VK5SFA presentation – Transmitting Magnetic Loop Antennas (TMLA).

Tonight (Friday 13th November 2020) I attended a virtual presentation via Zoom, which was conducted by Steve VK5SFA on Transmitting Magnetic Loop Antennas. The presentation was courtesy of the Melbourne Electronics and Radio Club (MERC).

Steve is well known for his work with Magnetic Loop Antennas and is the winner of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition.

Steve spoke about various aspects including design criteria, the design and construction phase, and the testing phase.

He then showed a number of slides showing the proof in the pudding, with numerous DXCC entities worked on 80m and 160m using the TMLA.

Thanks Steve for a very interesting presentation, and thanks to MERC for the invitation.

More information can be found at……..

http://members.iinet.net.au/~sadler@netspace.net.au/tmla.html

Donations to the VKFF program

I would like to publicly THANK the following people for their kind generosity in recently donating money to the VKFF program

  • Liz VK2XSE
  • Lee VK3FLCS
  • John VK3CU
  • Tony VK3YV
  • Scott VK4CZ
  • Marty VK4KC
  • Neil VK4HNS
  • Mark VK4SMA
  • Marija VK5FMAZ
  • Paul VK5PAS
  • Hans VK6XN
  • Tony VK7LTD
  • Linda VK7QP

It is without people like you that the trophies offered in the VKFF Team Championship would not be possible.


Everyone who donates to the VKFF program receives a Certificate of Appreciation.

So again, on behalf of the VKFF Team (myself, Ian VK1DI, Gerard VK2IO, Peter VK3ZPF, Mark VK4SMA, Hans VK6XN, & Jonathan VK7JON), we say MANY THANKS.


If you feel inclined to make a donation to the VKFF program, all details can be found on the WWFF Australia website at……


https://www.wwffaustralia.com/treasurer-and-bank-account.html

2020 VKFF Team Championship results.

The 2020 VKFF Team Championship was held on Saturday 24th October 2020. Marija and I activated two parks, the Tolderol Game Reserve VKFF-1752 and the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park VKFF-0881.

Each VKFF activator who took part in the event received a Participation certificate which features a photograph I took of a Superb Fairy Wren.

We made a total of 191 QSOs on 40m SSB & 80m SSB. This included a total of 31 Park to Park contacts.

Marija and I ended up winning the 2 ops/single tx/40 & 80m/wire antenna/<100w section. The certificate features another bird photograph of mine, a Crested Pigeon.

THANK YOU to everyone who called us.

Next years 2021 VKFF Team Championship will be held on Saturday 23rd October 2021.

2020 National Bird Week

On Saturday 24th October 2020, Marija VK5FMAZ and I activated two parks: Tolderol Game Reserve VKFF-1752 and the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park VKFF-0881. This coincided with 2020 National Bird Week.

This year National Bird Week was held between 19th to 25th October 2020. The event is hosted by Birdlife Australia and it is a chance to celebrate Australia’s diverse and unique bird species. We are privileged in Australia to be home to more than 800 bird species, with 45% of these found nowhere else in the world.

National Bird Week can trace its origins back to the early 1900s when the 28th October was designated by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union as the first ‘Bird Day’.

As was the case in previous years, the VKFF program had a special certificate on offer to any VKFF activator who headed out into the field that week to activate a VKFF reference.

This year’s certificate features a Striated Pardalote which I photographed in the Bullock Hill Conservation Park. The smaller photos which I took in the Bullock Hill Conservation Park and the Cox Scrub Conservation Park show a Silvereye, a Golden Whistler, a Striated Thornbill, and a New Holland Honeyeater.

Thank you to all the VKFF activators who took part in this special week. I have started emailing out your certificate. I hope you like it.

References.

QORF, 2020, <https://qorf.org.au/whats-on/national-bird-week/>, viewed 3rd November 2020

umwelt, 2020, <https://www.umwelt.com.au/national-bird-week-2020/#:~:text=National%20Bird%20Week%20is%20underway,diverse%20and%20unique%20bird%20species.>, viewed 3rd November 2020.

