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PRESIDENT DN 938 Denice Pickwell Dunedin Otago CBRC
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VICE_PRESIDENT NU 466 Trevor Taylor New Plymouth Taranaki CBRC
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SEC/TREASURER DN 120 Arthur Driver Dunedin Otago CBRC
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COUNCIL AK 18 Noeline Mahoney Auckland Western Districts CBRC
(Up to 4 Required) RO 1729 Flo Rowan Kawerau Kawerau CBRC
AK 9647 Robert Peterson Auckland North Shore CBRC



DN 938 Denice Pickwell, Dunedin, married, 24 years on CB, Attended the last 17 CBRANZ conferences. CBRANZ Life Member 18 years. Served on Council as, Councillor 4 years, Vice President 6 years, President for the last 3 years. CBRANZ Call Book Co-Editor for 17 years. Have been Otago CB Radio Club delegate 5 times. Restanding for a further term as President. Goals: To see that the members wishes are carried out, that Council does its upmost to fulfill our Objects as outlined in our Constitution. Keep an open relationship with the Spectrum Management Group so CBRANZ has access to the necessary personal when circumstances require discussions between us for the benefit of CRS operators. Carry out any instructions that the members may present at the AGM, as quickly as possible to a successful conclusion. Obtain the opinions of the majority of Cbers and endeavour to carry out those wishes if possible. To keep the Web Site improving so as to encourage operators to check it for correct material. Endeavour to obtain improvements to CRS where possible. Keep members informed on matters as they come to hand. Prepared to devote whatever time is required to CBRANZ work.

Secretary’s Report: It has been an advantage having the President residing in the same town as it allows face to face contact rather than relying on just phone calls. This makes for easier discussions and decisions etc.

NU 446 Trevor Taylor, New Plymouth, Married, 15 years active on CB. CBRANZ Annual Member 8 years, Councillor 5 years, Vice President the last 3 years. Delegate Taranaki CB Radio Club 6 times. Have held almost all positions on the Taranaki club committee. Goals. To do my upmost to keep the CRS Bands for CRS use and to help carry out all AGM instructions. Endeavour to foster goodwill on the CRS bands and to keep a harmonious relationship between users and the Controlling Authority. I will devote as many hours as required to carry out CBRANZ Business. Restanding for Vice President.

Secretary’s Report. Has been a great help in the New Plymouth area, also passes on any relevant information as soon as he has received it as this has allowed CBRANZ to take appropriate action or have discussions with RFS while any considered changes were still in the discussion or planning stages. . This has often been to the benefit of CRS operators .

DN 120 Arthur Driver, Dunedin, 23 years on CB, Attended 16 CBRANZ AGMs, CBRANZ Life member 18 years, CBRANZ Secretary/Treasurer since 1984 and as such have done all submissions required since then, to obtain improvements to the CRS. Restanding for a further term. Call Book Co-editor 17 years. Attended all meetings since the 1984 AGM. Been involved in all negotiations with the Controlling Authority since 1984. CBRANZ Newsletter Editor from 1984 keeping members up to speed with any changes etc occurring over the years. Have always found the necessary time required to carry out my duties as Secretary, co-editor responsibilities for the Call Book, attending to requests of each AGM from members and other operators as well as holding discussions etc with the Controlling Authority when required. Have had a very successful relationship with the Controlling Authority for many years, this resulting in being on a first name basis with those in charge of the various sections and areas that CBRANZ is required to negotiate with. Otago CB Radio Club delegate 4 times. Goals: To continue to liaise as much as possible with the Controlling Authority and do my upmost to keep the cordial relationship ongoing. To supply all required information for our web site so we may be able to educate operators, resulting in more responsible operation.

RO 1729 Flo Rowan, Married, On CB 28 years, CBRANZ Councillor 3 years - re-standing for a further term. Secretary/Treasurer of the Kawerau CB club for past 8 years also secretary for the Kawerau Citizen patrol group.

Goals:: Assist Council to continue dealing with Parliament and RFS. To assist in getting RIs more legal power

and see that they carry out those duties, especially regarding illegal apparatus. Promote CBRANZ where possible, promote better communications and airwaves for all.

