VK100AF in April 2021

On Friday 23rd April and Saturday 24th April 2021, Marija VK5MAZ and I had use of the special event callsign of VK100AF, to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.

We operated from home and also out in the field. All up we made a total of 303 QSOs into 27 different DXCC entities.

DXCC worked were as follows:-

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • European Russia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hawaii
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • Wake Island

The map below shows our contacts.

First in the log on the weekend was Marty VK4KC who was activating a park for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park VKFF-1522. My final contact was on Sunday evening with Tim VK5AV.

There was a nice opening each day on 20m long path into Europe.

On Saturday morning Marija and I headed to Lake Albert and operated from there for about 2 hours. Why Lake Albert? On the 3rd day of June 1942, an Avro Anson, No. W2370, was on a training flight from No. 6 Service Flying Training School at Mallalla. The crew on board lost their way in the darkness and after circling the town of Meningie and Lake Albert for some time, the aircraft finally crashed into Lake Albert. All four RAAF personnel on board were killed. Marija and I logged 73 contacts at this location.

More info on that specific activation can be found at…..

https://vk5pas.org/2021/05/15/vk100f-at-lake-albert/

Over the 2 days we operated on 10, 15, 30, 40, & 80m SSB. An equal number of contacts were made on 20m and 40m SSB.

  • 10m 3 QSOs
  • 15m 1 QSO
  • 20m 138 QSOs
  • 40m 138 QSOs
  • 80m 23 QSOs

Just 3 QSOs were made on 10m into VK2 and VK5. And just one QSO on 15m into VK2.

The most interesting QSOs over the weekend were with Paul VK0PD in Antarctica on 40m, and Randy WW6RG/KH9 on Wake Island on 20m

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