Ferries McDonald Conservation Park VKFF-0881

Our second park on Saturday 24th October 2020, for the 2020 VKFF Team Championship was the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park VKFF-0881.

The park is located about 75 km south-east of Adelaide, and about 20 km south-west of the town of Murray Bridge.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park. Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The Ferries McDonald Conservation Park is about 880 hectares in size and is dense mallee scrub.

Above:- An aerial shot on the park looking towards Lake Alexandrina and the Southern Ocean. Image courtesy of Google maps

On the 28th day of July 1938 the area was gazetted as a Closed Area for Birds and Animals, creating the first reserve specifically for mallee fauna. The area was named after Robert Sweet McDonald, the donor of much of the land. In 1953 there was an addition to the park with monies from a bequest from James Ferries, thus creating the Ferries-McDonald Reserve.

The area was previously known as Chauncey’s Line Scrub, named after William Snell Chauncey, an English civil engineer responsible for a number of important engineering works including the first steam railway opened in Australia.

Above:- Willian Snell CHAUNCEY. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

The park can be accessed either be Ferries McDonald Road (which dissects the park) or Chaunceys Line Road. There is a carpark in the south-eastern corner of the park on Chaunceys Line Road.

There is a walking trail in the park. It is a 2.4 km loop which takes about 45 minutes. More information can be found on the Walking SA website at….

https://www.walkingsa.org.au/walk/find-a-place-to-walk/park/ferries-mcdonald-conservation-park/

The park preserves an important piece of mallee and is surrounded by cleared farming land.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 89 different bird species in the park including Galah, Variegated Fairywren, Weebill, Southern Scrub Robin, Australian Magpie, Australian Golden Whistler, Grey Shrikethrush, Spotted Nightjar, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Hornbill, White-browed Scrubwren, and White-winged Triller.

The endangered Malleefowl can also be found in the park. The Malleefowl is a stocky ground-dwelling Australian bird about the size of a domestic chicken. 

Zoos South Australia have previously been given permission to collect Malleefowl eggs from the park, with a view to producing a breeding population of Malleefowl which can be released to mallee area within the local region.

Above:- Malleefowl. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

We parked our vehicle in the carpark in the south-eastern section of the park and set up in a clearing in amongst the scrub. We ran the Yaesu FT-857nd and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

Above:- An aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot. Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Marija and I were saddened to hear strength 9 static crashes when we turned on the radio. They had really picked up from the morning. Our first station in the log was Rob VK2VH – VK4AAC/2, followed by a couple of Park to Park contacts with Ash VK3FASH/p and Peter VK3ZPF/p who were in the Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2187 as the team ‘Father and Son’.

Marija and I swapped the mic during this activation, so we decided to stick to the 10 watts PEP due to Marija’s Foundation licence. This made it a little more difficult, with some stations struggling to hear us through the very loud static crashes.

We ended up logging 41 stations on 40m before heading to the 80m band. That included a few more Park to Park contacts:

  • Tony VK3YV/p in the Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020 – ‘Masked Activators’
  • Bryan VK3LF/p in the Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020 – ‘Masked Activators’
  • Alan VK2MG/p in the Munmorah State Conservation Area – ‘QRParktivators’
  • Gerard VK2IO/p in the Munmorah State Conservation Area – ‘QRParktivators’

We also logged special event station VI110WIA being run by Gerald VK2HBG.

We were very pleased to hear very little noise on 80m when we moved to that band. First in the log on 80m was Jim VK3UFO, followed by Ian VK5CZ, and then Sue VK5AYL.

Between us, Marija and I logged a total of 48 stations on 80m from VK3 and VK5. This included a Park to Park contact each with Adam VK2YK/5 who was activating the Watts Gully Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2886.

To conclude the activation, we moved back to the 40m band, but sadly the static crashes had become even louder and we logged just 2 stations: Peter VK3ZPF and Nick VK3ANL.

