Belair National Park, VKFF-022, Australia Day

The Park

The SA brochure relating to this park is entitled Belair National Park: From Government Farm to National Park. The Park conserves both natural and built environments. It began life in 1840 when Governor Gawler established a farm for the purposes of grazing Government owned stock, for example, Police horses. In 1859 a cottage was built for the Governor, Sir Richard MacDonnell, and is now preserved as ‘Old Government House’. This building is open to the public on Sundays and public holidays, and as the brochure states, ‘provides an insight into the lifestyle of South Australia’s former gentry’. ‘In 1981, the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service was born, with the dedication of Belair National Park’.

A trap for a young or not so young player!

Today I went back to Belair National Park to try and reach the magic number of 44 contacts, so as to qualify the Park for the WWFF award. Belair National Park is a gated park and the gates are opened at 0830 and close at 1700 hours local time, that is, if you want to drive your car into the park. I was at the Park at 0700 hours local and walked into one of our usual operating spots about 300 metres from the boundary. There is a pedestrian gate at this point, near Waverley Lodge. This house is occupied by a ranger I know. I went quietly, not because what I was doing was wrong, but I simply did not want to wake up the household! It took me two trips to carry all of my gear, including a table, a chair and my FT897, two batteries, an antenna, log, clock and rain-coat to the activation spot. I anticipated a long activation period and I didn’t want to sit on the ground! Here is the link to that activation https://vk5bje.com/2014/06/01/mount-lofty-vk5-se-005-cleland-conservation-park/ The weather forecast predicted a shower and it was raining very lightly while I was setting up. I turned on the radio only to be greeted by noise over strength nine. This noise was a loud pulsing racket! The audio DSP settings on the FT897 were useless! To operate in these conditions would be impossible. Why was there noise? Well there is a major transmission line nearby. But I and others have operated here before without any difficulties. My theory is as follows: in the past this spot has been used for winter activations and the insulators are probably washed clean. While Adelaide has had some rain recently it appears not enough to dampen down the noise! I was hoping to work some DX as I was set up ready to go at 2100 hours UTC! So I packed everything away, once again making two trips, and trying not to make too much noise. I then drove around to the main gates and travelled to Long Gully where I activated the Park last Australia Day. Here is the link to that activation: https://vk5bje.com/2014/01/26/australia-day-january-26th-2014-belair-national-park/ The light rain soon stopped and I succeeded in making 23 contacts. I could not spot myself as there was not enough signal on my phone at this point.

Here is my log and all contacts were on 40 metres and before UTC rollover. 2153 VK3CTM/P3 57 43, Tony 2201 AX3FDAP/P3 57 58, Dennis 2213 AX3ARR 58 59, Andrew 2222 VK5HCF 56 55, Col  and Tom at Piccaninnie Ponds CP 2231 VK3PF/P7 55 42, Peter at Narawntapu NP, VKFF-005 2238 VK3MAY 57 51, David 2254 AX3TKK 57 44, Peter 2257 AX3DAC, Fred 2300 VK3MRG/P3 51 51, Marshall at Lake Eildon NP, VKFF-625 2302 VK5FANA 51 51, Adrian 2305 VK3NCR/P2 51 58, Craig 2310 VK5GJ 51 58, Greg 2313 VK5FLEX 59 49, Peter 2315 AX5PAS/P5 59 58, Paul at VK5/SE-016 2319 VK3FQSO 59 54, Amanda 2323 VK5AA 59 57, Tom with Col at Piccaninnie Ponds CP 2330 VK7TW/P7 51 41, Justin at Mount Wellington, VK7/SC-001 2332, VK7FREU/P7 51 41, Reuben at Mount Wellington, VK7/SC-001 2342 VK1DI/P1, Ian at Mount Majura, VK1/SC-034, 2347, VK5LY 59 54, Larry, 2348 VK5NIG 59 55. Nigel, 2350 VK5KLV 59 58, Les, 2353 VK3BNJ 59 33, Stan. Thanks to all who gave me a call. Today’s efforts take my total of 55 contacts for this Park.

