Shed Workshop November 2022: Emergency!

Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency? Come along to our last shed workshop for the year on 6 November from 1pm to 3pm. The venue is John ZL2XJ’s QTH at 9 Ridley Place, Churton Park, Wellington.

This session will be characterised by a discussion of how you have prepared for a major emergency. This will include, what you will do to keep yourself and your family alive, and how your amateur radio gear can be used to help your neighbours. What provisions have you set aside? Would the batteries in your existing portable equipment (e.g. handhelds and phones) be charged up, and how could they be recharged? What about your ham shack? Have you got a UPS or emergency power system?

All are welcome! The workshop will conclude with tea, coffee and biscuits.

Shed Workshop: Attenuators

Our next shed workshop will be held on Sunday 4 September at the QTH of Bernard ZL2BD from 1pm to 3pm. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at the conclusion of the Shed Workshop.

Malcolm ZL2UDF, Bernard ZL2BD and Mike ZL1AXG will give you a talk and demonstration of attenuators and their use in amateur radio construction.  

The workshop will look at different options including the options of purchasing a pre-built attenuator or constructing one yourself.   There will also be some discussion on where they are used and how to avoid damaging both your attenuator and associated equipment.

Shed Workshop Sunday 7 August

Our shed workshop on 7 August 2022 was focussed on the NanoVNA

We met in Bernard ZL2BD’s garage at 1 Winsley Tce, Churton Park from 1pm. to 3pm concluding with afternoon tea and savouries. Bernard ZL2BD and Mike ZL1AXG covered off a number of topics including:

  • What nano-VNA should I buy?
  • What accessories should also be acquired?
  • How do you use the nano-VNA to measure antenna characteristics (resonance and SWR)?
  • How do I connect the nano-VNA to my computer? Why should I do this?