Blackwood Cup October Meeting

The Blackwood Cup

Bring out your homebrew construction project to have a go at winning the annual Blackwood Cup. We will be meeting at The Collective Hub,  1/33 Johnsonville Rd on Tuesday 18 October from 1pm to 3pm (followed by tea and coffee).


The Blackwood Cup has been fought over since the early 1930s. The most recent winners:

2021J P MoriartyZl2JPMQRP Magnetic Loop & Autotuner
2020J P MoriartyZL2JPMQRP Antenna Tuner modules
2019R G NewlandsZL2AGArtificial ground system
2018D McNeillZL2AOVuBITx Txcvr & mods
2017M H WoodsZL1AXGBITX40 Txcvr mods

Who will win the cup in 2022? You still have a few weeks to get your project completed!

September Meeting: DX Operating techniques

The September meeting of Branch 50 NZART was held on Tuesday 20 September from 1pm – 3pm at The Collective Community Hub at 1/33 Johnsonville Rd.

The Chair gave a report on NZART Conference 2022 held the previous weekend

The topic for the meeting was “DX Operating techniques and antenna options for your suburban lot for 20M – 6M band openings”. Members shared their DX hunting experience and there was discussion of importation of HF tribanders and monobanders.

We concluded with tea, coffee and biscuits.

Tuesday 16 August – When will the bands be open?

Our regular August monthly meeting, held at The Collective in Johnsonville considered the nature of propagation and tried to answer teh question of “What time of day to look for DX from what direction and on what bands?”.

With magnetic activity increasing on the sun, the DX bands are now open, and they are not subject to the same QRM in the ‘burbs as 80m and 40m.

Mike ZL1AXG discussed how solar activity impacted on DX possibilities, through its impact on the ionosphere. This will be in a presentation  and discussion format.  

Youtube Showing: 19 July Meeting

Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville

We will be showing a range of amateur radio Youtube clips including:

  • A presentation by Scott McIntosh on the Sun’s Magnetosphere and his Cycle 25 prediction for a much bigger peak than other forecasters are suggesting
  • A review of the new Yaesu FTDX10
  • Information on the features and construction of the new QRP-Labs QDX digital only transceiver 80-20m