ParksnPeaks – Site Update

Recent months had seen new programs for portable operation commence in VK & ZL. These new programs required updates to ParksnPeaks to support. A common awards page was developed to improve the time required to add support and to address some old code that was lacking. Also the menu system was revamped to enhance user experience in smaller devices. Finally […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proposed Activations – 2020

COVID restrictions have placed SOTA and WWFF activations in question. I live in the country so spared the worst of it however have been limited as to where and how far I can travel. Currently the Level 3 restrictions have been lifted. Still have constraints as to visiting people but no longer have to justify leaving home or being concerned […]

2020 with COVID-19

25/1/20VK3/VC-039 (Mount Gisborne)26/1/20 VK3/VC-007 (Mt Macedon)5/2/20 VK1/AC-040 (Mt Ainslie)7/2/20 VK2/MN-176 (VK2/MN-176)7/2/20 WWFF Sherwood Nature Reserve (VKFF-1996)16/5/20 VK3/VC-024 (Mt Beckworth)29/5/20 VK3/VC-032 (VK3/VC-032)7/6/20 VK3/VS-050 (Mt Leura)14/6/20 VK3/VS-004 (Mt Langi Ghiran)14/6/20 WWFF Langi Ghiran State Park (VKFF-0760)20/7/20 VK3/VC-018 (Mt Buninyong) COVID-19 has slowed up activating this year. There has been restrictions to movement since March. Whilst there were fires in central Vic, nothing […]

2019 UTC Rollover

31122019 – VK3/VN-001 Mt Torbreck 01012020 – VK3/VC-006 Mt St Leonard in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park 01012020 – VK3/VC-038 Archer Lookout in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park In VK, ZL and JA we have UTC rollover late morning (11am EAST). This means double activator points can be claimed for activation as the UTC rollover is […]

31122019 – VK3/VC-019

VK3/VC-019 – Mt Warrenheip VKFF-2402 In – Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve Quick activation to pickup Mt Warrenheip before the years end and to catch Peter VK3PF for a S2S. Setup with my back to the compound facing east with antenna ran out along the ridge. The undergrowth was a lot cleaner this year. The site was burnt out 2 years ago so […]

08122019 – VK3/VN-029

VK3/VN-029 (Federation Range) WWFF Yarra Ranges National Park (VKFF-0556)  With VK3ARR. Rare photo of Andrew activating in VK. We walked in the ‘WILD HORSES Festival’. Was not expected or a issue but did create a problem as access to the Lake Mountain site was restricted so we had to park 2kms down the road. The additional 2kms was on the […]