April General Meeting

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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

Tactical Amateur Radio Digital Internet Solution

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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.

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

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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.

January 2015 General Meeting BBQ at Khandallah Park

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See you all at the BBQ on Thursday 30th, from 6:30 at Khandallah Park. Entrance is from Woodmancote Road, past the swimming pool and head about 100m towards the TV tower.

This is a BYO, but there should be a bbq to cook on for you.

Chairs or a blanket or something to sit on is recommended, as is a drink, sun hat and any toys that are suitable to show off.

Call on 710 if you get lost.

Bad weather? Probably just stay at home, but if it is not raining, we'll be there.

AIS service restored

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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