Progress of the VK5 Parks Award

In a few days time, the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award will be in its 4th month of operation.  In a short space of time it appears to have attracted considerable attention by VK5 operators and interstate operators alike.


Unfortunately we don’t have a database like SOTA, so some of the facts and figures below might be a little bit inaccurate.  They are based on postings on the Yahoo Group and other sources on the internet.

Total number of members on Yahoo group…..

  • 36 (from VK1, VK2, VK3, & VK5).

Total number of parks activated….

  • 71

Total number of known activators…..

  • 20

Known activators…..

  1. Larry VK5LY
  2. John, VK5BJE
  3. David, VK5KC
  4. Col, VK5HCF
  5. Brian, VK5FMID
  6. Andy, VK5LA
  7. Paul, VK5PAS
  8. Will, VK5AHV
  9. Andy, VK5AKH
  10. Dave, VK5DGR
  11. Mandy, VK5FMOO
  12. Joel, VK5FJMS
  13. Mark, VK5QI
  14. Kim, VK5FJ
  15. Rod, VK5FTTC
  16. Ia, VK5CZ
  17. Ian, VK1DI/5
  18. Steve, VK5AIM
  19. John, VK5FMJC
  20. Tom, VK5EE

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Total number of certificates issued…..

  • 24

Bronze Activator certificates…..

  1. John, VK5BJE
  2. Larry, VK5LY
  3. Paul, VK5PAS

Silver Activator certificates issued…..

  1. John, VK5BJE
  2. Paul, VK5PAS

Gold Activator certificates issued…..

  1. Paul, VK5PAS

Bronze Hunter certificates issued…..

  1. Nick, VK3ANL
  2. Col, VK5HCF
  3. Brian, VK5FMID
  4. Paul, VK5PAS
  5. Larry, VK5LY
  6. John, VK5BJE

Silver Hunter certificates issued…..

  1. Brian, VK5FMID
  2. Col, VK5HCF
  3. Larry, VK5LY
  4. Nick, VK3ANL
  5. John, VK5BJE
  6. Paul, VK5PAS

Gold Hunter certificates issued…..

  1. Brian, VK5FMID
  2. Paul, VK5PAS
  3. John, VK5BJE

Bronze Park to Park certificates issued…..

  1. Larry, VK5LY
  2. Paul, VK5PAS
  3. John, VK5BJE

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Thanks to everyone who has supported the award program, Activators and Hunters alike.

And here’s hoping that the program gets bigger & bigger, with many more activators coming on board.

Talk to Adelaide Bushwalkers

Last night I gave a talk on amateur radio to Adelaide Bushwalkers, with particular emphasis on Summits on the Air, the VK5 Parks Award, WWFF, & the KRMNPA.  David VK5KC and John VK5BJE came along with me and helped answer questions at the end of the powerpoint presentation.  The talk went for about 40 minutes with about 20 minutes of questions at the end.



Membership of Adelaide Bushwalkers offers great opportunities for walking and other outdoor activities.  The club holds regular weekend overnight hikes and day-walks, and makes good use of long weekends to do a variety of trips further afield. (This includes multi-walk, chartered bus-trips to the Flinders in June, and the Grampians in October.)  Members also lead a number of extended walks e.g. to Tasmania, or the northern Flinders Ranges. In the summer months, kayaking and cycling are also popular pursuits.  The club has an active social calendar which throughout the year includes dinners, BBQs, presentations, guest speakers and various unofficial events as well.

There were about 50 people in attendance (young & old) who all showed a keen interest in the topics.  Quite a few people took a copy of the brochure “Calling CQ” which is issued/printed by the WIA.

David, John, and I were very impressed with the meeting, and this group is certainly well worth joining.

Their website is located at…..

Thanks to Gabrielle McMahon who allowed me the opportunity speak at their meeting.