Wednesday, 25 October 2017

WWFF Activation Lower Molonglo River Corridor Nature Reserve VKFF-0990

With a nice warm Sunday afternoon decided to activate a local WWFF park,  Lower Molonglo River Corridor Nature Reserve VKFF-0990. The 2017 VKFF Team Championship was on, so even if not part of a team there was a chance to grab some park to park contacts.

I have activated this park before, and set up at the same place at the end of Stockdill Drive in Holt, just before the water treatment works. After passing through a pedestrian gate set up on the table at the start of the path leading down to the river, using a park sign for squid pole support. There are 2 chairs as my partner Sarah came along to listen in.

For the first time using a newly acquired radio, a Yaesu FT-857D. Finding my FT-817 with 5 W too low a power to be heard that well now days, and my IC-7300 a bit big and too good to knock about in the field, so the FT-857D fits the purpose well of a small, high powered radio for park activations.

After some fiddling found the menu setting to set the power to 20 W and got on 40 m. Started with a park to park with Marija VK5FMAZ/p and Paul VK5PAS/p in VKFF-1763 Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park. Both were good 59 signals.

Another park to park with VK4WIP/p Mark in VKFF-0300 Main Range National Park.

Spotted myself on ParksnPeaks and  worked the usual chasers. VK7JON John, VK5HS Ivan, VK3BBB Brian, VK4TJ Brian.

Had a faint call from another VKFF Team Championship pair, VK5KLV/p Les and VK5KPR/p Pete in VKFF-1757 Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park. They were using 5 W but could hear them okay.

Worked another chaser VK3KMH Mike, then another park to park with VK4HNS/2 Neil in VKFF-1347 Maroomba State Conservation Area

Went on to work more chasers. VK7ZGK Graham, VK3AW Laurie, VK5KSW Steve, VK3LO Colin and VK2YK Adam.

While chatting to Adam felt a few spots of rain. Looking to the West noticed a line of rain moving in, so figured a good time to pack up... You can see the rain approaching in the photo.

With 16 contacts and my previous activation had more than the 44 needed for a WWFF point.

When I got home, instead of emailing my log to Paul, VK5PAS, was able to upload it myself to Logsearch. I am now the VKFF representative for the Australian Capital Territory, VK1 call area, so will be uploading logs for all VK1 VKFF park activations from now on.

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