WIA AGM in May 2015

The WIA AGM weekend in Canberra is to be held between Friday 8th May 2015 – Sunday 10th May 2015.

More information on the 2015 WIA AGM can be found at…..


I will be attending the AGM and delivering a short presentation on the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  See below….

Screenshot 2015-04-16 12.41.27The talk with have emphasis on the participation of Foundation operators, as this year, 2015, is the 10th anniversary of the Foundation licence here in Australia.

I would be very keen to hear from any Foundation operators who have been involved in the WWFF program, and also the VK5 Parks program.  Please send me any comments to my email address at…..



2nd year anniversary results

Here are some results from the activation weekend for the 2nd year anniversary of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award, sponsored by the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.

The weekend was held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015.

There were a total of 111 park activations, and of those 81 were unique parks (in other words different parks).  South Australia was well represented with parks being activated in the Far North, the South East, the Riverland, the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide metropolitan area, and the Yorke Peninsula.


Above:- Tom VK5EE and Col VK5HCF in the Big Heath CP in the South East

A total of 41 amateurs took part as activators.  Below is a list of those who headed out into the field:-

  • Chris VK4FR/5
  • David VK5AAH
  • Andy VK5AKH
  • Tim VK5AV
  • Doc VK5BUG
  • Ian VK5CZ
  • Tom VK5EE
  • Alan VK5FAJS
  • Adrian VK5FANA
  • Gary VK5FGRY
  • Peter VK5FLEX
  • Bob VK5FO
  • Tom VK5FTRG
  • Norm VK5GI
  • Greg VK5GJ
  • Gordon VK5GY
  • Col VK5HCF
  • David VK5HDW
  • Geoff VK5HEL
  • David VK5KC
  • Andrew VK5KET
  • Peter VK5KX
  • Lesley VK5LOL
  • Bill VK6MBD
  • Matt VK5MLB
  • Andrew VK5MR
  • Nigel VK5NIG
  • David VK5NQP
  • Roy VK5NRG
  • Keith VK5OQ
  • Peter VK5PET
  • Mark VK5QI
  • Steve VK5SFA
  • Hans VK5YX
  • Tony VK5ZAI
  • Arno VK5ZAR
  • Greg VK5ZGY
  • Richard VK5ZRY
  • Paul VK5PAS

More than 3,000 QSOs were made by the activators all around Australia and throughout the world.

Martins Washpool CP

Above:- Greg VK5ZGY in the Martins Washpool CP

I would like to thank all the amateurs who took part in the weekend, both park activators and park hunters.

A special thanks to Tony VK3VTH/5 and Tim VK3MTB/5 who crossed the border to activate South Australian parks.

It was very pleasing to hear a number of first time park activators including Greg VK5GJ and Norm VK5GI, who activated parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and Roy VK5NRG who ventured out with David VK5KC.

Congratulations also to the five Foundation operators who took part as activators.


Above:- with Richard VK5ZRY in Point Davenport CP on the Yorke Peninsula.

Other notable mentions go to Chris VK4FR/5 who travelled over to Kangaroo Island, OC-and put a number of quite rare parks on air.  Also to husband and wife team, Greg VK5ZGY amd Gabbie, who activated multiple parks in the South East.Many of the parks that were activated also qualified for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, with a number of activators taking advantage of the good conditions and working DX on 20m.  They made many European, UK, and North American park hunters very happy.

More information on the VK5 Parks Award can be found at….


Below is the audio from the WIA National broadcast with the weekend’s results…..

And here is the audio from the VK5 local news……