Propagation

It was an interesting day for propagation. I thought for a while this might be my first VK5 activation without any VK5 contacts! It was only later in the morning that any near city stations were readable. For example, I knew that VK5HCF was active at Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park, but it was half an hour into the activation before we successfully made contact. At the same time VK3 stations were loud and clear. VK3PF/P7 at Narawntapu National Park, VKFF-005, was worked at 22:31z and it was 23:15z before I had a contact with VK5PAS/P5 at VK5/SE – 016. While all this was happening I heard snippets of RTTY and two US SSB stations. The US voice stations were 5 and 8 to 9, but they were quickly gone! Other operators also made similar comments about the propagation.

A summary – December 20th 2014 to January 8th 2015

When finally I saw myself attain
That stage of life when everybody ought to
Lower his sails and take the rigging in,…

Inferno XXVII, line 79, Dante Alighieri translated by JG Nichols,  p.126, Alma Classics 2013

What a great way of saying I am retired and, therefore, can enjoy my leisure pursuits. I know I run the risk of being accused of quoting these lines out of context, so I will point out that in Dante’s poem they were said by a fraudster, a cheat; a man who retires after a lifetime of fighting and deceit. I will let you decide whether or not to read the poem – but it is extremely funny at this point.

WWFF Hunter Certificate 44 references

WWFF Hunter Certificate 44 references

We arrived home on Thursday 8th January. We left to travel to Sydney on Saturday 20th December. We were away from home one day short of three weeks. Of course, the purpose of the trip was to see our family, including our Grand-children, but we have always made a point of travelling different ways on our trip, especially the homeward leg. For the last two years this has provided us with an opportunity to pursue our passions of amateur radio, especially portable and QRP work, and bird-watching.  Here is a table of the activations.

20/12/2014 Little Desert National Park, VKFF-291, 31 contacts

21/12/2014 Mt Moliagul, VK3/VN-024, 16 contacts

21/12/2014 Greater Bendigo National Park, VKFF-623, 17 contacts

27/12/2014 Scheyville National Park, VKFF-444, 2 contacts

27/12/2014 Cattai National Park, VKFF-092, 11 contacts

30/12/2014 Livingstone National Park, VKFF-292, 12 contacts

31/12/2014 Brisbane Ranges National Park, VKFF-055, 29 contacts (two activations)

1/1/2015 Mt Warrenheip, VK3/VC-019, 22 contacts

2/1/2015 Port Campbell National Park,  VKFF-420, 12 contacts

3/1/2015 Great Otway National Park, VKFF-405, 14 contacts (two activations)

5/1/2015 Canunda National Park, VKFF-075, 20 contacts (two activations)

6/1/2015 Lake Frome Conservation Park, 6 contacts

7/1/2015 Coorong National Park, VKFF-115, 13 contacts (two activations).

Additionally, there were a few other contacts along the way, but 204 parks and peaks contacts was a reasonable score, only made possible by those who gave me a call. I was pleased to be able to activate Port Campbell and Great Otway National Parks (these two parks remain for me to complete the 45 needed for the KRMNPA Worked All Parks Award). It is always great fun to hear the core of familiar voices and call signs of those who like this activity as well as welcoming newcomers to this facet of amateur radio. Highlights were contacts with VK3FOWL/P , Julie and VK3YSP/P, Joe from a number of parks, but especially Burrowa-Mt Pine NP and Alfred NP and a contact while mobile in Bendigo with WIAW/KH6 on 20 metres.

I have always made a point of uploading all my contacts to Log Book of the World (LOTW). I will admit my proportion of confirmed contacts has declined since I started uploading my portable contacts. I think LOTW is great and it is a shame that more Australian amateurs don’t sign up! It is free and you don’t have to join the ARRL! More recently I have begun to use the HRDLOG (HRDLOG.net). This on-line log enables operators to check their logs against the other station’s log. But this is not enough and I have been encouraged over the last little while to upload my Parks contacts to WWFF Logsearch (WWFF Logsearch.co/).  I tried up-loading ADI files from Ham Radio Deluxe. The results were always unsatisfactory with the logs showing a whole lot of parameters I had previously added to HRD, especially in the Station set up page. I was told others have success using HRD. I have not been able to work out why I have been unsuccessful. VK5PAS, Paul, told be about Fast Log Entry and I have been using this and have now provided most of my Parks files for up-loading to WWFF Logsearch.  Any suggestions about how to get Ham Radio Deluxe to work in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

So I registered for WWFF Logsearch and imagine my surprise, as the logs started to appear, that I was offered awards. I must say I am pleased to have obtained the Hunter Certificate for 44 references. The next challenge will be to try and increase my scores from some of the local national parks to at least 44 contacts.

