Porirua Grand Traverse Sunday 3 April 2016

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:

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

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The Last Hurrah

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.

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DMR Codeplug Downloads

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 Downloads for download.

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AREC in the news

Two news items this month worth sharing.  The first is a great story that appeared in The Dominion Post and available here:

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Tactical Amateur Radio Digital Internet Solution

Using the Spark free WiFi zones for Internet access

Need a digital radio hotspot for an AREC operation, a demonstration at a branch meeting, or something like the recent VHF Convention?

Telecom, now Spark, operate a network of more than 1,000 WiFi access points conveniently located on many public telephone call boxes around the country.  The commercial terms of the service are essentially free WiFi for Spark on-account mobile customers subject to a 1GB limit per day for up to five devices per account.

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AIS service restored

Today the Rangituhi - Colonial Knob AIS service was restored to service after a failure of the VHF receiver.  Coverage from the site has been gradually deteriorating over the last few months. 

Last weekend a working bee installed a new VHF marine band antenna at the site.  The new antenna is a PD220 Celwave Super Stationmaster with a gain of 5.25 dBd (7.4 dBi) arranged with a 6 degree electrical downtilt.

- John, ZL4JY


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AREC websites

AREC has a public facing website AREC Today with general interest stories designed to inform non-amateurs about AREC and what we do.  It's also designed to highlight interesting material for key stakeholders, such as the AREC SLA partners including the Rescue Coordination Centre RCCNZ, Police, and NZ SAR

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Duplexer Overhaul for 7075

For more than 25 years, first analog then P25, the 147.075 MHz (+600 kHz split) repeater has covered the north of Wellington, New Zealand.  The original machine was a home made crystal controlled 10W design by Peter ZL2ARW but the site now features a 100W capable Motorola Quantar.

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The AREC AGM was held on Thursday 30 October.  At the meeting John ZL4JY presented a report on the activity over the past year, summarized below.


Most of the Group's AREC activity is in support of SAR and Police, our contribution is set out below. Members have supported neighbouring branches, including a dedicated AREC evening at Titahi Bay Branch 42.  The Group continues to assist with the Wellington Wander Search supporting Police searching for missing Alzheimer's suffers. 

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Marine AIS Receiver Operational

The marine AIS (Automatic Identification System) is an automatic tracking technology used by ships to send and receive position reports. Vessels send positions derived by GPS to inform others and optionally receive positions from other vessels for local display.

A useful AIS overview is here:


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