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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

29112019 – WWFF Weekend

VK3/VW-006 (Warrburra/Middleton Peak) WWFF Grampians National Park (VKFF-0213) A part of the VKFF weekend. Intention was to pick up the SOTA summit and activate the p[ark for WWFF. This is one of my favourite sites. There is a camping ground as the start of the track to the summit called Borough Huts. It is used as a destination for hikers […]

Tasmania Trip 2019

Tasmania trip 2019 We had never been to Tasmania so though time to correct that. The trip was not a Parks and SOTA expedition but we intend to catch up with friends who had moved there and to sample the food, scenery and hopefully see the Aurora. Went over on the ferry so could take Subie. I have HF and VHF in […]

25042019 – VK3/VE-046

25042019 – VK3/VE-046 The Governor in WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619) This was my second attempt for this summit. Previous was with Tony VK3CAT and David VK3IL coming across from Eagles Peak. We hit Cat 5 conditions and when combined with temp decided it was not worth chasing.  This attempt will involve a longer walk but avoiding cliffs. Planned to take two […]