Summer Series Shed Workshops #2 – 11 November

Over the summer we are having informal shed workshops. No set topic, but all are welcome to come along, preferably (but optionally) with your soldering iron and a project to work on.    That might be a uBITx transceiver, a magnetic loop antenna,  a power supply, an arduino nano keyer project, or whatever takes your fancy.   There are eight magnetic loops under construction for a start!

#2 in the summer series  will be from 1pm – 3pm, on Sunday 7 October 2018.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at 2.45pm approximately.

The venue is: 2 Derrry Hill, Churton Park (QTH of Mike ZL1AXG)


Branch 50 at Wellington’s first Maker Faire

Branch 50 NZART participated in the Wellington Maker Faire on 4 November.  Some 2500 people passed through the Maker Faire on Sunday 4 November from 10am to 4pm.

John ZL2XJ and Bernard ZL2BD with the Branch 50 display at the Maker Faire

NZART Inc took an outside area, immediately in front of the entrance to the TSB Arena on Queen’s Wharf, to showcase amateur radio.  Two local clubs (Branch 50 and Branch 63) were supported by two NZART councillors in promoting amateur radio.

Some of the larger team at the Maker Faire 2018

Chatting about the gear …

And making contacts from inside the tent …

A large number of people came by and chatted, including a number of amateur operators.   Nineteen contacts will be followed up – primarily people showing an interest in amateur radio or operators who are interested in becoming active again.  They will all be put in touch with NZART and their local branch.  Those on the stand felt it was successful, and we won a prize for the best presented stand.

November meeting at Maritime NZ HQ – Avalon Studios

Our November meeting will be held at the Maritime Radio NZ headquarters at Avalon in the Hutt Valley.


Pick up from the Wellington Railway Station at 7.00pm if you need a ride, otherwise see you at Avalon.   Make sure you arrive promptly by 7.30pm as we need to enter as a group (no latecomers).

Supper will still be available.  Enquiries to Bernard ZL2BD at 021 662 415