I recently received an email from the SPFF Award Managers with my certificate for the next level of the SPFF Hunter Award. It was awarded to me for working 18 different SPFF reference areas.
And here we go with some of the VKFF Hunter statistics. Remember, that the VKFF program commenced in March 2013. So I have started in that year.
In 2013, the Top 5 WWFF Hunters in Australia were myself VK5PAS and Larry VK5LY (tied on 39 different WWFF references), followed by Bernard VK3AMB with 38, then Ron VK3AFW on 37, and then Peter VK3PF on 33.
No Australian operators appeared in the Top 44 in the World. The stats there are amazing. Coming in at number 44 in the World was SP5ICQ in Poland, with 655 different WWFF reference areas. Coming in at number one was Luciano I5FLN in Italy, with a staggering 1,360 references. This just goes to show the popularity of the WWFF program in Europe.
Of note, all of the Top 44 Hunters in the VKFF list were Australians.
In 2014, Peter VK3PF was the leading WWFF Hunter with a total of 85 different WWFF reference areas, followed by VK5PAS with 83, Amanda VK3FQSO with 81. There was then quite a gap, with number 4 being Matt VK1MA with 62 different WWFF references, and rounding off the Top 5 was Nev VK5WG also with 62.
Again, no VK’s in the Top 44 in the World. Luciano I5FLN was at the top again with 1,826 different WWFF references. I just shake my head at that amazing total. At number 44 in the World was SA5BZT in Sweden, with 928 references.
Albert S58AL and Luciano I5FLN did sneak into the VKFF list, as the popularity of the VKFF program increased in 2014.
So far in 2015, Peter VK3PF is leading with a massive 146 different WWFF references for this year to date, followed by Amanda VK3FQSO with 128, and then VK5PAS and Adrian VK5FANA, both with 123. And rounding off the top 5 is Peter VK3TKK with 113 different references.
And this year, we have no VK’s in the Top 44 in the World. Leading once again is Luciano I5FLN with 1,283 different references. At number 44 in the World is SM5BXC in Sweden, with 628 different references.
And now the popularity of the VKFF program increasing, and more VKFF activators getting on to some of the DX bands such as 20m, quite a few Europeans appear in the top 44 list.
After reading a comment by Pit YO3JW re breaking down the WWFF stats by year, I decided to have a look at the build up of the WWFF program here in Australia, by looking at the 2013, 2014, & 2015 Activator statistics as they relate to Australia (this post only relates to Activators – I will look at the Hunter progress in another post).
The World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program commenced in Australia in March 2013. Here are some stats for that year.
In 2013, in the Top 44 Activator classification (References), we had two Aussie representatives. They being Joe VK3YSP and Julie VK3FOWL. Joe reached number 26 on 25 references activated. And Julie was on number 31 with 21 references activated. I recall this year that Joe and Julie went on quite a big trip, activating National Parks all across Victoria. What a great effort, 25 unique WWFF reference areas in one year, and featuring in the Top 44 Activators worldwide.
And below is a list of the Top VKFF Activators for 2013. There were 32 in total. On the top was Joe VK3YSP, followed by Julie VK3FOWL, John VK5BJE with 14 references for that year, Paul VK5PAS with 13, and Peter VK3ZPF rounded off the top 5 with 12 WWFF references for 2013.
We then move on to 2014. WWFF has now been running for not quite 2 years in Australia. And in the Top 44 we have 2 different Australian hams. They being John VK5BJE at position number 26 in the World, with 38 different references activated in 2014. Tony VK3VTH is sitting in position number 41 with 27 different WWFF references. What a great effort by both John and Tony.
The Top 44 VK list shows that the WWFF program has grown in Australia. The number of Australian activators has increased. In 2013 we had just 32 Australian amateurs provide their log for upload. Now e have over 44.
Sitting on top now with 38 references for 2014 is of course, John VK5BJE. This is followed by Tony VK3VTH with 27 references, Nick VK3ANL with 24 references, Joe VK3YSP with 20, and Julie VK3FOWL with 19. It is very pleasing to see a number of Foundation calls in the list. It proves that operating portable, generally puts everyone, no matter what their licence class, on an equal playing field.
