Totness Recreation Park and the 2017 Trans Tasman Contest

After activating the Finniss Conservation Park I headed to the Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754, just 2.5 km from home.  I intended to take part in the 2017 Trans Taman Low Band Contest.  The aim of the contest is to encourage Low Band activity Trans-Tasman, that is between VK and ZL.

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Map showing the location of the Totness Recreation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer

I was all set up and ready to go by the commencement time of 0800 UTC, which is 5.30 p.m. South Australian local time.  I ran my normal portable station for the contest: Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and the 80/40/20m linked dipole, inverted vee, on the 7m heavy duty telescopic squid pole.

The contest is divided into three 2 hour periods.  I remained out in the field until just after the commencement of the third period which was at 1200 UTC (9.30 p.m. local time).  The cold weather got the better of me (got down to 4 deg C) and I packed up and headed home with a total of 171 contacts in the log.  My claimed score was 2,347 points.

I made a total of 48 QSOs on the 40m band.  New Zealand stations worked on 40m were:- ZL1YE, ZL3VZ, ZL1PC, ZL2ATH/p, ZL2BH, and ZL1JV.

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I made a total of 123 QSOs on the 80m band.  New Zealand stations worked on 40m were:- ZL3VZ, ZL1PC, ZL2BH, ZL1JV, and ZL1XS.

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I enjoyed myself in the Trans Tasman, but there were long periods of calling CQ contest with no takers.

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Finniss Conservation Park 5CP-068 and VKFF-1030

I started a couple of days off yesterday (Saturday 15th July 2017) after a few afternoon shifts at work, and with a few days of wet weather coming, I decided to head out to activate the Finniss Conservation Park 5CP-068 & VKFF-1030.  The park is located about 70 km (by road) from Adelaide, and about 43 km south of my home.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Finniss Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The Finniss Conservation Park is 123 hectares in size and was first proclaimed on 29th January 1976.  An additional 56 hectares was added between 1985 and 2005.  The park is undulating with Woodland consisting of Pink Gum and Golden Wattle, and Low woodland consisting of Cup Gum and Pink Gum over Tate’s Grass-tree.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the park with my home QTH in the background.  Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The park is located just 7 km (by road) to the north east of the settlement of Nangkita,  Interestingly it is located about 20 km to the north west of the settlement of Finniss which was originally known as Queen’s Own Town, after the Queen’s Own Regiment of Foot.  The name of the town was changed in 1940 to Finniss, in in honour of an early surveyor and the first Premier of South Australia, Colonel Boyle Travers Finniss.

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Above:- Colonel Boyle Travers Finniss.  Courtesy of wikipedia.

Over 62 species of native bird have been recored in the park including Laughing Kookaburra, Galah, Adelaide Rosella, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Grey Fantail, Eastern Spinebill, and Australian Golden Whistler.

The park is located in close proximity to a number of other conservation parks, including Cox Scrub, Mount Magnificent, Kyeema, and Bullock Hill.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the park, in close proximity to numerous other conservation parks.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I have activated the park once before, back in 2013, but this was prior to the park being added to the WWFF Directory.  My previous activation of the park was for the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.  For more information on my previous visit to the park, please check out my previous post at…..

https://vk5pas.org/2013/07/26/finniss-conservation-park/

Last time I activated the park I parked on Mount Magnificent Road and walked in to the park along the Heysen Trail from the northern side.  But this time I decided to have a look at accessing the park from the southern side.  I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to get in that way, but thought it was worth investigating.

I travelled along Bull Creek Road out of Ashbourne, passing the Cox Scrub Conservation Park.  I turned right onto the Nangkita Road and through the little settlement of Nangkita.  In the local aboriginal language Nagkita means ‘place of little frogs’.

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Typical countryside in the Nangkita district

I then turned right onto Stones Ford Road.  I soon reached the intersection with Ridge Road.  I veered to the left and continued along Stones Ford Road.

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This is beautiful country with rolling green hills at this time of the year.  I continued on, passing over the creek crossing on Stones Ford Road.

Much to my surprise, the road took me all the way to the park boundary.

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Above:- The southern boundary of the park.

