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Join the Waikato VHF Group Net on Sunday evenings at 20.45 hrs local NZST on either the '6950 MHz, '5475 MHz, '5575 MHz or '5675 MHz repeaters (WaiPlenty Network).



NEWS and NOTICES

News from the 2017 Annual General Meeting -
19 March 2017

At the AGM today Alan Wallace, who has been the President since the 2008 AGM, announced that he would not be standing again. Alan was thanked for his contribution over the 9 years. Phil King ZL1PK was elected as the new president.

The election of Officers resulted in the following being elected:-
President - Phil King - ZL1PK
Vice President - David King - ZL1DGK
Secretary - Gavin Petrie - ZL1GWP
Treasurer - Ian Brown - ZL1TAT
Committee -
Peter Reinhard - ZL1PR
Morris Beale - ZL1ANF
Kevin Hampshire - ZL1KRH
Neill Ellis - ZL1TAJ
Bulletin Editor - David King - ZL1DGK

Subscriptions for 2017 are to remain the same - $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family or club. To qualify for a family membership, all family members must be living at the same address.

Te Uku Site - To date (19 March 2017) the equipment that was stolen has still not been fpund, after the Police and other parties have been involved in trying to locate it.



News Items from the June Committee Meeting -
30 January 2017

Te Uku Site: As of today the missing equipment has not been located, even though various organisations have put a great deal of effort into it. To get Te Uku back on the air, it was decided to relocate the equipment at Maungakawa to Te Uku for the time being. This will restore the primary coverage to Hamilton and allow us to restore the IRLP to its normal setup. If and when the missing equipment is found, or we have to purchase new equipment, it will be installed at Maungakawa. If new equipment has to be purchased a fund raising programme will be undertaken.

Kaimai Site: There will be a working bee on Saturday 11th Feb to paint the hut, put new building paper under the roofing iron and repair the National System antenna array. The working bee will start at 9.00 am at the road gate on highway 29. A paint brush, lunch and a drink will be required. Saturday 18th Feb will be the fall-back day.



2016 Annual General Meeting -
20 March 2016

The Annual Genreral Meeting was held today in the Matamata Anglican Church Lounge at 1:30pm.

The election of Officers resulted in the following being elected:-
President - Alan Wallace - ZL1AMW
Vice President - Morris Beale - ZL1ANF
Secretary - Gavin Petrie - ZL1GWP
Treasurer - Ian Brown - ZL1TAT
Committee -
Phil King - ZL1PK
David King - ZL1DGK
Kevin Hampshire - ZL1KRH
Neill Ellis - ZL1TAJ
Bulletin Editor - David King - ZL1DGK

Subscriptions for 2015 are to remain the same as this year - $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family or club. To qualify for a family membership, all family members must be living at the same address.



News Items from the February Committee Meeting - 14 February 2016

Kaimai Hut: The hut at Kaimai is to be painted, so we are looking for volunteers.

Tom Bevan: Thanks to Tom Bevan (ZL1THG) for his generous offer in repairing the faulty Kaimai National System transmitter.

2016 AGM: The AGM is to be held in Matamata, as usual, in the Anglican Church Lounge on Sunday 20th March, 2016.

Subs are due: so please pay now so as you can vote at the AGM and avoid any possible increase in the subscription. See details on website - http://www.zl1is.info/renew.html

Te Weraiti 695 Rcvr: After receiving reports that the sensitivity of the '695 receiver at Te Weraiti had reduced, test were carried out on site and remotely, and confirmed that the receiver was up to spec. If you do not have a line-of-site path to a repeater, or are using a hand-held, many factors, other than the repeater, can change the signal received remotely.



News Items from the June Committee Meeting - 7 June 2015

Waiplenty Network: overall the Network is going well, except for the odd person who often persists in triggering the network for many minutes at a time. There are also a couple of interference issues. Te Weraiti picks up Japanese fishing boats using their radios when in the port or off the coast of Tauranga. Te Uku experiences interference almost on a weekly basis for about an hour at a time, from onsite personnel downloading data associated with the wind turbines.

