Voice of the Martyrs QSL

Today via email I received an eQSL from the the Voice of the Martyrs re my reception of their station on 13th November 2021.

I mailed a Reception Report to their station via postal mail last year, but had not had a reply, so I sent an email a few days ago and received the eQSL below.

More information on the Voice of the Martyrs can be found on my previous post at…….

Or on their website at……

DX SOTA and WWFF activators.

I have been chasing/hunting quite a bit of DX SOTA/WWFF of late. Last Sunday (18th September 2022) was another great day. Below are the SOTA/WWFF activators that I logged.


YU1FKJ/p – Deliblatska pescara YUFF-0031

image c/o Wikipedia

EA8BJ/p – EAFF-0740


DL8ECA/p – Gülper See NSG DLFF-0511


EC2AG/p – SOTA EA2/ BI-063


EA8W/p – Parque Natural Los Volcanes EAFF-0069

image c/o Wikipedia

EA8BM/p – Área de Reserva de la Biosfera La Palma EAFF-0079

Image c/o Luc Viatour / https://Lucnix.be

MI/EI3ISB – SOTA GI/ CA-001


EA8CNR Jose – EAFF-0739

“I inform you that the QSO is spectacular for me, because I was with an MFJ 1620t mobile antenna…….Thanks again for the Fantastic contact on the 14 Mhz band.”

VK90ABC – September 2022

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2022, I operated with the special event call of VK90ABC to celebrate the 90 year anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

I made a total of 502 QSOs on 10, 15, 20, 40, & 80m SSB. This included 53 different DXCC entities.

The vast majority of my contacts were on the 20m band with 359 QSOs. This was followed by 61 QSOs on 40m, 38 QSOs on 15m, 37 QSOs on 10m, and just 7 QSOs on the 80m band. I tried 80m briefly on both nights, but the band was so noisy with static crashes. As a result there were few callers.

The maps below show my contacts around the world. The different pins show the bands.

  • Green – 10m
  • Blue – 15m
  • Orange – 20m
  • Red – 40m
  • Blue – 80m

I worked the following DXCC entities:-

  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Corsica
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Croatia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. East Malaysia
  15. England
  16. European Russia
  17. Federal Republic of Germany
  18. Finland
  19. France
  20. Hawaii
  21. Hungary
  22. Indonesia
  23. Ireland
  24. Isle of Man
  25. Italy
  26. Japan
  27. Latvia
  28. Malta
  29. Mexico
  30. Mozambique
  31. Netherlands
  32. New Zealand
  33. Northern Ireland
  34. Norway
  35. Philippines
  36. Poland
  37. Portugal
  38. Puerto Rico
  39. Republic of Korea
  40. Romania
  41. Scotland
  42. Slovak Republic
  43. Slovenia
  44. South Africa
  45. Southg Cook Islands
  46. Spain
  47. Sri Lanka
  48. Sweden
  49. Switzerland
  50. Trinidad & Tobago
  51. Ukraine
  52. United States of America
  53. Wales

Conditions into Europe and the United Kingdom on the long path on the 20m band were the best I had heard in a number of years.

The map below shows my European/UK QSOs.

I also worked 37 of the 50 US States. These contacts were made on the 10m, 20m, and 40m bands. Short path propagation on 20m into the USA during the evening was very good.

There was a very nice opening to Japan on 15m on Thursday afternoon.

The highlight for me was working a number of South African stations on 40m.

Thank you to everyone who called. It was another fun 2 days. Thanks also go to the organisers of VK90ABC who allowed me to use the call ocne again.

PerthTech 2022

PerthTech is on the weekend 22-23 October 2022.

Marija VK5MAZ and myself will be attending to deliver a presentation on Saturday on WWFF and operating portable.

On Sunday, I will be one of a handful of ‘team leaders’ who will be taking amateurs out into the field to activate VKFF parks around Perth. For some this will be their very first park activation.

I would encourage other VKFF activators to head out that day to hopefully make contact with the VK6 activators.

AREG Car Boot Sale

I had a great day out yesterday (Saturday 3rd September 2022) at the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) Car Boot Sale.

Adam VK2YK and myself manned a small table promoting WWFF/VKKF. We had a lot of interest in the program.

I also checked a number of QSL cards for ARRL DXCC as an official ARRL card checker. I also checked ID for persons wanting to register with Logbook of the World.

Caught up with a lot of hams I had not seen in a while.

Congrats to AREG for organising such a great event.

