Bullock Hill Conservation Park VKFF-0873

Yesterday (Sunday 31st July 2022) was National Tree Day. The VKFF Team had organised a special day to celebrate National Tree Day, with a special certificate on offer for all VKFF activators who activated a park.

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event. Each year about 300,000 people volunteer their time to become involved.

Since 1996, a total of 26 million trees have been planted by 5 million volunteers, with 10 million hours of time volunteered.

More information can be found at…….

https://treeday.planetark.org/

I headed out to my local park, the Bullock Hill Conservation Park VKFF-0873, which is located only a few kilometres from my home.

Above:- Map showing the location of the park. Map c/o Google maps

I spent about 4 hours in the park from 0400 – 0800 hours UTC. I operated on the 20, 40, & 80m bands. I made a total of 145 QSOs which included 17 x Park to Park contacts.

There was a nice little opening to the DX on 20m, with a total of 25 DX stations logged. The following DX countries were worked on 20m:-

  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • USA

My Park to Park contacts were with the following:-

  • 40M
  • David VK5HYZ/p (Belair National Park VKFF-0022)
  • Peter VK3PF/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  • Ross VK3NRB/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  • Paul VK2PCT/p (Yellomundee Regional Park VKFF-0558)
  • Neil VK4HNS/p (Boomi Nature Reserve VKFF-2536)
  • Garrick VK3GJG/p (Upper Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2219)
  • Scott VK4CZ/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  • Gerard VK2IO/p (Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784)
  • Mark VK4EMP/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  • Peter VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  • Mark VK4SMA/p (White Rock Conservation Park VKFF-1676)
  • Scott VK4MGL/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  • 20M
  • Scott VK4CZ/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  • Peter VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  • Scott VK4MGL/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  • Mark VK4EMP/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  • Mark VK4SMA/p (VKFF-1676)

The weather was pretty average, and towards the end of the activation I had to escape to the vehicle. By the time it came to dismantle the antenna, the heavens had opened up and I was totally soaked. Fortunately it was a very short drive back home, and straight into a hot shower.

Thank you to everyone who called, and thank you to all of the VKFF activators who headed out to celebrate National Tree Day.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5HYZ/p (Belair National Park VKFF-0022)
  2. VK3PT pedestrian mobile
  3. VK3PF/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  4. VK3NRB/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  5. VK3VIN
  6. VK1CT
  7. VK3BEL
  8. VK3APJ
  9. VK2PCT/p (Yellomundee Regional Park VKFF-0558)
  10. VK4FW
  11. VK5LA
  12. VK3SQ
  13. VK2HHA
  14. VK4HNS/p (Boomi Nature Reserve VKFF-2536)
  15. VK2PKT
  16. Vk4HAT
  17. VK7HOB
  18. VK5IS
  19. VK5FB
  20. VK3KTO
  21. VK3GJG/p (Upper Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2219)
  22. VK4CZ/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  23. VK3DJC
  24. VK2IO/p (Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784)
  25. VK2HJW
  26. VK2GJC
  27. VK1DI
  28. VK5YX
  29. VK7ALB
  30. VK5WVX
  31. V K3UH
  32. VK4EMP/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  33. VK3QA
  34. VK2PBC
  35. VK3ZSC
  36. VK5KLV
  37. VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  38. VK2EXA
  39. VK5HS
  40. VK2IE
  41. VK5UK
  42. VK5HYZ
  43. VK3CMA
  44. VK3AMO
  45. VK3ACR
  46. VK4HMI
  47. VK3ZD
  48. VK4SMA/p (White Rock Conservation Park VKFF-1676)
  49. VK2FF
  50. VK5FANA
  51. VK3MTT
  52. VK5XB
  53. VK3BBB
  54. VK2CCP
  55. VK1AAF
  56. VK3CAT
  57. VK2YK
  58. VK5BJE
  59. VK5CZ
  60. VK4MGL/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  61. VK2BAI
  62. VK5KVA
  63. VK7IAN
  64. VK2LD
  65. VK2CDB
  66. VK3PCC
  67. VK2MOP
  68. VK3BVQ
  69. VK2LEE
  70. VK3XL
  71. VK3YV
  72. VK3MH
  73. VK1RF
  74. VK3HBR
  75. VK5FUSE
  76. VK4FDJL
  77. VK2BDS
  78. Vk4BXX
  79. VK3UN
  80. VK2LC
  81. VK4CPS
  82. VK5MAZ
  83. VK2FBRU
  84. VK2MI
  85. VK3TET
  86. VK7PSJ
  87. VK3CWF
  88. VK2XB/m
  89. VK4PDX
  90. VK6FARB

