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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

KRMNPA 2018

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.

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)

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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 by Wayne VK3WAM in September 2012.This is a cat 5 hike. As a result I was not prepared to go out alone so put out a call for interested parties. There were several responses and once the dates were finalised both Tony VK3CAT and David VK3IL in a position to join. The planning process commenced. A weekend after Melb cup was selected to ensure the roads were open and there would also be traffic through the area assuring any access issues would be addressed. This aligned with the annual KRMNPA weekend. Whilst the Alpine would not be the most sought after site, we were glad to align the activations to the weekend as there would be a large pool of chasers available.

The original plan was to do a through hike from 8 mile gap on Brooks Rd to EaglesPeaks, then pickup The Governor and out through VK3/VE-075 to finish at Wren’s Flat. After reading Waynes Blog, calculating distances and the amount of water required and reviewing hiking sites, it was decided to go with plan B from the start. Plan B was to break the trip at The Governor and tackle VK3/VE-075 as a seperate activation. Plan B also did not depend of leaving a car at Wren’s Flat.

So it was decided to meet at 8 Mile Flat camp ground evening of Friday the 9th.

09/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-047 (Rocky Ridge) – WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619)

Drove up Friday. Meet up with Tony at Mansfield. decided to leave my car at Mansfield and proceed down Howqua Trak to Brocks Rd. We were on schedule so keep going and proceeded down Bluff Link to pick up VK3/VE-047 Rocky Ridge.  

Rocky Ridge is a straight forward operation and bit over 1.5K each way. There is a track to follow but essentially head up to the ridge line then turn right until you find a site suitable for deploying your antenna. Qualified on CW and headed back to 8 Mile Flat camp ground 

David VK3IL joined us at 8 Mile Flat camp ground. This is a great spot as within the Alpine NP and excellent faculties. There is a small creek to cross which is AWD and you can camp on the either side of the creek should the water be up. 

10/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-045 (Eagle Peaks) – WWFF Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619)

We were on the road early Sat morning for a fairly quick drive up to 8 Mile Gap where we left the cars. David had tighter time lines that Tony and myself so needed two for seperate exits. There is enough room for a couple of cars here but you would not want too many. After getting the packs out we locked up and headed up Eagle Peaks track.

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It’s a clear run but along a ridge line. The start is up but gets more intense as you get closer to Eagles Peeks.    

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We arrived at Eagle Peaks in good time and setup along the ridge line. No point in worrying which way the dipole is aligned as limited choices. Started calling. KRMNPA weekend ensured chasers. Once qualified and after reviewing the terrain from this vantage point, we packing up we headed on through Eagles Peaks and towards the saddle leading to The Governor. It was slow but comfortable going.There were sections of bush then steep ledges requiring careful progress. 

P1000542Eventually we hit small but challanging cliffs. Decided to take our packs off to avoid having to deal the weight whilst investigating the obstacle when my pack slid down and over the cliff. I kept an eye on the pack as it had rested against some small trees while David went to the right and Tony headed left to find access. Once the pack had been recovered we took time to evaluate the situation. Basically not in any danger but given the time and carrying ~20K of equipment each including 7l of water, we decided to abort this approach. If we had had ropes you would setup a clear return path but we decided to fall back to Plan C.

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7.2Km in 7:45 including activations and lunch. As a part of planning we had fall back positions so decided to head to Wrens Flat via Mt Sunday. 

10/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-050 (Mt Sunday)

Drive up in a 4WD. There were a couple of motor bikes go through whilst we were there. They were not off-road bike and after talking to them found out that they were following Google maps for a quicker way to Jamesion and had been left astray. My now they had left a bike behind 

 Mt Sunday on DMR simplex using just a rubber ducky antenna at each end. Having alm

VK3/VE-075 (an unactivated unnamed peak)

After staying the night at Wrens XXX we headed off to the ridge link to activate VK3/VE-075. The road had been torn up so it was decided to leave the car in a safe spot and walk a couple pf K’s to the ridge. Once there we turned right, dropped a bearing and headed into the scrub. This is thick.

