Kapiti Amateur Radio Society Inc.

Kapiti Amateur Radio Society Inc.

Who are we?

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.

Our Hobby

Amateur Radio is a great hobby to get into. It allows licensed operators to communicate with others locally and worldwide using Radio Communications. Unlike Mobile Phone and Internet, Radio is an “always on” technology and can be used in times of emergency as you generally don’t need mains power to operate the radio. Most Amateur Radio operators will have hand held and battery operated radios, and larger antennas can be deployed with relative ease in next to no time.

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.

But its not just about radio. Many members learn and share new technical skills relating things such as Computers, Electronics, 3D Printing and CAD Design, as well as networking via a dedicated Ham-Mesh network (long range Wifi Links). There really is something for everyone!

ZL2KB Events Calendar

ZL2KB Club Nets
685 Repeater – 07:30pm Wednesday Nights and 10:00am Saturday Mornings.
General Meeting will be also held once a month on the Saturday Morning net.

DMR Digital Net
ZL2KB AREC Repeater – 08:00pm Friday Nights. Make sure you have your radio set to TalkGroup 9 (LCL/LOCAL) but this may change to TalkGroup 530 (ZL) in the near future.

Westfest 2020

Nelson Branch 26 is again attempting to host “Westfest 2020” in Murchison over the Weekend of 19/20 September 2020. This will of course be subject to any COVID regulations that maybe in effect at the time. It will be held at the Murchison Bowling Club Rooms. Registration: 9.30 am Saturday 19 September 2020.

Saturday Morning sessions from: 10.30 am- 12.30 pm. Lunch: 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Afternoon sessions from: 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm with an afternoon tea break in there somewhere.Sunday commence at 9.00 am and finish up by 12.30 pm.

We are looking for presentations from anyone, with a theme of interest to our Hobby. Anything will be considered and from filling a time slot from 15 minute increments to 45 minutes. White Board, OHP and power point projector will be available to presenters.

Sales table for any pre-loved equipment will operate. $10 per head registration.
A raffle to help defray expenses will be held. Participants to organise their own accommodation and meals. Please help by conjuring up people to present a paper.

Hope to see you all in Murchison!

Contact information to register your presentation is as follows.
Stewart Robinson ZL2STR

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