It is a crazy time of the year for us in the southern hemisphere, not only is it the break for Christmas it is also the end of year extended holiday. This means for the working person much needs completion before annual leave coupled with Christmas preparation as well. This last month has seen me very busy with work in Sydney with a number of days away in Melbourne and later in Albury on the boarder of NSW and Victoria. The good news is I will be back in the Manawatu in the next few days for December and most of January.
Some interesting news from the Ministry of Economic development:
The Ministry has agreed to a request from the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) that the general power limit for Amateur bands be increased. From 30 November 2011, the power limit for most bands rose from 500 watts to 1000 watts peak envelope power (pX), as defined in ITU Radio Regulation 1.157.
This request from NZART arose after a remit was discussed at conference recently. Since many do not operate QRO it will have little impact, however for those desiring DX on the lower HF bands it can make those few DB improvement to have you heard above the noise.
I know I have written in my annual report that we should not be looking for what we can get from our membership of NZART, but to be a member so we support each other and our interest in Ham Radio. It is true that NZART needs us so it can continue to pursue the common cause, if you have not already done so get your membership subscriptions into NZART so they can continue to represent me and you. It reminds me, I need to get my annual sub paid when I get back, I promise I will.
For those travelling and have 80 meter capability when away, remember to check in on 3.570 at any time, you may be surprised who is listening.
I would like to see you all at the Beano at the Awapuni Hotel on the 9th, if you haven't registered yet get hold of Hugh ZL2BFB or Pete ZL2AUB.
ZL2KP / VK2IAX