With a nice sunny Sunday afternoon decided to do a nearby WWFF park activation of VKFF-0859 Percival Hill Nature Reserve. I had activated it once before in June 2015, and the cold drove me off air before completing the 44 contacts needed for a WWFF point. In fact made 42 contacts, so only need to make 2 more contacts. As close to 30c no problem with the cold today...
As per last activation approached via an access point off Schow Place in Nicholls. After a short walk reached the Percival Hill trig.
Even though a fairly low hill at 622 m some good views. Looking South East over Crace towards Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie.
Looking South West to Belconnen and the Brindabella Ranges. The Barton Highway roundabout below.
Looking North West towards Harcourt Hill. One Tree Hill on the right.
Set up the squid pole on the trig, One leg tied to a nearby fence post, the other leg just tied the end of the support rope around a rock.
Shack on the tarp. The FT-817 being black got hot in the sun, used the carry bag as a sun shade... Not much shade for myself however.
Got on 40m. Worked a few chasers in VK2, VK3 and VK7.
Got a call from Bill VK4FW/p in VKFF-1480 Boat Mountain Conservation Park for a park to park. Lots of QSB, he had problems copying me, but made it eventually.
Also another park to park with regular park activator Rob VK4AAC/p in VKFF-0682 Gympie National Park. These were both new parks for me as a hunter.
Continued on working VK2, VK3 park hunters. The band wasn't great, made several calls with no replies. Tuned about and heard Diane, VI100RTF, a special event station for Rotary, made a contact with her.
There was a contest on 20m, didn't even try calling there, too much high power QRM... As had 12 contacts and only needed 2 gave it away and went home.
Contacts made on 40m
4. VK4FW/p park to park VKFF-1480
5. VK4AAC/park to park VKFF-0682