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March 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 11:46 AM by Hamish Dobson

Painting of the radio display room at the Museum has been finished and with the shelves now installed and painted the room was tidy and with well presented fully accessable displays. The major work still to be done is labelling of  the displays and with having some operating. 
 The mast, in a solid concrete base, thanks to Henry and members of the committee, can now be raised and lowered by one person and work is proceeding on a rotator and the triband aerial
 All repeaters are operating normally and all batteries are now sealed units with low voltage protection.
 No information is yet available on the proposed major increase to repeater license fees
All repeater spares and other equipment held by myself have now been placed in the club's locked room at the museum

April 2016

posted Apr 3, 2016, 1:28 AM by Hamish Dobson   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 1:12 PM ]

 Members continue to work on the radio display area at the East Coast Museum  Of Technology. Work has also started on installation of a mast to support an aerial for a club station at the museum.

Front Of ECMOT Radio Display Room

November 2014

posted Nov 8, 2014, 5:04 PM by Hamish Dobson

The death of Rowley Haisman ZL2APH has left a gap in the club which will be difficult to fill. Rowley had for many years taken part in many activities of the club especially AREC ( Amateur Radio Emergency  Communications). This was recognized by a public award shortly before his death


posted Sep 23, 2013, 1:20 PM by Hamish Dobson

A good  attendance of members heard a very interesting talk by "Buck"  Rogers from Electinet on the fibre optic cable being installed around Gisborne and other parts of the country. The ongoing Gisborne installation was covered as was the cable being used and how it is and will be installed. A sample of the cable was available for inspection and the installation, joining and testing explained. A well appreciated talk by the members present.
The meeting was also addressed and questions taken by the Warren ZL2AJ, central district councilor of NZART

685 Repeater

posted May 1, 2013, 7:22 PM by Hamish Dobson

 A new battery, aerial, coaxial cable and solar regulator have been installed. Thanks to a grant , several donations from club members and assistance from commercial organisations the actual financial cost to the club has been kept to a minimum.
 Reports from a wide area are that coverage has been much improved and no low battery alarms have been heard 


posted May 1, 2013, 7:13 PM by Hamish Dobson

With well over half the club's financial membership present and several apologies the meeting re-elected all officers, received their reports and discussed general club activities and plans

December Meeting

posted Feb 19, 2013, 3:21 PM by Hamish Dobson

A great talk by Bruce ZL2AKW now at Tokomaru Bay. He has worked in many parts of the world and been involved in many highly technical fields. Also discussion on the ongoing installation of the fibre optic cable up the coast.

Club Lunch

posted Feb 19, 2013, 1:09 PM by Hamish Dobson

A very enjoyable afternoon with a great meal, thanks to the secretary's wife who must have spent ages on the preparation. A good chance to discuss amateur and other topics in a pleasant relaxed setting. A fox hunt using handhelds and Peter's 'fox' provided a chance to test the theory out and much was learned abut additional requirements when the rough location of the 'fox' has been found
 The Wondertrak gear was able to be operated and more information about radio location shown by actual use

Frebruary Meeting

posted Feb 19, 2013, 12:47 PM by Hamish Dobson

A wide ranging meeting covering many of the activities the club led by the committee is involved in.


posted Nov 10, 2012, 11:17 PM by Hamish Dobson

There will be no general club meeting this month, November 2012. The NZART President is unable to visit the branch at present and several committee members will not be able to be present. The committee have had their monthly meeting and made sure that all club and NZART matters affecting the branch  will be attended to. Financial members have been kept informed by email and newsletter.


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