We were about to pack up when I saw a spot on parksnpeaks for Hans VK6XN who was activating a park in Western Australia. We lowered the squid pole and headed to 14.310 where we found Hans calling CQ with a great signal from Kings Park Botanical Gardens VKFF-2980.

Marija and I ended up logging a total of 91 stations on 40m SSB and 80m SSB. This included a total of 43 contacts on 40m and a total of 48 contacts on 80m. In amongst this we logged 14 Park to Park contacts.

I made 1 Park to Park contact on 20, but this did not count towards our tally as it was on 20m and we had entered into the 40 & 80m category of the Team Championship.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2VH
  2. VK4AAC/2
  3. VK3FASH/p (Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2187)
  4. VK3ZPF/p (Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2187)
  5. VK3YV/p (Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020)
  6. VK3LF/p (Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020)
  7. VK2MG/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  8. VK2IO/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  9. VK2PKT
  10. VK2KYO
  11. VK2EXA
  12. VK3MPR
  13. VK3PF
  14. VK2WWV
  15. VK2PEZ
  16. VK3EJ
  17. VK5HAA
  18. VK3ECH
  19. VK3SS

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3UFO
  2. VK5CZ
  3. VK5AYL
  4. VK5UW
  5. VK5LA
  6. VK5IR
  7. VK5ATN
  8. VK5TFN
  9. VK5KKT
  10. VK2YK/p (Watts Gully Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2886)
  11. VK5PET
  12. VK5FANA
  13. VK5YX
  14. VK5NNT
  15. VK5MJC
  16. VK5YL
  17. VK5HS
  18. VK3SX
  19. VK3BBB
  20. VK2CCP/3
  21. VK3HAQ
  22. VK5IS
  23. VK5WE
  24. VK3ARH
  25. VK3HRA

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2VH
  2. VK4AAC/2
  3. VK3FASH/p (Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2187)
  4. VK3ZPF/p (Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2187)
  5. VK3YV/p (Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020)
  6. VK3PF
  7. VK2EXA
  8. VK3LF/p (Baw Baw National Park VKFF-0020)
  9. VK2KYO
  10. VK2WWV
  11. VK2PEZ
  12. VK2MG/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  13. VK3MPR
  14. VK2IO/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  15. VK2PKT
  16. VK3SS
  17. VK3GB/m
  18. VK3CM
  19. VK3EJ
  20. VK3ZK
  21. VI110WIA
  22. VK2HBG
  23. VK3ZPF
  24. VK3ANL

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3UFO
  2. VK5CZ
  3. VK5AYL
  4. VK5UW
  5. VK5LA
  6. VK5TR
  7. VK5ATN
  8. VK5TFN
  9. VK5KKT
  10. VK2YK/5 (Watts Gully Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2886)
  11. VK5NNT
  12. VK5YX
  13. VK5FANA
  14. VK5MJC
  15. VK5PET
  16. VK5YL
  17. VK5HS
  18. VK3SX
  19. VK3BBB
  20. VK2CCP/3
  21. VK3HAQ
  22. VK5IS
  23. VK5WE

I worked the following station on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK6XN/p (Kings Park Botanical Gardens VKFF-2980)

At the end of the activation we headed back home through the historic area of Hartley which was settled from about 1853. The town was named after Reverend Hartley Williams and once boasted a Methodist church, a post office, a school, and a creamery. Very little now remains, however there is a very interesting information board on Chaunceys Line Road.

References.

Birds SA, 2020, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/ferries-mcdonald-conservation-park/>, viewed 2nd November 2020

National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2020, <https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Fleurieu_Peninsula/ferries-mcdonald-conservation-park>, viewed 31st October 2020.

State Library SA, 2020, <https://manning.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/pn/h/h2.htm>, viewed 2nd November 2020

Walking SA, 2020, <https://www.walkingsa.org.au/walk/find-a-place-to-walk/park/ferries-mcdonald-conservation-park/>, viewed 2nd November 2020.

