Vintage Radio Special Event

A special activity was held on Vintage Radio on Sunday 26 November from 1300 hrs to 1500hrs at the QTH of George ZL2AG (14 Vasanta Ave, Ngaio).

George showed off his fascinating collection of valves, vintage radios, spy equipment, and undersea cable samples all beautifully presented with a museum style experience, and gave a brief talk on his interest in vintage radio.

Registration was limited to 15 members, with 13 attendees.

Shed Workshop: An introduction to a low cost SDR Spectrum Analyser

SDR Spectrum Analyzer

Our Ted Talk for the year (from Ted ZL2TB) was scheduled for Sunday 2 August from 1pm to 3pm at Ted’s QTH, 14 Quigley St, Newlands. Thirteen members enjoyed Ted’s introduction to his low cost SDR Spectrum Analyser (available for around $500) that can be procured through the internet. This device can be used for all sorts of purposes, with slightly differing models having slightly different features.

Ted gave a practical demonstration of potential use cases that reflected his personal interests in the VHF, UHF and microwave spectrum, such as looking at the output of the FM radio stations on Mt Kaukau in Wellington, the transponder outputs (including half transponders) from satellite signals able to be received in Wellington. Given the affordability of the device and potential to examine a broad spectrum all at once, this session was of interest to members.

Shed Workshop #2 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Mike led off on the second Shed Workshop on Sunday 10 June 2018 from 1pm – 3pm.

The topic was  “Kitset Transceivers”.   Mike talked about his experiences in assembling and modifying BITx40s and a µBITx.  He drew on resources from his website ( that attracts over 16,000 unique visitors each month and is the definitive guide to the µBITx for constructors.

Afternoon tea was provided.