Sunday, 10 December 2017

WWFF Activation Red Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-0860

With a nice sunny Sunday afternoon decided to do another WWFF park activation. Returned to Red Hill Nature Reserve, as I needed 13 more QSOs to reach the 44 needed for WWFF.
Drove up Gowrie Dr, entering the reserve.

After the Federal Golf course turnoff the road becomes Red Hill Dr. At the top of the hill there is a lookout with some signs, and a plaque on Parliament House below.  Unfortunately not much of a view of it from here as the trees have grown up...

To the left of the plaque there was an access road for a mobile phone tower. There was a gate and a fence below, used one of the fence posts to support the squid pole.

Location within the park. Map courtesy Openstreetmaps.

Parliament House down the hill below. SOTA peaks Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura behind it.

Shack set up on the tarp. FT857-D set to 30w output. It was in the shade of the tree at the start, not so later...

Got on 40m. Started with chasing a couple of other park activations. Park to park contacts with VK4AAC/p Rob in VKFF-0198 Girraween National Park and VK4SMA/p in VKFF-1542 Flinders Peak Conservation Park.

Spotted myself on Parknpeaks and worked the following hunters
VK4TJ John
VK1CT Chris
VK3CMR Clive

Another park to park with VK1LAJ/p Aaron in nearby VKFF-0851 Mount Majura Nature Reserve.

Went on to work:
VK3UP Terry
VK2ZVG Steven

Band conditions were not good. Tried 20 m with no luck. As had 14 contacts had made the 44 total needed, decided to pack up and go home