New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters

The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) is a non-profit organisation of amateur radio enthusiasts in New Zealand. It represents New Zealand amateur radio operators nationally and internationally. NZART is a founding member of the International Amateur Radio Union. It is an association of individual members, however those members are encouraged to form local branches.

New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters
NZART logo.png
Formation16 August 1926
TypeNon-profit organisation
PurposeAdvocacy, Education, Non-Profit
HeadquartersUpper Hutt
Region served
New Zealand
Mark Gooding ZL2UFI
Main organ
AffiliationsInternational Amateur Radio Union

Membership of NZART is voluntary; it is estimated that approximately 35% of New Zealand's licensed amateur radio operators belong.[citation needed] Members are represented by Councillors to the NZART Council, the executive body tasked with the business management of the association.


The NZART Council includes twelve executives. Three of these are the NZART President, vice-president, and Immediate Past President. Regional councillors are elected to represent different geographic regions of New Zealand: three from the Northern District, three from the Central District, two from the Midland District, and one from the Southern District. The number of Councillors in each district is roughly representative of the number of licensed amateurs that they are directly accountable to in their respective geographic areas.

The NZART Council works with an appointed NZART Business Manager. The Business Manager is employed by NZART (30 hrs per week), and in 2020 an Office Assistant was employed (20 hrs per week). Both are tasked with the day-to-day business operations of the association, including manning their office, and providing administrative duties to AREC, located in Upper Hutt, near Wellington.

Additional officers reporting directly to NZART Council include the National Director Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, The Engineering Licensing Group (ELG) and the Administration Liaison Officer (ALO), who is charged with liaison with the Radio Spectrum Management Group of the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Relations with the New Zealand GovernmentEdit

The NZART has performed an advocacy function, commenting on policy and planning initiatives proposed by the New Zealand government in the areas of radio licences,[1] spectrum allocations for broadband wireless,[2] and the future of digital communication.[3] The Association also contributed to the creation of EMF exposure standards in their role as member of the NZ RF Standard Committee.[4]

In 2006, the Ministry of Economic Development's Radio Spectrum Management division was assisted by NZART and the local Coastguard Boating Education Service in the creation of an update to the Spectrum Management and Registration Technology (SMART) which allowed people to search online for radio operator information including callsigns.[5] In 2008, it was noted that there were some discrepancies between the SMART system and the callsign book produced by NZART.[6]

Publications and servicesEdit

The official journal of the NZART is ''Break-In'',[7] a bi-monthly publication containing articles of interest to the amateur radio community. Also, an annual publication known as the Call Book provides an index of licensed amateurs in New Zealand by call sign, providing addresses for the purpose of contact acknowledgement (QSL), as well as much other information useful to the New Zealand radio enthusiast. Other publications include Ham Shacks, Brass Pounders and Rag Chewers, a history of amateur radio in New Zealand, published in 1997 with assistance from the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Historical Branch.

In 1980, NZART collaborated with author Jumbo Godfrey ZL1HV to produce a Basic radio training manual: a study course for the amateur radio operators.[8]

The Association provides some educational services, such as providing demonstrative lectures on electromagnetic wave theory.[9] Another service offered by the Association is to provide trained personnel and radio communications systems to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, a group which liaises with the New Zealand Police and Civil Defense services in emergency situations.[10]


The official journal of the NZART is ''Break-In'', and is published bimonthly. The publication is a requirement of the NZART Constitution [11] The term break-in refers to a system in CW whereby the transmitting station can hear the other station's signal during “key up” periods.

A total of six issues a year are produced, with the first January/February distributed within the first week of February, and so on.

The close off dates for articles/advertising are year-on-year:

10 January for January/February issue.
10 March for March/April issue.
20 April for May/June issue. (produced to coincide with the AGM over Queens Birthday Weekend)
10 July for July/August issue.
10 September for September/October issue.
10 November for November/December issue.

Each issue normally contains Technical and General articles of interest to amateur radio operators. Sometimes the articles are of a more general nature with some flavour of radio mixed into the article.

In addition, each issue contains a number of columns from various authors covering activities from AREC, Contests, Digitalmodes, DX, Satellites, SOTA, Youth Report and more.

As the official journal Break-In contains information about the association, important news and announcements, AGM news and Remits plus the Annual Accounts. As a magazine it has a wealth of information with many members having copies going back to the very first issue produced in January 1928.

Call BookEdit

Call Book is annual publication that provides an index of all licensed amateurs in New Zealand by call sign, providing addresses for the purpose of contact acknowledgement (QSL), as well as much other information useful to the New Zealand radio enthusiast, such as a series of Repeater/Beacon Maps for both VHF and UHF repeaters based around New Zealand. This eighty page stapled publication is included free with membership of NZART, bundled with the November–December issue of Break-In. Although produced as a paper publication, electronic versions have also been produced on CD-ROM, with the last version produced in this format in 2017. The membership decide each year at the AGM on the format to be produced.


