VKFF Hunter Award, 24th August 2019

I was pleased to cross the 800 threshold late in August 2019. Thanks to all of the activators who made this award possible. In more recent times CW (VK5PF) contacts are making nearly a quarter of my qsos. That has slowed down a bit with Gerard, VK2IO, overseas at the moment.

World Ranger Day 31st July 2019, Mylor Conservation Park, VKFF-0785.

World Ranger Certificate 31st July 2019
Dame Jane Goodall

Dr Dame Jane Goodall

”World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.

The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.

Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on the sacrifice that these Rangers make; to honour the fallen Rangers and their colleagues who still bravely undertake their role in the field.”

The Photo and article comes from the This Green Line Organisation.

I chose to spend some of a bleak and cold winter’s day in Adelaide in the Mylor Conservation Park. This park is close to home: about six kilometers and is one of a number of the Greater Mount Lofty Parks nearby. I have activated the park a number of times and here is a link to my most recent activation:


My operating position is on the extension of Whitehead Road after it enters the Park. I setup about 100 metres inside the park. My XYL helped carry my gear.


I worked Peter, VK3PF/P, at 02:59 from The Tara Bulga National Park (VKFF-0480). I had just set up and the antenna was set for 40 metres. However, I knew I had locals waiting for me on 80 metres and the following stations were worked:



VK3TKK/p VKFF-2452 The Spit Wildlife Reserve


VK2IO/5 Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs National Park VKFF-1114


VK6MB/3 Wychitella Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2236

40 Meters

VK4SOE/P Sundown National Park VKFF-0471

VK5OQ/3 Alpine National Park VKFF-0619

VK6MB/3 Wychitella Nature Conservation Park VKFF-2236




VK2IO/5 Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs National Park VKFF-1114

VK3PI/P Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264 and VK3/VU-009



VK4HNS/P Tamborine National Park VKFF-0475



VK3PF/P Traralgon South Nature Reserve VKFF-2465

I made 21 contacts which included 11 park to park qsos. Soon after 04:12 I indicated that I would go QRT. It was cold!

I thank all of the chasers who gave me a contact and was delighted with my 80 metre results of seven stations which included two from VK3 and Gerard, VK2IO/5 at the Mound Springs in outback South Australia. I was pleased to participate in World Ranger Day from Mylor Conservation Park. I enjoyed the time out in the park especially the friendly, familiar voices and the chasing of other park operators.

Hunter Certificate 744 references, 25th July 2019

I sent off an application yesterday for this award for working 744 unique references. And the certificate was in my email this morning! I have had a bit of fun ever the last few weeks chasing VK2IO, VK6MB, VK3PF and VK1DI while they have been operating from parks in a variety of states. It has been really good to gain so many new parks. A big thank you to the activators.

VKFF Hunter Award 5th July 2019

My hunting activities tend to be in bursts, based on how I am traveling. This year has been challenging and I now have a TCXO (pacemaker) on board! I am hoping when this settles down I can get back to activating. I am pleased to log 700 different VK areas. Thanks to those intrepid activators who get outside, no matter what the weather, to keep us, the hunters busy.

Kinchina Conservation Park, VKFF-1764, 16th April 2019

On the 16th April 2019 I left home soon after 0830 am to drive to Murray Bridge and Kinchina Conservation Park, VKFF-1764. I took the south eastern freeway and the 53 kilometres soon disappeared and I arrived at Murray Bridge and made my way along Maurice Road, past some homes, industrial sites and Mobilong Prison before arriving at the Park. I parked in the shade near the gate in quite a large parking area and set up my station and decided to get on the air milliseconds past the UTC rollover. I set up just inside the gate on a landscape which I told one of the operators reminded me of the surface of Mars: just red dirt and dust! At the time of setting up there was no wind and the temperature was in the twenties with a top predicted at 32 degrees for Murray Bridge. It was quite pleasant and it remained that way until just before noon. And then the wind started. Ivan, VK5HS, at Long Island Recreation Park was surprised about the wind. He said it was very still on the island and explained the calm by commenting on the lush and dense vegetation. Have a look at Paul’s excellent pictures on his blog, at https://vk5pas.org/ and you will see what I mean. It was only when they were back on the river did they experience the wind, which resulted in dust in the air, not as bad or as widespread as the one in March, but still a nuisance. I am beginning to wonder what has happened to the wonderfully calm, warm and sunny Autumn days of the past? I had a similar experience with the dust at Kyeema Conservation Park.

The Park was very dry and dusty when the wind blew

The reason for activating Kinchina Conservation Park was to provide some additional VHF/UHF experiences for Paul and his team. The two parks are just a few kilometres apart and at Kinchina CP I had the advantage of height. Unfortunately we were limited to just two metres FM. But I enabled Paul and his two colleagues, Ivan and Danny to enrich their logs with two metre FM Park to Park contacts.

Kinchina Conservation Park, SA Government.

My operating position was near the parking sign on the map, just up the hill from Mobilong Prison. The Park is 414 hectares and is the largest remnant of intact bush in the area known as the Monarto Crown Lands. The land for the prison was also obtained from the same Monarto Crown Lands. The land was originally set aside for urban development. It is on the outskirts of Murray Bridge.

Plaque on granite block.
Park Notice Board. My operating position was just inside the Gate at P. The Park shares a boundary with Mobilong Prison on right of photo.


My first contact was logged at 00:03 on 3.610 with VK5TW, Trevor, who had a great signal 5 and 9 and I received 5 and 5.

2. 00:06 VK5FANA, Adrian 59 both ways.

Despite calling CQ for a few minutes there were no more contacts on 80 metres. The band was also noisy, more so than at home, where 80m is invariably quiet.

So I migrated to 7.139 and enjoyed the following contacts:

3. VK3SQ 59 58

4. VK4FDJL 54 52

5. VK5PAS/M 59 59 Paul on his way to the boat ramp at Murray Bridge.

6. VK3PF





11. VK4AAC/3

12. VK2VH/3

13. VK2YMU

14. VK4TJ

15. VK4/AC8WN

16. VK4/VE6XT

17. VK3UH

18. VK5KLV

19. VK3ZNK/P Nick at VKFF-0745 Cape Liptrap Coastal Park

20. VK7JON

21. VK2IO

22. VK3DEK

23. VK3ZNK/P Nick at VKFF-0745 suggesting we try 21.344 which we did unsuccessfully

24. 7.144 VK5PAS/P VKFF-1724, Long Island Recreation Park, VKFF-1724

25. VK5HS/P

26. 7.139 VK3SLB

27. VK3CKC

146.500 FM

28. VK5PAS/P VKFF-1724

29. VK5DW/P VKFF-1724

30. VK5HS/P 02:10 VKFF-1724

My log shows 30 contacts with some duplicates. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable activation and, as usual, special thanks to the chasers and spotters who assisted. I will return to the park to try and qualify for WWFF (44 contacts) and keep my promise of plugging in the key and giving the CW enthusiasts a chance to gain the park as well. I decided to have some lunch and just as I got comfortable in the car the wind came. I went back and packed up my station and then ate my lunch. I made a lunch at home of a slice of sour dough bread with cheddar cheese, dates, some grapes a mandarin and water. Sustaining yes, but not as interesting as the barbecue enjoyed by the threesome on Long Island Recreation Park!


Here is a video of me operating my FT857D from Kinchina Conservation Park. The video was made by Paul, VK5PAS from his vehicle, He is listening on his IC7000 and was not too far away from me. He was travelling from his home at Mount Barker to Murray Bridge in preparation for an activation of Long Island Conservation Park.