VI100AF for the last time.

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.

Above:- Graph showing our QSOs per band.

A total of 35 different DXCC entities were worked.

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • European Russia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • USA

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.

Above:- FK8GU. Image c/o his QRZ.com page

I worked John VK4VT using a former RAAF transceiver, a Racal TRA906, which was another interesting contact.

Above:- Racal TRA906. Image c/o worthpoint.com

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