2022 ALARA Contest

Last weekend (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th 2022) was the 32nd ALARA Contest for the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA).

My wife Marija VK5MAZ is the ALARA Contest Manager.

Marija and I had a number of other commitments over the weekend. Marija spent most of Saturday out in the garden and on Sunday we went for a drive down to Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island in the 72 Chrysler VH. It was such a beautiful sunny day for a ‘cruise’.

Marija did manage a few hours on Saturday afternoon and a few hours again on Sunday afternoon for the ALARA Contest.

Marija ended up with 201 QSOs and a claimed score of 648 points.

Worked:-

  • VK1
  • VK2
  • VK3
  • VK4
  • VK5
  • VK6
  • VK7
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Romania

YLs logged were:-

  • Alisha VK2FASH
  • Leonie VK2LDM
  • Mora VK2LLJ
  • Stacey VK2SJC
  • Jenny VK2TOT
  • Julie VK3FOWL
  • Jenny VK3WQ
  • Lesley VK5LOL
  • Catherine VK7C/VK4
  • Tania VK7MMT
  • Linda VK7QP
  • Ngaire ZL2UJT

2022 ILLW weekend

The 2022 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) was held over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2022.

I was unable to get out to activate a lighthouse this year, so whenever possible I snuck out to the shack to work some of the lighthouses.

I worked a total of 22 Australian lighthouse activators.

  1. Steve VK2NCS/p – Sugarloaf Point AU0033
  2. Ross VK7LH – Low Head Lighthouse AU0048
  3. Andrew VK5WT – Port Adelaide lighthouse AU0107
  4. Joe VK3SRC – Queenscliff lighthouse AU-0051
  5. Phil VK6ADF – Cape Leeuwin lighthouse AU0008 & VKFF-0283
  6. VK6CNL – Cape Naturaliste lighthouse AU0010
  7. Graham VK2UGB – Sugarloaf Point AU0033
  8. VK4BAR – Cleveland Point lighthouse AU0014. Op – Russ
  9. Paul VK3IH – Cape Liptrap AU0037 & VKFF-0745
  10. VK2HQ – Cape St George lighthouse AU0132 & Booderee National Park VKFF-0043
  11. Barry VK5ARC – Point Malcolm lighthouse.
  12. VK3ILH – Cape Nelson AU0055. Op – Darren
  13. VK6CLL – Cape Leeuwin lighthouse AU0008 & VKFF-0283. Op – Shaun
  14. VK2FM – South Solitary Island AU0054 & OC-194
  15. VK2FRE – Crowdy Head AU-0044. Op – Wade
  16. VK3SPL – Split Point AU0032. Op Stuart
  17. VK3BJA – Cape Schanck AU-0012. Op – Tom
  18. Gerald VK2HBG – Warden Head AU-0035
  19. VK3SWV – Whalers Bluff AU0117. Op – Mark VK3UA
  20. VK3DX – Lady Bay Upper & Lower AU0049 & AU-0096. Op – Steve
  21. VK2AEJ – MV Cape Don AU-0023
  22. Gerard VK2IO – Sydney Harbour National Park VKFF-0473 and AU-0041

The map below shows the Australia lighthouse locations I worked.

I worked 16 overseas lighthouses.

  1. Tom ZL2LH – Cape Palliser NZ0007 NEW ZEALAND
  2. OZ5EBS – Saeding Strand Mellem Fyr lighthouse DK0014 DENMARK
  3. GB2SL – Spurn Point High and Low lighthouse UK0080 & 0081 ENGLAND
  4. DL0HGW – Lighthouse DE0002 GERMANY
  5. II1L – La Lanterna di Genova LH IT00177 ITALY
  6. 9H6LH – Delimara Point MT0001 MALTA
  7. SZ8G – Lighthouse GR0005 GREECE
  8. 4X03LH – Ashdod lighthouse IL0003 ISRAEL
  9. TN2LW – Kerjean lighthouse FRANCE
  10. PD0FSB – NET006 Nl-0041 NETHERLANDS
  11. ZB2LGT – ILLW GI-0001 GIBRALTAR
  12. OP8L – Lighthouse BEL008 BELGIUM
  13. DL0PJ – lighthouse DL0055 GERMANY
  14. 4X01LH – Jaffa lighthouse IL0001 ISRAEL
  15. 4X04LH – Akko lighthouse IL0004 ISRAEL
  16. ZL2X – Baring Head NZ0005 NEW ZEALAND

Below is a video showing some of the lighthouses I worked around the world.