I parked the vehicle and then commenced to set up my station, about 10-15m inside the park boundary.  I ran the Yaesu FT-857d set at 40 watts, and the 80/40/20m linked dipole for this activation.  There was no sun on this occasion, so the solar panels remained in the vehicle.

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My operating spot was right alongside the Heysen Trail, a walking trail which is about 1,200 km long.

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Above:- My operating spot.  The Heysen Trail is marked in red.  Map courtesy of heysentrail.asn.au

Prior to calling CQ I logged Gerard VK2JNG who was activating the Marrangaroo National Park VKFF-0598.  There was a significant amount of QSB (fading) on Gerard’s signal, but as we both had low/non existant man made noise at our locations, we were able to comfortably log each other.

I then headed down to 7.139 and asked if the frequency was in use, with Peter VK3PF responding that it was all clear.  After working Peter I logged Nik VK3NLK/p who was in the Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978.  It was nice to have another Park to Park contact in the log.

Conditions were quite poor on the 40m band with lots of QSB, probably due to the Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun the day previous.  It took me 16 minutes to get contact number 10 in the log, qualifying the park for VKFF.  Unfortunately there was no close in propagation, with my wife Marija VK5FMAZ sending me an SMS, advising that she had no copy back in Mount Barker.

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With just 16 contacts in the log after 30 minutes, I decided to try my luck on the 80m band hoping that I would be able to log the VK5’s on that band.  But 5 minutes of CQ calls went unanswered, and another SMS from Marija advising there was no copy on 80m.  This was not looking good.  But I perservered on 80m and out of the blue I heard ‘VK5FMAZ’.  It was Marija with a good 5/8 signal.  The band had changed.  Next up was Les VK5KLV up at Port Augusta in the north of the State.  But sadly, they were my only 2 callers on 80m.

So it was back to 40m where the number of callers had picked up.  I soon had 34 stations in the log which is always a good sign for me.  I run a paper log out in the field, which has 34 lines on each page.  So once I am on page 2 I always know I am on the downward slide to the 44 QSOs required for the WWFF global award.

Nik VK3NLK called in again, this time in the Barmah National Park VKFF-0739.  I now had 39 contacts in the log and saw a spot on parksnpeaks for John VK1/VA7JBE.  So I headed down to 7.090 and logged John was on Black Mountain VK1/ AC-042 which is located in VKFF-0835.

I then headed back to 7.139 and called CQ again.  Contact number 44 was soon in the log, a QSO with Kerry VK4LKB.  I logged a further 16 stations, and with 60 contacts in the log, I headed over to 14.310 on the 20m band.  I self spotted on parksnpeaks and called CQ, and much to my surprise my first caller was Gerard F1BLL in France.  This was followed by Hans VK6XN who had a strong 5/8 signal.  But my excitement was shortlived, as I had no further callers.

I took the opportunity of stretching my legs and taking a few photographs.  When I returned to the radio, I head stations working John VK1/VA7JBE on the frequency.  Unfortunately  was unable to hear John.  I then moved down to 14.305 and called CQ which was answered by Guenter DL5WW in Germany.  I logged a further 15 stations including a little more DX from Europe.

With 78 contacts in the log, and a unique park for me as an activator achieved, I packed up and headed home.  Thanks to everyone who called and thanks to those who took the time ti spot me.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2JNG/p (Marrangaroo National Park VKFF-0598)
  2. VK3PF
  3. VK3NLK/p (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  4. VK2HHA
  5. VK4TMZ
  6. VK2YK
  7. VK2VW
  8. VK3ZPF
  9. VK3SFG
  10. VK1DI
  11. VK3ANL
  12. VK3NBL
  13. VK3TKK/m
  14. VK3SQ
  15. VK3AO
  16. VK7VZ
  17. VK3MCX
  18. VK3ANP
  19. VK2PKT
  20. VK3MCK
  21. VK3BBB
  22. VK2NEO/m
  23. VK3DKE
  24. VK2NP
  25. VK3CWF
  26. VK3DJ
  27. VK4RF
  28. VK4HA
  29. VK2UH
  30. VK3DPG
  31. VK2KYO
  32. VK7FOLK/m
  33. VK3NLK/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  34. VK3FLJD
  35. VK3HKK
  36. VK4TJ
  37. VK1/VA7JBE (SOTA VK1/ AC-042 & VKFF-0834)
  38. VK3GGG
  39. VK3PMG
  40. VK4FRSB
  41. VK4LKB
  42. VK3WAC/m
  43. VK3LAB
  44. VK5NAL/m
  45. VK3ARH
  46. VK2BOZ/m
  47. VK4PDX
  48. VK3NGD/m
  49. VK2KJJ
  50. VK3ZMD
  51. VK7FOLK/p
  52. VK7JON/p
  53. VK3TKK/p
  54. VK3BWZ
  55. VK3HKV
  56. VK3FSPG
  57. VK3MPR

