About the Waikato VHF Group

Some History

Founded in June 1963 by 10 amateurs to serve the VHF needs of amateur radio operators in the region. The Group has progressed from that time to the present with virtually the same objectives in mind. The Group has a very comprehensive net work of both VHF and UHF repeaters located at several strategic sites that cover a major portion of the North Island of New Zealand.

The objectives of the Group are: Amongst others;

1. To support the aims and objectives of the NZART

2. To foster local interest in Amateur Radio, particularly at VHF and higher frequencies

3. To establish and operate amateur transmitting and repeater stations

Without doubt these aims and objectives are more than adequately being catered for by this dedicated Group of Amateur Radio Operators.

Further details on the history of the Waikato VHF Group can be found here.

Subscription History

Individual Member
Family/Club Member
Student Sub
Inaugural Subscription set at two shillings and sixpence (2/6d)

Sub increased to 5/-

Subs set at $1.50, and 50c for those still at school











The Group has a General Meeting approximately every 3 months, usually the last Sunday afternoon of the months of February (AGM), May, August and November. These meetings are held in various locations around the area.

The Group Committee normally meets every 3 months, about a month prior to a General Meeting.


A newsletter "The World Below 400GHz" is published prior to each general meeting.



The Waikato VHF Group maintains numerous repeaters around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. Our major repeater system is the WaiPlenty Network, with repeaters located on the Kaimai Range, another at Te Uku, just over the range of hills between Hamilton and Raglan, another on
Maungakawa, northeast of Huntly and the fourth one is Waihi North, just north of the town of Waihi. We also have National System equipment located on Chinaman's Hill, just out of Hamilton, towards Te Awamutu. The '6975 repeater at Tairua on the Coromandel Pennisula, which we use to own, is now owned and maintained by Branch 85, Mercury Bay.

Sunday Night Net

The Sunday Night News and Net is on hold at present.


We also operate an IRLP system (Node 6549), which is connected to the 2m "WaiPlenty Network" at Te Uku. Read More...

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