Meeting – Tuesday 16 August – When will the bands be open?

What time of day to look for DX from what direction and on what bands.  With magnetic activity increasing on the sun, the DX bands are now open, and they are not subject to the same QRM in the ‘burbs as 80m and 40m.

Mike ZL1AXG will introduce the topic of how solar activity impacts on DX possibilities. This will be in a presentation  and discussion format.  

All are welcome. The meeting runs from 1pm to 3pm concluding with tea, coffee and biscuits. The venue is The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.

Youtube Showing: 19 July Meeting

Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville

We will be showing a range of amateur radio Youtube clips including:

  • A presentation by Scott McIntosh on the Sun’s Magnetosphere and his Cycle 25 prediction for a much bigger peak than other forecasters are suggesting
  • A review of the new Yaesu FTDX10
  • Information on the features and construction of the new QRP-Labs QDX digital only transceiver 80-20m

June Meeting – RemoteDX ENAMS monitoring equipment & shared lunch

When: 1pm – 3pm on Tuesday 21 June

Where: The Collective Community Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Rd.

Members enjoyed our annual shared lunch to celebrate the shortest day and got to catch up with Brian ZL1AZE/VK3MI who was back in Wellington briefly on holiday after more than 10 years living in Melbourne. Brian is an honorary life member of Wellington Branch 50 NZART and continues to follow the club’s activities with interest.

At around 1.40pm John ZL2JPM gave a presentation on the ENAMS equipment purchased and operated by RemoteDX Inc. He described the challenges of noise levels and the formula used by international authorities to determine the noise floor in different locations, before discussing the ENAMS hardware, data collection and access system and the potential opportunities for the future. He clearly argued the value to the amateur ccommunity of having standardised RF noise monitoring systems.   The ENAMS equipment is operating in Wellington (now on the Kapiti Coast) and is part of a larger IARU experiment.  The RemoteDX ENAMS monitoring unit is currently the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. John’s presentation was well received.

May Meeting: Evolution of hardware data transfer protocols

Everybody is welcome to attend our regular meeting on Sunday 17 May 2022 from 1pm to 3pm at The Collective Hub, 1/33 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville. Mike ZL1AXG will be speaking on the topic of serial and USB ports and their evolution over the years to the current USB-C standard, and it’s ability to provide up to 100w of power (PD100) to a device. Malcolm ZL2UDF will demonstrate his USB cable testing unit.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available following our meeting.