ZL2KO Christmas Function – Saturday 2nd December 2023, 1600hrs

Let’s get together and have fun, tell tall tales, poke fun at each other; enjoy the company of our friends and family. Remember to be good so we stay on Santa’s ‘nice list’. Huzzah!

It’s a social gathering to celebrate the year and open to all Branch 20 members, other amateur radio operators, their friends, partners, kids, grandkids, or your buddy who is interested in amateur radio.

Same price for all attendees, along with a chance to enjoy the Royal Naval Men’s clubrooms and its interesting curios.

When: Saturday 2nd December 2023 at 1600hrs
Where: Royal New Zealand Naval Association Club, 20 Dominion Street, Palmerston North

BBQ from 5PM. Sausages and steak provided, bulk salads, bread, BBQ fixings and dessert.

Come prepared to exercise your brains after dinner as we will be running a quiz event in teams with a mix of topics (general knowledge and amateur radio questions), the winning team gets bragging rights and maybe some treasure. We will also have the yearly presentation of awards.

Please RSVP via this google form. If you are keen to assist in the cooking/cleaning/organising add a comment when signing up.


Cost to attend is $20.00, The preferred method of payment is via internet banking to our club account.

Account Name: Manawatu Amateur Radio Society
Account Number: 03-1522-0161009-000
Particulars: Christmas
Code: Your Name
Reference: Your Callsign

HamCram 2023

The HamCram weekend and exam were held on the 9th and 10th of September. Congratulations to the 9 pictured candidates who all passed! We’ll update this post once their callsigns are confirmed. Welcome to the hobby, and we’ll catch you on the air.

Cyclone Gabrielle

Here are some of the images from the talk by Barrie ZL2BJA on 5th July 2023 on Cyclone Gabrielle which happened earlier in 2023. Many thanks to Allan ZL2SKY for the photo’s

Jock White Field Day 2023

Thanks for a fantastic weekend, despite the slightly moist start on Saturday, a very much enjoyable time.

Thanks to all the people that attended the weekend, helping with setup, pack up, operating, cooking, eating, security, socialising and support. It is definitely a team effort.

Every activity will always bring up what was good, and what could be better. While it’s still fresh in your mind, complete the below anonymous survey. Just a couple of questions about how you liked the weekend and ideas for the future. We already have a couple of idea’s brewing.


Also below are a small selection of photos from the last two days.

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Monday Coffee Club at Mitre10 Palmerston North

From out latest Monday Coffee Club it’s starting to grow. Come down and join us on Monday’s from 10am

Christmas Party 2022

Below photo’s from our Christmas Party in 2022 enjoy.

Activity Contest 2022

lightly later than normal but here is our activity contest for this year

This is a time to get together on the air, get the repeaters warm and to assist our new amateurs to get their 50 contacts.

This will start this time next week between Friday 21st October to Tuesday 25th October inclusive.

Rules are the same as previous years, operating for two 30 minute periods.

EchoLink will be running on 665 for remote people to join in.

Please leave good sized gaps.

This year we will be running on:
7125 – North Range Road Repeater (147.125MHz + split)
665 – Wharite Repeater (146.650MHz – split)
3570kHz LSB
Attached is the log spreadsheet and manual sheet.

Longburn Table Sale 2022

Sale is now over and we had a great turn out after 2 yrs. See photo’s below from the day. Thanks to Allan ZL2SKY for the photo’s.

Congratulations to all who passed the HamCram exam at the Branch 20 Manawatu clubrooms on the weekend of September 24th and 25th 2022

HamCram 2022

Today call-signs have been allocated:
Cooper ZL2ADK
Thomas ZL2RED
Matthew ZL2KDR
Alice ZL2AJW
Paul ZL4PK
Graham ZL2YG
Richard ZL2DRS
Benjamin ZL3NED/ZL2KX
Additionally, three who participated in the evening training sessions before the weekend and passed exams elsewhere.
Samit ZL1SRD
Jason ZL1JRW
I’m sure everyone will welcome you on to the air. Welcome to the hobby.

Below are images from the start of HamCram 2022.

Fox Hunt June 2022

On June 26th 2022 we had our second successful fox hunt on the railway land below are some pictures of the afternoon event. If you like to come along we every 4th Sunday down at the Railway Land opposite Tony’s Tyres servivce come along and join in the fun.

Mini Junk Sale 2022

It was a successful sale once again and thank you all who came it was great to see you all. Below are some pictures from the day.

Jock White Field Day 26-27th February 2022

It was a great weekend at the Jock White 2022 field day below are some pictures form the weekend