Our 20 June 2017 meeting at the Lutheran Church Hall, King St, Mt Cook reflected our ever popular mid-winter Nosh n’ Natter. Plates of food (many heated up in the oven reflecting the colder weather) were pulled out after a very short business meeting. A valve VHF receiver was on display (thanks to the folk from Wrights Hill Fortress). There was lots of catch ups and chatter about amateur radio topics of interest to members.
The BBQ planned for our regular meeting date in January was postponed due to the incoming weatherbomb (and just as well!). It was then rescheduled for 1 February. Unfortunately, the weather is not looking too great for the rescheduled BBQ date.
Please note that the February meeting will be held as per usual at the normal club meeting rooms (Lutheran Church Hall, King St, Mt Cook) at 7.30pm. See you there!
Wednesday 15 June at Wright’s Hill Fortress, 7.30pm.
Club members Don ZL2BL and George ZL2AG were our hosts for this event.
The Fortress is at the top of Wrights Hill Rd, and while the views from the top of Wright’s Hill are impressive, we weren’t up there for the views. Instead we went underground to the rabbit warren of concrete-lined tunnels built in the second half of World War II as part of a protection system for Wellington from foreign invaders. The big gun installed at Wright’s Hill could send shells around the harbour and further afield.
Members got to have a chat, peruse the old war recruiting materials, and then venture out of the meeting room to check out the restored radio shack, complete with ZC1s and other vintage equipment. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening and not as cold as we had anticipated underground!
Out came the steaks, chops, chicken kebabs, salads, and cake at the annual summer BBQ at the QTH of club chairman, Mike ZL1AXG, on 20 January 2016. Attendance was similar to previous years, but several XYLs came along for the first time.
Please note that the February and March meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday, NOT on the Wednesday as per usual.