European park activators

On Saturday night (4th April 2020) when I got home from work following afternoon shift, I headed up to the shack to see if 20m short path was open. To my listening pleasure, it was.  There were some excellent signals coming in from Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.

I decided not to prop somewhere and call CQ, but rather, tune across the band and hopefully work some European park or SOTA activators.

First in the log was Eyal 4X6RE who was mobile in the Taninim Nature Reserve 4XFF-0070.  Eyal was working a big pile-up from Europe and it was very hard trying to break through from VK.  Fortunately, a Dutch station mentioned that I was calling, so Eyal told everyone to stand by and called for VK.  Eyal was a good 5/7 signal and reciprocated with a 5/7 signal report for me.


The Taninim Stream Nature Reserve combines nature and history through which the Taninim River runs.  The reserve includes the remains of a dam built at the end of the Roman period and the beginning of the Byzantine period.  Several flour mills have also been recently unearthed.  The abundance of water led to the construction of water-operated flour mills in the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

The stream was named Taninim – Hebrew for crocodiles – because these reptiles inhabited the nearby Kebara swamps until the beginning of the 20th century.

Next was Lars PH0NO/p in Deelerwoud PAFF-0055 who had a good 5/7 signal.


Deelerwoud is a Dutch Nature Reserve of about 2,300 hectares in the wooden region of Veluwe in the province of Gelderland.

The heather in the reserve is grazed by Hereford Highland cattle.  Other mammals found in the area include Red deer, Fallow deer, Roe deer, Wild boar, Fox, and Pine Marten.

My third and final park activator was Jaromir OK1XZ who was activating PP Nedosinsky haj OKFF-1949.  He was being belted around a bit by splatter from Italian station 4 kc below, but despite this we comfortably made contact.

Nedosinsky is a forest situated between the villages of Nedosin and Trzek.

I also logged a number of special event stations and some Polish stations in the SP DX Contest, before heading off to bed.



Israel Nature and Parks Authority, 2010, <>, viewed 6th April 2020.

Trip Advisor, 2020, <>, viewed 6th April 2020

Wikipedia, 2020, <>, viewed 6th April 2020.

Wikipedia, 2020, <šínský_háj>, viewed 6th April 2020



Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828 for the 2020 John Moyle Memorial Field Day

On Saturday 21st March 2020 I headed out mid-afternoon to activate the Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828 and take part in the 2020 John Moyle Memorial Field Day.

I entered into the 6-hour single operator portable category.

I have operated from the Monarto Conservation Park many times in the past.  The park is located about 80 km east of Adelaide.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Monarto Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

I operated from my normal spot, which is adjacent to the carpark on Ferries McDonald Road.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Monarto Conservation Park, looking north.  Map courtesy of Google maps.

The aim of the John Moyle Memorial Field Day is….

“to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable and field operation, and provide training for emergency situations. The rules are therefore specifically designed and focussed to encourage field operations.”

For some very interesting information on John Moyle, the man, please see my previous post…….


John Murray Moyle.  Image courtesy of Peter VK3RV

I was set up and ready to go by about 2.55 p.m. local time.  I ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80 linked dipole for this activation.  My power output was 40 watts.


My first contact was with Peter VK3PWG in Victoria on the 40m band.  My final contact was with Garry VK7JGD in Tasmania on the 80m band.

I made a total of 239 contacts in my 6 hour period, with a claimed score of 478 points.

How does that compare to my scores in previous years?

  • 2019 – 187 QSOs
  • 2018 – did not operate portable
  • 2017 – 241 QSOs
  • 2016 – 229 QSOs
  • 2015 – 238 QSOs
  • 2014 – 155 QSOs

The chart below (courtesy of VK Contest Log) shows my activity during the Field Day.


The vast majority of my contacts were on the 40m band, a total of 176 QSOs.  I made 47 QSOs on 80m, and just 16 QSOs on 20m.

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Most of my contacts were into Victoria (VK3) with a total of 83 QSOs.  This was followed by New South Wales (VK2) with a total of 59 QSOs, and then Queensland (VK4) with a total of 34 QSOs.  I was very pleased to work ZL3VZ on 20, 40 & 80m SSB, and also ZL1GAB on 40m.

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Above:- Graph showing the areas worked (VK1-VK7 & ZL) during the Field Day.  Image courtesy of

The map below shows my contacts around Australia and into New Zealand during the Field Day.

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Above:- Map showing my QSOs during the 2020 John Moyle Memorial Field Day.  Map courtesy of

THANK YOU to everyone who called.


SOTA Mountain Explorer certificate

After a short wait for its arrival in the mail, I recently received the Mountain Explorer certificate for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.

I qualified for the award way back in 2015, but I have only just applied for it.

It is issued for having activated at least one summit in each of 5 different SOTA associations.

VK5PAS Mountain Explorer

WWFF Activator 275

Another certificate I have recently received is the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) activator certificate, issued for having activated a total of 275 different WWFF reference areas and achieving a minimum of 44 QSOs during each of those activations.

Thanks to all of the WWFF hunters, and thanks to Friedrich DL4BBH the Awards Manager.