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The going was slow only progressing 1km in an hour following the ridge line. As there was another 5.7Km to go to reach to summit, quick sums clearly demonstrated we would not back it there and back there and back today. Again the decision to abort was taken and we headed back out then along the road to evacuate plan D. Plan D was to pickup a summit on the way back to Mansfield via Jamison. 

11/Nov/2018 VK3/VE-191 (VK3/VE-191)

Another site only previously activated by Wayne VK3WAM. We followed Sappers Link and Jamieson Lookout Track. It was a leisurely drive in Tony’s 4WD through some beautiful area. A quicker route would be from Jamison along Sappers Track but we had the time to explore.

Again qualified on CW then headed back to mansfield to start the journey home. 

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Conclusion 

VK3/VE-075 is another summit that will be tackled with more respect. The going was hard through the bush. It should be addressed as a full day. 

I was disappointed not to make it to Governor. Not surprised as the distances and terrain are real. The decision to turn back was unanimous. Basically a combination of terrain and water required as well as level heads. We did not want to to require external assistance to be recovered from a undesirable situation. This attempt has given more information and experience in the area so will have another attempt at the Governor in 2019. This time using the Eagle Peaks Circuit.

Proposed 2019

Starting and finishing from Howqua Hills, it will be longer but clearer and will allow for water drops before hand.

Stay tuned, this site will not evade me forever…..

11112017 – 2017 KRNMPA Weekend

Keith Roget Memorial National Park Award activation Weekend 2017

11112017 – VK3/VE-093 Black Mountain in (VKFF-0069) Burrowa-Pine Mountain National park
11112017 – Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park (VKFF-0620)
12112017 – Brisbane Ranges National Park (VKFF-0055)

The annual KRMNPA activation weekend is designed to encourage portable activities in Victoria’s 45 National Parks. Tony VK3VX maintains this award and this year had 37 parks activationed out of 45 potential sites. 

I have 14 (now 12) outstanding parks to address. Decided to group these two together. Given the distance its a overnight trip. I pack the car and catch the train on the edge of Melbourne then go to work. 

Drove up the highway, refuelled in Wodonga and proceeded to drive out to Burrowa-Pine Mountain National park  to camp in Hinces Creek camp ground.,

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Setup on dark and called it a night. Up early the next day, had breakfast and coffee and proceeded to travel back to the road and around to access Jephcott and Jewell Rd.

11112017 – VK3/VE-093 Black Mountain in (VKFF-0069) Burrowa-Pine Mountain National park.

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There are several summits in this park for SOTA. The intention was to activate the park for KRMNPA so SOTA summit was a bonus. Chose Black Mountain as previous activators described a open summit with good access. 

Access was good, turn into Jephcott and Jewell Rd and follow Black Mountain Track. The track turns into Black Mountain Walking track and is signed as 4WD only. No issues with continuing in Subie as the track is still open and good. Parked short of the summit at a defined parking area. The track continued over the summit but was getting rough and for the extra 400m not worth passing a good parking spot.

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Only need a single contact to qualify for KRMNPA , 4 for SOTA and 10 to claim VKFF. 

It was slow because early but I had time to wait for the other activators to wake up.

Qualified the Summit on CW then proceeded to chase parks contacts.

  • Peter VK3ZPF in Lake Eildon National Park (VKFF-0625) on 10,12,20 and 40M
  • Simon VK3/G7WKX in Alpine National Park (VKFF-0619)
  • Mal VK3OAK in Lower Glenelg National Park (VKFF-0296)
  • Sam Vk2GPL in Royal National Park (VKFF-0435)
  • Tony VK3XV in Kara Kara (St Arnaud Range) National Park (VKFF-0629)
  • Mick VK3PMG in Budj Bim (formerly Mount Eccles) National Park (VKFF-0345)
  • Chris VK3FHCI in Budj Bim (formerly Mount Eccles) National Park (VKFF-0345)

Highlight was the S2S and P2P with Simon VK3/G7WKX who was up on Mt Mt Bogong with a 2M handheld. Initial contact was marginal so ran a 2M ribbon antenna up the squid pole and secured the contact.

