Wednesday, 19 September 2018

FT8DMC Worked All New Zealand 80 m Award

Noticed in the Ultimate AAC Award I only needed a few more ZL1s and a ZL2 to finish qualifying for the WANZ award on 80 m, so got on the band for a few days and found the required contacts.

For me New Zealand is fairly easy on 80 m, not that far away from VK1, most are very strong...
Contacts made. Note for the award you need 4 x ZL1, 3 x ZL2, 2 x ZL3 and 1 x ZL4

ZL1AIX    2018-09-18  08:19  80M   FT8      ZL1   
ZL1BBW  2018-09-17  09:48  80M   FT8      ZL1   
ZL1BRL   2018-09-13  08:41  80M   FT8      ZL1   
ZL1RPL    2018-09-17  09:43  80M   FT8      ZL1   

ZL2AUB   2017-08-31  08:19  80M   FT8      ZL2   
ZL2IAS     2018-09-18  08:42  80M   FT8      ZL2   
ZL2IFB     2018-09-17  07:46  80M   FT8      ZL2   

ZL3IO       2018-08-28  08:17  80M   FT8      ZL3   
ZL3TE      2017-09-03  11:27  80M   FT8      ZL3   

ZL4AD     2017-09-01  08:15  80M   FT8      ZL4   

Applied for the award online, approved by ZL1MVL Ian and downloaded from the EPC website.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

FT8DMC Worked Prefix Award

After updating Ultimate AAC software to v2.3.2 noticed there are several new awards in the FT8DMC group, including Worked Prefix (WPX) award. This requires working 100, 500, and 1000 different callsign prefixes. As I had qualified for over 100 prefixes applied for the award. Approved by the manager 9A2AA Fawaz for download from the EPC Awards wepage.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

FT8DMC Worked Philippines Award

The FT8DMC Worked Philippines Award (WPA) requires 5 different Philipinnes stations contacts on FT8 mode to qualify. Despite being a fairly easy radio path to the North from Australia it took me some time to get the 5th, finally did it today working 4F3OM on 17 m FT8.

4F3BZ               2017-09-15  10:09  30M   FT8   
DU1AVC              2018-05-19  21:47  30M   FT8   
DU1/JH1FNS          2018-05-10  00:13  20M   FT8   
DX3H                2018-05-11  23:56  20M   FT8   
4F3OM               2018-09-09  00:41  17M   FT8   

WPA-WPA:            5/5 philippine stations

Applied for the award using the UAAC software, received confirmation available for download from the Awards Manager Hannes OE1SGU. Nice award.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

WWFF Park to Park 308 Award

Following a lot of park to park contacts recently I was eligible for the next award, for 308 park to park QSOs. Thanks to other park activators for helping me achieve this.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

VKFF Hunter Honour Roll 700 Award

Noticed on on the WWFF Logsearch page that I've managed to get over 700 unique VKFF park referenced confirmed, so applied for the award.

Thanks to all the park activators for getting out there and activating new parks.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

WWFF Gigerline Nature Reserve VKFF-0985

With a sunny Sunday afternoon decided to activate another park, and one not too far from home. Decided to return to Gigerline Nature Reserve, VKFF-0985, as when I activated it in 2016 only made 37 contacts, so would be easy enough to complete the 44 needed for a WWFF point.

Last time I activated it was from Tharwa Sandwash picnic area. I found the bands noisy there from close by power lines, so this time set off for a different spot, Angle Crossing, at the Southern end of the park. Drove down Naas Rd, turning off onto Smiths Rd, then Angle Crossing Rd. A sign for the park before the road descends down to the crossing.

Heading East to the crossing saw a road on the left, probably for access to a power transmission line tower. The gate had a sign about no unauthorized vehicles, but nothing about walkers. Parked in front of the gate, which was not locked and walked along the road a bit, setting up the squid pole on the fence.

Operating spot on a map, from Protected Planet. Well inside the park here.

Shack on the table. Note the very dry ground, the ACT and NSW are in a drought at the moment.

Got on 40 m. Started with a park to park with VK5LOL/p Leslie in VKFF-0817 The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park. She was also in an Alara (YL) contest so gave her a contest number as well.

Spotted myself on ParksnPeaks and worked the following hunters.


Note they were all long distance, NVIS short skip missing on 40 m, yet again... So changed to 80 m to get the close by hunters. Worked the following:


All fairly strong signals, 80 m works well in the afternoon despite people thinking its only a night time band...

Saw a spot on 40 m for VK4AAC/3 Rob in VKFF-2402 Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve so went back there. As NVIS skip not really working he was weak, 41 report and he had me 31. But made it.

Packed up and headed home.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

VKFF Activator Honour Roll 125 Award

Following my 2 weeks driving holiday to VK2 and VK4, activating a total of 28 parks, managed to qualify for the VKFF Activator Honour Roll 125 Award.

Thank you to all the park hunters who chased me at various parks, sometimes with trying HF conditions... and thanks to the volunteers who keep this award scheme running.

For overseas viewers the animal is an echidna.