Shed Workshop: Go portable with SOTA, POTA and Hidden Transmitter Hunts

SUNDAY 01 DEC 2019

The summer months are now here and we think it is time to get out of the shack and go portable with SOTA, POTA, Fox Hunting, etc. Come along to our next shed workshop!

13:00 to 15:00
9 Ridley Green, Churton Park (John ZL2XJ QTH)
Followed by afternoon tea

Time to get out of the shack!

An introduction and round table discussion about three outdoor activities for the summer months to get out of the shack, go portable and enjoy the outdoors while playing radio.

We’ll cover SOTA (Summits on the Air), POTA (Parks on the Air), and Fox Hunting. The discussion will be around equipment, locations, logistics, and involvement / teams.

Depending on numbers interested, we’ll then look to plan possible dates early next year to get out and activate multiple locations (Summits and/or Parks), as well as hold a Fox Hunt for members.

November meeting – Bios+

No not a BIOS upgrade for your computer … But come along to the last meeting of the year to get insights into the backgrounds of a number of our members. Four members will each give a brief Bio of themselves. Photos will be taken and the information will appear in due course on a members only page on the website. The idea is to collect together a short set of bios for all of our regular attendees so that newcomers will be able to get to know us more quickly.

All welcome at Mike ZL1AXG’s QTH, 2 Derry Hill, Churton Park this Sunday 17 November from 1pm – 3pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits available at the conclusion.

Radio Frequency Interference: Shed Workshop

In a world of worsening noise floors, our workshop on RFI was eagerly awaited. Held on Sunday 3 November, from 1pm – 3pm at Bernard ZL2BD’s QTH (1 Winsley Tce, Churton Park) it was attended by 9 members.

Three speakers spoke about radio frequency interference. This is a growing problem for amateurs in urban environments and one that is not always easily able to be resolved.

The workshop was in three parts as follows:

  1. RFI in Amateur Radio: Brief overview of RFI (Bob ZL2AVM). Hams as the culprits!
  2. RF interference tracking (John ZL2XJ). Diagnostic guide and detection tools.
  3. RFI Suppression: (Bernard ZL2BD). SMPS Suppression and earthing

Everybody stayed around to enjoy the tea, coffee, sausage rolls and biscuits.

Branch 50 NZART at Maker Faire 2019

Branch 50 members, were present at the 2019 Maker Faire which took place at Queen’s Wharf in downtown Wellington on 20 October (10am – 4pm) . We participated in the NZART stand, along with members from branches 42 and 63. NZART brought amateur radio to the people. We gave away brochures about the branch, engaged with a wide range of people and talked about our hobby.

Note that there was no regular branch meeting in October, due to the Faire.