HomeBrew/Projects

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Recently at the clubrooms, we discussed doing a “Construction Day” each month, to try get members back into the swing of designing and making neat things. Items of discussion ranged from from Antennas (for the fox hunt coming up), to Electronic Kits, to HomeBrew items of interest.
As such, we have added a new section under the members section that will have pdf/doc files that members can download. If you come across anything that may be of interest to members, please email the details to Nate ZL2NAT for them to be uploaded on the website. – Happy Building!


Website Migrated

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A few months ago, the server that hosted the ZL2KB website in the USA reached operating capacity. As a result of this, the website response time slowed significantly and the website often timed out. There was also no room for new content to be uploaded.

The cost involved to “upgrade” the server was not proportional to the use the website gets , so a decision was made to move the ZL2KB website to a locally hosted server that has already been setup for hosting the ZL2KB Digital Dashboards and the XLX751 reflector.

As such, the migration took place earlier this week and was done with only a few minor issues (now resolved). Content that was intended for upload on the old server will be published as soon as possible. A special thanks goes to Hayden ZL2WD (Branch 20) for his support in setting up the server and helping with the migration.


XLX750 – Multi Mode Digital Reflector

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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 reflectors used in NZ were XLX626 and XLX750. However recently some changes were made to the 626 reflector and it seems to no longer transcode. As such, a decision has been made to change the ZL2KB DSTAR and DMR BrandMeister connections over to XLX750 and the service is working flawlessly.
More information about XLX750 will be posted in a seperate link shortly, along with some more information on the different digital modes to help members get on the air!
Special thanks to ZL1OZ  for hosting the XLX750 server, and for the hard work and dedication to making XLX750 a great service for amateurs around the world to use.


DSTAR – Online

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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 the DSTAR Connections and QSOs than the old one.
We did hit one technical glitch with the old Motorola Gateway radio and as such, things are being temporarily controlled using a Yaesu radio. Once the Motorola has been sorted things will back, but there will be no disruption. Thanks again for your patients.


DSTAR – Offline/Upgrade

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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 the gateway to an MMDVM board and to discontinue using the out of date DVRPTR v1. This will allow a new Dashboard, and allow new radio’s such as the Icom ID4100 to be used on our DSTAR repeater which are currently not compatible on the older technology.
There is some testing that needs to be done to “tune” the MMDVM board but we hope to have things back on the air as soon as possible. Thanks all for your patience.


Clubroom Makeover – Part 3

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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 been lucky enough to have acquired some comfy new padded chairs – a much needed upgrade from the old plastic ones.
Next stages will include:  New curtains in the Main Clubroom, painting the Comms Room and Workshop, and replacement of the old carpet.


Clubrooms Makeover – Part 2

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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 again thank members for their patience.