Sunday, 29 March 2020

McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-0849

With a fine warm Sunday decided to get out and activate a park, while still permitted here in the ACT with the Covid-19 restrictions for exercise and recreational purposes. Went to McQuoids Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-0849. Have activated before but still needing to get to 44 contacts for a WWFF point.

As per last time parked off Kambah Pool Rd, at the car park for the reserve. After a short walk reached the gate entry to the reserve.

 Just after the gate on the left spotted a fallen log suitable for operating on. Set up the squid pole on a sapling near the log, dipole legs to a couple of nearby bushes.

Looking the other way

Shack on the log. FT857-D set to 30 w running off a LifePO4 battery.

Got on 40m. Found a small group having a chat on 7.144 so moved down to 7.135 and spotted myself on ParksnPeaks

A steady stream of callers from VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK7, most good strong signals.


A park to park contact with VK4SYD Rob in VKFF-0129 D'Aguilar National Park. A bit weak but easy copy.

Went on to work


Went to 20m, tried a few calls with no luck.

After 20 contacts packed up and headed home. Another park I need to revisit for 44 QSOs.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

FT8DMC Worked Japanese Stations Award

Yet another release of new FT8DMC awards. Managed to qualify for a couple more, Worked Japanese Stations Award. For 100 contacts

For 200 Japanese contacts

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

FT8DMC New Asia and Europe Stations Awards

FT8DMC, Digital Modes Club recently released a heap of new awards. For working Asia Stations, 100 stations award

200 Asia stations award

300 Asia stations award

For Europe, 100 stations award

200 Europe stations award

There are others for higher numbers in multiples of 100. Look forward to qualifying for them.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

FT8DMC Worked All Fiji and Palau Awards

There were some new awards added to the FT8DMC awards, managed to qualify for a couple, Worked All Fiji Award and Worked all Palau Award. Both fairly easy to obtain, requiring only 2 contacts to qualify. Not hard for me in Australia as not far away. Thanks to the awards manager ZL1MVL Ian Wright.

Worked all Palau Award

Worked All Fiji Award

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

ERC Worked 25 Chinese Stations Award

Latest award for working 25 different amateur radio stations from China on FT8 mode. Most on 17m

Sunday, 15 March 2020

FT8DMC Worked 400 Oceanian stations Award

Latest award from FT8DMC, Worked 400 Oceanian Stations. Not hard given my location. Over half (205) Australia, 79 New Zealand, 61 Indonesia and the rest various Pacific Islands

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

FT8DMC Worked 25 Russian Prefix Award

Another award found I could apply for on Ultimate AAC, Worked Russian Prefixes Award for 25 Prefixes on FT8 mode.

Friday, 6 March 2020

FT8DMC Worked 10 Hawaiin Stations Award

The FT8 Digital Mode Club recently released a new award, for working 10 Hawaian stations. Having 11 in the log applied and able to download. Nice award.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

European Ros Club new China and Taiwan Awards

Some new awards recently released by the European Ros Club. For contacting 5 different China stations on digital modes

For contacting 15 different China stations on digital modes

There are also individual awards for the same number of China contacts on different bands, the graphic is still the same.

Also a new award for contacting 5 different Taiwan stations on digital modes.