Tuesday, 15 January 2019

European ROS Club Awards

Checking Ultimate AAC recently, found I had qualified for several more European ROS Club Awards. These are for working calls on any digital mode, not just ROS. They were gained using a mix of JT65 and FT8.

Firstly a certificate for contacting 100 European ROS Club members

Another Diploma for contacting 6 South American countries. Not easy from Australia, the East-West path is not open that often here... Mainly made on 20 m.

Calls worked

CE6MBK              2013-11-05  11:08  20M   JT65     CE
CP1FF               2012-11-06  09:20  20M   JT65     CP
HC2AO               2018-12-21  06:04  20M   FT8      HC
HK3J                2018-04-27  08:09  40M   FT8      HK
LU8WAG              2010-12-22  09:51  20M   JT65     LU
YV6EJI              2011-01-24  10:48  40M   JT65     YV

The award

Next Awards for working all Japan Call Areas, JA0 to JA9. Stations worked all on 10 m

JA0IXW              2018-04-21  06:14  10M   FT8      JA0   
JQ1TIV              2011-09-10  00:06  10M   JT65     JA1   
JA2ACI              2011-04-05  07:44  10M   JT65     JA2   
JH3BJG              2011-04-09  01:23  10M   JT65     JA3   
JA4CXX              2011-02-20  02:46  10M   JT65     JA4   
JA5BDZ              2013-10-21  09:10  10M   JT65     JA5   
JA6IUQ              2011-10-27  06:55  10M   JT65     JA6   
JA7BVS              2011-04-06  23:02  10M   JT65     JA7   
JH8XVH              2018-05-06  04:49  10M   FT8      JA8   
JA9AVA              2011-03-12  02:11  10M   JT65     JA9   

The 10 Meter WAJACA Award

Worked all JA call areas on 17 m

JA0EVI              2017-09-02  23:27  17M   FT8      JA0     
JH1XOX              2017-03-14  07:50  17M   JT65     JA1     
JA2LWA              2017-03-17  22:49  17M   JT65     JA2     
JJ3DKQ              2017-03-17  07:26  17M   JT65     JA3     
JH4PBQ              2017-03-16  09:05  17M   JT65     JA4     
JA5CBU              2018-10-30  08:09  17M   FT8      JA5     
JS6SVV              2017-08-02  23:20  17M   JT65     JA6     
JF7RJM              2018-04-20  08:02  17M   FT8      JA7     
JG8FWH              2018-10-14  05:28  17M   FT8      JA8     
JA9CAC              2017-03-18  23:26  17M   JT65     JA9     

The Award for WAJACA on 17 Meters

Monday, 7 January 2019

WWFF Hunter 744 References Award

Noticed on the WWFF Logsearch website that I've managed to work 744 different WWFF parks.
Here is the award. Thanks Karl DL1JKK awards manager.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

VKFF 2018 Activation Weekend Certificate

Checking my email, received a certificate for activating 2 ACT VKFF parks during the VKFF Activation Weekend on 24th-25th November from Paul, VK5PAS. Thanks Paul. These activation weekends are a lot of fun.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

WWFF Kuma Nature Reserve VKFF-1954

I had a few days off work between New Years Day and the 7th January so decided to head to the Snowy Mountains area to do some walking in cool conditions. On the way stopped to do a few WWFF activations. The first park was WWFF Kuma Nature Reserve, VKFF-1954, near Cooma NSW. Drove down The Snowy Mountains Hwy from Cooma on the road to Nimmitabel, the park is not far out of town on the left near the junction of Old Dandelong Rd. A stile over the fence to access the park.

Operating location in the park. Map from Protected Planet

Set up the squid pole on the sign. Not much else around, no trees...This is a grasslands reserve.

Radio on the table. It was a bit warm with no shade

Got on 40 m. Mobile phone coverage good, able to spot myself on ParksnPeaks. Usual park hunters called


Tried 20 m. Some strong signals on sporadic e.


Could just hear VK3SQ Geoff calling me on 20 m but unable to hear my reply. So went back to 40 m to try and work him there. Nothing from him at all on 40 m though...

Stayed on 40 m and worked


As getting warm in the sun and near lunch time packed up and headed back to Cooma for lunch.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

SOTA Mount Taylor VK1/AC-037 New Years Day rollover

Here in Eastern Australia the UTC New Year starts at 11:00 am local time, so its easily possible to work SOTA both before and after New Year and get points for the summit for each year. Really just an excuse to get a whole lot of Summit to Summit contacts... This year picked Mount Taylor, VK1/AC-037 as I also needed to complete the associated WWFF park Mount Taylor Nature Reserve VKFF-0854.

As per other activations parked in the car park at the end of Waldock St in Chifley. There is a new sign at the start of the walk for the Mount Tayor Nature Reserve.

Followed the track next to the sign up the hill. A bit steep but quickly gained altitude. Looking NE towards Woden and Civic.

After 15 minutes walking reached the trig

Near the trig a lookout over Woden.

The summit area can get quite busy with walkers, joggers and dog walkers, so as per other activations set up the station just to the West of the summit using a small tree for squid pole support.

Sat on the tarp. Had a bit of shade from the nearby trees. Needed it as the temperature climbed later to around 30 c, quite a warm day.

Initially got going on 2 m FM, 146.500 Mhz as only a half hour before rollover and would be a lot of locals on summits listening there. Worked the following.

VK1RX/2 on VK2/SM-093 Livingstone Hill
VK1MIC on VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie also P2P VKFF-0850
VK1AD/2 on VK2/ST-053 Mt Mundoonen
VK1DA/2 on VK2/ST-042 Mt Bowning

Got on 40 m and worked by tuning and pouncing on calling stations.

