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MEETINGS



THE WAIKATO VHF GROUP .....

was founded on 16 June 1963 by 10 amateurs, to serve the VHF needs of amateur radio operators in the region. The Group has progressed from that time to the present with virtually the same objectives in mind. The Group has a very comprehensive net work of both VHF and UHF repeaters located at several strategic sites that cover a major portion of the North Island of New Zealand.


The objectives of the Group are: Amongst others;


1. To support the aims and objectives of the NZART

2. To foster local interest in Amateur Radio, particularly at VHF and higher frequencies


3. To establish and operate amateur transmitting and repeater stations

Without doubt these aims and objectives are more than adequately being catered for by this dedicated Group of Amateur Radio Operators.

Further details on the history of the Waikato VHF Group can be found here.




We welcome your further enquiry.

Email: branch.81@nz
art.org.nz





Sunday 21st September 'News and Net'



SpaceX to launch SpinSat Saturday

On Saturday, September 20 at 0616 UT SpaceX plan to launch a Falcon 9 from Florida carrying the satellite SpinSat with its amateur radio payload to the ISS. Now planned for Sunday at 1.52am Eastern Time due to bad weather.

On arrival at the ISS it will be put into storage until deployment, later in the Fall, from the airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) SpinSat is a 56 cm sphere weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-controlled Solid Propellant (ESP) thrusters spread in pairs throughout the surface of the satellite.
They will be fired in pairs to spin the spacecraft. With just primary batteries and only 4.8 grams of fuel this phase may last between three to six months.

The spacecraft will be used to calibrate the space surveillance network. Lasers will be fired at SpinSat from the ground, the light reflected back will be measured to determine where in time and space the satellite is passing overhead. SpinSat will also model the density of the atmosphere.

The IARU Satellite Coordination Panel report that SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output AX.25 packet radio store and forward system on 437.230 MHz.




Website of the Month


ZL4KF


New Zealand Amateur Radio Station

Ckick HERE for website


NEWS


"Waihi North" Repeater - Progress as at 11 May 2014


All Radio and power supply equipment for '5475 plus its associated link to Te Weraiti where this new extension will join into the WaiPlenty has been assembled in a rack ready for installation. The VHF Group is awaiting site and mast drawings so details of our installation can be finalised and antenna plant purchased, however it is entirely dependent on the owner's progress before our equipment installation can proceed. In the meantime we are investigating a temporary site, in conjunction with the Wahi Branch, but this is also proving difficult. We look forward to welcoming users on "Waihi North '5475" into the WaiPlenty 2m repeater network as soon as that becomes possible.


Extension to WaiPlenty Network

A new site is to be established between Waihi and Whangamata with the site name of Waihi North. Waihi North will be linked to the WaiPlenty Network at Te Weraiti (see 'Planned' site in image below). Frequencies have been approved for the repeater (145.475 MHz) and UHF link to Te Weraiti. All approvals necessary to proceed have been received by the Group, but we are waiting for a scheduled upgrade of the building to be completed. While the upgrade is being completed, all equipment will be purchased and setup ready for installation at the earliest opportunity.

The establishment of this new site has been made possible thanks to a very generous donation by Waihi, Branch 43. Thank you Waihi.


WaiPlenty Network

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New or exisiting members can click 
HERE for details and an application form.

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Repeater or Beacon Licence?

If so - click
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WaiPlenty Network


It all started whenAchievments


Read an article on the first 2 metre beacon manufactured and installed by the Group, in 1972.

A copy of the 
constitution of the Group is now available for downloading.

See a
Slide Show featuring the Kordia National System sites.

For any repeater or equipment problems see
Waikato Rptrs & National System Status.

Any constructive comments, content or ideas for additional pages are welcome.

   



Join the Waikato VHF Group Net on Sunday evenings at 20.45 hrs local NZST
on either '6950 MHz, '5675 MHz or '5575 MHz repeaters or the IRLP reflector 9505.

ALL ARE WELCOME



Thanks for visiting




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