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK5KLV

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. F1BLL
  2. VK6XN
  3. DL5WW
  4. VK4VXX/m
  5. VK7JON/p
  6. VK6MAC
  7. IK1GPG
  8. DL2NOM
  9. VK6VSB
  10. VK6AHR
  11. PI4DX
  12. VK6SN
  13. VK4NH
  14. VK4PDX
  15. VK4RF
  16. VK4HA
  17. VK4QQ
  18. VK6ALI

 

References.

Birds SA, 2017, <http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/finniss-conservation-park/&gt;, viewed 16th July 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finniss,_South_Australia&gt;, viewed 16th July 2017

2017 VK Shires contest results in

The results are in for the 2017 VK Shires Contest.  Marija VK5FMAZ and I took part in the Rover category, activating parks in the South East of South Australia.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tony VK3XV who came in at number one in this category with 173 QSOs and 182 Shires and a score of 31,486 points.

I managed to get position number 2 with a total of 167 QSOs and 180 Shires and a score of 30,060 points.

And well done to Marija who came in at number 3, with 70 QSOs and and a score of 5,180 points.

Overall in the categories combined, I came in at number 3, and Marija was number 9.

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Bullock Hill Conservation Park 5CP-265 and VKFF-0873

I spent most of this morning (Tuesday 11th July 2017) adding new references to the WWFF Directory for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  By lunchtime I had endured enough time in front of the computer screen, and as it was such a beautiful sunny Winters day, I decided to head out to activate the Bullock Hill Conservation Park 5CP-265 & VKFF-0873.  The park is located near the town of Ashbourne on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 60 km south of Adelaide.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Bullock Hill Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The Bullock Hill Conservation Park was proclaimed on the 20th January 2014, so it is a very young park.  It consists of 221 hectares of undulating countryside, mainly consisting of Pink Gum and Cup Gum, with a dense under storey of Acacias and mixed heath.  Along the eastern boundary of the park there is scattered South Australian Blue Gum over native grassland.

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Above:- Aerial shot showing the park and my operating spot.  My home QTH is in the background about 30 km away.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

Western Grey kangaroos can be found in abundance in the park.  About 95 species of native bird have been located in the park including Common Bronzewing, Superb Fairywren, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Red Wattelbird, Brown Thornbill, Rainbow Bee-Eater, and Grey Shrikethrush.

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Rainbow Bee-Eater.  Courtesy of birdlife.org

I travelled to the park via Strathalbyn and then along the Ashbourne Road.  As you leave Strathalbyn the countryside becomes quite hilly.  I stopped briefly to enjoy the sensational views back to Strathalbyn and out to Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.

I have activated the park a number of times previously and I have always operated in the past from Wattle Flat Road and the eastern side of the park.  But I had always been interested on whether the western side of the park could be approached.  I travelled south on Signal Flat Road until I reached Haines Road where I turned left and travelled east.  It has been quite wet here in recent days and as a result the track was very wet and boggy in parts.  As it was today, I would probably not attempt passing Haines Road unless you were in a 4WD.

Google maps shows that Haines Road traverses the southern boundary of the park, and runs all the way from Signal Flat Road through to Wattle Flat Road.

