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Market Day 2024

Branch 53 of NZART


22nd Market Day


Saturday March 30th, 2024   

Paengaroa Community Hall.

4 Old Coach Road, Paengaroa.

(GPS Coordinates: 37.49S   176.24E)


Venue opens for Vendors from 07.00am.                                                               

Sale time 09:30am.

Door Charge $2.00 per person includes Mystery Raffle.


Table Costs

Pre-Sale 1.8 Table $20.00, On the Day $25.00                                                            

Pre-Sale ˝ Table $12.00, On the Day $15.00.


For further information & Table Booking’s,

Contact Syd Rowe ZL1LWR

Phone (07) 533 1029, Mobile: 0272488664

Email sydrowe@xtra.co.nz



Hot Breakfast Etc. Available from 07.30am to 11.00am


The Opening of the Branch 53, Te Puke Amateur Radio Club’s new club rooms


There seems to be no record as to when the Te Puke Amateur Radio Club was formed, however we do have on record that a meeting was held at the Te Puke District High School to form a Branch of NZART On the Thursday 9th June 1955 at 1930hrs, hence Branch 53 of NZART was born.

Monthly meetings were held at the Te Puke District High School from 9th June 1955 to June 1957. From July 1957 until October 1976 the monthly meetings were held at the President’s residence ZL1IB Eric Brown, during this time it was decided to look for land and a suitable building for club rooms.


On the 21st August 1976, the club tendered for and won their tendered price of a $125.00 for a prefab classroom from the Otumoetai School. This was then shifted to the then Palm Park now Te Puke Holiday Park and services connected. The first meeting in the new club rooms was on the 14th November 1976. The club received the call sign ZL1TH in December 1977, and in 1995 the Club call sign was changed from ZL1TH to ZL1IB in memory of Eric Brown one of the foundation members of the club. In 2018 after 42 years, the Western BOP District Council informed us that our Land Licence would not be renewed, and we had until the 31st March 2019 to vacate the land. At our September 2018 meeting a vote was taken, and members agreed to move out to the Paengaroa Community Hall. Our last meeting at these club rooms was held on 9th February 2019. On the 9th March 2019 we held our first Business Meeting in our new club rooms where 13 Members attended, Club Membership is around the 26 mark.


Between September 2018 and September 2020 time was spent renovating the new club rooms at the rear of the Paengaroa Community Hall with the builders building 2 Radio Shacks, ZL4SH Shanon doing all the electrical wiring etc; ZL1TAP Andrew did all the gib stopping and painting of the two Shacks with help from ZL1LET Chris, ZL1PLG Paul, ZL1LDP Lance and ZL1LWR Syd painted the interior of the meeting room. ZL1LDP Lance engineered the tower for the HF Antenna and the Satellite Mast for the tracking Antenna’s. McLeod Cranes came along and lifted the HF Tower on to the roof of the Hall and came back a couple of weeks later to lift the 20M,17M,15M,12M,10M and 40M E Antenna DY-Mini6B up onto the tower. ZL1BVA John and ZL1TAP assembled the UHF/VHF Satellite Antennas and attached the assembly to the Satellite Mast. There are 2 Shacks in the new club rooms, Shack 1 has been setup with various Transceivers namely Kenwood 2000, Kenwood 590s, Icom 2820H for UHV/VHF D-Star, Shack 2 Icom IC-9700 UHF/VHF for Satellite Communications and a APRS set-up. We will also be putting up an end feed MFJ Long Wire which will work 80M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M & 10M when time and energy permit.


On Saturday 21st November 2020, the 65th year of the club, we held the official opening day of our new club rooms where 31 invited guests attended. The cutting of the co-ax was done by the CEO of The One Foundation Mr. Kerry Bird who also gave a speech on behalf of  The One Foundation which has helped us tremendously in getting us to where we are today. Speeches were also made by our President ZL1KFT Kevin, Western Bay of Plenty District Deputy Mayor John Scrimgeour, Chairman Paengaroa Community Hall Ian Macdermott and NZART Vice President ZL2AJ Warren Harris. After the speeches guests filed into the club rooms for a look at what we have to offer then back upstairs to the Hall Supper Room for the cutting of the cake by ZL1BTP Laureen our oldest Life Member and our President ZL1KFT Kevin, cake was made by ZL1LWR Syd and iced by Lynn Lethbridge XYL of ZL1LET Chris.


Afternoon tea followed the cake cutting which was enjoyed by all and a remarkably successful day as far as the club was concerned. We look forward to at the very least another 40 years.


ZL1LWR Syd Rowe


Branch 53

Photos from the day

Awaiting the cutting of the co-ax

Cutting the co-ax by Mr. Kerry Bird of The One Foundation with Kevin and Syd

Sign in with Chris ZL1LET

Plenty of stories being told

Cutting of the cake by ZL1BTP Laureen our oldest Life Member and our President ZL1KFT Kevin

Lance - ZL1LDPs Labour Weekend /MM to Mercury Islands

The weekend started on Friday at 4.30am with water and diesel, then off we go, heading north for Mercury island.  Very light winds so we motored all the way! 

Saturday brought lots of diving and found scallops and fish for tea.  Here’s some photos(below) for the guys I worked on ZL1IB NET on Sunday form Great Mercury island with my crew, my 16 year old daughter Ivy-rose and my good sailing mates.  Then stopped at Mayor Island Monday night and worked 80m again! 

Great trip and thank you to the guys who worked the net with me from the Mercury Islands


                 Pictures from Lance's (ZL1LDP) Maritime Mobile trip

Congratulations to Chris  (June 2020)

Just passed his Radio Amateurs Examination and is now licensed as ZL1LET

The Old Club Rooms Te Puke



Ray ZL1RAB with coffee???

Te Puke radio Club was again asked to participate by assisting the Rotorua Branch with communications for the Rotorua Marathon. ZL1RAB Ray was there on duty on a cold wet morning, but he looks nice and warm with that cup of coffee???? Or was it something stronger??? Hi Hi.


High as a kite but Shanon gets the job done

One of the many tasks in order to get our new club rooms online.



Next A.G.M 13th March 2021 Commencing 13:30hrs at the clubrooms

Club Officers for 2019/2020

President ZL1KFT Kevin Tognazzo
Vice President ZL1MOF Andrew Moffatt
Secretary/Treasurer ZL1LWR Syd Rowe
Technical Officer ZL1TAJ Neill Ellis
Repeater Trustee (1) ZL1TAJ Neill Ellis
Repeater Trustee (2) ZL1MOF Andrew Moffatt
D-Star Repeater Trustee (1)
ZL1BVA John Cullen
D-Star Repeater Trustee (2) ZL1TAP Andrew Race
ZL1IB Trustee ZL1TAP Andrew Race
Club Contact Person ZL1LWR Syd Rowe

Email: sydrowe@xtra.co.nz

Phone: (07) 533 1029



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