2017 VK Shires Contest

I have finalised my log for the 2017 VK Shires Contest.  I entered into the Single Op All Band Rover section.  I activated the following shires during the contest:-

  • Grant District Council – GD5 (Telford Scrub Conservation Park & Lower Glenelg River Conservation Park)
  • City of Mount Gambier Council – MG5 (in Mount Gambier)
  • Glenelg Shire Council – GL3 (Lower Glenelg National Park, VICTORIA)

I ended up with a total of 193 QSOs.  I worked a total of 151 different Shires and two Zones.  My claimed score is 29,529 points.


The band conditions were quite challenging at times during the contest, with close in propagation being non existant at times.

I ran my normal portable station for the contest, consisting of Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and a 20/40/80m linked dipole, inverted vee, supported on a 7m telescopic heavy duty squid pole.

I was active from around 0714 UTC on Saturday 10h June in the Telford Scrub Conservation Park, just north of Mount Gambier.  This is located in the Grant District Council area.  I activated the park for around 2 hours & 15 minutes, making a total of 79 contacts on 40m SSB & 80m SSB.  Marija VK5FMAZ was also with me and spent a little bit of time on air making some contacts for the contest.  In the end it got just too cold for us in the park, so we headed into Mount Gambier to buy some tea.  I made a handful (6) of contacts whilst in Mount Gambier.

Then on Sunday morning, 11th June, Marija and I headed to the Lower Glenelg River Conservation Park situated right on the VK5/VK3 border.  This is also located in the Grant District Council area.  I was on air from around 0016 UTC until 0151 UTC and made a total of 44 contacts for the Contest.  Plus a few double ups for those I had worked the day before, but who wanted to log the park.   Marija also qualified the park and made a number of contacts for the contest.

We then crossed the border into Victoria and activated the Lower Glenelg National Park which was located in Glenelg Shire Council (GL3).  I made a total of 65 contacts on 40m SSB & 20m SSB.  Marija also qualified the park for both the WWFF global program and also VKFF, and also the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award.

Below is a graph (from VK Contest Logger) which shows my activity.  From around 0714 UTC on Saturday for a bit over 2 hours.  And then again on Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

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The vast majority of my contacts were made on SSB on the 40m band – a total of 155 QSOs.

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The graph below shows my activity on the 40m band where I made a total of 155 QSOs.

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The graph below shows my activity on the 80m band where I made a total of 35 QSOs.

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And just 3 QSOs on the 20m band on SSB.  Conditions on 20m were extremely poor.

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Last year I made a total of 156 QSOs with 16,704 points and came first in the Rover section.  This year I made an additional 33 contacts on top of last year.  I’ll be keen to see the results for this year’s contest.

I will tally up Marija’s contest QSOs and place another post once I have completed her log.

6 thoughts on “2017 VK Shires Contest

  1. Hi John,

    I don’t go in many contests nowadays, but I love operating portable as you no doubt know, so this is a great fit for me. There were plenty of periods of CQ calls which went unanswered sadly.


    Paul VK5PAS.

    • G’day Chris,

      Thanks for the comments. Next year I’m going to give the contest a real crack. This year Marija and I were predominantly down in the SE for the SERG convention.


      Paul VK5PAS.

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