On Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th, and Tuesday 25th May 2021, Marija VK5MAZ and myself had the special event callsign of VI100AF for 4 days.
We operated from home on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. At home our operating equipment is a Yaesu FT-2000, and 100 watts. The antenna for 80m is a home brew dipole, inverted vee. The antenna for 40m is a rotatable dipole at 55 feet. And the antenna for 10, 15, & 20m is a 5 element yagi at 50 feet.
On Monday I activated from the field – activating a park and two HEMA summits.
Over the 4 days we made a total of 557 QSOs on 15, 20, 40 & 80m SSB.
A total of 35 different DXCC entities were worked.
- Balearic Islands
- Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- European Russia
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon there was a nice opening on the long path on 20m into Europe. The callsign proved to be very popular, with some very big European pile-ups. Unfortunately there was no opening at all on Tuesday to Europe.
We also logged a sprinkle of USA and Canadian stations, along with two stations from Panama (HP6DJA and HP6LEF), NP4A in Puerto Rico, and ZF1DM in the Cayman Islands.
Pedro NP4A was a huge signal on 40m.
Despite the callsign having been on air since 1st March 2021, there was a a nice steady flow of callers from Australia and New Zealand.
A number of former RAAF personnel were logged. This included:
- Frank VK1VK
- Tony VK3CCM
- Wayne VK2DWP
- Ron VK2MU
- Bernard VK3BFH
Overseas former Air Force stations who I spoke to included:
- Gerry W5RJJ
- Jack FK8GU
Jacques ‘Jack’ FK8GU and I were 15/9 to each other on 20m and had an interesting chat. He is former French Air Force.
I worked John VK4VT using a former RAAF transceiver, a Racal TRA906, which was another interesting contact.