Work done: Answered all queries from non-affiliated operators, particularly those regarding the Web site. PROFILES cont. RO 1729

Since the Association has had the web site operating operators using ch 15 in this area have cleaned up their act. Kept digging for information to add to the history of NZ CB Clubs . Very slow going. Have attended all Council meetings.

Time to devote to CBRANZ work: 15 hours a week

Secretary’s report: Replies promptly to all RRs (meetings). Has been doing the history of CB, and CBRANZ. This very slow due to the lack of material coming to hand. An ongoing job. Am pleased with her efforts over the year.

AK 9647 Robert Peterson. Married, CBRANZ Annual Member, 9 years on CB, 2 year as CBRANZ Councillor. North Shore member 6 years, present club Chair person. Nomination form Questions; 1. To continue to monitor and support improvements to CB and PRS services and equipment. To endeavour to educate the general public in the correct procedures in the use of radiocommunications in general.

2. To support CBRANZ in the promotion and use of CB and PRS radio throughout New Zealand. 3. To personally try to educate operators in the correct procedures and tp promote the use of CB and PRS in all avenues of use.

Part 2. I have endeavoured to support CBRANZ in all facets of its operations. I have supported and promoted CBRANZ to all interested parties at a local level and have been available to all to assist in any way I could.

Hours per month for CBRANZ work; As necessary

Secretary Report: Been a good asset to Council. Replied to all RRs promptly. Has good ideas and comments.

AK 18 Noeline Mahoney. Married, Served on CBRANZ Councillor 4 times since as Councillor 1992 to 1995 and again from 1998 to 2000, Life member 12 years, 22 years on CRS, Member Eastern Districts CBR Club for 11 years, have been Delegate for Western Districts , Eastern Districts, South Auckland, and Hobbies CB Clubs. Standing for Councillor.

Question 1 of nominee form, Aims: . To make CB/ PRS operators and club members aware of changers made to the Radio Regulations etc relating to CRS 2. To promote CBRANZ to the fullest. 3. I intend to do the job of Councillor to the best of my ability and make sure all club members I can reach are informed on all matters relating to operating on the CRS frequencies.

Question 2 Intentions:. Help CBRANZ fundraising. Go to other club’s meetings so as to be available to answer any queries on CBRANZ etc when required. Endeavour to get new CBRANZ members

Hours for CBRANZ work per month. As much as may be required.




Remit One

That any move to allow the introduction of CTCSS and Telemetry & Telecommand systems on New Zealand CRS be disallowed.

Otago Citizens Band Radio Club Inc.


Australia has now approved the legal use of Continuous Tone Coded Squelch Systems (CTCSS) and Telemetry and Telecommand Systems (T&T). This means any UHF CB set with these systems installed and activated are certified as being legal for use on the Australian UHF CB Service. Also the Australian CRS Class Licence has been amended to allow these systems, this making the use of sets equipped with these systems being approved for use on their UHF CB frequencies. This was amendment was carried through in spite of

over 80% of Australian operators being completely against the introduction.

The NZ Radio Spectrum Management Group (RSMG), have since May 1994, has automatically approved sets approved by the Australian Communication Authority (ACS) (their Controlling Authority), for legal use on our PRS frequencies. At this moment in time RSMG have not approved any enabled CTCSS sets for legal use on PRS frequencies. There are CTCSS fitted sets in NZ and are approved for use on PRS frequencies as long as the CTCSS is not enabled. At present our General Licence does not allow it. (Have it enabled and use it then you can be prosecuted for operating without a licence).

The Australian Communication Authority has placed Radio Spectrum Management Group (RSMG) (was RFS) and New Zealand operators in a very difficult position. If we follow Australia in approving sets equipped with CTCSS and T&T, our General Licence at present does not permit these systems to use these systems on our CRS but that doesn’t mean that some persons/businesses/manufacturers will not bring pressure to bear for the RSMG to amend the General Licence to allow their use here.

What is CTCSS? Is it the same as Selcall already used legally here?? It isn’t, there is a huge difference.


What is Telemetry and Telecommand System. The following should clear this up what these systems are.

1. Selcall: (some sets have had this as standard and are legal to use here if operated as set out in the General Licence). This allows your radio to operate in the muted position. While muted no other traffic is heard but on the set receiving a Selcall tone that corresponds with the set ident. This breaks the squelch and you hear the selcall tones indicating a station is calling you specifically. You then un-mute your radio and take the call normally. Sets fitted with this are legal and the use of the tones are covered by the PRS General Licence

("where the type of information to be transmitted is other than speech telephony the duration of any such transmission shall not exceed 3 seconds in any 60 second interval except operating through a repeater.")

