Christmas Lunch: 6 December

The penultimate event of the year will be the Christmas Lunch.

This year we will be meeting at the Petone Working Men’s Club at 47 Udy St, Petone at 12 noon (COME EARLY) for lunch.

Please note that due to Covid restrictions and the rules of the Club, you will need to present a drivers licence to speed entry to the club, and also your vaccination pass. If you haven’t got a vaccination pass as yet please see the email with various options for obtaining one, or contact the committee for assistance.

All those interested in amateur radio (including partners) are welcome to join us.

On arrival at the Club wait for Malcolm ZL2UDF. All guests will need to enter at the same time and sign in via the InfoSign Kiosk. You will need to have your driver’s license and you vaccination pass (either on your phone or print out) handy to facilitate access. If you do not have a driver’s license then they can manually sign in, but it will take a bit longer.

By the way, the final event for our club for the year is the Social Group get together on Tuesday 20 December at 1.30pm at George ZL2AG’s QTH). This was brought forward a week at the suggestion of George.

Final Shed Workshop for 2021: Portable MagLoop Tuner

John Moriarty ZL2JPM demonstrates his QRP portable mag loop antenna

Our final shed workshop session for the year will be on Sunday 5 December from 1pm – 3pm at John ZL2JPM’s QTH at 9 Ramphal Terrace in Khandallah. Ramphal Terrace is located off Satara Crescent, which is off Amapur Drive at the junction of Simla Crescent. The session will conclude with tea, coffee and biscuits as per usual. ALL WELCOME.

John ZL2JPM will be talking in more detail about his portable microprocessor controlled QRP mag loop antenna that he briefly introduced to us at the October meeting. John won the annual Blackwood Cup for 2021 based on this entry.

Wellington City Draft District Plan and “amateur radio configurations”

Sorry, not permitted in Wellington, NZ

The 2021 Wellington Draft District Plan is out for feedback from residents and organisations. Branch 50 NZART will be responding to the draft District Plan, as we have done so in the past. The plan gets updated once every 10 years, so this is our opportunity to make sure that the plan reflects the benefits of amateur radio in our community (e.g. through support for emergency communications) while addressing potential adverse impacts of “amateur radio configurations” on neighbours and the wider community.

A draft submission can be found below. This will be discussed and refined prior to submission (due no later than 14 December 2021). Club members are asked to send suggestions for amendment of the submission to the Committee (

16 November – KiwiSDR project update – A RemoteDX project

KiwiSDR receiver

Our November meeting was held on Tuesday 16 November (note that this was a different day to usual) from 1pm – 3pm at The Collective Hub, Johnsonville.

John ZL2XJ and Bernard ZL2BD gave a presentation and demonstration of the KiwiSDR project that will be installed on a quiet receive site not too far away from the city. The equipment has been tested in suburban Wellington this year.  The presentation included an overview of the technology and its application, and included a “listen in” on KiwiSDR sites via the internet portal.

The meeting also discussed our draft submission to the Wellington City Council on the Draft District Plan.