On Saturday 21st March 2020 I headed out mid-afternoon to activate the Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828 and take part in the 2020 John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
I entered into the 6-hour single operator portable category.
I have operated from the Monarto Conservation Park many times in the past. The park is located about 80 km east of Adelaide.
I operated from my normal spot, which is adjacent to the carpark on Ferries McDonald Road.
The aim of the John Moyle Memorial Field Day is….
“to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable and field operation, and provide training for emergency situations. The rules are therefore specifically designed and focussed to encourage field operations.”
For some very interesting information on John Moyle, the man, please see my previous post…….
I was set up and ready to go by about 2.55 p.m. local time. I ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80 linked dipole for this activation. My power output was 40 watts.
My first contact was with Peter VK3PWG in Victoria on the 40m band. My final contact was with Garry VK7JGD in Tasmania on the 80m band.
I made a total of 239 contacts in my 6 hour period, with a claimed score of 478 points.
How does that compare to my scores in previous years?
- 2019 – 187 QSOs
- 2018 – did not operate portable
- 2017 – 241 QSOs
- 2016 – 229 QSOs
- 2015 – 238 QSOs
- 2014 – 155 QSOs
The chart below (courtesy of VK Contest Log) shows my activity during the Field Day.
The vast majority of my contacts were on the 40m band, a total of 176 QSOs. I made 47 QSOs on 80m, and just 16 QSOs on 20m.
Most of my contacts were into Victoria (VK3) with a total of 83 QSOs. This was followed by New South Wales (VK2) with a total of 59 QSOs, and then Queensland (VK4) with a total of 34 QSOs. I was very pleased to work ZL3VZ on 20, 40 & 80m SSB, and also ZL1GAB on 40m.
The map below shows my contacts around Australia and into New Zealand during the Field Day.
THANK YOU to everyone who called.