KRMNPA Weekend 10/11th April 2021

The annual KRMNPA activation weekend is designed to encourage portable activities in Victoria’s 45 National Parks. 2020 KRMNPA weekend (7&8 Nov) was cancelled due to presence of COVID. Between Park closures and COVID restrictions the majority of activators were not able to get out in November, so it was rescheduled to April 2021. Postponing turned out to be the right […]

VKFF 2020 Results

Well there’s a COVID win. WFH for 2020 due to COVID so was able to more often. Also saving commute cost so was able to buy a new Kenwood TS590. The winner of the 2020 Top VKFF Hunter award was Peter VK3PF who worked (hunted) 385 different VKFF references. In 2nd position was Gerard VK2IO with 373, third Allen VK3ARH […]

20032021 – VT-046 & 3NP-039

Spent the weekend In Tarra Bulga NP as a apart of WICEN who were supporting the Duncans Run 2021 event. This was the first event WICEN VIC has run since COVID. Keen to get involved and see what and how they operated. I was positioned on a check point on the edge of the Tarra Bulga National Park. We were […]

5th Annual Hotham SOTA Summit Weekend.

This is normally an annual event, with 2020 being postponed due to The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season now known as “Black Summer” before being cancelled due to COVID restrictions. So rescheduled for for February 2021 we started to lay plans then COVID again struck in late December 2020 resulting with Victoria closing its border with NSW. The proposed February date […]

more Raspberry Pi’s

The Raspberry Pis are slowly but steadily increasing in numbers. First thing to go astray was the version of OS install. Whilst the config will depend on the devices role all are running the same base install. The Raspbian image for all models of Raspberry Pi is now based on Buster, the latest version of Debian Linux. Debian 10.6 was […]

10012021 – VK3/VN-016 & VK3/VN-023

Couple of local summits. Activating in the good weather. This was the second attempt at these summits as the harmonic balanced separated from the crankshaft  the week before whilst driving up. No damage as pulled over in Castlemaine and Russell (my brother in-law) was able to retrieve a replacement unit from spare Subie and come up so was able to […]

01012021 – New Year’s Eve Activations

01012021 – New Year’s Eve Activations No staying up late watching fireworks for SOTA activates on New Years Eve. Get to bed early has have a big days ahead, Int activation with Andrew VK3ARR. We have history of NYE activations. The plan is always is to position ourselves for maximum points in a remote summit. All the high scoring summits […]

Pi Setup

Prepare the SD Card. I am going to use the latest being Buster desktop only. Download from raspberrypi.org verify and write to the SD card; // Verify the download #shasum -a 256 ~/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf.zip 9d658abe6d97f86320e5a0288df17e6fcdd8776311cc320899719aa805106c52  /Users/allen/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf.zip // Verify the SD card; #diskutil list // Unmount it; #diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3 // copy the image across; #sudo dd bs=1m if=~/Downloads/2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf-lite.img of=/dev/disk3 Setup the SD card […]

Raspberry Pi LAMP Stack

The “LAMP” stack is a group of open-source software (Apache, MariaDB and PHP) that is typically installed together to enable a server to host dynamic websites and web apps. This term is actually an acronym which represents the Linux operating system, with the Apache web server. The site data is stored in a MySQL database, and dynamic content is processed […]

25102020 – VK3/VS033

VK3/VS-033 – Point 585/Waterloo It has been a quite SOTA year with COVID. Even though travel restrictions had been eased for us country folk, I still don’t want to travel great distances or stay overnight for an activation. That time will come again but for now just keeping the home fires burning and not attracting attention. So close summits are […]