Combined Branches BBQ – Saturday 29 January 2022

Rather than have our own Branch 50 NZART BBQ this year, the committee decided to join with Branch 74 (Wellington VHF Group) and Branch 69 (Kapiti Branch) at their Combined Branches BBQ.

The Combined BBQ  will be held at QE2 Park, Paekakariki on Sat 29th Jan  from 1200pm onwards.   Bring food, drink, portable chairs or picnic blanket,  and maybe bikes for a short ride around the park. 

Access is by Wellington Road Paekakariki, then Queen Elizabeth Road  and into the park.   Our BBQ area is the large paddock near the public toilets

If you have a portable Gas BBQ or Gas Cooker and could bring that would be appreciated. No wood or charcoal BBQs.

Follow COVID 19  guidelines  that apply on that date.

Talk In on DMR ZL,  and 146.850 Kapiti  Analogue repeater

Christmas Festivities

Our Christmas Lunch was held at the Petone Working Men’s Club, 47 Udy St, Petone on 6 December at 12 noon. Around a dozen OMs and their XYLs attended.

The final club event for the year was for the Social Group get together on Tuesday 21 December. As usual we gathered at George ZL2AG’s QTH at 1330 hours to share what we had all been up to.

Final Shed Workshop for 2021: Portable MagLoop Tuner

John Moriarty ZL2JPM demonstrates his QRP portable mag loop antenna

Our final shed workshop session for the year was held on Sunday 5 December from 1pm – 3pm at John ZL2JPM’s QTH at 9 Ramphal Terrace in Khandallah.

John ZL2JPM talked in more detail about his portable microprocessor controlled QRP mag loop antenna that he briefly introduced to us at the October meeting. John won the annual Blackwood Cup for 2021 based on this entry.

Wellington City Draft District Plan and “amateur radio configurations”

Sorry, not permitted in Wellington, NZ

The 2021 Wellington Draft District Plan is out for feedback from residents and organisations. Branch 50 NZART will be responding to the draft District Plan, as we have done so in the past. The plan gets updated once every 10 years, so this is our opportunity to make sure that the plan reflects the benefits of amateur radio in our community (e.g. through support for emergency communications) while addressing potential adverse impacts of “amateur radio configurations” on neighbours and the wider community.

A draft submission can be found below. This will be discussed and refined prior to submission (due no later than 14 December 2021). Club members are asked to send suggestions for amendment of the submission to the Committee (