Shed Workshop: Sunday 23 April – VHF/UHF handhelds

We met on Sunday 23 April from 1pm – 3pm at Bernard’s QTH, 1 Winsley Terrace, Churton Park. 15 people showed up.

We were able to welcome several of our HamCrammers and those on the wait list for the next HamCram as well as regular and other new members.

Topics covered included:

  • A general overview of the broad range of interests within amateur radio
  • A discussion on future topics for shed workshops that are of interest to those starting out in amateur radio
  • A quick guide and Q & A on options for handheld transceivers for VHF/UHF

The Shed Workshop concluded with tea, coffee and nibbles.

HamCram: 9 new amateur radio operators in one weekend!

Wellington Amateur radio club held its first HamCram from 14 – 16 April.

April 2023 HamCram participants

We were at capacity for the April Hamcram. At the last minute one person who had registered was unable to make it, but we had 11 attending, nine of whom gained their amateur radio callsign (an 81% pass rate). The other two people will be given additional assistance to get their callsign soon.

If you hear our new Wellington Branch 50 members on the air, please warmly welcome them to the world of amateur radio. They need to collect 50 contacts before making it on to the HF bands.


You can still email Mike if you want to be put on the list of those interested in attending a HamCram later in 2023. There are only six places left, so get in quick!

Our HamCrams are designed to “cram” your head with everything you need to know to become an amateur radio operator and get a callsign in a single weekend. We have a pass rate of over 80%. Some homework is required in advance of the weekend.

18 April Meeting: Report backs

Our April regular meeting followed our HamCram weekend meeting at The Collective Hub on Tuesday 18 April from 1pm – 3pm. We were pleased to welcome Sarath VU3WPW a visitor to our meeting.

Items for the meeting included:

  • Conclusion of the adjourned Annual General Meeting with receipt of the Financial Report
  • Reflections on our first HamCram event 14-16 April
  • Report on member involvement in the Porirua Grand Traverse exercise 2 April 2023
  • Demonstration of Club TYT DM-UV390 DMR transceivers available for members to borrow (Mike ZL1AXG)
  • Demonstration of NanoVNA-F and TinySA Ultra kits available for members to borrow (Bernard ZL2BD)