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ZL2BH posted in Going Portable on 2020-10-20 06:26

Hi Folks, I hope to be operating portable from Lake Rotoiti this evening 20th Oct and maybe again tomorrow night Oct 21st. 3.690Mhz LSB and or 5.353USB on the half hour. John ZL2BH 

ZL2BH posted in Equipment on 2020-10-20 06:21

Jim, What a cool device you have made and thanks for the tips re the wire etc

ZL2ATH posted in Going Portable on 2020-10-19 09:40

This coming weekend I will be at Barney's Whare, situated in Palliser Bay, on the south coast of the North Island, Grid ref: 1762454 5412923
Though I will be with a fairly large family group I should be able to get on air around 8.00-8.30 pm Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Wynne ZL2ATH.

ZL2OZ posted in Going Portable on 2020-10-18 07:54

 Sunday Night: Forks Hut.
 Monday night: Te Ekaou Hut
 Monday Midday: A Frame Hut
 8.00 pm on 3.690MHz.  Monday Midday: 3.690MHz For 15 Minutes. 
For those interested in attempting 40m QRP with Australia - the VK QRP Club are running one of their occasional QRP Hours contests this Sunday 18th October from 04:00 to 06:00 UTC (17:00 - 19:00 NZDT).  

First hour CW, second hour Phone.  40m band only.

All are welcome, including non members and ZL's

I inquired to the guys at QRPver to see if their single-band QRPver1.3 radio can be extended out to receive the mountain radio service frequencies.  The default radio covers only the the 80m amateur band on both tx and rx - but for my backcountry use the ability to receive the nightly mountain and long-range weather forecast on 3.261 / 3.345 USB is a necessity.

The response was that yes - this can be done so long as you let them know before you order.  I hope the info is of use to someone.

Note that I did not inquire about transmission on the mountain radio service frequencies.

Email trail is below

Matt - ZL4NVW


Hi dear Matt
Yes, it can be done during the manufacture of the device. You just need
to contact us before ordering.

Regards, _____


21.07.2020 23:41, Matt Briggs - ZL4NVW пишет:
> Hi,
> I'm interested in your 80m qrpver1.3 which seems to work very well on 80m.
> However in addition to the 80m amateur band, I also need to be able to receive the 'mountain radio service' weather forecast broadcasts on 3.261MHz and 3.345 MHz, USB.  Is it possible to open up the receive on the 80m radio to receive these?
> If you are able to do this, I am sure that you will receive many more orders from New Zealand - as being able to receive weather forecasts is a requirement for most field users.
> Regards,
> Matt Briggs

ZL4NVW updated in GO QRP Night on 2020-10-10 22:45

The latest GO QRP log forms are available below.  I've posted versions for both Microsoft Excel users (.xls) and others (.ods).

The same log template is used for portable and HS operation - just tick the required box on the form to indicate whether you are operating from home or portable.

Once completed, the updated logs can be uploaded to the website.  To do this:
  • Sign in to the website
  • Click the 'Contests' Menu
  • Select 'GO QRP'
  • Click 'Upload My Log' against the month you are uploading the log for.
Once uploaded the log will be displayed and if necessary you can edit/correct the log by clicking the Edit button.


So you now have 2 good options to automatically submit your logs:
  • Fill the logs in online at Contests -> GO QRP -> Add Log 
  • Fill in the official log spreadsheet and upload it to Contests -> GO QRP -> Upload Log
Failing that: 
  • Logs can be emailed to me: admin@qrp.nz 
  • Paper logs can be posted to:  Matt (ZL4NVW),  PO Box 406,  Alexandra

Download: Go-QRP-Logsheet-v10.0_original_original.xls

Download: Go-QRP-Logsheet-v10.0_original_original.ods

ZL4NVW updated in News and Updates on 2020-10-10 17:40

QRPers NZ Calendar of Events. October – December 2020


18 Oct


04:00-06:00 UTC (17:00-19:00 NZDT)

1st hr CW, 2nd hr Phone  - 40m band


19 Oct

A35GC Tonga DX Expedition

19.10.20 – 2.11.20

On most Bands, most modes

24 Oct

New Expiry Date for 60m

Extended from July

Cross fingers and toes!

25 Oct

Closing date for NXL 24 Copy

Send in a photo and caption

31 Oct


8.30pm – 10.00pm NZDT

Can we get more than 10%

31 Oct

Newsletter 24 mailed


25 Nov

Closing date for NXL 25 Copy

Send in a photo and caption

28 Nov


8.30pm – 10.00pm NZDT

30 Nov

Newsletter 25 mailed


20 Dec

Closing date for votes for – ‘Best QRP Article Award’, and the ‘Portable Endurance Award.’

20 Dec

Closing date for NXL 26 copy’

25 Dec

Christmas Day

Good Wishes to all members

Enjoy, but don’t over eat!

26 Dec


8.30pm – 10.00pm NZDT

Last for year. Cumulative points end. *

And don't forget QRP Net night - Every Thursday at 8:30pm on 3.690MHz

ZL4NVW updated in This Website on 2020-10-08 21:51

This website now allows you to enter your GO QRP logs online.   What I need is a few people to try it out and provide feedback.  

If you go to the 'Contests' menu and click on the 'Test contest to test logs', then you'll see the options to create a log against a contest night and enter your log details.   So feel free to try it out and enter some data - either past logs or just made up stuff - and let me know how the experience works.  I want us all to have confidence that the system works and is intuitive and usable before it gets used for GO QRP night.

You'll need to be signed in to the site to enter logs.

Once the online form is satisfactory, I will release an updated excel spreadsheet in identical format to the online form.  Users will then have the two option of entering logs online, or filling in the spreadsheet and either uploading it to the site, or emailing it through. 

Feedback and suggestions are much appreciated in this forum.

Matt - ZL4NVW

ZL2OZ posted in News and Updates on 2020-10-07 11:05

 Hi All. There have been three questions about the Band/s for GO QRP NIGHT, (GQN). Explanation:
 At the moment we are 80M only. Reasons:
 1. We were hoping to include 60M, but being a VERY limited frequency band we have avoided using it so as to avoid QRM           with other users. If the frequency allocation is wider, we may make use of 60M
 2. With so few participants in the GQN, scattering the few over more bands was decided unwise.
 3. Some regular participants do not have 60M capabilities.
 At some stage in the future we may utilise other bands.
 Cheers ZL2OZ