2. Continuous Tone Coded Squelch Systems: The only similarity with Selcall is both use tones BUT CTCSS uses sub-audible tone(s). The tones are not transmitted until the microphone button is pressed, sinilar to Selcall BUT with CTCSS, the sub audible tone(s) is/are transmitted continuously along with voice audio. An enabled CTCSS radio will ignore any signals that doesn’t have the correct CTCSS tone(s). If an enabled CTCSS radio transmits to another enabled CTCSS station programmed with the same sub-audible tones, it will open up the squelch of receiving radio(s) as soon as they transmit and visa versa, but will not open the squelch of sets using another tone. ( You may be wondering why enabled is used so much. CTCSS equipped sets can have the CTCSS enabled or disabled by the operator by pressing a buttons or 2 buttons on the set,

this allowing the sets to be used with CTCSS or as a standard set).

Once a enabled CTCSS sets mike button is pressed (they don’t know if the channel is in use or not) and the tones are transmitted, if you are using a standard set, you become history as you can no longer be heard by your contact or anyone else until those sets clear the channel again. If another enabled CTCSS set with different tones is operating, the one trying to use the channel can’t, until the others go into the quiet mode.

Because NO transmissions can be heard by enabled CTCSS sets while in the quiet mode (standby), nor can anyone break in when they are transmitting (you can break in if you have a CTCSS set having the same tones) a fallacy has arisen that the channel they are sitting on is theirs alone and their transmissions can’t be heard. This assumption is completely WRONG! Anyone with a standard set can listen on that channel and hear all the conversations. The only trouble is you can’t break in and tell them to flutter off. Another CTCSS radio using the same sub-audible tone(s) can not only hear but can also break in. If you are holding a conversation using standard radios and a CTCSS accesses that channel using sub-audible tones to call another with the same tones, once

CTCSS can give the users complete isolation from traffic on any channel and gives an unfair advantage to certain types of persons. CTCSS will allow users to occupy a frequency in "private mode" as long as they like to hold the channel. Other users with standard sets will be precluded from that frequency. The users of CTCSS have in effect commandeered a frequency for as long as they wish.

Telemetry and Telecommand Systems: This is a system that allows users to remotely control the operation and function of equipment such as water pumps - electric fences - tabulating other data, etc, as may be required. In other words it can be used for many, many things, so you could kiss goodbye to any channels allocated for its use.

What are the disadvantages of CTCSS?? The big one. The more business that get talked into using CTCSS the less room there is going to be for persons with standard sets, clubs, community organisations, schools etc using the standard 16 channel sets for public and competitor safety, as well as for any urgent emegency help.

PRS has 40 channels, of these 1- 8 receive and 31- 38 transmit are reserved for repeaters. Look what can happen. Sets with 40 chs, and say 2 more channels are allocated to T&T, and 8 repeaters operating, the number of channels for simplex users is 22. These to be shared by both standard and CTCSS equipped sets. There are 50 different CTCSS tones, so 22 pairs of sets using 22 different sub-audible tones and using different channels could freeze out those wishing to use the channels using standard sets for any period of time and for as long as they choose to do so.

Must clubs throughout NZ use 16 channel sets, 8 of those channels are repeater channels so if we again take the preceding example (8 repeaters operating), these 16 ch standard sets will only have 8 channels to use. As can be seen it wouldn’t take many CTCSS sets to completely freeze out their communications.

That is the worst scenario but it must be remembered Auckland has up to 7 repeaters and the greatest density of operators and a huge amount of community work is also done there so is not far from the worst


scenario. Less repeaters in an area gives a few more channels but how many extra channels, will depend on the number of business that adopt the CTCSS system. Many business will go that way as it gives them almost exclusive use of a channel. All the 50 CTCSS sub-audible tones are programable. What must also be taken into account the CTCSS system set, once it is activated by the service people, can be operator activate/deactivated at will, so they will have the best of both worlds. This gives the CTCSS user a huge and unfair advantage over all others.