Gold Hunter Certificate VK5BJE

Gold Hunter Certificate VK5BJE

While in Mt Gambier we visited Dingley Dell Conservation Park. This small park is the location of Adam Lindsay Gordon’s summer cottage near Port MacDonnell. We were taken on a tour of the home by the Manager and I thoroughly recommend it – but you will have to put up with the Manager reciting great chunks of Lindsay’s verse (which he does very well)! While there I checked out future activations spots.

We also visited Beachport Conservation Park, about 50k south of Robe. This is a magnificent park. Again I checked out the activation spots and there are plenty: depending on the weather. The Park was declared a National Park in 1959 and later proclaimed as a Conservation Park in 1982 to preserve a representative sample of a coastal area in the South East of the State. It is 875 hectares and the birdlife is stunning. We thought the swan population was over 1000: these are just the organisers below!

Annual Swan Conference Lake George (Beachport CP) JCD photo

Annual Swan Conference Lake George (Beachport CP) JCD photo

Coorong National Park, VKFF-115, 8th January 2015

This morning we left Kingston SE to travel home to the Adelaide Hills. The weather was hot, humid and cloudy and we drove through a number of heavy rain showers. As we got to Salt Creek the sun was shining and I decided it was a great opportunity to add to my earlier contacts and try, at least, to get ten contacts and thus qualify the Park for the VKFF award. I parked the 4×4 in a turn-out on the sea-ward side, that is, just in the Park. There is a notice board nearby which provides details of a walk. The walk is called Nukan Kungun Hike. It is 27k long and eventually reaches the sea at the 42 Mile Crossing.

Map of Coorong Walk from 'The Tatler'

Map of Coorong Walk from ‘The Tattler’

There is also a small lagoon popular with the birds and bird-watchers.

Lagoon near Salt Creek JCD photo

Lagoon near Salt Creek
JCD photo

The interlude with the sun was short-lived and after we left it started to rain and did so until we arrived home.

I have previously activated this park. Here is the link to my blog https://vk5bje.com/category/sa-national-park/coorong-national-park/

Contacts

My first contact was with VK3MCD/P2, Brian on VK2/SW-013 and also Mount Kosciusko National Park. This contact was at 22:30. Then in succession I had contacts with: VK3EK, Robbie, VK5WG, Nev; VK5IS, Ian; VK5JW, John at Cowell; VK3ARR, Andrew; VK3FCLS, Brett; VK5GJ/QRP, Greg running four watts; VK2UH, Andrew and VK3XL/P2, Mike on VK2/SM-081. After UTC rollover I had contacts with VK3FCLS, Brett; VK5GI, Norm and finally, VK5GJ, Greg, totalling 13 contacts. My first activation resulted in seven contacts. I was ambivalent about stopping in the Park. I had not posted an alert. But I am sure glad I stopped at the Park!

