Amateur Radio Exam Weekend Block Course will be presented at the North
Shore from time to time during the year.
Please contact Vaughan ZL1VH for more
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Information On How To Become A Licensed Amateur Radio Operator *
Back in the old days when radios were made of wood we all had to
sit a written exam consisting of practical radio theory, regulation and
a morse test. This requirement still exists however the morse test is
no longer required. Gone also are the days when one had to be able to
draw out basic circuits from memory. Today sitting the Amateur exam is
much simpler. The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters has
compiled a study guide and sample test papers. Once you have passed
your Amateur Operators Certificate you can apply for a call sign and
can start transmitting on certain radio bands. You must keep a log of
your first fifty contacts after which you may have the full privileges
we all enjoy.
* The New Zealand Amateur Radio Study Guide *
The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters is able to offer
prospective radio amateurs an online study guide and sample test papers.
The New Zealand Amateur Radio Study Guide can be found on the NZART Web
Site at www.nzart.org.nz
* The Auckland VHF Group Mentor Program *
Many radio clubs within New Zealand are able to provide mentors or
as it is known an Elmer. Auckland VHF Group members are able to assist
you on your way to becoming an amateur radio operator in many ways. The
first step is for you to become a club member. Once you have expressed
an interest, you will find friendly helpful radio amateurs willing to
give freely of their time and resources. It takes time and commitment
to pass the exam. Some fail first time around. As with all hobbies
there is a setup cost. By joining your local radio club members are
able to assist, encourage and support you. Often club members have
spare equipment to either loan or sell.
The mentor progam has, as its main goal, the desire to educate new
radio operators in best operating practices.
The Amateur's Code
The Radio Amateur is
CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen
the pleasure of others.
LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs,
local clubs, and the The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters,
through which Amateur Radio in New Zealand is represented nationally
PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and
efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice
and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and
consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of
the amateur spirit.
BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to
family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and
--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in