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WARD 2014 World Amateur Radio Day

This day is celebrated each year on April 18 in recognition of the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.

The primary purpose of WARD, as stated in IARU Resolution 94-3, is the “need for an annual focus on Amateur Radio and the benefits countries and communities derive from the service”.

Every year the IARU Administrative Council has attempted to select a theme both consistent with the role and purpose of amateur radio and at the same time representing a meritorious activity which, if promoted, could bring favourable credit to IARU and amateur radio generally.

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New Management Software

I have just updated the content management software for the website, making it a lot easier to work with, and implement more features. 

The members only page is active, your call-sign is your login name, and you will need to talk to the President with regards to your password. Once logged in for the first time, please do change your password to something you can remember.

There is a photo gallery application available, and if anyone wants to send me photos in digital format, I will happily build a gallery and put it online. Remember to write a few words about the photos, people etc.

As always, any suggestions greatly received! Yes I am still at sea, and only inshore once a month or so, for around 4 to 7 days. 

Ron - ZL1RON 


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Kordia National System Award 2013

 

Introducing the Kordia National System Award 2013, featuring CITIES, SUBURBS, & TOWNS. A fun event , for all Amateurs. All who submit a log will receive a Certificate.

The Kordia National System Award 2013 is proudly presented by Wellington VHF Group Inc for the enjoyment of all Amateurs, to emphasize the coverage of the National System, and to recognize the contribution to Amateur radio made by Kordia. 

Starts Tuesday 1st January 2013 – Closes midnight Sunday 3rd February 2013

The BIG challenge: how many cities, suburbs and towns can YOU contact?

The rules are simple...

  • Contact an Amateur in any City via the National System – both sender and receiver log One Point
  • Contact an Amateur in any Suburb via the National System – both sender and receiver log One Point
  • Contact an Amateur in any Town via the National System – both sender and receiver log One Point
  • Contact a National System Trustee, (refer to Call Book Page 7-4 for list), log Five Bonus Points
  • Cities, Suburbs and Towns may be logged only once. “Town” means any named community. 

Logs must be received by the Award Custodian no later than 28th February 2013, and may be submitted either attached to an E-Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with KNSA in the subject line, or, post to: 

Kordia National System Award
Wellington VHF Group Inc
PO Box 12259
Thorndon
Wellington 6144

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Rescheduled AGM 23rd Feb 2013

To our MEMBERS
 
A Club Committee will be holding a meeting this coming Saturday the 23rd at Michael Ryan's residence at Snells Beach at 10.00am to change a section of the Clubs Constitution. This is Section 8 clause D which states the the Quorum for an AGM is 8 persons.
 
We are planning to reduce this number to 5 ( Five) Due to the lower numbers of Members and the fact that 4 of our members live 80 km away and another on the Great Barrier and another on a fishing boat somewhere in the Pacific.
 
This means that if the distant members do not come and one of our local members does not come we cannot have our AGM , as happened last SATURDAY. If you are able to attend this meeting it would be great it should only be a very short meeting.
 
I would appreciate it, if you support this move that you send me an email stating that you support this change to give the decision greater weight.
 
At present we are planning to have our AGM on the second Saturday of March the 9th.
A few days ago I sent out an email stating that we were planning to have the AGM on that date and asking that you reply a yes or no to whether you expect to be able to attend, unfortunately I have had only 5 replies so far.
 
Alan ZL1ABL

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National System Award 2011

 

The National System Award for 2011, run by the Wellington VHF Group - Branch 74, was based on Rail Stations around NZ. I got out and about with a backpack setup with my not so trusty Yaesu FT-7100 dual band and portable antenna system powered by an SLA battery kindly donated to me by Doug, ZL1AVY.

I was able to visit many of the rail stations from Wellsford down to Auckland city, and then out West through the suburbs, ending up at Kumeu then on to Helensville, and back home via West Coast Road. I tried to find some of the old stations that may have all but disappeared from the landscape, but this proved to be a rather hard task bearing in mind that much of the land is private. One I did some research on was in Whangarei, actually out at Onerahi. When the steamer would bring passengers via sea from Auckland, disembark them at a wharf in Onerahi, where they could ride the train into the city. All the rail and building have long gone, but there are remnants of causeways they built for the tracks between Onerahi and Whangarei.

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Content Management

 

The content management software I am using to build this site with, allows for relatively easy updating of the content from anywhere in the world. This is true! I have built this website whilst out at sea, on a tuna fishing ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! It is then just a case of uploading to the servers a database file to perform any updates.

Once things are running well, I will hopefully (once I get back to NZ!) be able to meet up with Alan and Paul to instruct them in the ways of this site, and they can add updates as relevant too.

So, what I need from you all now is some comment on what you think of the site, and also, if you have any of the clubs history, the repeater history, any photos etc, and wouldn't mind sharing them, I would greatly appreciate them for inclusion on this site. That goes for any stories you perhaps might have, or technical articles or anything that would be of interest to the other members and the radio fraternity at large. 

Please, remember though that not everything may be working at this stage. Largely due to the fact that I am at sea more often than on land, and when I do get access to the internet in one of the island ports we go to unload, it can be a very slow, frustrating, and expensive exercise to upload content to the servers.

Just out of interest, so far I have found that Papua New Guinea has the best cellular network, with the cheapest calls, but internet is expensive. Also, it seems HF radio is widely used in PNG too! The Federated States of Micronesia has the best internet, and is even free at some of the hotels and bars, but the cellular network is not up to par with PNG or of course NZ!

So, please, bear this in mind.. Some files etc may take many hours to upload, and as such can only do them when in the FSM.. Of course, once I get home in September (Fingers Crossed!!!!) it will be much better and easier to build/update the website.

Items of interest and comments in general can be emailed to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Jock White Memorial Field Day

 

This is another annual event I really enjoy! I have only entered twice since gaining my licence in 2007, but have thoroughly enjoyed the contest. The first time I entered, I was in our back yard, in a tent, with a generator for power! Running my old FT-101ZD into a dual band 80/40m dipole some 15ft off the ground! I was going great too, until the generator developed an intermittent power supply issue, which soon became a permanent failure.

Next day I pulled the gennie apart, and found the culprit! A quick solder job later and was back on the air! In fact, that was in 2008, and the generator has been going strong ever since! (Unfortunately it now has a new owner...)

So, the next field day, I was entered as a home station, but still really enjoyed the contest. I never did very well, but my ambition is to get setup out in the field somewhere, and really get into it! See if I can keep up with some of the big guns in the contest.


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