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Last update 05/08/20


Welcome to the New Plymouth Amateur Radio Club, Branch 27 of NZART – (New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters).  We are a friendly bunch of people who have at least one thing in common – a love of radio.  Everything from communicating locally on VHF or UHF frequencies, or to the world on HF is covered.  Long talks with one person or competitions for the most contacts. Whether you prefer to use a microphone, computer, or the good old dots and dashes on the morse key, we do it all.
Our meetings start off with an interesting talk, an activity, or even something to build and take home.  Visitors welcome.
New members are always welcome, and we can arrange training and examinations to get you on the air.



***Temporary change of meeting venue.***

Due to scheduled construction work at TEMO from February 2020 until July 2020 or until further notice, all meetings will be held at 28 Young Street, New Plymouth.

**The work at TEMO was delayed due to COVID-19 so will continue to use TDIC for the remainder of 2020.**

Taranaki Disability Information Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth. Meeting Room is through door on right.




Next General Meetings.

Tuesday 18th August, 2020 at TDIC, 28 Young Street, NP. 7:30pm

Topic – Graeme ZL2APV will be speaking on the use of oscilloscopes.


Tuesday 15th September, 2020 at TDIC, 28 Young Street, NP. 7:30pm

Topic – Daniel ZL2DRV will give a report on the AGM.  Jonny ZL2JBK and Brett ZL2VZ will speak on SDR radio.


Tuesday 20th October, 2020 at TDIC, 28 Young Street, NP. 7:30pm

Topic – Chinese parts and their pitfalls.  Presented by  Greg ZL2BZH.

Past General Meetings | Upcoming General Meetings



If you have any interesting amateur radio related pictures, stories, QSL cards, etc. that could be included on this site, please email to  [email protected] 



Club Events.


Mini Ham CramSaturday 29th August

Prior to this event, members will have been working through the study material with the canditates.  The aim of the day is to pair the candidate with a knowledgeable person to work through topics that were found to be more difficult.  The exam will be provided in the afternoon.


Please let us know if you are working with a candidate, or if you are looking for someone to help you work through the study guide.


We ran a similar day last August which was quite successful.  The cost for the day  for candidates was $20 which included lunch.




Junk Sale – Saturday 26th September.

The Mangorei Memorial Hall on the corner of Kent Road and State Highway 3 will once again be the venue for this year’s event.  

Tables are available for $20 each.

Buyers will be admitted at 10:00, with light refreshments and BBQ food available before and during the event.

To book your table or for further information, contact [email protected]

(See the hall on Google Maps.)


Taranaki Award 2020 –  26th to  30th September

Time again for this popular award.  To earn the certificate, you must earn 25 points including the compulsory station ZL6RFA which is worth 5 points.  Official Taranaki club stations are 3 points and other Taranaki-based stations are worth 1 point each.


Past Club Events | Upcoming Club Events


Video Amateur Radio – A 21st Century Hobby.



Counties Awards Net.

This 80m net is held every night at 9:00pm on 3.677 MHz.  Often the net controller takes no check-ins.  They have been big supporters of our Taranaki Award, so how about supporting them back.  If you are able to get on, go for it.



NZART AGM 2020 – Saturday 5th September

As a result of the Government announcing the move of COVID-19 to Level 2 from Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 11:59 pm, the NZART AGM for 2020 has been confirmed as taking place in Wellington on Saturday 5 September 2020 commencing at 10:30 am.

The AGM will be run as a one day event in Wellington, there is to be no Conference associated with the AGM, therefore there will be no alternative programme, no forums, there is no organising committee.

NZART will organise and run the AGM. It has booked the Brentwood Hotel,16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington as the location.

The AREC AGM will be held after the NZART AGM at the same location.

It is suggested that if you are considering attending this event in Wellington that you start to consider your travel and accommodation options now. We realise that air travel will be an issue but ground transport should be available for those driving.

Also the AGM’s are free to attend, there is no cost to participate.



Access Radio recently interviewed the secretary of South Taranaki Branch 87, John Muldrock ZL2JCM.  You can listen to his interview here.



At the meeting on July 21st 2020, NZART President Mark Gooding was able to make a presentation that was originally planned for the National Conference, but because of  Covid-19 rescheduled to the AGM in September.  Since Mark was here, the Arthur (Jumbo) Godfrey Award was presented to Ngaire ZL2UJT.  The criteria for this award can be seen at https://www.nzart.org.nz/nzart/conference/awards/arthur-godfrey-award   Congratulations, Ngaire.  You have earned it.