VK5BJE at work in the Coorong NP

VK5BJE at work in the Coorong NP

Lake Frome Conservation Park, 6th January 2015

The Park Lake Frome Conservation Park was proclaimed in 2002 and is 1091 hectares. It conserves some rare plants and is known for its bird-watching opportunities and also has a bird hide. Jenny began walking to the bird hide but it was just to hot. After completing my activation of Canunda National Park, VKFF-075, we travelled to Lake Frome Conservation Park, which is adjacent to Canunda National Park. While it would be possible to set up a station near the boundary between the two parks, we decided to try and get close to the bird hide which is accessible from the Southern Access Road. However, after lunch and activating the Park we decided it was just too hot for a three kilometre walk, and the birds being quite sensible, would probably all be resting! Access We entered Lake Frome Conservation Park from the Princes Highway just out of Rendelsham and near the Southend turnoff. The car park is about 500 metres of the Highway. There were no visitors while I was there and I used the Park bench to set up my station. There are HT lines as you near the car park but they did not cause too much bother. Contacts I had the following contacts at Lake Frome Conservation Park: VK5FANA, Adrian at 02:05 UTC; VK3ZZS/P3, Colin;VK5HCF, Col; VK1DI/P2, Ian on summit VK2/IL-002; VK3FMPB, John in Kinglake National Park, and, finally, Peter, VK3PF, at 02:19 UTC, about to go to work, making six contacts and successfully activating the Park. Thanks to all who gave me a contact at the two Parks today (6th January 2015). It was great fun, although quite hot at Lake Frome Conservation Park. Mini Hamfest/s One of the reasons for keeping the activation short was the heat. There was no shade where I was located. But the second reason was I had arranged to meet two keen activators, VK5HCF, Col and VK5EE, Tom. They suggested that I come to the South East Radio Group Headquarters. While there we shared some of our ideas on portable work, saw some SERG videos taken by Club supporter, Dennis, inspected the Club rooms and the Radio Room and we enjoyed the socialising. It was good to see the Radio Room. Many times both Col and Tom have raced up to the Club Rooms to have a contact with me, because they both have noise problems at home. It is a great privilege to meet the person behind the voice. We stayed at Mount Gambier for a second night and the following morning travelled to Kingston SE for our last night away on this trip before arriving home. At Kingston SE we visited Tony (VK5ZAI) and Jill. This was mini hamfest number two. Recently in Amateur Radio Magazine it was announced that Tony was retiring from his position of ARISS coordinator. But he told me in the transition he still has three school contacts with the ISS to complete. While I have been to their place before I did not have the street address for my GPS. Thanks to John, VK5DJ, for a few navigation tips ensuring I got to the right place!

Canunda National Park, VKFF-075, 6th January 2015

The Park

Canunda National Park is large. It is a coastal park and contains sand-dunes, linestone cliffs and dense scrub. It allows recreational activities such as 4×4 driving, bushwalking, bird-watching, fishing and surfing. There is also evidence of long-term Aboriginal occupation of these lands. It was a summer visiting place and there are plenty of shell midden heaps throughout the park.

I would like to drive through the Park but only with at least one other vehicle. We were travelling on our own.

Access

Canunda National Park

Canunda National Park

It took us quite a while to find the Bevilaqua Ford. To get to this point travel from Rendelsham. It looks easy on the map but it is not very well sign-posted. My vehicle GPS did not have this point marked. I have taken the map from The Tatler, Edition 12. This excellent publication is free and is available at the usual tourist outlets. It is published by the SA Government agency responsible for National Parks. I activated the National Park about 75 metres into the Park from Bevilaqua Ford. The Park boundary is marked in black dah dit dit. Lake Frome Conservation Park has a blue boundary marked dah dit dit also. So you can see that the Lake Frome Conservation Park holding dissects the Canunda Park where the blue lines are almost joined. In other words it would be very possible to activate the National Park from near the Information Kiosk and then move 75 metres back down the track to the Ford and enter Lake Frome CP land and activate that Park from there. There is a track in Lake Frome CP running on one side of the Lake Frome Park land. along side of the drain.

Canunda NP from Bevilaqua Ford JCD photo

Canunda NP from Bevilaqua Ford JCD photo

Contacts

I had the following contacts beginning at 23:33 UTC: VK1NAM/P2, 7.095, Andrew on VK2/SW-074; VK1DI/P2, Ian on VK2/IL-001; VK3TKK, Peter; VK5EE, Tom; VK3VTH/P3, Tony in the Brisbane Ranges National Park; VK5HCF, Col; VK5FANA, Adrian; VK3XL/P2, at 00:00 UTC, Mike on VK2/ SC-022; VK3TKK, Peter; VK5GJ/QRP, Greg; VK5KLV, Les; VK7WH, Winston; VK5PAS/QRP, Paul, VK5KPR, Peter, VK5FMID, Brian; VK3PF/M; VK5IS, Ian and VK3UP, Terry at 00:21 UTC, making a total on 19 contacts.

Great Otway National Park, VKFF-405, 4th January 2015

Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park

The Park

Today we went looking for good spots to activate the Great Otway National Park, VKFF-405. The Victorian Government Park’s brochure describes the Great Otway National Park as new. It was formed as recently as 15th September 2005, and is a creation from a number of pre-existing parks. The Park’s brochure (in two separate sections) one for the Western part of the Park (Kennett River to Princetown) and one for Eastern part (the section Torquay to Kennett River) clearly shows a patchwork of land-holdings.

