Wellington VHF Group 50th Anniversary Dinner/Regular Meeting

With the return to level 1 this week, Wellington VHF Broup (Branch 74 NZART) is going to have its 50th celebration dinner at 6:30 pm at the meeting room in Tawa Community Centre on Thursday 24 September.

They will have a few pizzas, but members and visitors should feel free to bring something to eat. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be provided, but you can bring anything else you like.

This will be followed by their regular main meeting and special guest speaker, Shalini Divya who will be giving a presentation on her research into Aluminium-ion batteries.

4 October Shed Workshop

Wellgood loop – a broadband RX only loop

Our next shed workshop is on 4 October from 1pm to 3pm at Bernard ZL2BD’s QTH at 1 Winsley Tce, Churton Park. All are welcome. Tea and coffee will be available at the conclusion of the workshop.

The topic involves summarising further RX Magnetic Loop experiments that Bernard ZL2XJ has undertaken.

Is a broadband RX loop as good as a tuned loop? Do you still get an advantage in using a phasing device to null out noise? Would a RX only loop be better than a TX loop for most amateur operators? What do RX loops look like? How big does an RX loop need to be to cover100kHz to 30mHz? All your questions will be answered!

This shed workshop will be available online as well through Zoom. Registration details to come shortly.

September 2020 Meeting – Don Robertson AREC National Director – followed by RemoteDX AGM

Due to the fact that we were still under Covid-19 Level 2 status, we were unable to meet on Sunday 20 September as planned at Waitohi (Johnsonville Library). Instead we had a face-to-face meeting at Bernard ZL2BD’s QTH at 1 Winsley Tce, Churton Park.

Don Robertson, National Director of AREC spoke about the restructuring of AREC and the opportunities available to members to be active in AREC and SAR.

We were also took time to discuss challenges Porirua City (Titahi Bay Branch 42) is facing with their proposed District Plan and to celebrate the Branch 74 (Wellington VHF Group) 50th anniversary. Branch 50 NZART assisted in getting the VHF Group underway, back in 1970. A celebratory cake cemented the celebration at 3pm alongside tea, coffee and egg sandwiches.

The Chair briefly updated members on the remainder of 2020’s programme of activities and members were queried as to who was planning to attend the Christmas Dinner.

At 2pm we moved into the AGM for RemoteDX. This included receiving the annual report from the Chair, approving the minutes of the previous AGM, confirming the annual financial statements, electing the next committee, considering minor amendments to the constitution, discussing the forward direction of RemoteDX and committing to a couple of substantial summer projects.

The meeting concluded with afternoon tea.

Mike ZL1AXG (Branch 50 Chair) and Don Robertson (Committee member of Branch 74 cut the cake)