Test equipment Shed Workshop – Saturday 9 March

On Saturday 9 March a shed workshop was held at the QTH of Mike ZL1AXG from 1pm – 3pm on the topic of test equipment. A number of speakers gave brief presentations (Mains power analyser and Vector Network Analyser by John ZL2JPM, a logic analyser by Kenneth ZS6KEN, a digital oscilloscope and spectrum analyser by Bernard ZL2BD, a Megger by Malcolm ZL2UDF, and analogue scopes by Don ZL2BL). This included a brief description of the purpose, indicative cost and tips and tricks in using the equipment. Eleven turned up and found plenty useful in the talks.

Branch 50 at Wellington’s first Maker Faire

Branch 50 NZART participated in the Wellington Maker Faire on 4 November.  Some 2500 people passed through the Maker Faire on Sunday 4 November from 10am to 4pm.

John ZL2XJ and Bernard ZL2BD with the Branch 50 display at the Maker Faire

NZART Inc took an outside area, immediately in front of the entrance to the TSB Arena on Queen’s Wharf, to showcase amateur radio.  Two local clubs (Branch 50 and Branch 63) were supported by two NZART councillors in promoting amateur radio.

Some of the larger team at the Maker Faire 2018

Chatting about the gear …

And making contacts from inside the tent …

A large number of people came by and chatted, including a number of amateur operators.   Nineteen contacts will be followed up – primarily people showing an interest in amateur radio or operators who are interested in becoming active again.  They will all be put in touch with NZART and their local branch.  Those on the stand felt it was successful, and we won a prize for the best presented stand.