Shed Workshops

Shed Workshops

Since mid-2019 Wellington Branch 50 NZART has held regular Shed Workshops. These have proved popular, providing an opportunity for amateur operators to learn about techniques and topics in a more practical setting in somebody’s shed/garage on a Sunday afternoon.  They also represent a chance to  share technical experience and ideas and to get started on a new project.  

Each workshop has a nominated lead and is held in the garage of a local amateur radio operator. The workshops usually focus on a specific topic or technical activity, although this does not preclude anyone introducing unscheduled topics at a workshop.

Workshops may spin off projects, such as the construction of homebrew Magnetic Loop Antennas.  Where a series of workshops are focussed on construction of something of interest to attendees (or a group of attendees), donations may be requested to cover consumables/projects.  Sometimes these are paid for out of club funds.

Workshop format

Workshops are scheduled for a Sunday between 1pm and 3pm, normally on the first full weekend of a month.   Each workshop session has a nominated lead/convenor who sets the agenda and timetable as appropriate.  

2019 Topics

February 10 – Multimeters: Old and modern show and tell. Checking accuracy and meter calibration (Bernard ZL2BD) 

March 9 – Test equipment: Six operators showed off a piece of test equipment in use (March)

April 13 – Vintage Radio restoration/ construction 1 (George ZL2AG)

May 5 – Vintage Radio restoration 2 (Don ZL2BL)

May 26 – Class D Amplifiers (Bernard ZL2BD)

 August 7 – Build an active antenna #1 (Bernard ZL2BD and John ZL2XJ)

Sept 1 – Build an active antenna #2 (Bernard ZL2BD and John ZL2XJ)

            October 6 – To Be Confirmed (interference) 

November 3 – TX/RX antenna switching (needed for your active antenna)

December 1 – Putting together a hotspot for DMR or D-STAR

2020 Topics

February 2 – SOTA kit

March 1 – Charlie Morris and Homebrew HF transceivers

Possible future topics

  1. Transceiver and Linear Amp testing: Two tone tests (SSB) and power measurements. Using RemoteDX Inc Remote Station equipment for demonstration
  2. Active receiving antenna: Build a simple 500kHz to 30MHz Active Whip receiving antenna and test it.
  3. Baluns, Ununs: end-fed matching of suburban antennas. Demos and measurements. 

Please check the main page of the website or the activities calendar for scheduled shed workshop topics.

Download shed workshop documentation

Shed Workshop