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.

Cancelled January Meeting - BBQ at Otari Wilton's Bush

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Due to the Weather the picnic has been cancelled

Talk in Belmont 710 and DMR VKZL
Park at Churchill Drive car park and walk along to the Troop Picnic Area for a BBQ. Bring your own everything (Free BBQ's are available).

Date: Thursday 28 January
Time: from 6:00 pm
Location: Otari Wiltons Bush, Troop Picnic Area

November Meeting - Peter Lake ZL2AZ, IARU R3 Director

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For the November meeting we are privileged to have Peter Lake ZL2AZ, IARU R3 Director, speak to us about his 10 years as director and the progress that has been made during this time. Peter has recently announced his retirement and this will take effect just before the meeting.

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

SIG for Sept 2015: 19:30, 17th, Mesh users get started night

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This month's SIG meeting will cover the use of and services available over the mesh.  James ZL2ET has also created the virtual tunnel to the nodes of Rob ZL1FLY.  This in turn has allowed us to view other sites around the world.

James will outline the VTUN, the services he is hosting at his QTH, and how to use them.

Mike ZL1AXG will show us the services he is hosting and how we can access them.

The highlight is that we hope to be able to use the voice facilities over the mesh and James and Mike are excited to be able to demo this.

August Meeting - Two Speakers

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The August general meeting will have two speakers:

Propper networking in the microwave bands: John ZL4JY will talk about professional microwave networking and why the mesh is not the answer to everything. John has considerable experience across the subject, and has provided the microwave link that brings internet services to Colonial KNob for the DMR repeater. What next?

DMR Codeplug Downloads

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At the SIG for July 2015 Code plug update and overview the new ZL-TRBO codeplug structure was presented by Jeff ZL2JG.  These codeplug are now available at AREC.info Downloads for download.

A description of the various talkgroups are available at the AREC DMR Network page.  Lastly some interesting links have been put up on the Event & Links page of the AREC.info website.

- John, ZL4JY