Regular Meeting – 16 May

We met as a branch on Tuesday 16 May from 1pm – 3pm at The Collective Hub (1/33 Johnsonville Road) for our regular May meeting. We considered this year’s remits for NZART Conference and had an update from Mike ZL1AXG on handheld purchases, including the branch’s TYT MD-UV390 DRM transceivers. Mike also spoke to upcoming construction workshops for the Flowerpot antenna (2m/70cm), simple HF antennas, and a 10m Moxon antenna.

7 May Shed Workshop – Selecting an HF station & antennas

This was the latest shed workshop in our series focussing on newly certified amateur operators follows our April HamCram. We met at Mike ZL1AXG’s QTH in Churton Park on Sunday 7 May (from 1pm – 3pm) to discuss options for selecting an HF rig and antenna.

Topics covered include:d

  • Purchasing an HF station (Bernard ZL2BD)
  • Discussion on antenna options for single band or multiband operation (Mike ZL1AXG)
  • Examples include a monoband Dipole, multiband EFHW or G5RV, and verticals
  • Dealing with a QTH with high RX noise levels (Bernard ZL2BD)
  • Clarifying level of interest in building an HF antenna (club to supply as kit)
  • Take order for Flower Pot antenna to be constructed at a Monster Workshop on Sunday 18 June
  • Basic operating procedures on HF (Mike)

Tea, coffee and cakes followed the workshop, thanks to Mike’s XYL Lynette.