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK5HAA
  2. OH1MM
  3. DL2ND
  4. IK4POI
  5. VK6NU
  6. VK2HRX
  7. OH1XT
  8. KG5CIK
  9. DL1EBR
  10. VK4CZ/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  11. F1BLL
  12. ZL4NVW
  13. DK2PP
  14. VK4TJ
  15. SP3HLM
  16. F4GDZ
  17. VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  18. VK4MGL/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  19. VK4EMP/p (D’Aguilar National Park VKFF-0129)
  20. VK4JM
  21. IZ8EFD
  22. VK5HS
  23. F4HRM
  24. EA4FLS
  25. IW2NEI
  26. VK2IJS
  27. VK4SMA/p (White Rock Conservation Park VKFF-1676)
  28. S58AL
  29. IZ5JLF
  30. IQ5MS
  31. IW2BNA
  32. G7C
  33. PB2T
  34. VK4HAT
  35. F5IDJ
  36. VK4DCM
  37. VK4HIB
  38. VK4WAY
  39. F4GYG
  40. SP5INQ
  41. SP5HRX

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK4PDX
  2. VK2LEE
  3. VK5MAZ
  4. VK3VIN
  5. VK5MSA
  6. VK3GJG
  7. VK3YV
  8. VK3CWF
  9. VK5BJE
  10. VK2YK
  11. VK5GA
  12. VK3VEK
  13. VK3BBB
  14. VK3MTT

2022 Trans Tasman Contest

Last weekend on Saturday I took part in the 2022 Trans Tasman Low Band Contest.

The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July, aims to encourage Low Band activity between Australia and New Zealand. Only contest bands 160 80 and 40M are allowed with SSB, CW and Digital (RTTY OR PSK)

The contest starts at 0800 UTC and completes at 1400 UTC with three 2-hour blocks.

I made a total of 313 QSOs with a claimed score of 7776 points.

Voice of the People, SOUTH KOREA – 3930 kHz

At about 1112 UTC on 9th July 2022, I tuned in to Voice of the People, SOUTH KOREA, broadcasting in the Korean language on 3930 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Kyonggi-do-Koyang 50kW transmitter in SOUTH KOREA.

The overall reception of the Voice of the People was fair.

SINPO
35333

Below is a short video showing my reception of the Voice of the People.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, https://www.short-wave.info/, viewed 9th July 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, https://shortwaveschedule.com/, viewed 9th July 2022.

Radio Tarma, PERU – 4775 kHz

At about 1052 UTC on 9th July 2022, I tuned in to Radio Tarma, PERU, broadcasting in the Spanish language on 4775 kHz.

Above:- World globe showing Peru. Image c/o wikipedia

The overall reception of Radio Tarma was poor.

SINPO
32332

Below is a short video showing my reception of Radio Tarma.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, https://www.short-wave.info/, viewed 9th July 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, https://shortwaveschedule.com/, viewed 9th July 2022.

Short Wave Australia – 4835 kHz

At about UTC on 9th July 2022, I tuned in to Short Wave Australia, broadcasting in the English language on 4835 kHz.

The overall reception of Short Wave Australia was good.

The program consisted of classical music and 1920 music.

SINPO
44444

Below is a short video showing my reception of Short Wave Australia.

I also tried listening on their secondary frequency of 2310 kHz. Below is a video of reception on that frequency.

References.

  1. Australian DX News, Edition No. 659, July 2022.

WTWW, USA – 9940 kHz

At about 1123 UTC on 26th June 2022, I tuned in to WTWW, USA, broadcasting in the English language on 9940 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Lebanon 100kW transmitter in Tennessee, USA.

The overall reception of WTWW was good.

SINPO
44444

Below is a short video showing my reception of WTWW.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, https://www.short-wave.info/, viewed 26th June 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, https://shortwaveschedule.com/, viewed 26th June 2022.

China National Radio CNR2, CHINA – 11800 kHz

At about 1058 UTC on 26th June 2022, I tuned in to CNR2, broadcasting in the Chinese language on 11800 kHz.

The broadcast was coming from the Beijing 150kW transmitter in China.

The overall reception of CNR2 was good. There was interference from KBS World Radio broadcasting on 11795 kHz.

SINPO
43444

Below is a short video showing my reception of CNR2.

References.

  1. Short Wave Info, 2022, <https://www.short-wave.info/>, viewed 26th June 2022.
  2. Short Wave Schedule, 2022, <https://shortwaveschedule.com/>, viewed 26th June 2022.