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 […]

Proposed 2019

VK7 September 2019 Off to VK7 in Septermber. Its not a SOTA trip but will be able to get some activations  including;  * VK7/SC-001  * VK7/SC-045  * VK7/SC-027  * VK7/CH-039 in VKFF-0117  * VK7/WC-013 in VKFF-0347   VK3/VE-075 Post winter.

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 […]

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 […]

03032019 – VK3/VS-003 & VK3/VS-008

03/Mar/2019 VK3/VS-008 (Mt Cole) 03/Mar/2019 VK3/VS-003 (Mt Buangor) – VKFF-0766 In – Mount Buangor State Park 29/Mar/2019 VK3/VC-032 (VK3/VC-032) Couple of local summits to keep the skills up. The skills requiring practice are CW and antenna setup. You can practice CW on the comfort of the train (LCWO) but its not the same as when out in the wild. Noise, temps […]

27012019 – VKFF-0775

27012019 – (VKFF-0775) Werribee Gorge State Park Another local park. Decided to go out to verify a antenna and the cars APRS config. Updated the frequencies for the radio in Subie in preparation for upcoming Hotham weekend. Wanted to be sure APRS  was still correct. Between Ballan and Bacchus Marsh. I came down Ingliston Road with is Ironbark Road out of Bacchus. […]