Recently I was queried if it was possible to have the 4 missing Victorian National Parks placed on the list for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program. Missing parks you say? What am I referring to?
Well, first I need to fill you in on a bit of history on the WWFF program. The following is direct from the WWFF global website…..
“The Flora and Fauna movement within ham radio was initiated in 2008 by the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) as World Flora and Fauna (WFF) program. In 2012 the program relaunched as WWFF: WorldWide Flora and Fauna with a different organization using the strengths of the existing national programs that were already important pillars in WFF. WWFF uses the activity databases of the participating members (containing activities from as early as 1995) as collected in the WWFF logsearch and builds upon the rules and references of the previous program. Note that WWFF has no ties to RW3GW who controlled the WFF organization”
If you would like to read a full history on WFF and WWFF you can read more on the WWFF Australia website at…..
Only parks established before 2008 are on the WWFF list throughout the world (they can be found in the WWFF Directory).
I became involved in WWFF in March 2013 and I established the Australian WWFF program (which is referred to as VKFF). At that time I found that there were numerous Australian National Parks that were established and gazetted prior to 2008, which did not appear in the WWFF Directory. I spent a number of months confirming details surrounding those parks, and I am pleased to say that in January, 2014, after extensive consultation with the WWFF Committee, I was successful in having over 100 Australian National Parks added to the WWFF Directory.
However, that left many Australian National Parks that were established and gazetted after 2008.
Section 5.2.1 of the WWFF global rules state that consideration of expanding the national list of references will be considered by the WWFF Council, only if the following conditions exist:
- 50%, 75% , 90% activated rule
a) When 50% of National WWFF areas have been activated, it is possible to assign up to a maximum of 50 new FF references.
b) When 75% of National WWFF areas have been activated, it is possible to assign up to a maximum of 75 new FF references.
c) When 90% of National WWFF areas have been activated, it is possible to assign up to a maximum of 90 new FF references.
In other words, for me to get permission to have additional National Parks added to the WWFF Directory (those parks created after 2008), we as Australian amateurs need to fulfil the activation rules mentioned above. Not an easy task I know, considering the vast size of Australia and the number of amateurs we have down here.
But WWFF is not the only program which faces adversity for Australian hams. The SOTA program also has its inequities. We have to remember that these programs were created in European countries, primarily (or at least at the beginning), aimed at Europeans and based on European conditions. But we as Aussies are all up for the challenge, aren’t we?
This is where it is extremely important that if you activate an Australian National Park, that you send me your activator log, as either an ADIF file, or by using the cvs file which you can find in the Files section of the WWFF Australia Yahoo group.
Why send me your log? Because 1/ as you can see, I, as the Australian WWFF co-ordinator need to prove to the WWFF Committee that we are active to get new parks added; 2/ as an activator you can apply for awards on line and follow your progress; and 3/ park hunters are attributed with working you whilst you were in a National Park.
I have posted previously about the WWFF program, and discussed LogSearch. Here is a link to that post with a lot of information…..
The WWFF LogSearch now has 4,625,333 QSOs in the database, from 6,891 different references, in 92 DXCC entities.
Out of interest, I checked the WWFF LogSearch facility tonight and found that 134 different VKFF references have been activated around Australia as follows…..
New South Wales – 55
Queensland – 7
Northern Territory – 1
Western Australia – 4
Tasmania – 3
South Australia – 15
Victoria – 40
Australian Territories – 8
graph courtesy of http://www.onlinecharttool.com
As you would expect, with the largest number of parks, New South Wales is out in front, as far as the number of different VKFF references worked. This is followed by Victoria on 41, and then South Australia on 15. Of note for Victoria, is that 41 of their existing 45 National Parks qualify for WWFF, and all 41 have been activated. I think this is a good indication of the very strong following of the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks program in Victoria. And South Australia needs to be mentioned as well. South Australia only has 21 National Parks, and yet 15 of those have been activated. And some of those are in very remote locations, thousands of km away from a major capital city.
Due to the high park activity in Victoria I am going to attempt to have the other 4 Victorian National Parks added to the list. One of my arguments is going to be focussed on the size of Australia…..
image courtesy of http://www.celsius1414.com
The most activated VKFF references were as follows…..
- 17 activations
- Total QSOs 95,171
- 21 activations
- Total QSOs 61,928
- 24 activations,
- Total QSOs 41, 958
Willis, Norfolk and Christmas Islands are rare DXCC entities and IOTA’s as well as being VKFF reference areas, so it is not surprising that they lead the way. However, it should be noted, that the DX pedition operators did submit their logs for upload to the WWFF LogSearch, and they are to be applauded for that.
The other popular parks around Australia are as follows…..
In the Australian Capital Territory:
Namadgi National Park
- 42 activations
- 1,145 QSOs
- 6 activations
- Total QSO’s 2,657
- 2 activations
- Total QSOs 1,158
Great Barrier Reef
- 4 activations
- Total QSOs 1,480.
Great Sandy National Park
- 21 activations
- Total QSOs 1,650.
Alpine National Park
- 29 activations
- Total QSOs 1,054
Yarra Ranges National Park
- 32 activations
- Total QSOs 708
- 43 activations
- Total QSOs 570
In South Australia:
Canunda National Park
- 7 activations
- Total QSOs 408
Coorong National Park
- 4 activations
- Total QSOs 403.
Onkaparinga River National Park
- 3 activations
- Total QSOs 256
And here is a list of the top activators in the VKFF program. Tony VK3VTH is the top activator with 44 different VKFF references, closely followed by Peter VK3PF on 43, and then Peter VK3ZPF on 41.
And a list of the top park hunters in the VKFF program. Yours truly is at the top on 83 different VKFF references, but being closely followed by Peter VK3PF on 80, and then Ron VK3AFW on 68.
And finally, here are the top activators in the VKFF program (with reference to the number of QSOs)…..
Many park activators are sending me their logs. Sadly, many are not.
So, PLEASE, if you have activated an Australian National Park, send me your log. Even if you are not chasing the WWFF awards, your log will benefit other amateurs.
And despite my best efforts to promote WWFF around Australia, it seems that the only active States are New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia (the same three active States in SOTA). So, if you are reading this from outside of those three States, why not give a park activation a go. It is a lot of fun and very addictive, and yes, you escape from that terrible noise floor at home. You can hear a pin drop.