We are officially known as Kapiti Amateur Radio Society Inc, and we are an Amateur/Ham Radio club based right here on the Kapiti Coast.
Our callsign is ZL2KB, and we are Branch 69 of the New Zealand Associations for Radio Transmitters (NZART).
We have members of all ages and encourage anyone who is interested in Radio Communications, Computers or Electronics to come along and see what we are involved in. You can find and contact us here.
Amateur Radio is a great hobby to get into. It allows licensed operators to communicate with others locally and word wide using Radio Communications and to learn technical skills relating things such as Computers, Electronics and Engineering.
Unlike Mobile Phone and Internet, Radio is an “always on” technology and can be used in tiames of emergency as you generally don’t need mains power to operate.
As an example, our club is involved in a number of emergency exercises and activities in the local community, and we are also ready to assist with any LandSAR (search and rescue) call outs that are coordinated from the Kapiti area due to our great radio coverage.
It is understood that the antenna mast on Mt Egmont has fallen over and is awaiting repair. So whilst the KB National System Repeater is still operational, there is currently no link into the wider National System, as Kapiti links to the network via Egmont (as do a number of other stations). If members canRead More
A while ago members were made aware of some new “multi-mode” reflectors hosted in NZ. Whilst there was little discussion at the club on how these work, in short these reflectors allow the transcoding of the 3 main digital radio modes (DMR/DSTAR/FUSION). Meaning they talk to each-other regardless of the technology/mode. The 2 main reflectorsRead More
The upgrade to the ZL2KB-C DSTAR Gateway is now completed, and has now been migrated to a MMDVM Modem board which is replacing the old DVRPTR. Things seem very stable and there have been many reports of good quality audio again. The DSTAR Dashboard has changed slightly, but gives a lot more information about theRead More
Over the last few months there has been some ongoing intermittent issues with the DSTAR repeater. Whilst the repeater up the hill has been OK, the gateway side of the DSTAR setup seems to have been playing up on the odd occasion. As such, we have decided it is time to look at upgrading theRead More
The main clubroom has now been painted, and it looks great! Thank you again to those who have helped prep and paint, you efforts are invaluable. A special thanks to our resident electrician Len, who has replaced the old tube lights with new LED ones. And to top it all off, we have also beenRead More
Stage 1 has been completed. The walls and ceiling of the main clubroom has been prepped/repaired and have been primed with special sealer, ready to paint. State 2 (painting the main room) has started, with the undercoat being applied to some of the walls. There is still a way go go yet, and we againRead More