Wikipedia, 2020, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Snell_Chauncy>, viewed 2nd November 2020

Wikipedia, 2020, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartley,_South_Australia>, viewed 2nd November 2020.

Tolderol Game Reserve VKFF-1752 and the 2020 VKFF Team Championship

Last weekend (Saturday 24th October 2020) was the annual VKFF Team Championship.

Marija and I were planning to do a beach activation at the Encounter Marine Park, but we had a large amount of rain overnight on Friday night, and when we got up on Saturday morning it was still raining and was very windy. We decided that sitting on the beach was not a good option.

So we changed our plans and headed to the Tolderol Game Reserve VKFF-1752, as we knew this was a park we could drive into and roll out the awning on the 4WD if the rain continued.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Tolderol Game Reserve, south-east of Adelaide. Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

After a coffee and some breakfast and packing the 4WD we headed off towards the park. We drove into the nearby town of Strathalbyn and then took the Langhorne Creek Road. It wasn’t long before we were driving through the Langhorne Creek wine region which is located between the Adelaide Hills and Lake Alexandrina.

Langhorne Creek takes its name from Alfred ‘The Liar’ Langhorne who was a cattle drover who was renowned for his dishonest dealings.

The Langhorne Creek area has a cool maritime climate which is attributed to what the locals call ‘the Lake Doctor’. This is the wind which comes off Lake Alexandrina, which is a 600 sq km body of freshwater which is located at the end of the Murray Darling River system.

Langhorne Creek has fertile soil which is predominantly deep, alluvial sandy loams. Langhorne Creek is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, however, the region also produces Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

The town of Langhorne Creek is a quaint little place with a population of about 427 (206 Census). It contains a number of historic buildings which date back to 1850, including the Methodist church, the hotel, and the general store.

We continued along the Langhorne Creek Road and then turned right onto Dog Lake Road and headed south. The park is signposted on Langhorne Creek Road.

There is normally a closed gate towards the end of Dog Lake Road. This gate is kept unlocked. This time we found the gate open. We continued south on Dog Lake Road and took the sharp left hand turn and soon reached the second gate which was closed but unlocked. This is where the Tolderol Game Reserve commences. Just after driving into the park you will find an information board.

The Tolderol Game Reserve is located about 85 km south-east of Adelaide, and is located on the edge of Lake Alexandrina. It is about 428 hectares in size.

Above:- An aerial view of Tolderol Game Reserve on the edge of Lake Alexandrina. Image courtesy of Google maps.

The reserve was proclaimed on 26th February 1970, with further land added on 10th January 1980. It has been modified into a series of 17 ponds or bays of water.

The reserve is located on the edge of Lake Alexandrina which the English settlers named the lake after Princess Alexandrina, the niece, and successor of King William IV of Great Britain and Ireland.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 164 species of bird in the reserve including Golden-headed Cisticola, Pacific Black Duck, Straw-necked Ibis, Spur-winged Plover, Black Swan, Whiskered Tern, Australian Reed Warbler, Baillon’s Crake, Spotless Crake, Ruff, Latham’s Snipe, Long-toed Stint, and White-winged Tern.

Below are some photographs of birds I sighted during our visit to the reserve.

Marija and I set up in the picnic/camping area where there are three concrete tables and benches. We ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

Above:- An aerial shot of Tolderol Game Reserve showing our operating spot. Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

Our operating spot was right alongside of Lake Alexandrina, and it was very windy with the squid pole flexing violently in the wind.

Our first contacts in the log were Mark VK4SMA/p and Murray VK4MWB/p who were taking part in the Team Championship as the ‘ VK4WIPeouts’. Mark and Murray were activating the Main Range National Park VKFF-0300.