And then on to 2015. WWFF in Australia is now just under 2 & 1/2 years old.
So far, half way through the year, we have a total of five Australians in the Top 44 Activator List for References in the World. With 32 references, sitting in position 16, is yours truly, VK5PAS. Closely followed by Tony VK3VTH in position 20 in the World, on 30 different WWFF references. Then comes Peter VK3PF in position number 26 with 24 references.
It is really pleasing to see a Foundation operator from Australia, holding down position 31. Doug VK2FMIA has a total of 23 WWFF references for 2015. And in position 41 is another Foundation call, Rob VK4FFAB, with a total of 17 different WWFF references for 2015. Both Doug and Rob certainly fly the flag for WWFF in their respective States.
The Australian Activator list for 2015, shows Paul VK5PAS sitting on top with 32 unique references, closely followed by Tony VK3VTH with 30 references, then Peter VK3PF with 24. And then Doug VK2FMIA with 23 references, and Rob VK4FFAB with 17 references.
So as Australian Activators, considering our population, we are doing extremely well. And the WWFF program in Australia is catching on in popularity, as I am sure will be evident by the next post, where I will have a look at the evolution of WWFF park hunting in Australia.
And remember, that these stats are only representative of logs provided by Park Activators for upload to the WWFF LogSearch system. There has been a lot of other park activity, but sadly, for a variety of different reasons, those logs have never been provided for upload.
So, please, if you activate a qualifying park for WWFF, please provide your log for upload. It is simply a matter of forwarding via email to VK5PAS, an ADIF file or a CSV file (template found on WWFF Australia website) and your log will be uploaded.
73 & 44
(WWFF Co-ordinator Australia)
Yesterday after having a chat with Tony VK3VTH on the phone, I had a look at the LogSearch platform for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.
I was interested to see that Tony VK3VTH was in the Top 44 ACTVATORS in the WORLD. A great effort Tony, considering the number of hams we have down here, and how new the WWFF program is here in Australia. Tony is sitting on 70 WWFF references worked.
And just outside the Top 44 Activators list are a few other Aussies. Peter VK3PF is just 1 off, sitting on 62 references, followed by John VK5BJE who is on 60 references. We all know how active Peter and John are in activating parks, not only in their own home States, but all across Australia. Well done Peter and John.
I then looked at the Top 44 ACTIVATOR list for AUSTRALIA. Of course, sitting on the top, was Tony VK3VTH on 70 different WWFF references, followed by Peter VK3PF on 62, John VK5BJE on 60, yours truly VK5PAS on 45, and Peter VK3ZPF on 42, rounding off the top 5.
The top activator in the world by the way is SP9YFF in Poland, with an amazing 405 different WWFF activations.
And in the Top 44, I see a lot of Foundation calls which is great. Julie VK3FOWL is sitting on 37 WWFF reference areas activated, Doug VK2FMIA is on 27 references, Rob VK4FFAB is on 17 references, Brett VK4FTWO is on 3 references, Amanda VK3FQSO is also on 3 references, Phillip VK2FPJR is on 2 references, and Alan VK5FAJS is also on 2 references.
The WWFF LogSearch platform also shows the Top Activators as far as the number of QSOs. Again, sitting proudly at the top is Tony VK3VTH with 6,893 QSOs (the European park hunters love Tony), Johan PA3EXX with 5,426 QSOs (Johan has activated numerous rare Australian IOTA’s, thus the reason why he is on the Australian list), yours truly with 3,316 QSO’s, Peter VK3PF with 2,477 QSOs and Andrew VK1NAM, rounding off the top 5, with 2,107 QSOs.
And finally I looked at the Top 44 Hunter list in AUSTRALIA. At the top of the list is Peter VK3PF with 209 different WWFF references, followed by myself with 186 references, Amanda VK3FQSO with 179, Peter VK3TKK with 153, and wrapping up the top 5 is Gerard VK2IO with 130 different WWFF references.
