Combined Branches BBQ – Saturday 29 January 2022

Rather than have our own Branch 50 NZART BBQ this year, the committee decided to join with Branch 74 (Wellington VHF Group) and Branch 69 (Kapiti Branch) at their Combined Branches BBQ.

The Combined BBQ  will be held at QE2 Park, Paekakariki on Sat 29th Jan  from 1200pm onwards.   Bring food, drink, portable chairs or picnic blanket,  and maybe bikes for a short ride around the park. 

Access is by Wellington Road Paekakariki, then Queen Elizabeth Road  and into the park.   Our BBQ area is the large paddock near the public toilets

If you have a portable Gas BBQ or Gas Cooker and could bring that would be appreciated. No wood or charcoal BBQs.

Follow COVID 19  guidelines  that apply on that date.

Talk In on DMR ZL,  and 146.850 Kapiti  Analogue repeater

Wellington City Draft District Plan and “amateur radio configurations”

Sorry, not permitted in Wellington, NZ

The 2021 Wellington Draft District Plan is out for feedback from residents and organisations. Branch 50 NZART will be responding to the draft District Plan, as we have done so in the past. The plan gets updated once every 10 years, so this is our opportunity to make sure that the plan reflects the benefits of amateur radio in our community (e.g. through support for emergency communications) while addressing potential adverse impacts of “amateur radio configurations” on neighbours and the wider community.

A draft submission can be found below. This will be discussed and refined prior to submission (due no later than 14 December 2021). Club members are asked to send suggestions for amendment of the submission to the Committee (

October Branch meeting: Blackwood Cup

Our October Branch meeting was held on Tuesday 19 October from 1pm at The Collective Community Hub,  1/33 Johnsonville Rd. We normally meet on a Sunday, but we needed to find a venue that would allow the appropriate physical distancing. A Tuesday slot was available in the larger space at The Collective Community Hub.

The meeting featured our annual competition for the Blackwood Cup. There were only two entrants this year, a QRP magnetic loop controller (entered by John ZL2JPM) and the simplest possible morse code practice device (entered by George ZL2AG). John took out the prize for the second year running. Congratulations!

In addition Mike ZL1AXG gave a presentation on “Selecting a portable shortwave receiver” and demonstrated his recent purchase of a Tecsun PL-330 receiver.

Tea, coffee and biscuits were available as usual following the meeting.

POSTPONED Branch meeting September 2021 – Colonial Knob Mesh Upgrade and Update

The view to the North from Colonial Knob

We are still at Covid Alert Level 2. Wellington City venues are not available for use, and to host at a member’s home would be challenging under existing requirements. Therefore, the Committee has decided to postpone the meeting. The Committee will review options on 23rd September.

At this meeting Ted ZL2TB and John ZL2XJ will give a presentation on the Colonial Knob high speed broadband node upgrade.  This is our most complex node in the network, with links northward to Mt Field and  Titahi Bay, to the East – in future to Mt Climie, and to the South the node connects to our Johnsonville node with a link onward to Ngaio.

This will be a chance to have a refresh on the possibilities of the high speed broadband network and see how our upgrade has benefited the mesh network.

Tea and coffee will be available after the meeting in the cafe upstairs, courtesy of the club.  All welcome!