Marija and I then moved to 7.139 and started calling CQ. We decided to occasionally swap the mic for contacts during this activation, so we operated with 10 watts PEP as per Marija’s Foundation licence. This made contacts a little more difficult and we found band conditions to be very challenging at times with lots of fading. Signals in and out of Victoria (VK3) were well down compared to usual.

There was no local propagation around South Australia (VK5) on the 40m band, with just John VK5HAA in the Adelaide Hills logged on that band.

As always the 80m band proved reliable for VK5 contacts. We also made contact with Bob VK3SX at Gunbower on 80m, and Rob VK2VH/VK4AAC/2 at Mulwala.

Other than Mark and Murray we also logged the following participants in the VKFF Team Championship:-

  1. Linda VK7QP ‘Tigers’ in the South Arm Nature Recreation Area VKFF-2929
  2. Gerard VK2IO/p and Alan VK2MG/p ‘QRParktivators’ in the Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361
  3. Rob VK4SYD/p and Scott VK4CZ/p ‘The VK4midables”, in the (\D’Aguillar National Park VKFF-0129)

We also logged Deryck VK4FDJL/p who was activating the Millstream Falls National Park VKFF-0315, and Brian VK3BCM who was activating SOTA peak VK3/ VG-157.

We were also very happy to log two special event callsigns. The first being VI110WIA celebrating 110 years of the Wireless Institute of Australia, and then VK65PFA to celebrate the eradication of the Polio Virus in Africa.

After 3 hours in the park we packed up and headed to our second park for the day, the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park. We had a total of 99 contacts in the log at Tolderol, including 16 Park to Park contacts. Marija had made 50 contacts and I had logged 49.

We had made a total of 82 contacts on the 40m band and a total of 17 contacts on the 80m band.

Above:- Graph showing our contacts at the Tolderol Game Reserve.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4MWB/p (Main Range National Park VKFF-0600)
  2. VK4SMA/p (Main Range National Park VKFF-0600)
  3. VK2XSE/m
  4. VK2KNV/m
  5. VK3ANL
  6. VK3BCM
  7. VK2KYO
  8. VK7FAMP
  9. VK3PF
  10. VK7LTD
  11. VK3MPR
  12. VK4SYD/p (D’Aguillar National Park VKFF-0129)
  13. VK4CZ/p (D’Aguillar National Park VKFF-0129)
  14. VK3MAB
  15. VK2LHC
  16. VK3FMDC
  17. VK3LBW
  18. VK4FDJL/p (Millstream Falls National Park VKFF-0315)
  19. VK3SQ
  20. VK2LX
  21. VK2VH
  22. VK4AAC/2
  23. VK3MJ
  24. VK2DWP
  25. VK3SX
  26. VK7ME
  27. VK5AYL
  28. VK2WWV
  29. VK7QP/p (South Arm Nature Recreation Area VKFF-2929)
  30. VK5HAA
  31. VK3BCM/p (SOTA VK3/ VG-157)
  32. VK3PIH
  33. VK2ADB
  34. VK3PEF
  35. VK2IO/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  36. VK3HBG
  37. VK2MG/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  38. VK2PEZ
  39. VI110WIA
  40. VK2HBG
  41. VK3NDG
  42. VK65PFA

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3SX
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK2VH
  4. VK4AAC/2
  5. VK5PL
  6. VK5AYL
  7. VK5IS
  8. VK5HAA