11112017 – Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park (VKFF-0620)

Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park is a short deviation from the freeway on the way home. I had driven past this site several times in the past on the way back from family events in Albury. 

Setup in Honeysuckle Picnic ground. Turn left off the highway and follow the signs to the park. Open clear area that I had to myself so setup dipole and proceeded to call for contacts. 

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Picked up P2P with;

  • Gerard VK2IO in Prospect Nature Reserve (VKFF-1986)
  • Peter VK3ZPF in Yarra Ranges National Park (VKFF-0556)
  • Peter VK3PF in Tarra-Bulga National Park (VKFF-0480)
  • Paul VK5PAS and Marija VK5FMAZ in  Croajingolong National Park (VKFF-0119)
  • Mal VK3OAK in Mount Richmond National Park (VKFF-0361)

Warren VK3BYD came in for a visit. Had a nice chat about radios, antenna and failing code whilst out in the park, where such conversations should take place.

Contacts then slowed as it appears the other activators were travelling between parks. Still had 4hrs drive ahead of me so packed up and headed home.

12112017 – Brisbane Ranges National Park (VKFF-0055)

There was no-one planning to activate the Brisbane Ranges National Park over the weekend so given its proximity to home I decided to take a couple of hours on Sunday and activate.  

Came in along Meredith-Steiglitz Road. There were controlled burns in progress so the intended access roads were closed. Ended up  driving into Steigilitz to turn into the park. Once in the park it was a case of finding a suitably open area as intended to deploy the dipole as HF was continuing the marginal conditions we are  was not on the getting use to. Setup clear of the roads as a steady stream of Parks vehicles went through dare say involved with the burns.

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Not clouds but smoke from fuel reduction fires. Reminder summer and fire season in coming. 

Was not pushing hard for contacts, more a case of available if anyone looking for the site. P2P with Niel VK4HNS in Knapp Creek Conservation Park (VKFF-1574)

Thanks to Tony VK3XV for organising another excellent KRMNPA weekend.

Proposed – 121112016 KRMNPA Weekend

 Keith Roget Memorial National Park Award activation Weekend 2016 – 11th to 14th November.

The annual KRMNPA activation weekend is designed to encourage portable activities in Victoria’s 45 National Parks.

Track my progress over weekend on APRS – VK3ARH-1

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Overview

This weekend will see at least 41 Parks (as of November 5th) of Victoria’s National parks available for contacts.

Each park qualifies for VKFF and WWFF.

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Proposed

I intend to activate four in the states east;

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All in EG3 – East Gippsland Shire Council.

The goal is to activate the parks so any SOTA Summits will come down to conditions;

  • Lind NP: No summits
  • Alfred NP: Granite Peak VK3/VG-137
  • Croajingalong NP: VK3/VG-151 Mt Everard
Summit ID Association Region Name Height Lat Long Points Bonus Count Last
VK3/VG-141 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Genoa Peak 488 149.6267 -37.5299 1 0 1 VK1AT
VK3/VG-146 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Carlyle 433 149.8802 -37.4735 1 0 0
VK3/VG-147 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Howe Hill 391 149.8883 -37.5076 1 0 0
VK3/VG-151 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Everard 348 149.2873 -37.7163 1 0 1 VK3PF/P
  • Coopracambra NP: 11 SOTA Summits in the park. No target yet. Will depend of time over weekend and a lot more time on Forest Explorer
Summit ID Association Region Name Height Lat Long Points Bonus Count Last
VK3/VG-065 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Coopracambra 1003 149.2943 -37.2791 6 0 0
VK3/VG-069 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Kaye 984 149.2458 -37.3954 6 0 0
VK3/VG-078 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Denmarsh 917 149.2650 -37.3563 6 0 0
VK3/VG-093 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Pint Pot 823 149.2613 -37.3077 4 0 0
VK3/VG-094 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Wakefield 817 149.4191 -37.3027 4 0 0
VK3/VG-097 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Bill Mile Hill 805 149.2283 -37.3750 4 0 0
VK3/VG-100 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Cooaggalah Hill 779 149.3076 -37.4203 4 0 0
VK3/VG-101 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland VK3/VG-101 748 149.3541 -37.3536 4 0 0
VK3/VG-105 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland Mt Merragunegin 718 149.4543 -37.3092 4 0 0
VK3/VG-111 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland VK3/VG-111 686 149.2518 -37.4439 2 0 0
VK3/VG-112 Australia – Victoria Victoria – East Gippsland VK3/VG-112 682 149.3127 -37.3292 2 0 0