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In reality it doesn’t.  As you travel along Haines Road you will pass a large amount of scrub on your left, but this is not the park.  It is private property.  You will then come to the south western corner of the park where there is a park sign.  There is a small parking area here.  I continued along Haines Road and soon reached a locked gate.  There is no further access to the east.  There is quite a nice parking area here and a recently graded fire track which runs north-south through the park.

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I walked about 10 metres down the track and set up my fold up table and deck chair.  Equipment used was my Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and 80/40/20m linked dipole, inverted vee, supported on a 7m telescopic squid pole.

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Above:- Map showing my operating spot in the southern section of the park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

There are some very nice views to be enjoyed here of Lake Alexandrina and down towards the Coorong.

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On my way to the park I had spoken from the mobile with Gerard VK2JNG who was activating the Goodinan State Conservation Area VKFF-1320.  So prior to calling CQ, I spoke with Gerard on 7.144 and logged the Park to Park contact.  Gerard was an excellent 5/9 signal.  I then headed down to 7.139 and asked if the frequency was in use, with Peter VK3PF coming back to let me know the frequency was clear.  Peter was a strong 5/9 + signal.  Next up was Ray VK3NBL, followed by Gerard VK2IO, and then Jonathan VK7JON.

Although it was a weekday, I was very pleased to have a steady flow of callers from Vk2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  There was a small amount of QSB on some signals, but generally the band was in good condition.  I noted that there were 2 other QSOs on the same frequency, one being a KP2, and the others European.

There was a small opening with close in propagation, with a number of VK5’s logged, including Ron VK5MRE in the Riverland, Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula, Les at Port Augusta in the north of the state, Adrian VK5AW in the Riverland, and Wolf VK5WF in Adelaide.

Contact number 34 was Russell VK5OB who was activating the Scott Creek Conservation Park 5CP-207 & VKFF-0788.  This was Russell’s first solo park activation.  Russell had been taken out into the field by John VK5BJE on the Sunday of the WIA AGM/Convention.  Clearly John’s enthusiasm had rubbed off on Russell.  I left the frequency with Russell and headed off to the 20m band.

As it was nearly 2.45 p.m. local time I decided to book into the ANZA DX Net on 14.183.  There was no man made noise on the band at all from Bullock Hill, so I was hearing most stations on the net quite well, including the DX.  I logged 3 stations: John VK7XX, Jack W1FDY in Virginia USA, and Dale VE7SV in Canada.  I then moved up the band to 14.310 where I called CQ.  Sadly only 2 stations were to be entered into the log: Bob VK6POP in Western Australia, and Jonathan VK7JON in Tasmania.

I headed back to the 40m band and found that it had become much busier.  Marco CT1EHI from Portugal was on 7.143 with a strong 5/8 signal, but had quite a pile up from the USA and Australia, so I didn’t bother trying to call.  I found 7.150 clear and self spotted on parksnpeaks.  First in the log was John VK5BJE who was very low down, but workable with the low noise floor.  Eight QSOs later I was very surprised to be called by Richard G0BLB who had a nice 5/7 signal.  Richard was struggling with my signal a bit, but we eventually made it.  I was very pleased to get Richard in the log from the UK with my 40 watts and little bit of wire.  I logged a further 18 stations on 40m including Ken ZL4KD, the ZLFF co-ordinator.

I had checked the DX cluster whilst on 40m and saw a spot for M0YMA who was activating a park, on my operating frequency of 7.150.  Unfortunately we could not hear each other.

To wrap up the activation I headed to 3.610 on the 80m band.  John VK5BJE was there patiently waiting for me.  And what a difference a band makes.  John had gone from 5/1 on 40m to 5/9 + on 80m.  Greg VK5GJ then called in and he was also 5/9.  Greg lowered his power down to 1 watt and was still a good 5/8 signal.

My wife Marija VK5FMAZ sent me a text message to let me know she was just 15 minutes away from arriving home from work, and was keen to get me in the log.  So I continued to call CQ and logged Adrian VK5FANA, Phil VK2HPN, Nick VK3ANL, and Cliff VK2NP.  Marija then gave me a call and made it into my log.  I logged 2 further stations, Des VK3PEF and finally Matt VK3FORD who was mobile.

