Two low cost items for the shack – a Signal Generator and a Hotspot

Our April meeting was held on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at the Lutheran Church Hall, King St from 7.30pm.

Mike ZL1AXG demonstrated his recently acquired $103 Signal Generator (KKMoon FY6800). This goes nicely with his new cheapie Hantek 5102p Oscilloscope. He put the signal generator through it’s paces, demonstrating different waveforms, amplitude and modulation effects, frequency changes, etc.

Malcolm ZL2UDF also talked about his D-Star Hotspot that plays into a 30w 2m transceiver to open up D-Star to all comers in Lower Hutt.

AGM – 20 March 2019

Our first AGM as a regular Branch of NZART (not separately incorporated as a society) was held at 7.30pm on 20 March at the Lutheran Church Hall in Mt Cook with a good attendance. The agenda covered:

  • Receipt of annual report from the Chair (Mike ZL1AXG)
    Annual accounts were presented by our Secretary/Treasurer (Malcolm ZL2UDF) with special thanks to our Honorary Auditor (Glenn ZL2KZ)
  • Election of officers (Mike ZL1AXG Chair, Malcolm ZL2UDF, Bernard ZL2BD, John ZL2XJ)
  • Demonstration by George ZL2AG of his rare item – a German WW2 long-wave receiver.
  • There was to have been a video on low cost Logic Analysers using the open source Sigrok softare by Mike ZL1AXG, but technical issues getting the projector and computer to talk to each other got in the way of this presentation.

Download accepted annual reports and accounts

February Meeting: 20 February – Superconductors

Levitation using superconducting magnets

Bernard ZL2BD will be giving a presentation at our February 20 Meeting on superconductors. There is a lot happening in this field, with significant implications for many everyday activities.

The meeting will be held in our regular venue – the Lutheran Church Hall, King St, Mt Cook, Wellington starting at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided after the talk. Everybody is welcome to attend.

John ZL2XJ plans to get the Branch on the air on Field Day. He will want to hear of amateurs who are keen to be involved in this activity on Saturday and Sunday.

Please take note of our AGM on 2 March 2019 at 7.30pm, Lutheran Church Hall as above.

November meeting at Maritime NZ HQ – Avalon Studios

Our November meeting was held at the Maritime Radio NZ headquarters at Avalon in the Hutt Valley a week earlier than normal on Wednesday 14 November.

This was a chance to see the Maritime operations centre in action, with three active searches under way including a Mayday call while we were visiting.

Supper was available and we supped up large on special treats (leaving some for the Maritime NZ team).   We also honoured the unexpected Silent Key of Doug ZL2AOV, whose funeral was held earlier in the afternoon.