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Finally, Welcome to Manawatu Amateur Radio Soc NZART Branch 20.
We hope you enjoy your stay.

Welcome to Amateur Radio

So you want to become a Amateur Radio Operator? Where do you start??

First you need to sit and pass your GURL (General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators). This licence allows you, by law, to operate any Amateur Radio Equipment. The theory test is made up of 60 questions form the question bank which are multi choice answers. Once you have 40 correct answers, you can apply for your Amateur Radio Licence and CallSign then you can operate on the air.
To get started head to the "Online Study Guide" to start your course. Once you think you are ready to sit your exam, we can organise an Examiner to put you through your exam and organise your call sign, once you have passed.

If you would like to know more then feel free to contact us at info@zl2ko.org.nz.

Manawatu Amateur Radio Soc. AGM Wed 1st Aug 2018 7:30 ZL2KO Clubrooms

Hotspot Building Day

What to bring to the Hotspot Building Weekend

Saturday 28 July at 10am – Club Rooms

By the end of the day you will have an operational hotspot and your radio will be programmed to connect with it.


  • Introductions
  • Review of Materials
  • Building the hotspot
  • Programing the hotspot
  • Programming your radio
  • Practical demonstration
  • Introducing 626 module M

What to bring:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 (preferred)
  • Raspberry Pi Power Supply (minimum 2 amps)
  • USB Power lead for the Raspberry Pi
  • MMDVM Board (solder antenna in place prior to the day if you can to save time – a solder station will be on site for those who don’t have one)
  • Class 10 SD Card (minimum 8GB)
  • Radio – MD380, Zastone D900, GD77, RT82 or Icom 51A
  • DMR credentials (your 6-digit number 59XXXX)
  • Pen and paper for notes
  • Donation of $5 to cover morning tea and other costs.

See you there

Warren (ZL2JML) and Haydon (ZL2WD)

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M.A.R.S Subscriptions 2017/2018

The Manawatu Amateur Radio Club 2017/2018 Subscriptions are now due.
These will again be $40.00

Payment can be made using Internet banking to our Bank Account
(please include your call sign or name as a reference)

or posted to P.O Box 1718 Palmerston North or paid directly to the Treasurer

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