About

Welcome to Wellington Amateur Radio Club Inc (Branch 50 NZART)

I warmly welcome you to this website and invite you to join in our activities.

Regular Meetings

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the Lutheran Church Hall, King St, Mt Cook, starting at 7.30pm. Note that the January meeting may be a BBQ offsite (check with me as Chairman ahead of time).  Anybody is welcome to attend.

Weekly on-air net
The club on-air net (callsign: ZL2WB) is on 7050kHz LSB on Sundays at 0.930am local time. Members and visitors who are amateur operators are welcome to sign in.

Want to get into the hobby?
We have a programme to help people become amateur operators, to get the knowledge you need over a short period of time to get a licence and get your own call sign.  Please contact our Chairperson for more information.

Subscriptions

The subscription for the 2017 year was set at $25 (set at the AGM in March). Our bank account is: ANZ Bank, Wellington South.  06-0577-0121800-00

We encourage people to make payment directly into the above account.  You should identify the deposit with your callsign (or your name if you are not yet licensed) and email the Secretary-treasurer with notification of the payment. Payment can be made by cash or cheque at club meetings.

All members receive an emailed version of the monthly newsletter.  Mail out of the newsletter is limited to those without computer access to conserve funds.

Come along to one of our meetings or activities

I want to personally invite you to attend one of our regular meetings or one of our scheduled activities.  You would be most welcome even if you are not an amateur operator.

DX and Contest Operations

For twelve years the Quartz Hill User Group (QHUG) operated from the former Makara Radio Station under the callsign of ZL6QH.  The call was widely worked and was seen as one of the premier Southern Hemisphere DX and contesting stations.  While not all QHUG members were club members, as the initiative was seen as being open to others in the region, the initiative for QHUG came from within the club.

A new regional society (RemoteDX Inc)

QHUG determined that a remote access site deploying Four-Square antennas for the lower bands instead of long-wire antennas and beams was more feasible. Planning accelerated in 2015, and in November 2016  QHUG was formally closed down and a new regional society – RemoteDX Inc –  established, with members from all six local branches in the Wellington Region.  This work incorporates what may be the largest amateur radio regional broadband radio network.  If you are interested in either technical, construction, or logistical work you should contact the RemoteDX Inc Committee.

You will be sure to fit in
Our club has been going since 1928 so we have a long heritage and a membership with a diverse range of interests.  The radio interests of our members span CW to Phone, RTTY, Broadband-Hamnet, and search and rescue emergency services.  We have several members with a particular interest in DX and Contesting.  I am sure that you will find a niche in our club.  Come along and introduce yourself.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a licensed amateur or not.  We would like to meet you.

73

John ZL2HD
Chairperson