Radio enthusiasts run through paces at Waikanae

It was all Quebec Romeo rubber ducks, local oscillators and double poles as operators tested their readiness on Sunday.

It was all Quebec Romeo rubber ducks, local oscillators and double poles as operators tested their readiness on Sunday.

ANNUAL HAM RADIO DAY: Phill Dodds (ZL4XYZ) and Hamish Dobson (ZL2HC) operating as ZL2AA at the Jock White Field Day 2016, an annual national skills test for the Gisborne branch of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters. Picture supplied

A FIELD radio station was set up under the trees at Waikanae on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The day's aim was to test organisational and radio operation, and to help to form an effective team of radio operators.

The field day is named in honour of the late Gisborne man Jock White, who operated under the call sign ZL2GX. Radio enthusiasts in many countries have provided domestic and international emergency communications when all other systems have failed.

Phill Dodds, on ZL4XYZ, said Gisborne was a very sought-after station because of its relative isolation and because there were no other field stations operating in the East Cape area.

“We have identified a few minor improvements to make for next year. We made contact with 201 other Jock White Field Day stations, which was 25 better than last year,” he said.

Gisborne ham radio operators remain a vital community service after 87 years in operation.

A FIELD radio station was set up under the trees at Waikanae on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The day's aim was to test organisational and radio operation, and to help to form an effective team of radio operators.

The field day is named in honour of the late Gisborne man Jock White, who operated under the call sign ZL2GX. Radio enthusiasts in many countries have provided domestic and international emergency communications when all other systems have failed.

Phill Dodds, on ZL4XYZ, said Gisborne was a very sought-after station because of its relative isolation and because there were no other field stations operating in the East Cape area.

“We have identified a few minor improvements to make for next year. We made contact with 201 other Jock White Field Day stations, which was 25 better than last year,” he said.

Gisborne ham radio operators remain a vital community service after 87 years in operation.

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