Even a cursory glance of the brochures will show that the Park is made up of various parcels of land, many unconnected, and with privately held land within the Park. It is a large Park with many great features and we did not have time to explore it in any depth. However, we were able to gain some appreciation of its size and the agricultural interests pursued along side of the Park. A large double-trailer milk truck truck was doing the rounds. There were also some vineyards and general cropping and grazing activities.

Access

We drove from Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road to the Gelibrand River Road and turned left and travelled on a gravel road for about 16 kilometers to a junction.  At the junction we took the Road to Colac for about five kilometres to a spot where we thought I could activate the Park in relative peace. Here are the coordinates: S 38 36.645 and E 143 19.681. Unfortunately I could only gain nine contacts. So after lunch we travelled back to the junction and took the Cobden Road to Simpson and, with a bit more exploring, we found another block clearly identified as part of the Park. I found a great spot off the road which enabled me to gain a few more contacts. There were power lines near by. I took a look at theses lines. The HT lines looked in good condition and the insulators were substantial. As it turned out the power lines, while creating some noise, did not create too much of a problem. I was able to increase my qso numbers to get across the line for the VKFF award. It was a relatively peaceful day on 40 metres as a glance at Portable Amateur Radio Spots will show. I did a lot of listening and signals generally were not strong. Amateurs who enjoy portable operations must have decided after the last few days of frenetic activity to make Sunday a day of rest! Perhaps the weather also contributed to the apparent lack of signals!

Contacts

I worked the following stations: 23:37, VK5YX, Hans conducting the WIA call-back on 7.135 MHz; VK1DI/P1, Ian on VK1/AC-042; VK1NAM, Andrew at home (amazing!); VK3EK, Rob (what a great web-site he has!); VK3FPSR, Peter; VK5YX, Hans, for a bit of a chin wag about the fires in the Adelaide Hills; VK5IS, Ian, with an amazing QRP signal as always; VK7PAK/P7, Kerry camping at Cape Portland, not too far away from Mount William National Park see https://vk5bje.com/2014/02/23/mount-william-national-park-22nd-23rd-february-2104/  ; VK3TKK, Peter, QRP, with FT817; VK3UCD, David, also QRP with an FT817; VK3FRFD; VK3VBI, Rod at Warrnambool; VK3FAFK, Mick at Stawell and VK2HFX, Frank on the River Murray. Fourteen contacts were made from 23:27 to 00:15 and from 02:23 to 02:37.

All contacts have been uploaded to LOTW and my log can be seen at HRDLOG. Thanks to all of the amateurs who gave me a call.

Port Campbell National Park, VKFF-420, 2nd January 2015

The Park

What can I say about the Port Campbell National Park? Perhaps it is iconic? Whatever it is, it is a great bit of coastal scenery. After my activation we re-visited a number of locations we last saw in the 1970s. My how things have changed!

London Bridge has lost an arch! The harbour at Port Campbell is magnificent (for small vessels). We watched a fishing boat launched by being lifted from the jetty to the water below by crane. Port Campbell has grown, the roads are better and there were many visitors at all the spots on the coast.

Port Campbell from my operating position

Port Campbell from my operating position

The Harbour at Port Campbell

The Harbour at Port Campbell

London Bridge missing a link!

London Bridge missing a link!

A lone fisher on a head-land. It looks a precarious spot. Expand picture to see detail.

A lone fisher on a head-land. It looks a precarious spot! Expand picture to see detail

Contacts

I was able to activate Port Campbell National Park this morning. It was not a QRP operation. It was too windy for a squid pole. I used the 857D in my 4 x 4. I made 12 contacts. I was happy with that given the weather. It was hot, hot, hot!

I had QSOs with VK5KAA, Gordon; VK5ZK, Garry; VK5KYO/P2, Yohan; VK5KC, David; VK5TW, Trevor; VK5KFM/P5 at Wallaroo; VK5LY, Larry; VK5IS, Ian; VK5PAS, Paul; VK3FPSR, Peter; VK2UH, Andrew and VK1FAAS/P1, Simon on VK1/AC-042. Thanks to all who gave me a call. And special thanks go to VK5LY, Larry and VK5PAS, Paul, who both spotted me on Portable Amateur Radio Spots. http://www.parksnpeaks.org/

Mount Warrenheip, VK3/VC-019, SOTA, 1st January 2015

Mount Warrenheip, VK3/VC-019

The Trig Point Mt Warrenheip: my operating position.

