February Branch Meeting – Cheap Chinese Handheld & Mobile radios

Our first regular meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2023 at The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd.

Mike ZL1AXG will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a range of entry-level Chinese handheld and mobile radios based on online reviews. This includes VHF and UHF analogue and DMR radios .

ALL ARE WELCOME. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the meeting.

Meeting 15 November 2022

What is it?

We were asked to bring along something related to amateur radio to talk about at our meeting on Tuesday 15 November from 1pm – 3pm. We met at the Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road and finished with tea, coffee and biscuits. Some of the things brought along included:

  • a CW practice oscillator
  • a two-tone generator for testing SSB TX
  • a mini mesh node configured for tunneling via a cellphone to the Wellington Mesh
  • 12v booster
  • 2 axis Globe for easy estimation of HF DX paths.
  • Slide rule calculators for antenna feedlines and power line carriers from th 60’s

John ZL2JPM gave his perspectives on a recent visit to Tasmania for a hamvention.

This was our last regular meeting for 2022, but our Christmas Dinner was on Monday 5 December 2022 at 12 noon. Contact Malcolm ZL2UDF to confirm your attendance and that of your XYL.

Blackwood Cup October Meeting

The Blackwood Cup

Three members brought out their homebrew projects to have a go at winning the annual Blackwood Cup. We met at The Collective Hub,  1/33 Johnsonville Rd on Tuesday 18 October from 1pm to 3pm (followed by tea and coffee). The winner this year was George ZL2AG (not for the first time!).

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 2023? You have 52 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.