VI5LWF in the Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754

Over the weekend just gone, I was privileged to be able to use the special call of VI5LWF….LEST WE FORGET.  It is a special call to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, an agreement to stop the hostilities of World War One.


To get away from the ever increasing noise floor at home, on Saturday 3rd November 2018, I headed to my local park, the Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754, for some action using VI5LWF.  Totness is just a short 5 minute drive from my home in the Adelaide Hills.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Totness Recreation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I have activated Totness many times in the past, and as such have recorded in other posts, a stack of information about the park.  But briefly, Totness is 41 hectares (101 acres) in size and is divided by the South Eastern Freeway.  The name of the area Totness, was given by William Hannaford when he cut up section 2963, Hundred of Macclesfield, in 1861, by issuing seventy year leases with right of purchase.  Hannaford was born in Totness, Devon, in 1825, and arrived in the Emma in 1845.  The surrounding area was known as Little Totness.

I set up in my normal spot, off  Haines Firetrack.  There is a gate here, which is locked and prevents vehicular access.  However, there is pedestrian access, and a small area to park your vehicle.

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Above:- An aerial shot of the park, showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I kicked off the activation by self spotting on parksnpeaks and calling CQ on 3.610 on the 80m band.  I normally start off activations on 40m, but this time around I decided to try 80.  John VK5BJE was first in the log with a thumping 5/9 plus signal, followed by Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula, who was equally as strong.  But that was it.  Sadly, despite posts on some of the local VK5 Facebook sites, no further callers.

So I headed off to 7.144 on the 40m band.  I asked if the frequency was in use, and this was answered by Peter VK3PF, who had been waiting for me.  Following Peter I logged Lee VK3FLJD, Brett VK2VW, and then Dennis VK2HHA.  All signals were strong and it appeared the 40m band was in good shape.  I logged a total of 25 before things started to slow down.

I took the opportunity of heading up to 20m, where I found Rob VK4HAT/p on 14.310, activating the Mapleton Falls National Park VKFF-1205.  After logging Rob for a Park to Park contact, I moved down to 14.305 and started calling CQ.  Scott VK4CZ was first in the log, followed by Gerard VK2IO, and then Ray VK4NH.  I was very pleased to be called a few QSOs later by Fred VK4FE operating with the special call of VI100PEACE.  I logged 11 stations before moving back to 40m.


I propped on 7.144 and called CQ, which was answered by Rob VK4HAT/p, for another Park to Park from VKFF-1205, on a second band.  But things were really slow, and I logged just 4 further stations, before heading back to 80m.  I put a call out on the local Crafers repeater to let the VK5’s know that I was in the park, but this resulted in only 1 caller, Hans VK5KHZ.  I also spoke with David VK5KC/p who was in Tailem Bend.

So it was back to 40m.  The band had just started to open up to Europe and was getting a little crowded, so I found 7.140 clear and started calling CQ.  To my great pleasure, I was called by Tex VK1TX operating with the special call of VI1PEACE.  I logged a further 11 stations including my wife Marija VK5FMAZ.

David VK5PL had posted on Facebook that he was keen for a contact, but could not hear me on 40m.  So it was down with the squid pole again, and in with the 80m links, and back to 3.610.  I logged David VK5PL and also Mike Vk5FMWW.  But they were my only callers, so it was again back to 40m where I logged a further 3 stations including Ian VK1DI/2 who was portable in the Broulee Island Nature Reserve VKFF-2546.

I then decided to try my luck again on 20m, and I am pleased I did, as I was called by Patrick FK4WCG in New Caledonia who was 5/9 plus.  Patrick gave me 5/9 plus 20.  Not bade considering I was running 40 watts and little piece of wire.  It was great to log Rick VK4RF/VK4HA who has been a bit quiet of late.

To complete the activation I headed back to 40m and called CQ on 7.150 where I logged a total of 16 stations.  This included Peter VK3YE/p and Tom VK3FTOM/p, both portable on Chelsea Beach in Melbourne, running QRP, for the QRP by the Bay event.


With 82 contacts in the log, it was time to head home and work some DX with the call, using my 5 element yagi.

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5BJE
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK5KHZ
  4. VK5KC/p
  5. VK5PL
  6. VK5FMWW

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK3FLJD
  3. VK2VW
  4. VK2HHA
  5. VK3JP
  6. VK3CA
  7. VK3UH
  8. VK2PKT
  9. VK4NH
  10. VK4DXA
  11. ZL4TY/VK4
  12. VK3HOT
  13. VK3OHM
  14. VK4SP
  15. VK3NSC
  16. VK3LTL
  17. VK5KC/p
  18. VK7ME
  19. VK5BJE
  20. VK2UXO
  21. VK2PEX
  22. VK2ZEP
  23. VK4TJ
  24. VK3FAJH
  25. VK3CM
  26. VK4HAT/p (Mapleton Falls National Park VKFF-1205)
  27. VK2XXM
  28. VK3FT
  29. VK2KYO
  30. VK3FDZE
  31. VI1PEACE
  32. VK2IO
  33. VK5FMAZ
  34. VK3ADX
  35. VK2USH
  36. VK3FLCS
  37. VK5KLV
  38. VK3ELH
  39. VK2UH
  40. VK3BBB/m
  41. VK3ALN
  42. VK2ZVG
  43. VK4SMA
  44. VK3ARH
  45. VK1DI/2 (Broulee Island Nature Reserve VKFF-2546)
  46. VK3ANL
  47. VK4RF
  48. VK4HA
  49. VK2LX
  50. VK2HMV
  51. VK3PAT
  52. VK3BAP
  53. VK3NBL
  54. VK3TJK
  55. VK3PWG
  56. VK2HBO
  57. VK3YE/p
  58. VK3FAJO
  59. VK3FTOM/p
  60. VK2QK
  61. VK2NN

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4HAT/p (Mapleton Falls National Park VKFF-1205)
  2. VK4CZ
  3. VK2IO
  4. VK4NH
  5. VK4DXA
  6. ZL4TY/VK4
  7. VK4AAC/m
  8. VK4FE
  9. VI100PEACE
  10. VK4SMA
  11. VK4TE
  12. VK7KJL
  13. FK4WCG
  14. VK4RF
  15. VK4HA



State Library South Australia , 2018, <>, viewed 7th November 2018

Wikipedia, 2018, <>, viewed 7th November 2018

2 thoughts on “VI5LWF in the Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754

  1. Hi Chris,

    I have flogged Totness to death, as it is just a short drive from home. But it is a nice handy park to escape the noise floor at home. 40m is becoming almost unworkable at home now due to noise.

    73 mate,

    Paul VK5PAS.

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