On Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, and Wednesday 21st July 2021, Marija VK5MAZ and I had the VK100AF callsign allocated to us once again. This is a special event call to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Over the 3 day period we made a total of 389 QSOs.
This included contacts into 30 different DXCC entities:-
- Asiatic Russia
- European Russia
- Federal Republic of Germany
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Korea
- United States of America
We made contacts on 10, 20, 40, & 80m SSB. There was a small opening to VK1, VK2, and VK3 on 10m on Tuesday which I took advantage of. There was no propagation on the 15m band.
10m – 18 QSOs
20m – 137 QSOs
40m – 122 QSOs
80m – 112 QSOs
DX this time around was a little more scarce. I found that there was very little, if any at all, openings on the long path on 20m to Europe during our afternoon. On Wednesday evening there was a small opening to Europe on the short path.
I worked 25 stations in the USA and 4 stations in Canada. This was on 20m SSB and 40m SSB.
The majority of ur contacts were around Australia and into New Zealand. We made a total of 290 QSOs to VK stations and 14 to New Zealand.
We had some interesting contacts during the 3 days. This included contact with Dave G4AKC who was bicycle mobile. We spoke with Dave on both Monday and Wednesday on 20m, with band conditions being much better on Wednesday afternoon.
We also spoke with Sam F4GYG/p who was activating FFF- 0364 in France for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.
It was great to speak with Jack W1FDY, on the Southern Cross DX Net. Jack had been running the net for many years and of recent years propagation has not been terrific.
We also spoke with Raul VK2IMP who was mobile. This was Raul’s first ever mobile contact.
We also logged Erwin VK4ERW who was maritime mobile at Fraser Island.
Park activators included Gerard VK2IO and Deryck VK4FDJL/8.
We spoke with Richard N4ICV in Texas, who was a former aircraft mechanic. Also Len KM4WW ho was former Marine Corp.
THANK YOU to everyone who called. We have the callsign again next month in August.
It was a real honour to have been able to use these 2 special event callsigns. Marija and I had a lot of fun and worked some great DX.