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Gridpak Dish Antenna For Sale

The group has a 1.8m Gridpak Dish antenna for sale. It includes the mounting hardware and feed element. We are uncertain as to what frequency the feed element is on, (possibly around 1.4GHz), however almost certainly not on an amateur band.

ANY REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Purchaser to arrange collection from Hamilton.

If interested please contact the Group at:-
branch.81@nzart.org.nz


 
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



Update on the Review of the Radio Spectrum Fees Framework

Thirty six submissions were received by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) division of Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), of which 26 are now published on its web site - see HERE.

While most commercial operators (understandably) support lower fees which would come from Proposal 2; to introduce a single licence fee for all radio classes, numerous submissions point out that is neither a practical or reasonable proposal.

Amateur radio is well represented amongst responses RSM received, with eight submissions made by individuals, clubs and organisations.  Those submissions endorse our Group's position, which opposes any fee increase for amateur radio beacons, repeaters and links.  Several submitters encourage RSM to drop all fees for licensing amateur radio fixed services.  For amateur radio licensing, solutions put forward range from keeping the status quo (an annual licence fee per transmitter of $51.11 including GST), to creating a new General User Radio Licence (GURL) for beacons, repeaters and links with a zero annual fee - akin to the GURL covering individual amateur's licences.  NZART's 23 page submission offers four solutions.  Regulations currently prevent the existing amateur GURL extending to our fixed services.

We await RSM's outcome from this review over the next three months (their plan is to implement resulting changes on 1 July 2016).  The Waikato VHF Group is in the same position as most other amateur radio groups throughout New Zealand, that if RSM's published proposal is implemented unchanged, it will be unaffordable for us and force a mass reduction in availability of repeaters and associated infrastructure for us to enjoy our hobby.



Interested in DMR
(Digital Mobile Radio)


An Amateur Radio Guide to DMR can be found HERE.


New Zealand AREC DMR ZL-Turbo Repeater Network

Information on the network
can be found HERE

Map of ZL Repeater Network Sites



Website of the Month

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DMR-MARC

Worldwide Network


Our network is an all-digital group of over 500 DMR-MARC repeaters in 45 countries with 20542 registered users. There are 1707 registered DMR repeaters world-wide in our database.


NEWS

Te Puke Amateur Radio Club

Annual 'Junk Sale' Saturday, 5th march 2016, at Paegaroa Community Hall, Old Coach Rd., Paengaroa.

Venue open from 6.30am for breakfast. Sale starts 10.00am.

For further information or to book a table Contact Syd Rowe ZL1LWR, or phone 027 248 8664.


"Waihi North" Repeater

This new repeater, on '5475, was installed on Saturday 22 November 2014 and linked to the Te Weraiti site, to form an extension to the WaiPlenty 2m Network. Both repeater and link are fully operational.

From reports received it is working very well with coverage as far north as the top of the Tairua hill, west through the Waikino Gorge and east to Tauranga and Te Puke. Over time we should get a much better idea of coverage area. The repeater has also been worked from Rotorua and Hamilton by home stations.

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

Just click on the image below to see a larger version and to read more ...


WaiPlenty Coverage



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HERE for details and an application form.

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Repeater or Beacon Licence?

If so - click
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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.

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, '5575 MHz or '5475 MHz repeaters, on the WaiPlenty Network,
or the IRLP reflector 9505.


ALL ARE WELCOME



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