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.
Our regular meeting in September 2019 (at Mike ZL1AXG QTH) was the opportunity for members to bring out their home construction projects to be judged in the annual Blackwood Cup competition. The right to hold the cup has been contested since 1930 (won that year by ZL2BC)!
There were three entries in 2019:
George ZL2AG – Artificial RF Ground Unit. George explained that Trevor ZL2AKW being on the thirteenth floor of a building needed to remove the noise from nearby audio speakers. He explained how the unit was constructed, how it operated, etc. supported with some written papers.
Mike ZL1AXG – Control Console. Mike talked about easier control of the transceiver by the unit he had constructed. The unit sits between the microphone and transceiver. The unit has 5 push buttons and 1 switch. With the press on one button, it can select a CW or Voice Keyer function depending on the mode used. The fourth button replaces the PTT button on the microphone.
Bernard ZL2BD – Station T/R Switch and Phasing Unit for Receive Antennas. Bernard talked about the first unit including how protection is provided from RF on Transmit going to the Receive Active Antennas. Bernard then explained how the phasing unit can be used with a mix of two receiving antennas.
The winner for the Blackwood Cup in 2009 was announced as George ZL2AG for his Artificial RF Ground Unit.
On Tuesday 10 September, a combined Wellington branches meeting held at Branch 42 HQ welcomed the three councillors (Daniel and Ben in person, and Phil on the end of a cellphone). Members from all six Wellington region branches were present including three from Branch 50 NZART. The meeting primarily focussed on the challenges that NZART faces in terms of retaining and expanding membership (and amateur radio more generally), and how to improve the relationship between NZART and members. Those attending appreciated the willingness of Daniel to travel to Wellington especially to meet with local amateurs, and to openly discuss the challenges.
This is your chance to meet one of our new NZART regional councillors: Dan Vandenberg ZL2DRV.
Councillors Central District
Phillip Dodds ZL4XYZ
Benjamin Isaacs ZL2BCI
Daniel Vandenberg ZL2DRV
The time and venue have now been confirmed for Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 19:30 at the Branch 42 club rooms.
There will be a talk in on the club repeater on 6750 if you are lost.
Branch 42 street address can ben found here: http://www.nzart.org.nz/contact/branches/42/
The issues that have been flagged for discussion include:
- New members – the problem with getting younger people into the hobby
- would council consider having live broadcasts of their meetings again?
- Will our subscriptions increase in the near future?