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 […]

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 […]

03082019 – VK3/VC-003

VK3/VC-003 – Mt Ritchie – WWFF ID – VKFF-0556  Took the ATS out to Mt Ritchie.  This is a great summit and one I do each year. Mt Ritchie is a good winter summit as 8 points with seasonal bonus and can be completed in harsh weather. You can access the summit from the north in summer with a 4WD […]

07072019 – ATS4b Build

ATS4b Recently acquired a unbuilt ATS4b kit. This is a miniature 5 band CW radio. A KD1JV kit. It is small, lightweight, and fairly rugged HF QRP Radio. It uses very little current on receive and is efficient on transmit. Features; 80, 40, 30, 20 and 15/17 meter operation LCD display with back lighting DDS VFO for wide tuning range […]

10062019 – VK3/VC-030

10062019 – VK3/VC-030 – VKFF-0982 In – You Yangs Regional Park  Another close walk up the summit activation.1.7K each way for 190M elevation gain. This is the busiest summit I have found. Worse than Mt Hotham in summer. Here is the summit marker, worn out from the traffic, Having been here before I was expecting the crowds so took HT […]

02062019 – VK3/VC-024

02062019 – VK3/VC-024 Mt Beckworth Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve not in WWFF ? Why not ? well because its (SCR) Scenic Reserve. Any way its close and has a great SOTA summit so no WWFF for you but a quick run for me. This is a contuniation of my current plan of finding a good walk and test equipment during winter plan. […]

19052019 – VK3/VS-011

VK3/VS-011 Mt Abrupt in VKFF-0213 In – Grampians National Park Serra Range to the north. The seasonal burns are in full flight thus making the area smoky. In the valleys so wont be an issue accessing the summits. Mt Abrupt is on the southern end of Serra range in the Grampians National Park. There is a defined track for access from the […]

11052019 – VK3/VW-003

VK3/VW-003 Mt Rosea in Grampians National Park (VKFF-0213)  Mount Rosea, is at the northern end of the Serra Range. It is my favourite summit in the Serra Range not just because if has good defined access but Mt Rosea gives 360 degree views from the lookout at the summit into the Grampians.  Mt Rosea was selected to gain practice for Alpine […]