June Meeting – RemoteDX ENAMS monitoring equipment & shared lunch

When: 1pm – 3pm on Tuesday 21 June

Where: The Collective Community Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd.

Members enjoyed our annual shared lunch to celebrate the shortest day and got to catch up with Brian ZL1AZE/VK3MI who was back in Wellington briefly on holiday after more than 10 years living in Melbourne. Brian is an honorary life member of Wellington Branch 50 NZART and continues to follow the club’s activities with interest.

At around 1.40pm John ZL2JPM gave a presentation on the ENAMS equipment purchased and operated by RemoteDX Inc. He described the challenges of noise levels and the formula used by international authorities to determine the noise floor in different locations, before discussing the ENAMS hardware, data collection and access system and the potential opportunities for the future. He clearly argued the value to the amateur ccommunity of having standardised RF noise monitoring systems.   The ENAMS equipment is operating in Wellington (now on the Kapiti Coast) and is part of a larger IARU experiment.  The RemoteDX ENAMS monitoring unit is currently the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. John’s presentation was well received.

May Meeting: Evolution of hardware data transfer protocols

Everybody is welcome to attend our regular meeting on Sunday 17 May 2022 from 1pm to 3pm at The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville. Mike ZL1AXG will be speaking on the topic of serial and USB ports and their evolution over the years to the current USB-C standard, and it’s ability to provide up to 100w of power (PD100) to a device. Malcolm ZL2UDF will demonstrate his USB cable testing unit.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available following our meeting.

Branch 50 NZART AGM

The Branch AGM took place on Tuesday 19 April at around 1.50pm following the RemoteDX Inc AGM (which commenced at 1pm).

The venue was the Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville. Ten members were present, meeting our rules for a quorum. Mike ZL1AXG also gave a short talk on “virtualisers and emulators”, although he had trouble with his computer projecting on the larger screen, so was unable to demonstrate some of the features he discussed. The meeting concluded with tea and coffee at around 2.50pm.

The Agenda and Reports are available below:

20 March meeting:  Assembling some basic test equipment

13:00 – 15:00 ZOOM meeting due to Omicron:

Bernard ZL2BD and Mike ZL1AXG gave a Zoom talk on assembling a basic set of test equipment to support  typical operating and antenna and equipment construction projects undertaken by amateur radio operators.   This equipment is so very affordable today.   The talk discussed relative priorities for purchases, and how to avoid making costly mistakes.