Welcome to the Wellington VHF Group, Branch 74 NZART.

WVHFG is dedicated to the promotion of Amateur Radio (and specifically in our case, operation above 30MHz) in both the Wellington Region and in New Zealand as a whole. We welcome you to our online home. Please browse the links to the left, and keep checking back... this site will be regularly updated with news and current events about the branch, and Amateur Radio at large. Enjoy!

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Accurate Transmitting Antenna Locations Using Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellites


Accurate transmitting antenna locations are required when applying for RSM Radio Licences.

The aim should be to achieve a location accuracy of 5 metres, or better. Several people have consistently achieved accuracies of 1 to 2 metres, by using the procedure described below.

Civilian GPS receivers are small and cheap, and can be found embedded in a wide range of electronic devices. Unfortunately, their apparent ease of use, and claimed accuracy, can lead the unwary user into a false sense of security, and location errors of more than 10 metres.

Do not use Google Earth. Location errors of more than 100 metres have been noted, because of the way the mosaic of satellite photos is stitched together.

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May Meeting - NZART Remit Voting & Show and Tell

The May general meeting will include voting on the NZART AGM Remits followed by Show and Tell so bring along your projects.

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 7:30 pm Location: Tawa Community Centre

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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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April General Meeting

The April general meeting will be a look at AREC and the modern amateur:

A look at the role AREC plays in amateur radio and the role radio amateurs play in emergency and public service communications.

We will cover:

  • Digital radio and AREC
  • 5MHz and the world wide push for an aligned amateur allocation
  • The funding of, and expect contributionfrom AREC to emergency communications.

Date: Thursday 30 April
Time: 7:30 pm Location: Tawa Community Centre

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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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March Meeting - PIM Tester

The March general meeting will be a demonstration of a PIM Tester and a presentation of general information on Pasive Intermod by Tom Clarke ZL2TDD.

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

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Kordia National System Award 2015

This year the theme of the award is the Anzac Centenary. 
This is a fun event, for all Amateurs, all who submit a log will receive a Certificate.

Starts at dawn on Anzac day (Saturday 25th April) 2015
Closes sunset on Sunday 24th May 2015

The BIG challenge: how many different war memorials can you contact other amateurs at via the National System.

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February Meeting - Show & Tell

Bring along any interesting projects to share with the rest of the Group.  
Plus bring along your DMR HT radio for re-programming to include new settings and callsigns.

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

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Dick Greenbank, ZL2TGQ. 1943-08-21 to 2015-01-08

Dick Greenbank ZL2TGQDick was educated at Stratford Technical High School, Taranaki, then joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force at Blenheim as a Boy Entrant. Later after two years study at the RNZAF Electrical and Wireless School, Wigram, Christchurch, coupled with service at Defence Main Signal Centre, Wellington, he graduated RNZAF Communications Fitter.

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VHF Convention Easter 2015 at Waikanae Community Centre

Hosted by The Wellington VHF Group and Kapiti Amateur Radio Society.

Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April at the Waikanae Community Centre.

See full article for details including registration information.

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