It was now 5.00 p.m. local time and the sun had disappeared behind the trees and as a result the temperature had dropped dramatically down to 9 deg C.  So I packed up the gear and headed home with a total of 75 contacts in the log.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2JNG/p (Goodinan State Conservation Area VKFF-1320)
  2. VK3PF
  3. VK3NBL
  4. VK2IO
  5. VK7JON
  6. VK4HNS/p
  7. VK5MRE
  8. VK3CFA
  9. VK3ZMD
  10. VK3OHM
  11. VK5FANA
  12. VK5KLV
  13. VK5AW/p
  14. VK5WF
  15. VK3FCMC
  16. VK3TKK/m
  17. VK2VW
  18. VK2SB
  19. VK2NP
  20. VK2HHA
  21. VK3MCK
  22. VK3GGG
  23. VK3PMG
  24. VK7GG/m
  25. VK4TJ
  26. VK2HPN
  27. VK7DW
  28. VK5LG
  29. VK5MJ
  30. VK3ANL
  31. VK3SQ
  32. VK5IS
  33. VK2SVN
  34. VK5OB/p (Scott Creek Conservation Park 5CP-207 & VKFF-0788)
  35. VK5BJE
  36. VK4MOO
  37. VK2KJJ
  38. VK3ZVX
  39. VK4FW
  40. VK4FE
  41. VK4SMA
  42. VK3HBG
  43. G0BLB
  44. VK4RG
  45. VK2QA
  46. VK3MCX
  47. VK4QQ
  48. VK3UH
  49. VK3GB
  50. VK3FAHS
  51. VK7FPRN
  52. VK7PRN
  53. ZL4KD
  54. VK5GJ
  55. VK3VIN
  56. VK4KUS
  57. VK4MWB
  58. VK3KRH
  59. VK3VGB
  60. VK2KYO
  61. VK3FOGY

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK7XX
  2. W1FDY
  3. VE7SV
  4. VK6POP
  5. VK7JON

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5BJE
  2. VK5GJ
  3. VK5FANA
  4. VK2HPN
  5. VK3ANL
  6. VK2NP
  7. VK5FMAZ
  8. VK3PEF
  9. VK3FORD/m

 

References.

Birds SA, 2017, <http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/bullock-hill-conservation-park/&gt;, viewed 11th July 2017

Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park 5CP-276 and VKFF-1763

Over the weekend just gone I spent most of my weekend off in front of the computer, comparing CAPAD data with existing parks for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  By Sunday (9th July 2017) luncthime I had became totally annoyed with being glued to the computer, so I decided to brave the cold weather and head out to activate a park.  That day I had officially released the VKFF Boomerang Award for the WWFF program, rewarding activators who activate the same park on multiple occasions.  So I decided to head just up the road and activate the Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park 5CP-276 & VKFF-1763.  The park is located about 60 km east of Adelaide.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park, east of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park is a new park and was only gazetted on the 22nd September 2016.  It was previously set aside as Crown land.  The park extends about 15 km along the South Eastern Freeway from near Callington to Murray Bridge.  The park is 426 hectares in size, and provides important habitat for more than 60 bird species, five of which are of State conservation significance.

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Above:- Aerial shot showing the park in relation to my home QTH.  The city of Adelaide and the Gulf ST Vincent and the Yorke Peninsula can be seen in the background.  Image courtesy of Google Maps

The scrub located within the park is a mixture of plant species from across Australia.  This is due to the extensive planting in the area due to the proposed satellite city of Monarto back in the 1970’s.  The then South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan had proposed that Monarto, or ‘New Murray Town’ would become the site of a satellite city of Adelaide.  However this concept was eventually abandoned.  Today, Monarto is little more than a railway siding.  The Monarto open plains zoo is also located nearby.

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I headed to my normal operating spot in the park.  Access is via White Road.

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Above:- Map of the park showing my operating spot.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

There is a track which leads into the park.  I found a nice cleared area in amongst the scrub,and set up my station comprising the Yaesu FT-857d and the 80/40/20m linked dipole.  It was initially not a very pleasant day, very overcast and quite cold, with the occasional sprinkle of rain.  But as this was a Conservation Park I wanted to operate independent of the vehicle as is required in the rules for the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.  So I put the bothy bag to good use during this activation, with periods of operation from underneath it when it started to rain.

