Notice of AGM – 22 March 2020

Our AGM for Branch 50 NZART will be held at the QTH of Mike ZL1AXG, 2 Derry Hill, Churton Park at 1pm on Sunday 22 March 2020.

The agenda covers:

  • Receipt of annual report from the Chair (Mike ZL1AXG)
  • Annual accounts presented by our Secretary/Treasurer (Malcolm ZL2UDF) with special thanks to our Honorary Auditor (Glenn ZL2KZ)
  • Election of officers
  • Confirmation of other appointments (honorary auditor, equipment custodian, callsign trustee, AREC coordinator)
  • Any other business

Branch 50/74 Lunch and Shed Workshop Event

On 1 March from 12 noon -3pm we will be meeting for a light lunch at Mike ZL1AXG’s QTH

Branch 50 NZART will be ordering in a light fingerfood lunch (savouries and sandwiches) as the hosts for the joint event for Branch 50 and Branch 74 members.

Venue: Mike’s Garage, 2 Derry Hill, Churton Park (Please park on roadside outside QTH or on Amesbury Drive)

We will have a special guest presenter – Charlie Morris ZL2CTM talking to us about homebrew transceiver design approaches.

Charlie has a range of experimental radios using quite different techniques. He has a global following of QRP and homebrew affiacondos who follow his latest creations. For example, check out his videos on Youtube and this review of an SDR design on Soldersmoke: http://soldersmoke.blogspot.com/2016/02/zl2ctms-teensy-sdr-ssb-superhet-very.html

The session will end with tea and coffee at around 3pm (or just prior).

What’s up for 2020?

We met at John ZL2XJ QTH (9 Ridley Green, Churton Park) on Sunday 16 February tod have a round table discussion on what each club member was looking for out the club for 2020 and what they could contribute.  There was an honest discussion of the falling membership and the need to focus on two priority areas: publicity and the need for regional coordination and regional activities.

Generally people were very happy with the esxisting programme of activities, but identified that this was not the issue – there was a wider issue at play around the public’s understanding about amateur radio in New Zealand and the aging of the amateur operator base. The meeting concluded with afternoon tea. Thanks to John ZL2XJ for hosting.

Combined branches BBQ – This Saturday (25 Jan)

The Wellington VHF Group and Kapiti Branch are having their annual summer BBQ on Saturday 25 January 2020 at QEII Park, Paekakariki from noon.
They are inviting all of the other branches in the Wellington Region to attend.

We will be at QEII park picnic area 7 – see the map here: https://www.gw.govt.nz/assets/Parks-and-Recreation/Queen-Elizabeth-Park/Paekakariki-picnic-sites.pdf.  Entry is via Wellington Road, Paekakariki. (access from Paekakariki  and you will need to bring everything- even shade and a seat!). There is plenty of space and last year was a lovely afternoon.  If you can, bring a BBQ to cook on (gas only).

Kapiti branch are going to operate a hidden transmitter hunt as well.  All are welcome!