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. […]

12012019 – VKFF-2233

12012019 – (VKFF-2233) Winter Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve Working through local parks . This one is in Ballarat itself. The KMZ file (VKFF-2233) shows the site clearly. Access from the north is more challanging than expected. The Skipton Rail trail is of no value. There is a gate and walking track from Blink Creek Road which is off the new bypass. […]

KRMNPA Weekend – 2018

Recently received an activator certificate for the 2018 Activation Weekend for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (KRMNPA). Activated several sites from VKFF-0619  Alpine National Park -112018 – VK3/VE-047,VK3/VE-045,K3/VE-050 & VK3/VE-191 Tony VK3XV does a great job promoting this event and following up with these certificates is a great touch. Thanks again to Tony VK3XV and Amateur Radio Victoria.

02112018 – VK9ARH in Christmas Island National Park (Commonwealth) (VKFF-0098)

WWFF Christmas Island National Park (Commonwealth) (VKFF-0098) Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, lying south of Java, Indonesia. My wife has wanted to see the crabs for a while now we booked 7 days from 30th November 2018 (30/11 to 7/12) timed to see the red crab migration. The crab migration starts when the wet season rains […]

112018 – VK3/VE-047,VK3/VE-045,VK3/VE-050 & VK3/VE-191

09/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-047 (Rocky Ridge) – WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619) 10/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-045 (Eagle Peaks) – WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619) 10/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-050 (Mt Sunday) – WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619) 11/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-191 (VK3/VE-191) I’ve had my eye on VK3/VE-046 Governor for a while. Having activated most in the area is it untidy at least not to attempt an activation. The Governor has only been activated […]

072018 – Upcoming Activations

Upcoming Activities; VK JA ZL – EU S2S QSO Party Saturday 20 October 2018 – 06:30 UTC to 08:30 UTC   (Melbourne, Australia AEDT (UTC +11) Sat, 20 Oct 2018 5:30 pm) KRMNPA Activation Weekend – Fri 9th – Mon 12 Nov 2018 – Tony VK3XV VKFF Activation Weekend – Sat 24th – Sun 25th Nov 2018 – Paul VK5PAS […]

072018 – SOTA Activations

03062018 VK3/VC-007 (Mt Macedon) 16062018 VK3/VC-019 (Mt Warrenheip) – WWFF Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve (VKFF-2402) Closest WWFF to home and new listing so went to snag first activation.  01072018 VK3/VC-003 (Mt Ritchie) 21072018 – VK3/VC-018 (Mt Buninyong) Testing and activations for the set of it. More to come

26052018 – VK3/VE-012, VK3/VT-001, VK3/VT-002, VK3/VT-004

VK3/VE-012 – Mt Margorie VK3/VT-001 – Mt Howitt VK3/VT-002 – Mt Reynard VK3/VT-004 – Bryces Plain all in VKFF-0619 – Alpine National Park APRS coverage excellent with the newly commissioned VK3RHO digi-repeater and Telstra 3G/4G once out of the valleys. View from Mt Howwit to The Razor and the Viking. This was typical of the views for the weekend, stunning. Spent the weekend […]

SOTA and WWFF Antenna

 SOTA Antenna   2M  26.5m 80/40/20/10 EFRW Went with 49:1 on a FT82-43 toriod with 3:24 ratio and a 120pf 500v mica cap (that was what I had) with 26.5M of wire. Intentionally selected a length with no half waves. 26.5 m = 87  feet. (https://udel.edu/~mm/ham/randomWire/)    http://www.qrpkits.com/sota.html with 19.5 m wire and counterpoise   Trap 20/40 Dipole based on SOTABeams pico traps – https://www.sotabeams.co.uk/pico-traps-kit-pair/ Trapped end feed […]