VK2HRX/P on VK3/VE-005 Mt Loch
VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 Mt Elliot
VK3ALN/P on VK3/VC-002 Mt Donna Buang
VK5FMAZ/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty, also P2P VKFF-0778
VK5PAS/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty, also P2P VKFF-0778

After working Paul, VK5PAS at 2359 z worked him again after UTC rollover and Maria VK5FMAZ

VK5PAS/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty, also P2P VKFF-0778
VK5FMAZ/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty, also P2P VKFF-0778
VK3ZPF/P on VK3/VT-026 Mt Toorongo Range

Returned to 2 m FM to grab the locals in the new year

VK1MIC on VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie also P2P VKFF-0850
VK1MCW/P on VK1/AC-039 Yellow Rabbit Hill
VK1AD/2 on VK2/ST-053 Mt Mundoonen

Returned to 40 m, spotting myself as now plenty of time to work others.

VK2HRX/P on VK3/VE-005 Mt Loch
VK2CDS/P on VK2/HU-054 Broken Back Range
VK3ARH/P on VK3/VT-006 Mt Saint Phillack
VK3ARR/P on VK3/VT-006 Mt Saint Phillack
VK1MA/P on VK1/AC-039 Yellow Rabbit Hill
VK3OAK/P on VK3/VS-015 Blue Mountain
VA3OZI/VK4 on VK4/SE-006 Goonburra St Forest

Gave 2 m FM another go, worked

VK1MA/P on VK1/AC-039 Yellow Rabbit Hill

Changed to 20 m. Worked the following

VK1MIC on VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie also P2P VKFF-0850

Returned to 40 m to work

VK3KLI on VK3/VC-007 Mt Macedon
VK3ZNR/2 on VK3/VC-007 Mt Macedon
VK3GTV/P on VK3/VC-007 Mt Macedon
VK3ALN/P on VK3/VC-002  Mt Donna Buang
VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 Mt Elliot
VK5FLEA/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty, also P2P VKFF-0778

Combined with other activations had over 44 contacts so qualified the park for WWFF. Getting a bit warm to continue. Packed up and headed back down to have lunch at nearby Woden


Saturday, 29 December 2018

WWFF Yatteyattah Nature Reserve

While staying on the NSW South Coast with my partner for a few days after Boxing Day, decided to try activating a WWFF park never activated before, Yatteyattah Nature Reserve, VKFF-2799.

This is located about 8 Km North of Milton. Took the Princes Hwy through Milton, turning off to where the Yatteyattah Access track is marked. This initially had me puzzled, appeared at first to be just an access road to a farm property, however just before the farm gate another closed gate on the right, and a path between fences heading down the hill. Spotted a NPWS park sign so knew this was the way to go.

The gate was unlocked. Opened it and headed down. As you can see it does not get much use, long grass, even had a small gum tree growing in the track that I needed to drive around... At the bottom a stile and another unlocked gate. Opened this gate as well and drove down a little less overgrown track to a stile over the fence and a sign for the park. Parked and climbed over the stile. A look at the sign.

A map on the sign shows the access track in.

Some quite interesting reading on the sign about the park history. The name is Aboriginal for "water tumbling down" referring to the Falls nearby in Currowar Creek. The falls looked a long way down with no tracks so did not go. This was initially a farm, cemetery and a picnic spot from the late 1800s, with photos of men in bowler hats and ladies in long skirts! In 1967 the area was donated to the council by Mr A Mclean. It was then declared a Nature Reserve.

Another sign on the local wildlife. Quite an interesting park with sub tropical vegetation at the Southern limit here.

Set up the squid pole on the park sign and dipole legs tied to the nearby fence.

Set up the radio on the tarp and towels in the shade in front of the sign, It was a warm day.

Got on 40 m. Able to spot myself on the mobile here. Quite slow going, bad conditions, plus did not seem to be many on this morning.


My 10th caller was Peter VK3ZPF, who I had worked earlier portable back at home so counted as another contact. Not long after working him my battery died, so just made the 10 contacts for VKFF.

A park I will need to return to for WWFF.

Friday, 28 December 2018

WWFF Meroo National Park VKFF-0312

While stopping on the NSW South Coast for a few days, decided to complete a park I still need 44 contacts from for WWFF, Meroo National Park, VKFF-0312.

Last activation I had operated from a camping area in March, however at this time of year all the camp grounds would be full, so picked another spot, Stokes Island lookout day use area.

This is on the coast to the South of Tabourie Lake township. The road in, Blackbutt Rd is a bit rough, dirt, probably 4WD only in the wet but okay when dry for my Nissan Xtrail. Note the picnic area is a 100 m or so from the car park so you need to pack light.

Looking out to Stokes Island

Just up from the lookout was a picnic table with a little bit of shade. Set up the radio on the table.

Attaching the squid pole to the table was not easy. Managed to strap it to the end of a seat, with a large rock at the bottom to stop it moving. Luckily not a lot of wind today.

Got on 40 m. Found no internet access on the mobile so unable to spot myself on ParksnPeaks. So just called on 7.144 Mhz, the parks call frequency for a while.

Eventually got a few contacts, VK2FADV, VK3UP. After working VK3UH and VK2VW got spotted and the contacts came a little quicker. Still slow as conditions were not the best.


And a park to park, also a SOTA summit contact with VK3PF/p Peter on VK3/VE-189 VKFF-0959.

While operating a large yellow brown snake slithered past the table and into the nearby bush. As not keen to hang around it packed up. Had 10 contacts which is all I needed to make up the 44 for the park.