Meshtastic is software that runs on very affordable and tiny LoRa devices to provide texting services that can travel long distances at 915MHz. A presentation on Meshtastic was given at the May 2024 meeting of the Wellignton Amateur Radio Club. The presentation is available for download here.


Become an amateur radio operator: Take a HamCram!

The Wellington Amateur Radio Club has now hosted three HamCrams. We try and mmake it easy to get to be an amateur radio operator. We have an 81% pass rate.

There is already a wait list for a future HamCram. Our next HamCram is on 21 – 23 June 2024, but this HamCram will almost certainly be full after those already on the wait list have registered. It is, however, worth applying to be on the wait list as sometimes vacancies arise at the last minute. If you are interested in joining us at a HamCram, please email Mike ZL1AXG now to pre-register.

Bernard ZL2BD explaining a technical point in the April 2023 HamCram

Service Manual – New Zealand Wireless Set No.ZC1 MKII

By Bernard Robbins ZL2BD

Available NOW in two different formats

Options: An A4 sized comb-bound manual that will lie flat and is good in a workshop environment. 110 Pages.  Cost Including Shipping $35 An A5 sized bound book for convenient reference that fits in a standard bookcase. The A5 book has four, fold- out circuit diagrams. Total 164 pages. Cost including Shipping is $25

An introduction to the manual

In this book Bernard reproduces the ZC1 service manual, which has been out of print for about 80 years. This book represents a primary source of technical information for those restoring the ZC1 MKIl. The original five Chapters is extended to ten by adding a significant amount of additional servicing information. Bernard provides a range of other useful circuit information including design enhancements and modifications developed by a range of amateur operators over the years.

This radio was produced by the New Zealand Government for use by the armed services during World War II. There are still many of these 80-year-old radios around, but finding supporting documentation today can be difficult.

Information is provided on a low cost, solid-state replacement for the vibrator. There is also a brief history of the ZC1 by Chris Underwood ZL2CU

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