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Franklin Amateur Radio Club

Pukekohe, New Zealand

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About ham radio

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, describes the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication.
Ham radio enthusiasts primarily communicate by radio transmission, talking or morse-coding with other amateurs. When radio propagation conditions are good (depending on sunspot cycles), it is possible for hams in New Zealand to QSO (make contact) with hams anywhere on the planet.
Amateur operators also maintain close and regular local links with each other through the use of repeater transmitters. Since many of these repeaters are linked by Internet through the use of Internet Radio Link Project (IRLP), D-Star, DMR, or several other digital modes, it is possible to talk with ham operators all the over the world regardless of radio propagation conditions.


Next meeting:
Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month.


President: Gary Langdon ZL1WGL
Vice President: Peter Henderson ZL1PJH
Secretary: Tom McDonald ZL1TO Ph. 09 238 8580.
25 John St, Pukekohe 2120
E-mail [email protected]
Committee: Ted Doell ZL1BQA, Durlene Griffin ZL1ULK, Mike Jane ZL1UOM, Mike Lee ZL1MFL
Club examiners: Ian Sexton ZL1PZ and Tom McDonald ZL1TO.
Website: Peter Henderson ZL1PJH


Clubroom Meetings: Committee meetings: first Tuesday of each month
General meetings: third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Our clubrooms, 19 Stadium Drive
Net meetings: All members and visitors are welcome to the 690 net Monday to Saturday mornings at 8.30. Repeater frequency: 146.900 MHz. We also hold nets each Sunday at 9.00 AM (3.700 MHz) and 9.30 AM (146.900 MHz). You are very welcome to transmit your call-sign during any of these net meetings.