21 Parks within 100Km

Ref Name Latitude Longitude Distance Bearing
VKFF-0287 Lind -37.5798 148.9614 16.69km W
VKFF-0618 Alfred -37.5721 149.3627 18.76km E
VKFF-0119 Croajingolong -37.7137 149.3517 24.14km SE
VKFF-0953 Point Hicks -37.8128 149.2538 28.86km SSE
VKFF-0113 Coopracambra -37.3105 149.3396 33.03km NNE
VKFF-0744 Cape Conran -37.7666 148.8666 33.42km SW
VKFF-0158 Errinundra -37.3753 148.7789 39.05km WNW
VKFF-0398 Nungatta -37.2167 149.3663 43.34km NNE
VKFF-0975 Mount Raymond -37.7076 148.5922 51.56km WSW
VKFF-0194 Genoa -37.0839 149.3667 56.99km NNE
VKFF-0376 Nalbaugh -37.0516 149.3442 59.78km NNE
VKFF-0350 Mount Imlay -37.1615 149.7310 68.30km NE
VKFF-0455 Snowy River -37.2710 148.4527 69.80km WNW
VKFF-0112 Coolangubra -36.9544 149.3449 70.22km NNE
VKFF-0946 Cape Howe -37.5470 149.9728 72.56km E
VKFF-0458 South East Forest -36.9190 149.5332 79.60km NNE
VKFF-0026 Ben Boyd -37.1358 149.9669 86.65km NE
VKFF-0560 Yowaka River -36.9892 149.8617 89.93km NE
VKFF-0476 Tantawangelo -36.7832 149.4999 92.46km NNE
VKFF-1403 Yurammie -36.8493 149.8038 98.56km NE
VKFF-0761 Lake Tyers -37.8281 148.0639 99.88km WSW

Equipment

  • Maps
  • Radio
    • KX3
    • FT817
  • Antenna
    • 20/40m dipole
    • 20m vertical
  • APRS 2m/70cm in the car
  • 20Ah battery

KRMNPA Parks not activated,

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26012015 – KRMNPA

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(VKFF-361) Mount Richmond National Park

(VKFF-296) Lower Glenelg National Park

Cobboboonee National Park.

Three parks in the states south west. We spent At the Australia day weekend at Peterbrough. 

Decided to pick up the parks on the Monday so could use AX callsign.

Headed for Portland and did a loop to head home via Hamilton. 

Overview

Took kayak so no 2M in the car.

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Lower Glenelg is down the highway. Well signed so can’t miss. There is a point on Ink Pot Road where Lower Glenelg National Park and Cobboboonee National Park meet. I took Kentbruck Road through Lower Glenelg to gain access to Inkpot Road. Cobboboonee National Park does not WWFF ID. Also you need to ensure you are in the Cobboboonee National Park as the bulk of the area appears to be Cobboboonee State Forest. 

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I didn’t get enough contacts to qualify for WWFF but did qualify all for KRMNPA. It takes a while to get the 43 contacts required for WWFF and it was late in the day anyway.  

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KRMNPA – 2015

The aim of this award is to encourage portable operation in Victoria’s 45 National Parks. A contact with/from a National Park earns 1 point. Contacts via Repeaters, IRLP or Echolink are not permitted. Details of the award can be found on the ARV web site. http://www.amateurradio.com.au/award

Current Status

 

Qualified KRMNPA – Worked all parks 14th November 2014 

 

012015 – 24 Activated leaving 21 to activate,

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KRMNPA – 2014

Qualified KRMNPA – Worked all parks 14th November 2014 

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