Between March and August, Marija VK5MAZ and myself were honoured to use the special event callsigns of VK100AF and VI100AF, to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.
We would like to thank Stuie VK8NSB who organised the event. He did a fantastic job putting it all together.
Marija and me were one of around 50 amateurs who took part using the calls. VI100AF was on air from March until the end of May. VK100AF remains on air until the end of August.
We had the 2 callsigns on 9 different occasions. We made a total of 3,078 QSOs. This was into 66 different DXCC entities.
Countries worked were:-
- Asiatic Russia
- Balearic Islands
- Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- European Russia
- Federal Republic of Germany
- Lord Howe Island
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Korea
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- South Cook Islands
- United States of America
- Virgin Islands
- Wake Island
The map below shows our contacts around the world.
During March, April, May, June, and July we found that long path 20m band conditions into Europe & the UK were good. Unfortunately there was virtually no long path propagation during August.
The map below shows our contacts into Europe.
Our 40m antenna is a rotatable dipole at about 55 feet, and with 100 watts, it is difficult to make good contacts on that band into the USA. However, we did make a few, and also made North American contacts on 20m.
The map below shows our contacts into North America and the Carribean.
We only found some propagation on the 15m band to Asia during March, and very little if any on 10m, so we did not make a lot of contacts into Asia. The map below shows our contacts into that part of the world.
We were very happy to make some contacts on 20m into Africa. The map below shows our contacts into that part of the world.
Most of our contacts were on the 40m band as can be seen in the graph below.
- 10m – 27 QSOs
- 15m – 32 QSOs
- 20m – 1,137 QSOs
- 40m – 1,256 QSOs
- 80m – 624 QSOs
THANK YOU to everyone who called us between March and August whilst we had the calls. We had a terrific time and it was a real honour to be able to use the special event callsigns. Thanks to Stuie VK8NSB for asking us to take part.