Radio Frequency in NZ, February 2017

12 Days left to nominate!

If you're planning on nominating an individual for the 2017 Industry Excellence Awards then you better move quickly! Nominations close in 12 days.

Under the new system, every nomination will be acknowledged on the night & the winner will be presented with a trophy & $500! You have nothing to loose, so nominate today. Click here to nominate online now. 

The night will commence at 6.30pm with pre-dinner drinks sponsored by TeamTalk held in Sign of the Nations. The Chatter PTT Gala Dinner will take place in Te Marae at 7.15pm-11.30pm. This year we have Mark Sainsbury as our MC & Entertainer which is proudly sponsored by Go Wireless. 

 

20th Anniversary of RFUANZ AGM
History of RFUANZ

The first General Meeting of the NZ Federation of Radio Telephone Users Inc was held in Rotorua on the 13th April 1991. This was to be the first meeting as an incorporated body, which had great significance for members in dealing with the then Ministry of Commerce.

Annual subscriptions were fixed at $200 for those Associations operating 2 or less Channels and $500 operating in excess of this. Membership at this time was approximately 14 Associations.

The Radio Frequency Users Association of NZ was formed in 1997 as a result of incorporating Private Two Way Radio network suppliers and traditional Radio Telephone User Associations.

The aims of RFUANZ was to protect promote and preserve the rights of organisations and individuals who require access to radio spectrum. This still remains the objective of RFUANZ today and resulted in a significant reduction in radio spectrum fees and representation at government level as one voice.

The first Annual General Meeting of RFUANZ was held in Wellington on the 7 June 1998. Chairman Brian Hansen confirmed the need of such a vehicle to represent the many independent users of the spectrum in a rapidly changing deregulated environment. RFUANZ Secretary Dave Pringle, recorded the actions of the new organisation impacted greatly on growing membership (at this time 90 member organisations), submissions to the Select Committee on the Radio Communications Bill and it’s successful application to be represented on the MSUAG Committee (Radiocommunication Co-location Working Party)

Moving forward 20 years, the work of those early committee members remains as much to the forefront of RFUANZ as it did then. Special thanks to those early members, Chairman Brian Hansen, Secretary Dave Pringle, Malcolm Langley, Graeme Osborne and Lloyd Wensley for paving the way and making RFUANZ what it is today.

RFUANZ membership now includes 6 different fee categories, there is ample opportunity for anyone who has an interest in Spectrum to belong. Membership although slow in growth now stands at 114 individuals and organisations.

I encourage you all to come along to our 20th annual general meeting at Te Papa on the 11th April this year. Have your say, tell us how we can support your organisation and consider being nominated to the
RFUANZ committee.

-Corey Weir, RFUANZ Chairman

 

RFUANZ Membership Year

Recently two new organisations were approved membership to RFUANZ. This raised a small error in our annual membership invoices. Please be assured that all those who paid last year, remain members until 30 June this year, not 31 March as stated on the membership invoice. The RFUANZ membership year runs from 1 July – 30 June.
-Debby Morgan, RFUANZ Secretary/Treasurer

 

Training
At last year’s conference in Wellington, a number of companies placed their business cards in a jar to be contacted when registration for the Training Programme was introduced. We currently have 10 registrations, however, we need two more to make the programme viable.

Those people who left cards will be contacted, if you do not hear from us, please register online as soon as possible. Click here to register.

-Laurie Colvin

 

West Coast Goes Digital!
Hokitika has moved into current practices with DMR services now available across the West Coast. A newly formed company has closed the gaps experienced by users of digital communications in remote rural isolated areas of the West Coast.  Their strategy is to work closely with communications users and solve problems by establishing a reliable repeater network Coast wide.  As a solutions providers, they aim to keep customers informed regarding their hardware options.