Christmas Dinner brings an end to 2016

WARC has no formal meeting in December, but a Christmas dinner function was held on Wednesday 07 December.   The venue was the same as the previous two years: Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club; 6.30pm for 7pm meal.

There was a similar turnout to the previous year (18 members and XYLs).  The food may not have been to quite the same standard, but we enjoyed the evening and celebrated another year.

RemoteDX Inc

A meeting was held on Thursday 17 November 2016, at the Tawa Community Hall at 7.30pm (thanks to VHF Group for facilitating this), to establish RemoteDX Inc.

A total of 19 amateur operators, representing all local clubs, attended and became foundation signatories and members of the new society.   There is free membership for the first 12 months.

See the RemoteDX website for further information.

November Meeting: CQ DX de XV4Y

Club member Yan ZL4YY (also F1TUJ and XV4Y) talked about his operations from South-East Asia, where he lived for many years with his wife and son.   He talked about the way amateur radio callsigns are obtained, licensing requirements, descriptions of other Vietnamese operators, and equipment at his home QTH (left outside on the verandah to reduce moisture damage).    Yan demonstrated an impressive list of countries worked and DXCC twice over!

Yan finally received his ZL licence last month, so you will no doubt hear him around the bands now that he has settled in to Wellington with his family!

Annual Blackwood Cup Competion

At our October 2016 meeting (held on 16 October at the Lutheran Church Hall, King St, Mt Cook in Wellington) we held the annual Blackwood Cup contest for the best homebrew project over the last 12 months

With only one contestant, Doug ZL2AOV, the outcome was pre-determined and Doug was awarded the Cup for his QRP SSB project.  It’s interesting that Doug’s late father Frank (then Z2CD) won the Blackwood Cup back in 1931 with an Emergency Transmitter.