Social Group Meeting 25 May 2021 – special visitors from up country

Several members of Branch 50 NZART travelled up to Wanganui on 27 March to visit the Wanganui Vintage Radio Museum that was established by Graham, ZL2AHR and his XYL Val, ZL2FO. Ian ZL2AM from Fielding, also joined us as he is heavily involved in the museum’s operations.

The team of Graham, Val and Ian will be attending our informal social group meeting on 25 May 2021, and as a result we are inviting all Branch 50 members, XYLs to attend if possible. The social group meets from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at George ZL2AG’s QTH at 14 Vasanta Avenue, Ngaio.

ALL ARE WELCOME. An enhanced afternoon tea will be available.

Shed workshop 2 May 2021

Bernard presented a primer on RX antennas in his garage on Sunday 2 May at 1pm. This included a summary of why TX and RX antennas can desirably be different and a summary of typical options for RX antennas. 

He also give an update on his latest Mag Loop experiments (including this large 6m tuned loop for 80m and 40m).

The meeting concluded with tea, coffee and biscuits.

Trip to Vintage Radio Museum in Wanganui

Several members of Branch 50 NZART left Wellington early on Saturday morning, 27 March 2021, by car for Wanganui.

The trip included a visit to the Wanganui Market, lunch at a cafe in the downtown area, and a visit to the Wanganui Vintage Radio Museum ( The group returned to Wellington later in the day.

From Left: Mike ZL1AXG, Ian ZL2AM (a supporter of the museum), Malcolm ZL2UDF, Ted ZL2TB and Graham ZL2AHR (museum custodian).

Over 500 old radios were on display

The collection now numbers over 500 valve and battery radios ranging in age from 1918 through to the late 1940’s.

ZL2AVM intrigued by the old radios

Shed workshop March 2021 – 2 presentations

In the first shed workshop for the year, on 7 March 2021, two project presentations were given as follows:

  • Improving the sound of your TV (for over 60’s) – Bernard ZL2BD
  • An ATU Kitset built for no more than $70 (Mike ZL1AXG)

Bernard was to have presented a primer on Rx Antennas, but this was postponed due to time constraints.