The Quartz Hill User Group Committee is pleased to announce that an application for funds from the Quake Contesters Group (ZL3X) based in Christchurch, New Zealand has been approved as of 30 July 2014.
We wish the group every success in their Vanuatu DXpedition (Efate Island, OC-035) using callsign YJ0X in October 2014.
The Quartz Hill User Group has been searching for some time for a suitable location for re-establishing an HF DX and Contesting site in the bottom half of the North Island of New Zealand. A key consideration has been site area.
This paper by the Convenor of QHUG provides a reconsideration of the site area requirement and the kinds of antennas for the low HF bands that should be considered.
At a meeting of the QHUG Committee on 30 July 2014 the key ideas in this paper were accepted. A review of our site requirements document is under way, and all previously identified sites will be reassessed, and revisited as needed to see if any sites meet our revised requirements.
The paper can be downloaded here.
Apply for funding for your group! Get that HF DX or HF Contest activity going!
Over the last few years the QHUG Committee has explored a range of potential sites for a new HF DX Contest station. At the beginning of 2011, we were hopeful that a site at Pukerua Bay would prove suitable, but wind shear and limited area for HF antennas on top of the hill meant that we concluded the site is not for us. After five years, the Committee somewhat reluctantly decided to recommend to the club that we dispose of our remaining assets. Our two containers and various masts stored at Titahi Bay have now been sold or passed on to others to use.
QHUG will still have a future, but a very different future from that when we were the ‘first station in the Southern Hemisphere to be heard’. With a bank balance in excess of NZ$30,000, the committee recommended to WARC, Inc that we look to allocate grants to groups undertaking HF or DX related activities. Rather than incurring additional costs associated with creating a Trust, QHUG will remain a committee of WARC, Inc. The Committee realises that a much wider group of supporters exists, and having a fund that encourages DX and contest activity will meet their needs as well.
Applications can be made online at the ZL6QH.com website, where all application details and forms can be found.
Thanks to Ralph ZL2AOH for his long standing services as QSL Manager (and some cards are still appearing through the bureau) and other members of the Quartz Hill Management Committee (ZL2AOH, ZL2AMI, ZL2AOV, ZL2ACG, ZL2BD, and ZL2UDF) for their advice and practical contributions.