On Sunday 6th, Monday 7th, and Tuesday 8th February 2022, Marija VK5MAZ and I were fortunate to be able to use the special event callsign of VK90ABC, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

On 1st July 1932, radio announcer Conrad Charlton sat alongside then-prime minister Joseph Lyons and announced:

“This is the Australian Broadcasting Commission”.

On Monday, we had other commitments for the morning and early afternoon, so we had a late start that day. But over two and a half days we made a total of 1,044 QSOs on 10, 15, 20, 40, & 80m SSB. ur first contact was with Fran YB9YSS in Indonesia. Our final contact was with Gordy W5AZ in Louisiana in the USA.

We made the following QSOs on the various bands:-

  • 10m – 36
  • 15m – 27
  • 20m – 670
  • 40m – 246
  • 80m – 65

Unfortunately, 10m was not as good as it had been about a week before, but we still managed to make 36 contacts there into VK2, VK4, VK5, and VK7.

I have not heard any significant amount of Japanese or South-East Asian stations on 15m for some time, and the trend continued over the three days we had the call. Just 5 JA stations made it into the log. We logged 27 stations on 15m from VK2, VK4, VK5, VK7, VK8, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, USA, and Wallis & Futuna. Working Jean-Gabriel on Wallis & Futuna in the Pacific was a real bonus.

The ever-reliable 20m band provided us with numerous DX in the log. This included Europe and the UK on both the long path and the short path. There was also a nice opening to the USA on the short path on Monday evening.

Of course, 40m proved reliable for contacts around Australia, but generally only late in the afternoon. We found 40m a real struggle during the mornings and early afternoon. The 40m band provided us with some nice DX. We worked the following DXCC entities on 40m:- VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Costa Rica Ecuador, Jamaica, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico, & USA. Paul V31AX in Belize in Central America was a nice contact on 40m.

The map below shows our contacts around the world.

We worked a total of 64 different DXCC entities:-

  1. Asiatic Russia
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Belize
  6. Brazil
  7. Brunei Darussalam
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Canada
  10. Canary Islands
  11. Corsica
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Croatia
  14. Cyprus
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
  17. Ecuador
  18. England
  19. Estonia
  20. European Russia
  21. Federal Republic of Germany
  22. Fiji
  23. France
  24. Georgia
  25. Greece
  26. Hawaii
  27. Hungary
  28. Indonesia
  29. Ireland
  30. Israel
  31. Italy
  32. Jamaica
  33. Japan
  34. Kuwait
  35. Lebanon
  36. Luxembourg
  37. Malta
  38. Netherlands
  39. New Caledonia
  40. New Zealand
  41. Northern Ireland
  42. Oman
  43. Panama
  44. Philippines
  45. Poland
  46. Portugal
  47. Puerto Rico
  48. Romania
  49. San Marino
  50. Sardinia
  51. Saudi Arabia
  52. Scotland
  53. Serbia
  54. Seychelles
  55. Slovak Republic
  56. Slovenia
  57. Spain
  58. Sweden
  59. Switzerland
  60. Taiwan
  61. Ukraine
  62. United States of America
  63. Wales
  64. Wallis & Futuna

We were very fortunate to experience some nice opening to Europe and the United Kingdom on the 20m band on both the long path and the short path. Long path conditions were not so favourable on Monday afternoon here in VK5, but on Tuesday afternoon they were excellent. We had quite a significant pile-up going.

The video below shows the pile-up on Tuesday afternoon on the long path on 20m.

On Monday evening there was a nice opening to North America on 20m, with 48 stations from Canada and the USA making it into the log.

The map below shows our contacts into North America on 15m, 20m and 40m. Just the one USA station on 15m, seventeen on 40m, and the remainder on 20m.

Of course, 40m proved reliable for contacts around Australia, but generally only late in the afternoon. We found 40m a real struggle during the mornings and early afternoon.

  • VK1 – 8
  • VK2 – 99
  • VK3 – 123
  • VK4 – 74
  • VK5 – 60
  • VK6 – 46
  • VK7 – 24
  • VK8 – 3

We logged 26 stations from New Zealand.

THANK YOU to everyone who called. Also, thanks to Chris VK3QB for giving us the opportunity of using the special event callsign. We had a terrific time.

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