After setting up I headed to 7.144 and heard Neil VK4HNS working Rob VK4AAC who was activating a park.  But sadly, Rob’s signal was so low that I decided it just wasn’t worth calling him.  Feeling rather dejected because I had missed out on the Park to Park contact, I headed down the band to 7.139 and started calling CQ.  Kev VK3VEK from western Victoria was number one in the log.  This was followed by regular park hunters Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG, Peter VK3PF, Ken VK2KYO, and then my good wife Marija VK5FMAZ.

Much to my surprise, contact number 9 was with Rob VK4AAC/p whose signal had come up to a very readable 5/3.  From my home QTH I would not have been able to work Rob, but as there was no man made noise on the band due to my location, I was able to hear Rob very well from the Freshwater National Park VKFF-0187.

Contact number 21 was another Park to Park, this time with Mark VK4SMA/p who was in the Dwyers Scrub Conservation Park VKFF-1534.  This was a first time activation of the park, so it was a pleasure to be able to log Mark.  Mike VK5MCB then called in from Farina, a ghost town in the Far North of South Australia.  I visited Farina a few years ago with Marija and a few other amateurs, and operated as VK100ANZAC.

The 40m band was in average-good condition, with quite a bit of QSB on the signals.  However I was very happy to have a constant stream of callers.  Contact number 39 was another Park to Park, with Gerard VK2JNG/p who was activating the Durridgere Coordinated Conservation Area.  I logged a total of 46 stations before callers ceased.  I took the opportunity of heading down the band to 7.087.  Marija had sent me a text to advise that Ian VK5MA/6 was in a park in Western Australia.  I logged Ian who was in the Stirling Range National Park VKFF-0467, with a good 5/7 signal.

As it was the weekend for the IARU HF championships, I heard quite a few good signals coming in on 40m from Europe.  But sadly the few stations I called were unable to hear my 40w signal.  So I decided to try my luck on 20m.

Prior to calling CQ I had a tune around the band to see what conditions were like.  I heard a few European stations but they were not very strong.  But the North American stations were strong.  I logged Greg NR6Q in California USA, and then 9A0HQ in Croatia.  I then propped on 14.310 and prior to calling CQ I decided to place a post on the KFF Facebook page stating I was portable and looking for North American contacts.  Soon after I had my first USA station in the log, Jeremy in Colorado.  Hans VK6XN/p then called in, maritime mobile off the coast of Freemantle, running a Buddipole.  Hans had a good 5/7 signal.  My first maritime mobile contact whilst mobile…thanks Hans.

I was then called by Conny N5HC, Lee VK2LEE, and then Rob VK4AAC/p in VKFF-0187.  I was pleasantly surprised to then get a string of DX callers from USA, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and Alaska.  Amongst the DX I also logged a few more VK’s including Stuie VK8NSB in Darwin.  Unfortunately the DX dried up quite quickly, so I tuned across the 20m band and logged a further 10 stations from USA, Czech Republic, Mexico, Germany, and the Canary Islands.

I then headed back to 40m where I logged a further 17 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6 and New Zealand.  This included Jim VK5JW who was operating portable from a sheep station near Lake Eyre in the Far North of VK5.  The band was becoming very busy and I was competing with a YV5 station ont he frequency from Venezuela, so I QSY’d to 7.152 where I logged another 3 VK’s, before heading off to the 80m band.

I called CQ on 3.610 and this was answered by Adam VK2YK, followed by Lou VK3ALB, and then Joe VK3MAB.  Conditions on 80m were excellent, with a total of 14 stations logged from VK1, VK2, VK3, and VK5.

I had now surpassed 100 contacts for the activation.  I decided to have one last quick listen on 40m hoping to log some North American stations.  However, the few that I did call, could not hear me.  I did however, log ZL6HQ and Warren ZL2AJ in New Zealand.

