October Branch meeting: Blackwood Cup

Our October Branch meeting is now scheduled for 1-3pm on Tuesday 19 October at The Collective Community Hub,  1/33 Johnsonville Rd. This is not our normal day to meet (Sunday) but we needed to find a venue that would allow the appropriate physical distancing, and the Tuesday slot was available in the larger space at The Collective Community Hub.

This meeting will feature our annual competition for the Blackwood Cup. So bring along your “homebrew” project and talk about it for up to 10 minutes.

In addition Mike ZL1AXG will give a presentation on “Selecting a portable shortwave receiver” and will demonstrate his recent purchase.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available as usual following the meeting.

POSTPONED Branch meeting September 2021 – Colonial Knob Mesh Upgrade and Update

The view to the North from Colonial Knob

We are still at Covid Alert Level 2. Wellington City venues are not available for use, and to host at a member’s home would be challenging under existing requirements. Therefore, the Committee has decided to postpone the meeting. The Committee will review options on 23rd September.

At this meeting Ted ZL2TB and John ZL2XJ will give a presentation on the Colonial Knob high speed broadband node upgrade.  This is our most complex node in the network, with links northward to Mt Field and  Titahi Bay, to the East – in future to Mt Climie, and to the South the node connects to our Johnsonville node with a link onward to Ngaio.

This will be a chance to have a refresh on the possibilities of the high speed broadband network and see how our upgrade has benefited the mesh network.

Tea and coffee will be available after the meeting in the cafe upstairs, courtesy of the club.  All welcome!

August Meeting – Bob Morris ZL2AVM speaking on his time in TV broadcasting

Bob ZL2AVM (on right) with Ted ZL2TB, March 2021

Those who have heard Bob ZL2AVM speak about his days at sea or as a young person experimenting with amateur radio in Cornwall, will know that he always gives a great presentation.   

Those who came along to Bernard ZL2BD’s QTH at 1 Winsley Tce, Churton Park, on Sunday 15 August got to hear his latest talk on his career in Commercial Television Broadcasting. In turns out that ships and television transmitting stations weren’t so different after all!

Storms, and in particular, lightning strikes were a major concern, but fortunately Bob manages to escape being electrocuted, and hence was able to tell us his wild tales.

18 July 2021 Meeting – Trevor ZL2AKW and the Br 50 Projects Group

Our meeting on 18 July at the Johnsonville Library (Waitohi Hub Makerspace) attracted 10 members.

Trevor ZL2AKW gave a talk on the Projects Group that developed a wide range of projects for ZL amateurs during the 1970’s through to the 1990’s.   He covered “the why, the how, and the outcome”.  Kits discussed included the QT silent tune up kit, the Chelmsford transceiver and tuners. Trevor also brought along some of the completed kits.

The Projects group had some very talented and well qualified contributors.  One in ten active NZ Hams of the era bought at least one kit. The Chelmsford CW transceiver was a popular kit for portable operation.  While some maybe were never completed, none went wrong!

Tea and coffee (courtesy of the club)was available after the meeting in the cafe upstairs.