Our Branch 50 NZART which was to have been held 22 March has been cancelled

Coronavirus means that a number of members have decided not to attend. As we were unlikely to reach the required quorum we will be conducting the AGM via email and mail (for members without internet in their QTH).

An email and letter will be sent out to members in the next 48 hours describing the process. Those phoned on Saturday evening all supported an alternative AGM process given the extraordinary circumstances we face.

The agenda to be covered via email/postal voting will cover the following agenda items:

  • Receipt of annual report from the Chair (Mike ZL1AXG)
  • Annual accounts presented by our Secretary/Treasurer (Malcolm ZL2UDF) with special thanks to our Honorary Auditor (Glenn ZL2KZ)
  • Election of officers (Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, members of the committee)
  • Confirmation of other appointments (honorary auditor, equipment custodian, callsign trustee, AREC coordinator, publicity/membership officer, regional liaison officer )
  • Setting member subscription for the year
  • Any other business


Combined branches BBQ – This Saturday (25 Jan)

The Wellington VHF Group and Kapiti Branch are having their annual summer BBQ on Saturday 25 January 2020 at QEII Park, Paekakariki from noon.
They are inviting all of the other branches in the Wellington Region to attend.

We will be at QEII park picnic area 7 – see the map here:  Entry is via Wellington Road, Paekakariki. (access from Paekakariki  and you will need to bring everything- even shade and a seat!). There is plenty of space and last year was a lovely afternoon.  If you can, bring a BBQ to cook on (gas only).

Kapiti branch are going to operate a hidden transmitter hunt as well.  All are welcome!

Shed Workshop: Going portable with SOTA, POTA and Hidden Transmitter Hunts

SUNDAY 01 DEC 2019

The summer months have arrived so at our shed workshop we talked about opportunities to get out of the shack and go portable with SOTA, POTA, Fox Hunting, etc. The shed workshop was held at John ZL2XJ’s QTH on Sunday 1 December from 1300 to 1500 hours and was attended by 9 people.

Time to get out of the shack!

Our speakers, including special guest Wynne Morgan ZL2ATH, John ZL2XJ, Bernard ZL2BD and Kenneth ZS6KEN, covered SOTA (Summits on the Air), POTA (Parks on the Air), and Fox Hunting respectively. The discussion will be around equipment, locations, logistics, and involvement / teams.

At the meeting it was agreed that we would plan to get out and about with SOTA/POTA activations next year in the first weekend of February (or if weather is bad either of the following weekends) with multiple locations (Summits and/or Parks). We will also be putting in entries in the regional Fox Hunt at the combined branches BBQ on 26 January 2020.

November meeting – Bios+

No not a BIOS upgrade for your computer … But at the last meeting of the year on 17 November 2019 we got insights into the backgrounds of two of our members. Summarised information will appear in due course on a members only page on the website. The idea is to collect together a short set of bios for all of our regular attendees so that newcomers will be able to get to know us more quickly.