ZL4OO – Branch 61 NZART


NZART Branch 61: Central Otago

Email: zl4oo at nzart dot org dot nz

Postal:  c/- 308 Letts Gully Rd, RD3, Alexandra 9393


  • Chairman: Adam Rubie ZL4VI
  • Treasurer: Bill Smith ZL2BGX
  • Secretary: Terry Thomas ZL4TAE
  • AREC Group Leader Terry Thomas ZL4TAE
  • AREC Deputy GL (Southern Lakes) Russell Watson ZL4JW
  • AREC Deputy GL (Central Otago) Bill Smith ZL2BGX

Net info: 3600 kHz 2000 hrs, 2nd Thursday each month

Meetings:  Alexandra Fire Station Common Room 1930 hours, 4th Thursday each month (excluding June, July, December).

Branch 61 membership is spread across Otago. We meet infrequently but support COSAR for events and training.


Our AREC team fielded 4 Operators for the Regional SAREX on 13 Nov. This was based in the old Shelter in the Routeburn Valley. This was a highly successful event which saw 2 of our crew airlifted to deploy 2 Portable Repeaters (ESB 57, ESB 58) on Sugarloaf in quite snarky weather.  Many teams commented “best comms ever” and we received great feedback.

Jock White Field Day Feb 26, 27th.

Branch 61 plans to enter the National JWFD Contest from our secret noiseless site. Would anyone like to help out? CW operators especially welcome.