novel The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor the veteran, a flawed but great man with many achievements to his credit, falls to the modern usurper with a handsome face but no real ability.  And so on February 16, 2016 an iconic veteran of New Zealand radio transmission, the 696 ft* 2YA mast fell to the enfeebled broadcast service we make do with today.  Welcome to the new age.