The Trig Point Mt Warrenheip: my operating position.

Mount Warrenheip is an inactive volcanic cone just on the outskirts on Ballarat. You will see it as you drive the freeway to Melbourne, nine kilometres out of Ballarat. I never took much notice of it when we lived just west of Ballarat for two years in the early 1970s. We used to practice our driving techniques in the Mount Cole Forest Reserve instead. Mount Warrenheip is a bush covered cone, but it has been burnt in recent times and is a bit bare in places. I drove to the summit of Mount Warrenheip and noticed that there are two commercial radio compounds and towers in place. I parked in the shade and walked around the summit past these installations and out and back into the activation zone looking for a spot where I would not be too conspicuous. I need not have been too concerned. There was only one car that visited the summit during my occupation: a car with four young men in and on-board. One was sitting with his legs in the cabin, but his trunk outside on the window ledge hanging onto the roof rails. They were travelling fast and I am glad I didn’t meet them on my ascent! I suspect one or all were still suffering the consequences of too much to drink on New Year’s Eve!

I decided to activate along side of the trig. I used a steel bollard as the support for my squid pole. I had a great time logging 22 stations from VK1, 2, 3 and 7, including 11 s2s contacts.

It was a long day travelling to the Brisbane Ranges National Park in the morning and then returning to Mount Warrenheip later in the day. Unfortunately, despite my best intentions, its twin, Mount Buninyong, VK3/VC-018, will need to wait for another day.

My Activator Log

Time Call Band Mode Notes
04:03z VK3BQ/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/SM-065
04:07z VK3BLE 7MHz SSB Col
04:10z VK7FREU/P7 7MHz SSB VK7/SC-004
04:11z VK7TW/P7 7MHz SSB VK7/SC-004
04:12z VK3EK/P3 7MHz SSB VK3/VG-074
04:14z VK1DI/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/SM-033
04:15z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB Peter
04:15z VK2IO/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/HU-093
04:16z VK3PF/P3 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-004
04:18z VK2YW 7MHz SSB John
04:19z VK1MA/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-036
04:21z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Amanda
04:23z VK3JP 7MHz SSB Ron
04:25z VK3MTB/P3 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-057
04:26z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB Ian
04:27z VK3AV 7MHz SSB Bernard
04:29z VK2LX 7MHz SSB Grant
04:31z VK2COP 7MHz SSB Phil
04:35z VK3UP 7MHz SSB Terry
04:39z VK1DA/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-001
04:41z VK1NAM/P2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-001
04:41z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB Ray

Brisbane Ranges National Park, VKFF-055, 1st January 2015

The Park

I thought the Park was magnificent. I have tried to capture some of the vegetation in the photo of my activation spot. This Park, is regarded as the best place in Victoria for wild flowers, according to the Park brochure. It would be a great spot for a walk and I am sorry we were not able to spend longer in the Park. My xyl (wife) has decided to add value to her time in Parks by joining the National Bird Atlasing Project. See  http://birdlife.org.au/projects/atlas-and-birdata

So the longer I take, the happier she is!

Access

We stayed in Ballarat for two nights. Access to the Park was achieved by taking the Freeway to Ballan and then travelling South to Wallace and then taking the track into the Park. We chose Boar Gully as it is the closest access point to Ballarat. We inspected the camp ground and it was almost empty: just two or three camps on the property at this time. It would be empty today as campers would be required to leave because of the Total Fire Ban day. The camp site is right on the boundary of the Park.

Boar Gully Camp - I was about 1 k from here

Boar Gully Camp – I was about 1 k from here

Old Thompson Track

Old Thompson Track

My operating position at Brisbane Ranges NP - only footprints left

My operating position at Brisbane Ranges NP – only footprints left

Contacts

I had 29 contacts beginning at 22:53 hours UTC and finishing at 00:20 hours. There was no mobile phone contact at Brisbane Ranges National Park where I established my station so I could not add a spot. Stations were worked in VK1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. I was operating my FT897 at 10 watts, although I increased power to 20 watts to work VK3MRG/P3, Marshall at VK3/VC-029.

All my contacts have been up-loaded to LOTW and HRDLOG.

Thanks to all operators who gave me a call. It was great fun and all calls are greatly appreciated.