Friday, 26 February 2021

25 British Stations Award

Following a contact with a G station on 30 m recently, qualified for the ERC Worked Different Great Britain stations award, for 25 stations.

Monday, 22 February 2021

750 Asia stations ERC Award

 Another award from the European Ros Club, for 750 Asia stations contacted on digital modes.

Malaysia 2 and 5 stations ERC Awards

Some newly created awards by the European Ros Club, ERC for contacting stations in Malaysia on digital modes.

2 stations

5 stations

Saturday, 20 February 2021

500 European Stations ERC Award

After working some European stations on 30m this morning managed to reach 500 stations worked on digital modes, JT65 and FT8. Thanks for QSOs and award manager

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Mount McDonald VK1/AC-048

With a nice sunny Sunday morning decided to do a walk up a SOTA summit, Mount McDonald VK1/AC-048. Start of the walk

Good view along the Bullen Range on the way up

Took about 25 minutes to get to the top. View towards Mt Stromlo and Canberra, Black Mountain tower on the left.

Set up the squid pole on the trig. One leg of the dipole tied to the remnants of the fire tower, the other to a tree branch opposite. Noticed the vegetation at the base of the tower had been cleared, so no more shady spot to operate now... Anyway was a mild morning so not too bad in the sun.

Shack at the base of the trig

Got on 2m FM first. A summit to summit with Bill, VK1MCW/p on Mount Tuggeranong, VK1/AC-038. Then Mark VK2KI at Bowning, strong. After these contacts 2m FM was quiet, no more chasers. So headed to 2m 144.200 SSB to find more contacts. Worked Rob VK1KW and Al VK1RX doing some antenna tests, so at least qualified on 2m mixed mode.

Went to 40m. Worked before UTC rollover Matt VK1MA, and VK2IO/p Gerard on VK2/RI-006 NSW 6884. Quite a close by summit so 40m short NVIS skip working well.

After rollover worked VK1EM/2, VK3LOC, VK3RM, VK2VH, VK1MA, VK3HN, VK2IO/p again on VK2/RI-006, VK5IS, VK5PAS, VK3PF, VK5MAZ.

Saw a spot for a park activation, Linda VK7QP/p in VKFF-0227 Hartz Mountains National Park, so worked her, a new park for me.

Packed up and headed back down, then home for lunch.  


Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Worked Little Countries Award, 20 Countries

Another new award offered by the FT8DMC Club. Worked Little Countries Award. Little countries are defined as less than 1000 square Km in size. For 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 countries. I reached 20, mainly Asia-Pacific Islands, also a few EU Islands. Nice Award


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Oceania European Ros Club Awards

 Picked up a heap of new Oceania Awards recently added by the European Ros Club, for up to 600 contacts with Oceania stations on FT8 for various bands. I scored No:0001 first awards for 6 m 50 and 100 stations :) Thanks for the contacts and award manager.

25 stations

50 stations

100 stations

200 stations

300 stations

400 stations

500 stations

600 stations

50 stations on 6m No:0001

100 stations on 6m No:0001