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Thanks for your interest in our amateur radio club! Here you will find details about our Branch, its proud history, and how to join as a member.
Introducing NZART Otago Branch 30
We are officially known as: “The Otago Branch of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc.” and were formed on the 9th August 1928 by Otago amateurs.
We are a “Branch” of the parent body “The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc.” which was formed in Auckland on 16th August 1926.
Our Branch 30 call sign is ZL4AA and you will often hear this during contesting events or if you join one of our weekly VHF club nets on a Sunday night.
We extend to you a warm welcome to attend our meetings and join our branch.
Visitors are always welcome! Call in and see us Wednesday evenings between 7.30pm and 10.00pm. We meet weekly throughout the year except Christmas to mid-January.
Executive & Officers
Presenting our committee & club officers for 2022/23.
If you are interested in getting your amateur licence or are already a licensed amateur radio operator, we would welcome your membership application.
Our annual fees are very low:
- Full Membership – $30.00
- Family Membership – $35.00
- Junior / Associate Membership – $11.00
- Please specify “SUBS” and your callsign (ZL4…) as the reference for sub payments
- Account Name: Otago Branch NZART Inc
- Account Number: 03-0903-0380358-00
As we are a Branch of our Parent body, we ask that all Members of our club be Members of NZART Inc. This is a constitutional requirement for our Executive Officers and Committee. You can find out more by visiting the NZART website.
Please complete our membership application form and send it to us.
Note: membership is subject to acceptance and will be considered at our next Committee meeting.
Getting your Amateur Radio licence
It has never been easier to get your amateur licence than it is today. For starters the once mandatory requirement to learn Morse code has been abolished.
Secondly the entire test is multi-choice and you can download all the questions, exam sheets and study guides to prepare well in advance of your exam from the NZART examinations page.
We run “Ham Cram” training weekends at intervals through the year culminating in the Amateur Exam. We have an excellent pass rate. If you would like to join the fraternity of Amateur Radio Operators get in touch and sign up for our next training weekend. This is a full on weekend and some prior study on your part is recommended.
The exam has 60 multi choice questions and you only have to get 40 questions correct to pass. There are members at the Branch who are happy to help you prepare for your exam so you are certainly not alone as you work towards your goal of getting your license.
Want to know more?
If you just want to find out more about us, why not just turn up at one of our meetings on a Wednesday night and make yourself known to one of the group – we welcome visits to our club anytime. If you have any questions feel free to contact us anytime and we’ll do our best to answer them as soon as possible.
If you are planning a visit or want to know more our contact page has more information.