At Moeraki, we discussed the future of the League and of the hobby.
It was unanimously agreed that the NZRDXL is here to stay.
The general decline in opportunities for traditional SWL/SW DXing has
continued since a similar discussion at Mangawhai in 2013. The
major contributing factor is the disappearance of more and more
international broadcasters from shortwave. Whilst this decline creates
opportunities to hear rarer domestic DX usually buried by the
international set, there has been a similar decline in the number of
domestic SW broadcasters too. In Europe even the MW band is emptying out
with stations moving to DAB broadcasting in the VHF range whilst in
some parts of the world FM has been slated to go as well.
CONVENTION 2016 REPORT
Another highly successful gathering is over and the consensus of those attending is that the DX League is in good heart, the ‘NZ DX Times’ continues to be valued by members, and there is still some great DX to be heard. BILL MARSH, attending his first club event after an absence of 40 years, said it was as if he’d never been away from the club – the same great connections and comradeship to be had. Members from Australia. North Auckland, Hamilton, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Blenheim, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin and Southland attended, an estimated 12% of current club membership, along with 6 wives who joined in proceedings and were rewarded with French Cookbooks donated by RFI. The convention was held from 18 to 21 March at Moeraki, a small fishing village 70km north of Dunedin and the main listening and dining venue was an outstanding clifftop home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather was exceptional – fine, warm and calm over the 4 days.
Pencil in the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 2016 for a convention at the picturesque sea-side village of Moeraki, North Otago. Moeraki is 25 minutes South of Oamaru, 50 minutes North of Dunedin and boasts a tavern and the world renowned “Fleur’s Place” restaurant right on the harbour. There is a service station, cafe, motel, motor camp, tavern and supermarket at nearby Hampden (5 minutes North).
The settlement of Moeraki, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Announcing The: Moeraki 2016 Convention
Pencil in the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 2016 for a convention at the picturesque sea-side village of Moeraki, North Otago. Moeraki is 25 minutes South of Oamaru, 45 minutes North of Dunedin and boasts a tavern and the world renowned restaurant, “Fleur’s Place” right on the harbour. There is a service station, cafe, motel, motor camp, tavern and supermarket at nearby Hampden (5 minutes North).
Moeraki Boulders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thanks to Dawn Chambers, there are some excellent photos online taken at the NZRDXL’s 1976 Convention, held at Tatum Park near Otaki.
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