Saturday, 20 August 2016

Clyde River National Park VKFF-0102

I'd driven down to Batemans Bay from Canberra on Friday night, spending the day there to escape Canberra winter for a while. The temperature in Canberra on Saturday was a maximum of 8 degrees, a nice sunny 17 degrees Celsius in Batemans Bay, a lot more pleasant :). I did need to return, so stopped for a quick activation of Clyde River National Park VKFF-0102 on the way home.

As per my last activation turned off the Kings Highway just to the North of Batemans Bay onto Rotary Drive, stopping at Holmes Lookout overlooking Batemans Bay

Set up the squid pole on one of the tables and tied the dipole legs to a couple of nearby trees.

Radio on the table. Used my FT-817 this time running 5 w.

Got on 40 m. This was the ILLW (International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend) so started by chasing a lighthouse station, VK3ATL/p activating Point Londsdale Lighthouse AU0028, with a good 59 signal.

Spotted myself on ParksnPeaks. Worked Hans VK5YX, Mike VK3GYH, Peter VK3PF, Geoff VK3SQ, Craig VK3WAR and Peter VK3TKK mobile in Melbourne.

No close by contacts such as VK1, NVIS propagation seemed to be missing, as has happened a lot lately :(

Contacts seemed to dry up after this, and still had a fair drive home, so packed up after 7 contacts. A nice spot though, plan to return to complete the 44 contacts needed for a WWFF point.

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