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.
Our regular meeting in September 2019 represents the annual Blackwood Cup competition. Bring along your homebrew construction project to be in to win the right to hold on to the cup – which has been contested since 1930 (won that year by ZL2BC)! Doug ZL2AOV SK was the winner in 2018. Who will win the cup in 2019?
QTH: Mike ZL1AXG – 2 Derry Hill, Churton Park. Sunday 22 September 1pm -3pm. Afternoon tea available. All welcome.
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?
Ten members turned out to our Sunday 18 August meeting at Mike ZL1AXG’s QTH. To kick off the meeting we watched a Youtube video about the HAARP experimental ionospheric research centre in Alaska. Then each ember talked to their favourite amateur radio book.