70cm DMR Repater: A 70cm DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) repeater operating on 439.725 MHz has been installed in the centre of Hamilton in conjunction with Branch 12 and the National AREC. This repeater is part of a national network being setup by AREC, with several repeaters being installed up and down New Zealand and linked via the Internet. When not in use for AREC purposes, it is available for normal amateur communication. A map of the New Zealand AREC DMR Repeater Network Sites can be found HERE. This 70cm DMR repeater network is part of the DMR-MARC Worldwide Network - more can be found HERE.

Newsletter Editor:  Our longtime newsletter editor, Kevin Murphy, ZL1UJG, has stepped down after giving 15 years of sterling service. Kevin has kept us up to date with the happenings of the Group, produced dozens of technical items keeping us abreast of latest technologies coming on the market, and written many construction articles of interest to all. From us all thank you Kevin for your dedication to the job and a task well done.
In place of Kevin we welcome David King, ZL1DGK, as our new newsletter editor. Thank you for agreeing to be our new editor. If you come across any articles that could be used in the newsletter, please send them to David at - zl1dgk@nzart.org.nz



2015 Annual General Meeting -
22 March 2015

The Annual Genreral Meeting was held today in the Matamata Anglican Church Lounge at 1:30pm.

The election of Officers resulted in the same Officers and Committee being elected as last year. As follows:-
President - Alan Wallace - ZL1AMW
Vice President - Morris Beale - ZL1ANF
Secretary - Gavin Petrie - ZL1GWP
Treasurer - Ian Brown - ZL1TAT
Committee -
Phil King - ZL1PK
David King - ZL1DGK
Kevin Hampshire - ZL1KRH
Neill Ellis - ZL1TAJ
Bulletin Editor - David King - ZL1DGK

Subscriptions for 2015 are to remain the same as this year - $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family or club. To qualify for a family membership, all family members must be living at the same address.



Waihi North repeater operational -
23 November 2014

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



News Items from the November Committee Meeting -
2 November 2014

Waihi North Repeater: It is hoped that the new Waihi North Repeater on the WaiPlenty Network will be fully operational towards the end of the month.

VK Amateur: Brian Clarke VK2GCE will be in New Zealand in February 2015 and has offered to speak at one of our meetings on "Safety in the Radio Shack". To take up his kind offer we have scheduled a meeting for either the 8th or 15th of February 2015, and will know which date in due course as he finalises his itinerary. The meeting will be in Hamilton at the usual time of 1.30pm.

Group Website: This was down for a few days in October while Alan (ZL1AMW) changed his ISP.

Service Announcement: A new message will be placed on the WaiPlenty Network, for a few weeks, after the new Waihi Repeater is installed, to advise of the new repeater and its coverage.



2014 Annual General Meeting -
16 March 2014

The Annual Genreral Meeting was held today in the Matamata Anglican Church Lounge at 1:30pm.

The election of Officers resulted in the same Officers and Committee being elected as last year. As follows:-
President - Alan Wallace - ZL1AMW
Vice President - Morris Beale - ZL1ANF
Secretary - Gavin Petrie - ZL1GWP
Treasurer - Ian Brown - ZL1TAT
Committee -
Phil King - ZL1PK
David King - ZL1DGK
Kevin Murphy - ZL1UJG
Neill Ellis - ZL1TAJ
Bulletin Editor - Kevin Murphy - ZL1UJG

Subscriptions for 2015 are to remain the same as this year - $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family or club. To qualify for a family membership, all family members must be living at the same address.

The draw for the Redot power meter went to Gavin Petrie - ZL1GWP.



News Items from the January Committee Meeting
- 26 January 2014


Problem at Klondyke: There appears to be a problem at Klondyke with the port facing Kaimai. Although the speech leaving Kaimai is fine, by the time it leaves Klondyke on either the North or South Facing ports or the 9875 repeater, it appears to be getting clipped, as though it is 'over-deviating'. If you are using any National System repeater within the Waikato/BoP area, speak well away from your microphone or lower your voice, as this gives a much improved audio signal throughout the main-trunk of the System and from Klondyke 9875.

Update on Waihi North (Te Keho): We are still waiting for an indication from the site owner as to when the construction of a new building on the site is going to happen. Unfortunately until the new building is constructed we are not able to move in. All indications are that it will not be this side of winter 2014. However, floor space for one equipment rack has been allocated to us in the new building.