The temperature had dropped down to a very chilly 8 deg and it was about 5.30 p.m. local time, and time for me to pack up and head home.  I was very happy, with a total of 114 QSO’s in the log, with some nice DX contacts.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3VEK
  2. VK3GGG
  3. VK3PMG
  4. VK3PF
  5. VK2KYO
  6. VK5FMAZ
  7. VK3ARH
  8. VK3KMH
  9. VK4AAC/p (Freshwater National Park VKFF-0187)
  10. VK3OHM
  11. VK2YK
  12. VK3ANL
  13. VK3NXT
  14. VK5NFT
  15. VK7QP
  16. VK3JP
  17. VK2PKT
  18. VK3PAT
  19. VK3BHR
  20. VK5KLV
  21. VK4SMA/p (Dwyers Scrub Conservation Park VKFF-1534)
  22. VK5MCB/p
  23. VK3QB
  24. VK3SQ
  25. VK3WAR
  26. VK1VIC/m
  27. VK7FGRA
  28. VK2HHA
  29. VK3VIN
  30. VK2LEE
  31. VK3GQ
  32. VK2NP
  33. VK3VLA
  34. VK2QK
  35. VK1AT
  36. VK3FTRI
  37. VK7FRJG
  38. VK5PET
  39. VK2JNG/p (Durridgere Co-ordinated Conservation Area VKFF-1314)
  40. VK3NBL
  41. VK4SOE/p
  42. VK2GKA
  43. VK3DBP
  44. VK4FW
  45. VK7AN
  46. VK2IO
  47. VK5MA/6 (Stirling Range National Park VKFF-0467)
  48. VK7DW
  49. VK3ZPF
  50. VK4FARR
  51. VK4KUS
  52. VK2VRC
  53. ZL1TM
  54. VK3AJA
  55. VK3BSG
  56. ZL2ASH
  57. VK3KTO
  58. VK2OA
  59. VK5JW/p
  60. VK3BBB
  61. VK6WC
  62. VK3CWF
  63. VK3MAB
  64. VK4QQ
  65. VK3ZVX
  66. VK3SX
  67. VK7JON
  68. ZL6HQ
  69. ZL2AJ

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. NR6Q
  2. 9A0HQ
  3. KE0HQO
  4. VK6XN/mm
  5. N5HC
  6. VK2LEE
  7. VK4AAC/p (Freshwater National Park VKFF-0187)
  8. AB5NX
  9. TI1K
  10. W6TXK
  11. N7VF
  12. ZL4KD
  13. VK8NSB
  14. K0BBC
  15. VE7CV
  16. JA8RJE
  17. N7GCO
  18. AL7KC
  19. VK4FW
  20. VK4FE
  21. VK2ZH
  22. K7GDL
  23. OL7HQ
  24. K4AB
  25. K3ZJ
  26. W5FMH
  27. KU2M
  28. AB4EJ
  29. XE1LM
  30. DA0HQ
  31. EF8R

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK2YK
  2. VK3ALB
  3. VK3MAB
  4. VK5FANA
  5. VK3ZPF
  6. VK3ZVX
  7. VK5FMAZ
  8. VK5YX
  9. VK1AT
  10. VK2NP
  11. VK5ATN
  12. VK5FMWW
  13. VK2VRC
  14. VK5FPAC

 

 

Activity so far in 2017

So far during the year 2017 I have undertaken a total of 55 VKFF activations for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  Of those a total of 36 were also valid for the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.

The majority of those parks, a total of forty six (46) were in South Australia, while a further nine (9) parks in Victoria.

I have made a total of 4,089 QSOs during those park activations.  That averages out to around 74 QSOs per park activation.

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I have also activated a total of seven (7) peaks for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program, and made a total of 314 QSOs during those activations.  I would like to be more active in SOTA, but it is a long drive from home for me to get to summits.

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I have also activated one Mill for the Mills on the Air program, where I made a total of 87 contacts.

So under my call of VK5PAS/p I have made a total of 4,490 contacts so far in 2017, whilst out portable during 2017.

I have also had the privilege of operating as VI5WOW and VK5WOW, where I activated a total of nine (9) parks and one (1) mill and made a total of 928 QSOs.

THANKYOU to everyone who has given me a shout so far this year whilst I’ve been out portable.