Arduino Sensors – Sender

Arduino Sensors – Test Sender This is the code for the test devices based on Arduino UNO. The Duemilanove has hard coded values while the UNO a sensor. This is the code for 1 (Duemilanove with no sensors).  As the sensors come in will be adding to the sketch and simply un commenting the required calls for the target device. […]

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 […]

28122019 – VK3/VC-039

VK3/VC-039 – Mount Gisborne Mount Gisborne is a new addition to VK3. Its close to home being an hour drive so I decided to get it this year. Had a window to get out. Intention was to be out, qualify and get back in time to see daughter off and before the heat rolls in.  Park at the second gate n […]

26122019 – VK3/VS-054

VK3/VS-054 – Mount Noorat New summit. Well an dormant volcano (5,000 and 20,000 years ago) that was added to the VK3 list during recent review. Situated near my inlaws so decided to pick up on boxing day. Access is from Morack St off Glenormistomn Rd Mt Noorat. Good but very busy path. There is a 4G tower on the site 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 […]

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 […]

Opportunistic Hardware Acquisition

or dumpster diving for computers. I’ve noticed a trend. At the end of university terms the skip bins around student accommodation fill up with fridges, lounges and computers. I’m putting this down to the the high cost for freight and low cost of technology. Its not like I don’t have enough computers. In the shed there is an Apple IIe […]

17082019 – VK3/VW-002 & VK3/VS-001

VK3/VW-002 (Red Man Bluff) in VKFF-0213 – Grampians National Park VK3/VS-001 (Mt William) in VKFF-0213 – Grampians National Park VK3/VW-002 (Red Man Bluff) Looking back towards Halls Gap over Lake Bellfield from operating position on Red man Bluff. Access is from Mt William Road. The walk in is a short challenging 2Km. Challenging as the scrub is fierce and thick. The goal is to get […]