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4SMA/p (Main Range National Park VKFF-0600)
  2. VK4MWB/p (Main Range National Park VKFF-0600)
  3. VK2KNV/m
  4. VK2XSE/m
  5. VK4CZ/p (D’Aguillar National Park VKFF-0129)
  6. VK4SYD/p (D’Aguillar National Park VKFF-0129)
  7. VK3FLJD
  8. VK3MAB
  9. VK4FDJL/p (Millstream Falls National Park VKFF-0315)
  10. VK3MPR
  11. VK2DWP
  12. VK2VH
  13. VK4AAC/2
  14. VK2KYO
  15. VK5AYL
  16. VK3SX
  17. VK3PT
  18. VK3ARH
  19. VK3ANL
  20. VK3PF
  21. VK3SQ
  22. VK2PWG/m
  23. VK7ME
  24. VK7QP/p (South Arm Nature Recreation Area VKFF-2929)
  25. VK3PIH
  26. VK5HAA
  27. VK2ABS
  28. VK3ZH
  29. VK2ADB
  30. VK3BCM (SOTA VK3/ VG-157)
  31. VK2IO/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  32. VK3HBG
  33. VK2MG/p (Munmorah State Conservation Area VKFF-1361)
  34. VK7LTD
  35. VK2PEZ
  36. VI110WIA
  37. VK2HBG
  38. VK3NDG
  39. VK7FAMP
  40. VK65PFA

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3SX
  2. VK5CZ
  3. VK5FANA
  4. VK2VH
  5. VK4AAC/2
  6. VK5PL
  7. VK5AYL
  8. VK5IS
  9. VK5HAA

THANK YOU to everyone who called us.

References.

  1. Birds SA, 2020, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/tolderol-game-reserve/>, viewed 28th October 2020.
  2. Langhorne Creek Wine, 2020, <https://www.langhornecreek.com/about-langhorne-creek>, viewed 28th October 2020
  3. Wikipedia, 2020, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langhorne_Creek_wine_region>, viewed 28th October 2020
  4. Wikipedia, 2020, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Alexandrina_(South_Australia)>, viewed 28th October 2020

Presentation by Peter VK3YE

Last Friday evening (23rd October 2020) I was privileged to be asked by the Melbourne Electronics & Radio Club (MERC) to attend a presentation conducted on Zoom by Peter Parker VK3YE entitles “Fun with QRP’.

The presentation was very successfully conducted via Zoom and was well attended by members of MERC and the Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club Inc (BAREC).

The presentation consisted of a number of power point slides, followed by a question and answer session. It was very informative.

Many thanks to Stuart VK3STU of MERC for the invitation.

WWFF presentation on Zoom to VK3 amateurs

Last night (Friday 9th October 2020) I delivered a presentation on-line via Zoom to the Melbourne Electronics and Radio Club, and the Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club Inc.

The presentation was entitled ‘Having fun in the field’ and I spoke about the benefits of operating portable, the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, portable equipment, and portable operating tips. The floor was then opened to a series of questions.

Image c/o vk3fsk.org.au
Image c/o barec.net.au

Many thanks to Stuart VK3STU for organising the event, and thanks to everyone who attended the meeting. It was great to put a face to many voices.

Some WWFF stats for August 2020

On the blog page of the global WWFF website, I found an Activity Report for August 2020. I took the top 10 countries and put the data into the graph below.

Australia (VKFF) is doing pretty well considering our population and the number of amateurs. We came in at number four with 84 different VKFF references activated during August 2020. The USA (KFF) was on top with 252, but this was due to the KFF Marathon. Poland (SPFF) was number two with 98, and Sweden (SMFF) was number three with 88.

And this graph shows the number of QSOs made during August 2020. Australia (VKFF) was just outside the Top Ten. We were at number twelve with a total of 3,045 QSOs.

Australia (VKFF) was way down the list with regards to the average number of QSOs during an activation.France (FFF) came in at number one with an average of 247.04 QSOs, followed by Italy (IFF) with 209.61, and in third place was Spain (EAFF) with 194.43. Australia (VKFF) had just 34.21 QSOs per activation on average.

2020 JMMFD certificate

Last week in the mail I received my certificate for the 2020 John Moyle Memorial Field Day.

I managed 1st place in the Single-Op/Phone/HF/6 hour portable category.

I activated the Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 & VKFF-0828. Info on the activation can be found on my WordPress site at…….

https://vk5pas.org/2020/03/24/monarto-conservation-park-5cp-138-and-vkff-0828-for-the-2020-john-moyle-memorial-field-day/

Many thanks to everyone who called me, and thanks to the organisers of the Field Day.