Branches of NZART are generally radio clubs and related organisations, and are found across the country. The Branches facilitate the representation of individual members at a national level through the NZART National Conference. Most radio clubs are individually incorporated and operate on a day-to-day basis independently of the NZART.The number following the branch name is their NZART branch number.

Numerous branches experienced membership decline (possibly proportionate to a national decline), and have been reduced to a status of "recess" for several years.


The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters formed on 16 August 1926. In the same year, Gordon Smithson (Z1AF) made the first NZART broadcast. The first publication of Break-in, the NZART journal, was in 1928. In 1929 NZART became a more powerful organisation, joining the International Amateur Radio Union and successfully lobbying the New Zealand Government for a reduction in the compulsory licensing fees.

In 1934 the Association became an incorporated society and in 1982 their membership numbers reached a high of 4,397. The first NZART written submission to the New Zealand government was in 1989 and related to the proposed Radiocommunications Bill. In 1998 the Association established the Radioscience Education Trust.[12] NZART is registered as a charity in 2017.

Presidential TermsEdit

Forty five radio amateurs have led NZART as president.[13]

Name Call Sign Years Name Call Sign Years Name Call Sign Years
M S Gooding ZL2UFI 2019- J F Freeman ZL1VA 1958-1960 T R Clarkson ZL1FQ 1930
S J Watchman ZL2TW 2015-2019 H F Arnold ZL3HA 1955-1958 R J Orbell ZL1AX 1929
V N Henderson ZL1TGC 2012-2015 R H Hanley ZL2GU 1953-1955 R J Orbell OZ1AX 1928
D R Symon ZL2KH 2009-2012 W J Wainwright ZL3LI 1951-1953 E A Shrimpton Z2XA 1926-1927
W L B Douglas ZL2WP 2005-2009 C T Berry ZL2BY 1950-1951
A P Norden ZL2SJ 2001-2005 J F Freeman ZL2AFB 1949-1950
A J Wallace ZL1AMW 1997-2001 C G Liddell ZL2BI 1947-1949
J A Meachen ZL2BHF 1992-1997 E B Lough ZL2OG 1945-1946
T C King ZL2AKW 1991-1992 C G Liddell ZL2BI 1943-1944
T D Carrell ZL3QL 1985-1991 W Fouhy ZL2LB 1941-1942
D J MacKay ZL3RW 1983-1985 B E Jackson ZL2FJ 1940
A G Godfrey ZL1HV 1977-1983 F W Sellens ZL2MY 1939
W D Gorman MBE ZL2IY 1974-1977 L G Petrie ZL2OV 1938
J F C Johnson ZL2AMJ 1973-1974 R B Dodds ZL4FK 1937
D E Cleland ZL1IY 1972-1973 W M Hall ZL2BH 1936
D A Lloyd ZL4PG 1970-1972 C N Edwards ZL1AA 1935
W R Hamer ZL2CD 1969-1970 W G Collett ZL4BP 1934
H Burton ZL2APC 1966-1969 N W Laugesen ZL3AS 1933
C G Liddell ZL3ND 1964-1966 D Wilkinson ZL2AB 1932
R T Woodfield ZL2VN 1962-1964 H P V Brown ZL3CG 1931
G McB Salt ZL1CK 1960-1962

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Radio Licenses – Security of Tenure New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc, 13 March 2007
  2. ^ Spectrum Allocations for Broadband Wireless Access Discussion Paper New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters, 4 August 2006
  3. ^ Digital Futures Discussion Document New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters, 30 September 2009
  4. ^ EMF Exposure Standards in New Zealand Martin Gledhill, p 2
  5. ^ Certificate and callsign holders now searchable in SMART Ministry of Economic Development, Radio Spectrum Management, 5 December 2006
  6. ^ Discrepancies between RSM SMART online Register of Radio Frequencies and NZART Callbook Ministry of Economic Development, Radio Spectrum Management, 31 October 2008
  7. ^ Break-In at the National Library
  8. ^ Basic radio training manual: a study course for the amateur radio operators Jumbo Godfrey, New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters, 1980
  9. ^ University of Canterbury Physics and Astronomy Weekly Newsletter Volume 24, Number 20, 1 June 2007
  10. ^ "Amateur Radio". New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ NZART Constitution updated June 2018 Dunedin
  12. ^ New Zealand Amateur Radio Milestones New Zealand Vintage Radio Society (Inc.) July 2004
  13. ^ NZART web sites

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