There will be an open day at Quartz Hill for supporters, all radio amateurs, SWLs, their families and friends, on Sunday 4 February 2007 - from 11:00 am onwards. You will be able to view the Quartz Hill facilities. This may be your last chance to see this fabulous facility in its current form as it is likely that we will have to dismantle antenna infrastructure over the coming year (to make way for the wind farm project).

The gate on the access road will be open for entry between 11:00 am and noon. Please make sure that you arrive during this period - otherwise you may be shut out. We recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes to drive from Wellington city to the gate.

This is how you get to the site from the Karori end: Follow Makara Rd until you reach the intersection with the Takarau Gorge Rd. At this intersection turn left towards Makara Beach, and then turn left into Opau Rd. Drive up Opau Rd until you reach another intersection and the village area. At this intersection keep to the left and drive straight through the village until you reach the gate just past the village. Someone will be at the gate to meet you. After the gate there is a 2-3 km drive to the end of the road and the Quartz Hill station building. You will pass through several gates; please leave them exactly as you find them.

* Belmont 710 will be monitored in case you get lost or have any queries.
* Tea and coffee will be provided.
* Bring your own food and eating utensils - a barbecue will be in operation.
* Be prepared for weather changes, with a warm change of clothing and sun protection.

Members of the Quartz Hill committee will be on hand to show you around the building and take you on a tour of the antenna farm. We will have HF equipment set up for visitors to experience operating on the large antennas. You may even like to bring your own equipment or anything special that you would like to demonstrate.

Finally here are some rules for your own safety and the smooth running of the farm:
* Keep to the paddocks that have antenna poles in them - all other paddocks are out of bounds
* Do not climb over the fences - use the gates and stiles at all times
* Remember to close the gates behind you
* Do not disturb any stock
* No dogs or firearms
* No smoking anywhere on site

If you would like assistance with transport, then please contact Bob Stewart ZL2AMI, 0-4-475-8448

Posted by ZL2AOH on February 04, 2007