Sunday, 17 March 2019

European Ros Club Indonesian WAS Grid Awards

Several new awards available from the European Ros Club for Digital contacts.

Worked Indonesian Stations 25 Award

Worked all States (WAS), 10 m award. This was all done on 10 m JT65 mode a few years ago, now its a bit hard on 10 m on any mode to the USA :(

500 Grid Squares on digital modes

There are several versions of this award for different bands and numbers. eg 200 grids on 10 m.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

European Ros Club Worked All Australia Call Area Award

Having worked VK8 recently on 17 m FT8 I have managed to contact all Australia Mainland Call Areas, and applied for the European Ros Club Worked All Australia Call Area Award. Applied for Mixed bands

And also 17 m band endorsement.  A colourful looking award.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

SOTA Mogood Lookout VK2/SC-049 and WWFF Bimberamala National Park VKFF-0032

Spending a long weekend holiday down the South Coast of NSW with my partner, decided to revisit a SOTA peak I've done before, Mogood VK2/SC-049 and also activate nearby WWFF park Bimberamala National Park VKFF-0032.

Drove to Nelligen, then took the River Road following the Clyde River upstream. Turned off onto Backhouse Rd, and joined Clyde Ridge Rd. There is a sign on the left to Mogood Lookout. The road up is a little steep but doable in a 2WD. There is a circular gravel turning circle around the trig. Sadly with lots of graffiti since my last visit.

There is a nearby solitary tree, otherwise the scrub is cleared around the lookout. Note the trig is not in Bimberamala National Park, it is just outside it.

Set up the squid pole on a small stump near the tree. Dipole legs tied to a couple of nearby saplings.

Shack on and near the stump. The esky was used to anchor the base of the squid pole to stop it sliding and toppling over...

Got on 40 m. Able to spot myself as good mobile coverage. Worked the following


Most signals had lots of rapid QSB. As qualified for SOTA packed up and headed down the hill the way I came up. Don't drive down the other 2 roads down from here, they are rough 4WD tracks!

Took a minor track, CattleMans Firetrail and drove along it until seeing a sign for Bimberamala National Park

Set up near the sign in the bush. Operating spot, map from Protected Planet website

Shack on a log

Got on 40 m, worked a couple of park to parks first

VK3XV/5 Tony in VKFF-1006
VK3PF/p Peter in VKFF-2410

Then spotted myself and worked the following park hunters


Having made enough contacts to qualify the park for VKFF, packed up and headed back to our accommodation on the coast.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

FT8DMC Worked Oceanic Stations Award 200

Following some new awards issued by the FT8 Digital Modes Club (FT8DMC) recently qualified for working 100 stations in the Oceania region. I was on 199 contacts, so only needed one more, and a VK contact on 17 m meant I could apply for the next level of the award, 200 Oceanic contacts. Approved by the award manager ZL1MVL

Sunday, 3 March 2019

FT8DMC Worked Oceanian Stations Award 100

FT8DMC recently added several new awards to chase using FT8 mode, including Worked Oceanian Stations Award, for working 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 stations in the Oceania region. Fairly easy for me :) Applied via an updated version of Ultimate UAAC software, award approved promptly by the awards manager ZL1MVL Ian. I have 199 Oceania contacts so the next level should not be hard :)
A nice looking award.