Club subscriptions now due

The AGM on Tuesday 17 March 2015 set this year’s subscription at $30, a rise of $5.

Direct payment to the club’s bank account is preferred.
Use your name and callsign as identifiers.

Please pay to Wellington Amateur Radio Club Inc
ANZ Wellington South 06-0577-0121800-00

20 dollars

Deposits over $30 will have the balance treated as a donation. Donations are most welcome. Receipts will be available on club nights, or by special arrangement.

Please note that cheques posted to the club mailbox may take some weeks to be delivered to the treasurer.  Note that your newsletter subscription will be automatically come to an end if subscriptions are not in the treasurer’s hands by the end of the club meeting on Wednesday 20 May 2015.

Fifty Years of News from WARC/ Branch 50 NZART

NewslettersFor at least 11 months of every year, for the past 50 years, the Secretary or the Newsletter Editor of Branch 50 NZART (now Wellington Amateur Radio Club Inc) has prepared a newsletter for mailing to members with club news.   Most of these newsletters have made it into the club’s archives, but sadly a proportion of issues have not been filed.

You can now read back in time as all copies of newsletters that we have in our archives have now been loaded on to the website.  They have also been backed up on to hard drives and the cloud so that the hard copies  cluttering up committee member’s garages can be disposed off.

It would be great if somebody had the time to write up a history of key events and activities spanning the 50 year period and to make a list of those occupying executive roles in each of the last 50 years.  Let Mike ZL1AXG know if you have the time to do the necessary research!

It would also be good to fill some of the gaps  where we do not have newsletters, particularly missing years (like 2009 and 1999 from recent history).   If you have any of the following issues it would be good if you could let Mike ZL1AXG know so they can be scanned:

1965: January, March
1967: January, April.
1969: February
1970: February
1971: July.
1976: January, February, March.
1978: March through October, and December.
1979: All issues.
1980: All issues.
1981: All issues.
1982: All issues.
1983: January to August inclusive.
1989: February.
1990: July.
1997: April.
1998: September.
1999: All issues.

If we can’t locate the missing issues amongst members, we will need to approach the National Library, as in theory, all issues are kept by the Library.  Let Mike know if you can help with follow up with the Library in the event we cannot locate copies amongst members.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner at Evan’s Bay Yacht Club has been and gone.  It was a very good Christmas ham meal with special vegetables and salad.  We all enjoyed the great view over the water and the quiet and peaceful setting.  I imagine we may want to return again next year!

All the best of the season to our members.  Don’t forget the BBQ at the Chairman’s home on Wednesday 21 January at 6pm.   Everybody is welcome!   See the contacts section for phone contacts.



Hamnet: A new communication mode for WARC members

ZL1AXG now on Hamnet a Mesh Network for amateur radio operators
ZL1AXG now on Hamnet – a Mesh Network for amateur radio operators

Three WARC members have recently established a Mesh Network (Hamnet) on 2.4Ghz using Ubiquiti Nanonstation M2 equipment and Linksys WRT-54 routers.   These pieces of wifi equipment operate on WiFi channel 1, but because this is in the amateur 2.4Ghz spectrum we are able to load mesh software developed by amateurs and, if necessary, operate on higher power and with gain antennas.  The Nanonstation M2s seem to have good signals over 2Km paths with just 500mW of power, allowing 130Mps traffic.  The Linksys devices have a more limited range and lower speeds.

An IRC chat node, webserver, bulletin board and demonstration video application are up and running!

For further information contact James ZL2ET to get yourself connected as a new node.   Cost is around $170.  You will need a computer!

Temporary installation of Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 equipment running on Hamnet
Temporary installation of Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 equipment running on Hamnet