At present our General Licence doesn’t legal allow CTCSS operation on our channels. We have been in contact with them re our concerns but the RFS have not said anything concrete other than they have just heard about it and are looking into, and studying the CTCSS situation etc. One they have looked into it they will then decide. If they allow then this would also mean the General Licence would have to be changed.

Could this happen? Yes it could. It would depend on the amount of opposition mounted against introduction and whether the RFS will take the easy way out. If it is not allowed, RFS will have to increase their enforcement of the regulations, be prepared to prosecute offenders with operating without a licence, work in with Customs to deny entry of enabled sets as well as prosecuting any person enabling the system in this country.

The only advantages there is in the CTCSS system for operators using the system, is they can sit on a channel and not hear any unwanted transmissions. Others that will benefit are the manufacturers, importers, retailers and those on CRS with the sole purpose of annoying others.


1. Once an enabled CTCSS set transmits, they shanghai the channel for as long as they want.

2. With a CTCSS transmission, although you can hear the conversation, nobody can break in except with a similar toned set.

3. No enabled CTCSS set will know if the channel is being used or is clear if other CTCSS sets are using it with different tones.

4. Enabled CTCSS sets, when they transmit their tones will over ride all transmitting standard sets.

5. Community clubs normally have 16 channel sets for their work. If too many enabled CTCSS sets mostly use from channel 9 to 16, community club transmissions will be frozen when using any channel used by CTCSS users. This would cut out the clubs - schools - or other organisations general transmissions or any priority transmissions relating to public or competitor safety.

6. Will definitely compromise public and competitor safety at many public and community events. 7. Could prevent urgent emergency help being obtained

8. Nothing to stop certain persons from eventually toning their set to any other persons or business tones. (Don’t say it won’t happen. You only have to try up to 50 tones, a piece of cake really).

9. Nothing to stop a person having a CTCSS set in standard mode from enabling the CTCSS and playing music by the hour

10. If we are expected to police ourselves and lack of official enforcement remains as at present, (predominately none), then in many areas PRS will become useless for the hobbyist and community group users.


That CBRANZ establish in its own name, local branches in areas considered appropriate.


To begin with, this proposal is not presented with the intention that a "Branch" be established in an area where there is already an active club or group, but for the purpose of establishing a more public presence of CBRANZ itself in areas where:-

1. There is no active group but interested people.

2. Imminent collapse of club/group

3. Those members of a club/group wishing to continue their community activities but have lost the protection if Incorporation and Public Liability Insurance because club/group collapse. (A "safety net umbrella")

It is also considered as an opportunity for CBRANZ to present itself more publically on a national


scale, and at the same time gain individual members. However it is not expected that CBRANZ would be involved in the financial running of the branch but could possibly get some financial return from this.

On going consideration should also be given to establishing the Association’s PRS presence nationally because CB (26 Mhz) interest seems to be declining whereas PRS is being widely publicised by retailers etc, and is gaining rapidly in popularity. Therefore this could be the "added value" opportunity to follow up on its efforts which at least to some degree contributed to PRS being made available. It is considered, due to this rapid expansion, delaying any greater involvement could mean the difference in the level of the Association’s official recognition on PRS if that’s the direction in which it wishes to go, a course which seems to be most likely considering the interest shown in making representations regarding the possible use of CTCSS and data on PRS frequencies. CBRANZ is recognised as the "Official Voice" of CBers (on 26Mhz), the next step would therefore to become recognised likewise on the PRS (476Mhz) band for PRS users, by having an established Public presence throughout the Country under its own name.

Summarising : National Organisation (CBRANZ) operating nationally (CBRANZ - Rotorua /CBRANZ -Nelson/CBRANZ-Otago etc) [examples only] under its own name whenever it establishes a "Branch" and at the same time providing the support required to retain/regain an interest in the service by those who have lost or may lose it otherwise. The opportunity for wider Public awareness could be quite limitless dependant only on the imagination.


The Otago Club is already aware of a voluntary "non radio orientated " group in Southland (Invercargill) who are doing exactly what we and some other CB Clubs are doing. They have shown an interest regarding our operating methods/practices/equipment and policies. Should such groups expand into other areas the demise of CB Clubs/Groups providing these services could very well become a reality - these groups have no real interest in radio-communication as we know it, and are believed to have some business involvement in their Communication gear, including repeaters.

Otago Citizens Band Radio Club.


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