The 2017 Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Annual General Meeting & Convention has been and gone. And along with it, the special calls of VK5WOW and VI5WOW.
As part of the special award which is on offer, a number of park activations as VK5WOW and VI5WOW were undertaken. I activated 6 Conservation Parks and 1 mill for Mills on the Air as VK5WOW. And 2 Conservation Parks as VI5WOW.
I used VK5WOW during the following activations:-
- Scott Creek Conservation Park (16/4/2017) -157 QSOs
- Cooltong Conservation Park (23/4/2017) – 161 QSOs
- Monarto Conservation Park (28/4/2017) – 113 QSOs
- Totness Recreation Park (4/5/2017) – 130 QSOs
- Nixons Mill Hahndorf (13/5/2017) – 89 QSOs
- Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park (13/5/2017) – 107 QSOs
- Mark Oliphant Conservation Park (21/5/2017) – 31 QSOs
Total of 788 QSOs I made as VK5WOW.
I used VI5WOW during the following activations:-
- Mount George Conservation Park (18/5/2017) – 84 QSOs
- Mylor Conservation Park (21/5/2017) – 56 QSOs
Total of 140 QSOs I made as VI5WOW.
Total of 928 QSOs I made as VK5WOW and VI5WOW.
David VK5KC used VK5WOW to activate the Murray River National Park, making 11 contacts. Steve VK5SFA activated the Black Hill Conservation Park as VK5WOW, making 126 QSOs. This brings the total number of contacts for VK5WOW to 914, with 25 of those being Park to Park contacts.
Peter VK3PF also activated two Conservation Parks in the South East of South Australia, using VI5WOW: Kungari Conservation Park , Lake Hawdon Conservation Park. Thus adding a further 69 contacts for VI5WOW, bringing the total number of contacts for VI5WOW from parks to 209. Of those, 3 were Park to Park contacts.
Together, VK5WOW and VI5WOW (whilst operating portable) made a total of 1,123 QSOs from 12 different parks and 1 mill for the Mills on the Air weekend. Of course many other contacts were made by other operators who were operating from home, using digital modes, etc.
Below is a bar graph showing the VK5WOW/ and VI5WOW/p contacts.
The vast majority of contacts were into Victoria-VK3 (367), followed by South Australia-VK5 (228) and closely followed by New South Wales-VK2 (198). Sadly, there were only a small number of DX stations worked. A breakdown of QSOs can be seen in the bar graph below and the following stats:-
- VK1 – 25
- VK2 – 198
- VK3 – 367
- VK4 – 175
- VK5 – 228
- VK6 – 37
- VK7 – 55
- VK8 – 2
- Japan – 7
- New Zealand – 13
- USA – 1
- Germany – 2
- England – 1
- Belgium – 2
- French Polynesia – 1
- Spain – 1
- Croatia – 2
- Finland – 1
- Italy – 4
- France – 1
As a result of the activity from parks VK5WOW has been awarded a handful of awards for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program: the Bronze VKFF Hunter certificate and the Silver VKFF certificate.
VK5WOW also received the global WWFF Hunter 10 certificate for working 10 different WWFF references.
VK5WOW has also been issued with the WWFF global Park to Park 10 award certificate.