9cm Bandplan Revision: The VHF Group has made a submission to FMTAG, against making any changes to the existing plan.



Sunday Night News & Net - 8 December 2013

The Sunday Night Net will be in recess from Sunday, 22 December, 2013 to Sunday, 5 January, 2014 inclusive. It will therefore resume again on Sunday, 12 January, 2014. Seasons greetings to all from the Waikato VHF Group.



News Items from the November 2013 Committee Meeting - 3 December 2013

Donation from Waihi Branch: The very generous donation from the Waihi Branch has been received and the purchase of equipment for the Waihi North 2m (145.475 MHz) repeater site is underway.
540 Data Repeater: The future of the 540 Data Repeater was discussed, but it was agreed to leave further discussion until such time as it fails. It was also agreed that the repair of any failure would have low priority.

Annual Membership Renewal: All individual or family amateurs who join the Group prior to the AGM in March 2014, will go into a draw to win a Redot VHF Inline SWR/Power Meter, thanks to the generosity of Kevin, ZL1UJG. Membership renewal notices will be emailed around the middle of January 2014.


News Items from the August 2013 Committee Meeting - 25 August 2013

D-Star: Our committee has considered the deployment of a D-Star repeater, and resolved not to proceed with this technology immediately. Our current plan of works includes completing the WaiPlenty Network, repairing National System antennas, relocating our beacons and an upgrade of the '540 data repeater. The provision of D-Star will be reviewed when these tasks have been completed. Meanwhile we note that a number of local D-Star repeaters are being set up in the area, which allows members to experiment, and we watch the usage with interest.

Waihi North: FMTAG have advised that the NZART Council have approved the frequencies for this site and the licences have been issued. The 2m frequency will be - 145.475 MHz.

Announcement on WaiPlenty Network: The voice message previously used regarding the areas each repeater covers, plus encouraging non-members to support the Group, is to be run again.


Tairua '6975 2m Repeater - 15 August 2013

IRLP Node 6223, installed and operational.


Waikato VHF Group - 16 June 2013

Fifty years ago today, ten amateurs with a common interest met in Cambridge and formed the Waikato VHF Group. More about the group's history HERE.


News Items from the March 2013 Committee Meeting - 3 March 2013

Kaimai: National System transmitter was replaced in early February due to low power out.

New Site: Progress on a site to cover Waihi and Whangmata is stalled at present, due to proposed reconstruction at the site.

70cm Band Plan Review: the Group will make a submission to this review.

Annual General Meeting: to be held on 24th March at 1.30pm, at the Matamata Anglican Church Lounge.

Group 50th Anniversary: this is to be celebrated in conjunction with the AGM.



Te Puke Annual "Junk Sale"
- 25 February 2013

Annual “Junk SALE”, Saturday March 2nd 2013, Paengaroa Community Hall, Old Coach Road, Paengaroa.  (GPS Coordinates: 37.49S   176.24E)
Venue open from 06.30am, Sale time 10.00am - $20.00 for a 1.8m Long table, $25.00 on the day - $12.00 for a Table, $15.00 on the day.
Main Raffle: 1 Only Icom ID-31A UHF Digital Transceiver with D-Star.
WARO meets at 10.30am - Overnight parking for Motorhome’s - SEE MORE HERE


Sunday Night News & Net - 7 December 2012

The Net will be in recess from Sunday, 23 December, 2012 to Sunday, 13 January, 2012 inclusive. It will therefore resume again on Sunday, 20 January, 2013. Seasons greetings from the Waikato VHF Group.


New Maungakawa Repeater - 26 November 2012

The new Maungakawa repeater has now been connected to the Te Uku - Te Weraiti part of the WaiPlenty network. This also makes the IRLP node operational through the Maungakawa repeater. We would appreciate any comments on coverage from Maungakawa being sent to branch.81@nzart.org.nz


New Maunagakawa Repeater operational - 21 November 2012

The new Maunagakawa repeater on 145.575 MHz is now operational in a stand-alone condition. Once proved to be operating satisfactorily, it will be linked to the 'WaiPlenty' network within the next week.







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