It was also to see a number of European call signs in the Top 44 Hunter list for Australia, proving the popularity of the VKFF program. They include Luciano I5FLN in Italy, Max IK1GPG in Italy, Albert S58AL in Slovenia, Xaver DK4RM in Germany, Hink S52KM in Slovenia, Uwe DL2ND in Germany, and Axel DL1EBR, also in Germany.
At this stage, we do not have any VK Hunters in the Top 44 Worldwide Hunter list. Number 44 there is OH3GZ with an amazing 2,791 different WWFF references. The top Hunter worldwide is Luciano I5FLN with a staggering 5,136 different WWFF references.
So in just over 2 years that WWFF has been running in Australia, we have some very active WWFF Park Activators and Hunters.
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After leaving the Kyeema Conservation Park I headed for my second activation, the Cox Scrub Conservation Park, VKFF-824, which is located about 70 km south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Above:- Map showing the location of the park. Map courtesy of mapcarta.com
This was to be a unique WWFF park for me. Although I have activated the park a number of times previously as part of the VK5 Parks award. For more detailed information on the park, and thiose activations, please have a look at my previous posts…..
I headed for the main carpark off the Bull Creek Road. This is on the eastern side of the park, and is the location from where I have previously activated the park.
On my way to the park I had spoken with Col VK5HCF in the Penambol Conservation Park, VKFF-802 from my mobile. Col was keen to get me in the log for a park to park contact. And as I was pulling in to the park I gave Col another quick shout to let him know that I would be up on deck in about 10 minutes.
So after setting up, I immediately went to 7.105 and there was Col VK5HCF calling CQ from Penambol. Col was my first contact (5/9 both ways) and a park to park contact for the VK5 Parks Award to boot.
I then tuned down the band a little and heard Hugh VK5NHG calling CQ on 7.103 from SOTA peak, Eke Hill, VK5/ NE-069 near the Bendleby Ranges in the north of South Australia (5/9 both ways).
I kept tuning down the band and my next contact was with Brett VK4FTWO, in the Burrum Coast National Park, VKFF-070 (5/6 both ways).
I then went up to 7.095 and there worked Rob VK4FFAB who was also out and about, in the Venman Bushland National Park, VKFF-507. A mini pile up ensued after my contact with Rob, with callers from VK3, VK5, & VK7. This included QSO’s with Julie VK3FOWL & Joe VK3YSP operating portable at the Melbourne Museum, and Brandon VK4FABB who was activating VKFF-507 with Rob VK4FFAB. Following my QSO with Brandon, Ian VK1DI called in, operating portable from Percival Hill Nature Reserve, VKFF-859 in the ACT. For more information on Ian’s activation, check out Ian’s blog at…..
And a number of contacts later, Nick VK3ANL called in again, this time on the top of Mount Donna Buang, VK3/ VC-002 and within the Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-556.
I worked a total of 45 stations on 40m, before trying 20m. But the 20m band was very quiet. I had left my run there a little late. I only managed three contacts, however one of those was with Mike VK6MB who was activating Karijini National Park, VKFF-237, followed by John VK6NU. It is always good to get the VK6 guys in the log.
I also had a visitor during this activation. It was Phil VK5GM, who I had worked from Kyeema. Phil lives nearby at Tooperang, so He decided to pop in and say hello and have a look at my portable set up.
It was getting dark and was nearly 5.30 p.m. so it was time to pack up and head back home to Mount Barker. This was another successful activation for me, with a total of 48 contacts, and a new VKFF park to add to my Activator list.
The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-
- VK5HCF/p (Penambol CP VKFF-812)
- VK5NHG/p (SOTA VK5
- VK4FTWO/p (Burrum Coast National Park, VKFF-070)
- VK4FFAB/p (VKFF-507)
- VK3FOWL/p (Melbourne Museum)
- VK4FABB/p (VKFF-507)
- VK1DI/p (Percival Hill Nature Reserve, VKFF-859)
- VK3YSP/p (Melbourne Museum)
- VK3ANL/p (SOTA VK3/ VC-002)
The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-
- VK6MB/p (VKFF-257)