WorldWide Flora and Fauna (WWFF)

This blog is just a quick reminder to all about the…..

World Wide Flora & Fauna (WWFF) program.

The WWFF program encourages portable operation from designated nature parks and protected nature areas around the world.  There are currently 39 participating countries in the WWFF program, in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, & Oceania.

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The WWFF program commenced in late 2012, after being re-named and ‘rebadged’.  It was previously known as World Flora Fauna (WFF).  The Australian (VKFF) program commenced in March, 2013.  I am the Australian co-ordinator.

In Australia, the qualifying areas for WWFF are National Parks.  There are currently over 730 National Parks recorded on the Australian (VKFF) list, so there is certainly no shortage of available parks here in Australia.  Over 100  parks were added to the VKFF list earlier this year.  These parks had initially been left off the original list compiled at the commencement of the WFF program.

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More information on the WWFF program can be located at the WWFF global website at…..

http://www.wwff.co

And for information on the Australian (VKFF) program, please have a look at…..

http://www.wwffaustralia.com

What parks can you activate in Australia?

As mentioned, qualifying parks in Australia are National Parks.  You can view a list of all qualifying Australian National Parks on the VKFF website mentioned above.  You can also download a list from there as well.  Or you can download the entire WWFF Directory from the global WWFF website.  This will show you all qualifying parks around the world.

Please note, that only Australian National Parks established and gazetted before 2008 qualify at this stage.  As more parks are activated, I will be allowed to add the newly established parks.

What do you need to do to qualify a park?

There are two distinct areas in WWFF.  They are the global rules and awards system, and then there is the relevant National rules and awards system.

Why two systems?  Some countries do not have National representation.  However, this does not preclude amateurs from activating designated parks that appear in the WWFF Directory, that are located in those countries.  So in those instances the global WWFF rules and apply.  Basically this means that you require 44 QSOs over a 2 hour operating period.  This can be accumulative.  The WWFF global council, of which I am on, offer WWFF global awards.

However, some countries have National representation and have their own National rules and offer their own National awards.  This is the case with the Australian (VKFF) program.  To qualify an Australian National Park for the VKFF program, you only need 10 QSOs over a 30 minute activation period.  Again, this can be accumulated.

Sof if you are lucky enough to operate for 2 hours (includes establishing the station) and get your 44 + QSOs, then not only have you qualified the park under the global rules, but you have certainly well and truly activated the park under the VKFF rules.  The bonus is that you are well on your way to at least 2 different award certificates…a global one, and also a VKFF National certificate.

So once you’ve activated a qualifying National Park, what do you need to do?

You need to send me a copy of your activator log in either ADIF format or by using the csv file template (mentioned below).  The log will then be uploaded to the WWFF LogSearch.  Please send the log to my email address at…..

simmopa@iprimus.com.au

What do you need to do as a park Hunter?

The answer is nothing.  Unlike some other programs, you do not need to have anything uploaded to LogSearch if you are a Hunter.

So what is LogSearch?

A pivotal part of the WWFF program is the LogSearch facility, which enables activators to have their logs uploaded electronically by WWFF National co-ordinators.  Through LogSearch, WWFF Activators and Hunters can view their progress in the WWFF program, and apply for awards on line.

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There are currently 3,890,424 QSOs in the LogSearch database, from 5,255 different references in 80 DXCCs.  It is a big data base!

LogSearch can be found at…..

http://logsearch.wwff.co/index.php

For more information on LogSearch and its features, you will find a file in the FILES section of the WWFF Australia Yahoo group.  The file is called ‘What is WWFF LogSearch?’ which I compiled on 27th March, 2014.  It explains LogSearch in full and is a good reference.

How do I send a log?

I need an ADIF file of your activation.

Or you can send your activation log to me as a csv file.

Option 1.  ADIF.

ADIF stands for Amateur Data Interchange Format.  ADIF is an open standard for exchange of data between ham radio software packages available from different vendors.

If you submit an ADIF file for upload to the LogSearch facility, please see the required information below…..

Required

o DATE
o BAND
o MODE
o CALL Hunter call-sign

Optional

o TIME_ON Not used
o STATION_CALLSIGN Activator station call-sign used on the air
o OPERATOR Activator operator’s personal home-call
o MY_SIG Reference eg VKFF-xxx

Option 2.  csv file

If you do not run an electronic log, then the second option is to send me a csv file (comma-separated value, or sometimes called character-separated value).  All csv files are supported by all spreadsheet programs such as Excel, OpenOffice, Google Docs spreadsheets, etc.

Andrew 2E0GFF (formerly M6ADB) has placed a template Excel file in the FILES section of the WWFF Australia Yahoo group, that can be used to submit for LogSearch.  It needs to be saved as a csv file prior to sending it to me for upload.  A single log file can be used for multiple activities/references!

You may see some abbreviations in the Excel file.

EOH = End of Header

EOR = End of Row

EOF = End of File.

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WWFF global awards.

As mentioned, the WWFF global council offers ‘global’ awards.  These are available for FREE as a PDF files via the WWFF LogSearch facility.  For more information on these awards, please see the WWFF global website.

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The WWFF global team have also recently initiated some new awards and there are others on the drawing board.  Again, further information on these awards can be found on the website.

Other National awards.

The participating National programs in WWFF also maintain various national award programs for hunters and activators.  For details on these, please check out the ‘WWFF National Awards’ page on the WWFF global website.

WFF UK Gold Award

VKFF Awards

The Australian (VKFF) program also offers their own special certificates.  For Activators and Hunters there are five levels:

  1. Bronze (10 different VKFF areas)
  2. Silver (20 different VKFF areas)
  3. Gold (30 different VKFF areas)
  4. Platinum (40 different VKFF areas)
  5. Diamond (50 different VKFF areas).

The certificates can be applied for online via LogSearch and are sent for FREE as a PDF.  Or if you do not have a printer, I can print the certificate and mail it to you at a coast of $5.00.  The certificates are printed on A4 high quality photo paper on my Epson Artisan 730 printer.

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I have also just recently introduced the VKFF DX Hunter award and the VKFF Worked All Australia award.  More details on these two new awards can be found on the WWFF Australia website.

Thankyou.

I would like to say thank you to two active VK1 amateurs: Andrew VK1NAM and Ian VK1DI, for their efforts in promoting the WWFF program.

Andrew has been regularly submitting his logs to me for upload to LogSearch, and has also mentioned the WWFF / VKFF program a number of times on this WordPress site…..

http://vk1nam.wordpress.com

Ian has also been regularly submitting his logs and has also mentioned WWFF / VKFF a number of times on his blog.  Ian has also done some excellent work with mapping all of the VKFF reference areas.   These files can be downloaded from the FILES section of the WWFF Australia Yahoo group.

http://vk1di.blogspot.com.au

And also to two active VK3 amateurs: Tony VK3VTH, and Peter VK3ZPF, who have both been busy activating VKFF parks in Victoria, and working lots of DX along the way.  Both have regularly supplied their logs and their tallies on LogSearch are looking very healthy.

And there are many other Australian amateurs who have now embraced VKFF activations.  Thanks to all.

Summary.

So there you go.  If you would like to combine your love for great outdoors and enjoy travelling to beautiful locations around Australia, whilst combining the hobby of amateur radio.  Then WWFF may be for you.

Many SOTA peaks are located within National Parks.  Mapping files & spreadsheets showing a correlation between peaks and parks can be located in the Files section of the WWFF Australia Yahoo group at…..

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wwffaustralia/info

Additionally, you can combine WWFF with the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award and the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

Happy park activating and hunting!

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