Online reporting of major events
From time to time New Zealand is hit by major events such as cyclones and earthquakes. The AREC DMR network is also used for training events which include supporting safety at sporting activities. This page will provide a link to any current operations.
WUU-2K Marathon 2018
The Wellington urban 43km Trail Marathon/62km Ultra-Marathon/Team Relay Saturday 14 July.
AREC is again supported the event using VHF DMR on EE196. The Wellington AREC Tait VHF TP9300 radios and some Motorola DMR radios will be deployed again for this event.
WUU-2K Marathon website for more information.
Porirua Grand Traverse 2018
Various Wellington AREC Sections will again be working together with volunteers from LandSAR Wellington to support this multisport event on Sunday 8 April 2018. The DMR systems provided by the Wellington VHF Group on Colonial Knob and Wellington will be used, on this day all international traffic talkgroups will not be available on TS1 of the AREC ZL-TRBO system so that the use of the ZK talkgroup can continue uninterrupted. The ZL talkgroup will not be affected.
WUU-2K Marathon 2017
The Wellington urban 42km Trail Marathon/60km Ultra-Marathon/Team Relay event was held on the hills around Wellington, from Mt Kau Kau down to the south coast finishing at Mt Victoria, on Saturday July 15th 2017. AREC supported the event using VHF DMR on EE196 with along with ZK UHF DMR. The Wellington AREC Tait VHF TP9300 radio were deployed for this event and performed exceptionally well.
AREC holds a Forum for members at the NZART Conference each year where often new technologies and updates are discussed. (AREC DMR STSP Repeaters are often setup when the Conference is at locations that do not have a fixed DMR Repeater operating)
NZART Conference website for more information.
Otago Rally 2016
Dunedin area AREC Sections will be working together to support the 2016 Otago Rally on Saturday 9 April and Sunday 10 April. On these day all international traffic talkgroups will not be available on TS1 of the AREC ZL-TRBO system so that the use of the ZK talkgroup can continue uninterrupted. The VK/ZL and ZL talkgroup will not be affected.
Porirua Grand Traverse 2016
Various Wellington AREC Sections will be working together to support this multisport event on Sunday 3 April 2016. On this day all international traffic talkgroups will not be available on TS1 of the AREC ZL-TRBO system so that the use of the ZK talkgroup can continue uninterrupted. The VK/ZL and ZL talkgroup will not be affected.
VHF Radio Equipment and Channels
An introduction to LandSAR radios as well as Police and AREC SAR channels in New Zealand. Note that VHF ESB (Emergency Service B) band and EE band SAR channels are provided by the Police, Department of Conservation, and AREC. Written permission from Police/DoC/AREC is required for the use of these channels.
DMR and P25 Links
ZL-TRBO Control Centre cBridge page showing live DMR activity in New Zealand.
Motorola Amateur Radio Club (MARC) web site Many useful links. MARC was the original group that introduced amateur radio to DMR and continues to be responsible for user ID allocations (used in all DMR and most P25 amateur networks) as well as maintaining the top level bridges.
Simple Wireshark dissector for the protocol used by a popular P25 platform
A tool developed by John ZL4JY to support P25 networking in amateur radio, including Motorola and MMDVM interfacing.
See also Digital Mobile Radio NZ
Apply for a DMR user ID Alternatively contact John ZL4JY by email at the last two letters of his callsign immediately followed by @xtra.co.nz for ZL amateurs.
Amateur Radio Guide to DMR For more information on amateur radio use of DMR this handy guide is available free to download in PDF form.
AREC DMR Network Sites and Sponsors
These NZART branches host the repeaters that form the AREC DMR network and the support of these groups is greatly appreciated.
Waikato VHF Group Inc A great visual tour of Waikato amateur radio sites. The Waikato VHF Group host the AREC DMR network ZL-TRBO 439.7250 MHz machine in Hamilton.
Kapiti Amateur Radio Society Inc KARS host the AREC DMR network ZL-TRBO 439.7000 MHz machine on the Kapiti Coast.
Wellington VHF Group Inc The Wellington VHF Group host the AREC DMR network ZL-TRBO 439.7500 MHz machine at Porirua.
Otago Branch of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc Otago Branch host the AREC DMR network ZL-TRBO 439.7000 MHz machine in Dunedin.
North Otago Branch of the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc North Otago Branch host the AREC DMR network ZL-TRBO 439.2375 MHz machine in Oamaru.
Additional acknowledgments will be added shortly.