NEWS and NOTICES
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
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.
from the August 2013 Committee Meeting - 25 August 2013
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.
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.
2m Repeater - 15 August 2013
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.
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
IRLP Node 6223, installed and operational.
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
from the March 2013 Committee Meeting - 3 March 2013
National System transmitter was replaced in early February due to low
Te Puke Annual "Junk Sale" - 25 February 2013
Progress on a site to cover Waihi and Whangmata is stalled at present,
due to proposed reconstruction at the site.
Plan Review: the Group will make a submission to this review.
General Meeting: to be held on 24th March at 1.30pm, at the
Matamata Anglican Church Lounge.
Anniversary: this is to be celebrated in conjunction with the
Annual “Junk SALE”, Saturday March 2nd 2013, Paengaroa Community Hall,
Old Coach Road, Paengaroa. (GPS Coordinates: 37.49S
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 ½ 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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
from July 2012 Committee meeting - 29 July 2012
The new repeater for Maungakawa and link to Te Uku is progressing.
News Items from Apr 2012 Committee meeting - 29 April 2012
To be applied for to purchase new equipment for the Waihi/Whangamata
repeater site and link to Te Weraiti.
The 70cm beacon will be relocated after the Maungakawa site is
Rally: The "WaiPlenty" system and the IRLP node could be used
for the Rally during November 10~17, 2012.
This has declined slightly, but licencing costs have gone up.
Therefore, if more members can not be recruited, or more sponsorship
obtained, then serious consideration will have to be given to reducing
the number of repeaters to match the funds available.
The hardware for this system is gradually being updated, but it is
hoped that this process will not effect its operation.
New Site: Maungakawa - another application for funding has been made.
If succesfull, site could be operational later in the year and will be
linked to the WaiPlenty network at Te Uku.
Sunday Night News & Net - 11 Dec 2011
New Site: Progress is being made in locating a suitable site to give 2m
coverage of Waihi and Whangamata. It is proposed that it be linked to
the WaiPlenty network at Te Weraiti.
Club Accounts Reviewer: A new reviewer for the Groups accounts has been
NZART Conference: Remits were discussed and a delegate appointed.
Silver Fern Rally: Approval has been given for the WaiPlenty network
and IRLP to be used for the Silver Fern Rally event, 10 -17 November,
2012. Members will be given more detailed nearer the time.
Beacons: At a date yet to be determined, the beacons will be moving
from the Hamilton Telephone Exchange to the Branch 12 club rooms. This
has been brought about by access difficulties to the Exchange due to
Website: A slideshow of some National System sites has been added to
The Net will be in recess from Sunday, 25 December, 2011 to Sunday, 8
January, 2012. It will therefore resume again on Sunday, 15 January,
2012. Seasons greetings from the Waikato VHF Group.
News Items from Oct 2011 Committee meeting - 30 Oct 2011
Site Reconstruction: A site is still being investigated for the
extension of the 2m "WaiPlenty Network" to the Waihi/Whangmata area.
National System: New node installed by Mercury Bay, Branch 85,
operational at Opito Bay.
Funding: We are waiting on the outcome of an application to the WEL
Trust for funds to complete the extension of the 2m "WaiPlenty Network"
to Maungakawa, north east of Huntly.
Old Group Records: These are to be offerred to the Hamilton Public
Library, in the first instance, for archiving.
Beacons: 2m beacon is operational again from the Hamilton telephone
exchanges. A new site is being investigated for the 70cm beacon.
Meetings: Numerous meeting ideas were put forward.