18 June – Monster Shed Workshop – Construction of Flowerpot Antennas

We will be having a MONSTER shed workshop on Sunday 18 June at The Collective Community Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, to construct flowerpot antennas. The event will commence at 1.30pm with an introduction to the build by Bruce ZL1ABC. Teams of 4 to 5 people will work through a number of “stations” in building their antennas. We need to be out of the building by 4.30pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the afternoon.

This is a special shed workshop for any amateur (or prospective amateur operator) interested in building their own Flowerpot Antenna (see https://vk2zoi.com/articles/dual-band-half-wave-flower-pot/).   Members of other Wellington region clubs are most welcome to participate in this activity!

Pre-registration with Mike ZL1AXG is required to ensure materials are on hand.

The cost of the antenna will be posted by the end of May on this website. The cost is expected to be under $20. Payment can either be made into the Club’s trading a/c in advance, or cash will be accepted on the day.

Regular Meeting – 16 May

We met as a branch on Tuesday 16 May from 1pm – 3pm at The Collective Hub (1/33 Johnsonville Road) for our regular May meeting. We considered this year’s remits for NZART Conference and had an update from Mike ZL1AXG on handheld purchases, including the branch’s TYT MD-UV390 DRM transceivers. Mike also spoke to upcoming construction workshops for the Flowerpot antenna (2m/70cm), simple HF antennas, and a 10m Moxon antenna.

Next HamCram! 7-9 July 2023

The Wellington Amateur Radio Club was thrilled to host its first HamCram in mid-April, in which we had an 81% pass rate. However, we were left with a waiting list for a future HamCram as well, given the level of interest amongst the public in getting on the air.

Not wanting to put off those on our waiting list, we have now confirmed a venue for a further HamCram in early July. This is earlier than we would have liked, as it is quite a task to prepare for a HamCram, and we are making quite a few changes to our plans based on our first event. However, we will be prepared, but are you???

If you are interested in joining us in our Wellington HamCram in July, please email Mike ZL1AXG now to pre-register. Registrations will be open soon to those who have pre-registered. There is some advance preparation required! We will also be offering a pre-training session for those who are not confident about their maths skills (simple algebra).