Meetings

Meetings of the Wellington VHF Group

September Meeting - Our AREC investments

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.

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August Meeting - Young Physicist Tournament 2016

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

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July Meeting - Visit to the new Rescue Coordination Centre

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.

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June Meeting - The new MEOSAR Satellite system explained

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

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

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?

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February Meeting - BBQ at Otari Wilton's Bush

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 25 February
Time: from 6:00 pm
Location: Otari Wiltons Bush, Troop Picnic Area

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Cancelled January Meeting - BBQ at Otari Wilton's Bush

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

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November Meeting - Peter Lake ZL2AZ, IARU R3 Director

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

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

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.

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August Meeting - Two Speakers

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?

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