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August General Meeting 2014

A General Meeting of the Waikato VHF Group will be held on

Sunday, 31st August, 2014 at 1:30pm,

at the

Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard Headquarters, 72 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga.

Click HERE to go to map of location

The guest speaker will be Les Cole (ZL1KF) who will give a talk and
presentation on the construction of the Auckland Waterview tunnel
and the comms involved.

Non members and visitors welcome.


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

Sunday 10th August 'News and Net'

France will now allow students third-party communication with the ISS

On July 16, 2014 the French State Secretary for Digital Affairs, Axelle
Lemaire, responded to a request by the Deputy of Haute-Vienne Province, Daniel Boiserrie, authorizing French students to participate directly in ARISS educational school contacts under the supervision of a licensed operator.

Until now, the French administration was very restrictive. For direct school contacts, the operator read the questions prepared by the students. Even this is "third party", but was tolerated by the French regulatory authority.

Most European countries allow students to participate directly in ARISS
school contacts under the supervision of a licensed operator. Permission to do so requires varying procedures from country to country, but the issue of enabling "third party" communications can generally be solved.

Until now, the only exception was France. Notwithstanding years and years of efforts, French schoolchildren had no access to the mike for direct amateur radio communications with the ISS. The letter from the Secretary of State in charge of telecommunications now changes the game.

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"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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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.

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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.


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