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 […]

11072021 – HEMA VK3/HVC-038 & SOTA VK3/VC-032

HEMA VK3/HVC-038 Mt Blackwood. New hill that didn’t qualify for SOTA but recently listed in HEMA. This hill is visible from the highway and train heading to Melbourne. Has easy access as hosts telecommunications towers. The site is open and provides many sites to setup from. Setup the 80m end fed and qualified. Took in the views before heading off […]

25042021 – SOTA VK3/VC-039 & VK3/VC-007

Quick trip to pick a couple of local summits. Mt Gisborne is a short walk parking off Mt Gisborne Rd. The site is open and allows large HF antenna to be setup. You can qualify with 2mHT as Melbourne is easily worked. Once qualified head through Gisborne to pickup Mt Macedon. Not a lot to say as to this summit. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]