New Begali CW paddle

My CW learning is slowly coming along.  I’m half way through the alphabet now.  Garry VK2GAZ was kind enough to loan me a Kent paddle, and I think it’s time for me to return it.  So yesterday I purchased a Begali Simplex Professional paddle from RF Solutions. They were very helpful and hopefully it will be in the post in the next day or so.

I’ve only had 2 CW contacts so far and they have been with Bill VK4FW whilst he has been activating parks.

I’m really looking forward to getting my CW up to scratch and having a lot more contacts.


Results from 2018 VK Shires Contest

Marija VK5FMAZ and I headed down to Mount Gambier on the June long weekend to attend the South East Radio Group’s annual convention/buy and sell/National Fox hunting championships.  Unfortunately this weekend clashes with the annual VK Shires Contest.  However this year we did sneak in some portable operating for the contest.

Marija and I activated the Mumbannar Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2161 in Victoria, and the Piccanninie Ponds Conservation Park 5CP-178 & VKFF-0927 in South Australia.

Considering we spent just a few hours on air, we were very pleased to come 5th and 7th in the VK Single Op Rover category.  Marija made 29 contacts and had a score of 899 points.  I made a total of 77 QSOs with a score of 6,237 points.

Congratulations to Tony VK3XV who came in at position number 1 in this category with a score of 18,176 points.

And thanks to Trent VK4TS and Alan VK4SN, the organisers of the event.

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