Wednesday, 18 July 2018

VKFF Activator Honour Roll 100 Award

After my activation of VKFF-2653 Mcleods Creek Nature Reserve on Sunday I had activated 100 different VKFF parks, with more than 10 contacts in each, and able to apply for the VKFF Activator Honour Roll 100 Award.

Note I've actually activated 106 different VKFF parks, in 6 of these failed to make 10 QSOs or more... Thanks to the park hunters for the contacts.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

WWFF Mcleods Creek Nature Reserve VKFF-2653

Recently another 284 parks were added to the NSW WWFF list, catching up on parks that were not added before due to limitations on how many can be added at a time. I had a look on a map at these new parks and noticed several close by to Canberra, including one not too far away to the North, Mcleods Creek Nature Reserve, VKFF-2653.

This is just to the East of the small village of Gundaroo. After lunch my partner and I drove there via Gungahlin, Gundaroo Drive, Captains Flat Road, then Sutton Road. About a 37 Km, 40 minute drive from home. Once reaching Gundaroo took Rosemel St on the right, this becomes Marked Tree Rd. The park is on the right after a few km, a locked gate with the park sign behind.

Just through the gate on the right the remnants of an old stock yard, probably used for holding sheep. Passed all the gear over the gate and set up using one of the stock yard posts for squid pole support.

Operating location on a map, taken from Protected Planet website.

looking back the other way

Radio shack on the table.

Good mobile coverage here. Saw a spot for VK5PAS/p in VKFF-0878 Eurilla Conservation Park so got on 40m and worked him, he was a strong S9. I spotted myself on 7.130 on ParksnPeaks and worked several park hunters


Another Park to park with VK3PF/p Peter in VKFF-2034 Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

I started getting heavy QRM from Europe from a contest, so moved down to 7.080, on the way working VK5FMAZ/p Maria also in VKFF-0878 Eurilla Conservation Park

Some more contacts


After no more calls on 40 m added the 80 m wire extensions on to the dipole ends.Worked Paul VK5PAS/p and Maria VK5FMAZ/p again in VKFF-0878 Eurilla Conservation Park, a good S7 on 80m.

Worked VK2IO Gerard and VK2NP Cliff in nearby Sydney, they could not hear me on 40 m as NVIS was not working.Went on to work


As the winter sun was setting it was getting quite cold. Overnight the temperature had fallen to -5 c and with thick fog in the morning the temperature had only struggled up to a maximum around 7 c.

Packed up and headed for the warmth of the wood fire in the nearby Gundaroo pub 😃

Saturday, 14 July 2018

WWFF VKFF Hunter Honour Roll 675 Award

After working several new parks recently managed to reach 675 unique parks, and applied for the VKFF Hunter Honour Roll 675 Award. Thanks to park activators for helping me get there.

Monday, 9 July 2018

FT8DMC Worked All Indonesia Prefixes Award

The FT8 Digital Mode Club have the Worked All Indonesia Prefixes Award (WAIP), for FT8 QSOs with Indonesian amateur radio stations from each Indonesian Prefix:

YB, YC, YD, YE, YF and YG

From there are 4 classes of licence in Indonesia

YH - No code - VHF/UHF only
YD YG - Novice - HF 80 m, 40 m, 15 m, 10 m 10 w only
YC YF - General - HF except WARC bands 150 w
YB YE - Advanced - All HF bands 500 w

I managed to get most of the Prefixes, however YD took me some time... surprisingly I could copy them okay on their low power, just getting them to respond back to me on FT8 was a problem. Called several YDs over time on 40 m with no response. Finally made a QSO with YD9DE to complete the requirements for the award.    

YB0COU              2017-12-11  11:02  17M   FT8      YB      
YB3BME              2018-05-18  23:25  20M   FT8      YB      
YC4CHP              2018-03-07  09:56  20M   FT8      YC      
YE1AR               2017-09-06  08:43  20M   FT8      YE      
YF9CDL              2018-05-05  01:46  20M   FT8      YF      
YB1TJ               2017-09-13  12:37  30M   FT8      YB      
YE8XBN              2018-05-11  22:46  30M   FT8      YE      
YC0OSX              2017-09-13  12:01  40M   FT8      YC      
YD9DE               2018-07-08  11:57  40M   FT8      YD      
YE8XBN              2018-05-03  12:34  40M   FT8      YE      
YG7SPN              2017-10-19  10:17  40M   FT8      YG      


WAIP-WAIP:          6/6 indonesian prefixes

Applied using Ultimate AAC software. Approved promptly by the awards manager Yudi YE1AR, actually one of my contacts. A nice looking award.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

WWFF Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve VKFF-0837

With a sunny Sunday afternoon decided to do another WWFF activation, Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve, VKFF-0837. I had activated this before but due to poor conditions only made 13 contacts, so returned to try and make the 44 for WWFF.

Wanted to try a different place, so this time drove to the end of Guiness Place in Chapman. The end of the road is unsealed with a parking area on the left, gate into the reserve at the end. A map of the park on the gate.

Walked past the gate and took Guiness Fire Trail, off Cutoff Drain Fire Trail, heading up the hill. After a bit of height for the activation.

Followed Guiness Fire Trail to the top of the hill. A water tank and mobile phone tower near the top. Wandered over to the highest point of the hill and set up on a log.

Location of my operating spot. Map from Open Street Maps.

Note this is not the highest point in the reserve, but this is WWFF not SOTA so does not really matter. Looking towards the highest point Mt Arawang trig at 765 m.

View towards Black Mountain and the city

View to nearby Woden town centre.

View West towards the Brindabella Ranges. One leg of my dipole visible, tied to a prickly bush :)

Set up the shack on a rock seat. FT-857D perched on the top of the rock.

Got on 40 m. Heard Glen VK3YY/p doing a SOTA activation on VK3/VT-016 Mt Useful, so worked him with a good signal. Then went and worked the 3 park activations on at the time.

VK4DX/p Mike in VKFF-1594 Moggill Conservation Park
VK4ALE/p Jono in VKFF-1511 Clear Mountain Conservation Park
VK4SMA/p Mark in VKFF-1660 Tingalpa Creek Conservation Park

With these parks worked spotted myself on ParksnPeaks on 7.115 Mhz and worked the park hunters.


As had made 33 QSOs had 46 total for the park, and qualified it. Packed up and headed home.

Monday, 25 June 2018

WWFF VKFF Hunter 650 Award

After some park hunting both from home and while out activating, managed to confirm 650 unique VKFF park references. Applied for the award. Thanks to park activators for helping me achieve this.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

WWFF Wanna Wanna Nature Reserve VKFF-2016

My last activation of Wanna Wanna Nature Reserve was interrupted by rain, so returned today to finish it. Drove to the gate leading into the park off Pony Pl Carwoola.

Climbed over the gate and walked along the road between properties. Despite the sign the reserve does not begin until clearing the property on the left. Just within the park boundary spotted a large log suitable for squid pole support and sitting on. Set up here.

Operating spot. Map from Protected Planet website.

Looking back to the East and the road in to the park.

FT-857D radio perched on top of the log.

Got on 40 m. Started with calling another park station, VK4SMA/p Mark in VKFF-1469 Bayview Conservation Park.

Spotted myself on ParksnPeaks. A pileup of park hunters followed.


Another park to park with VK3TKK Peter, also using a special event call sign VI50IARU3 in VKFF-0972 Macedon Regional Park


VK4FW Bill also using a special event call VI70MI in VKFF-0359 Mount Pinbarren National Park


Tried 20 m but no replies.

As had 46 contacts when combined with my first activation of this park packed up and headed home.