2020 has been a poor year for the VKFF Hunter. Combine the very ordinary propagation due to slowly coming out of the Solar Minimum (recently confirmed as having occurred in December 2019) together with heavy restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, the pickings have been slim. We have seen restrictions on travel plus many parks have been closed. Those living in states where the restrictions have permitted some travel have been largely limited to day trips until recently. Most activations have been from Parks which I have previously worked.
I have been attempting to work any Activator who has been out, but local noise together with highly variable propagation have made it difficult to work new Parks.
Despite all of these issues, I have managed to work operators in 42 new (for me) Parks in the last 3 months. Nick VK3ANL and Tony VK3TNL / VK3YV managed to fit trips of several days duration in June, before the “second wave” developed in Victoria and tighter restrictions were put in place. Tony was still in NSW when the VIC-NSW border was closed, but was permitted to continue his travels and then return home.
In states other than Victoria, travel restrictions began to be eased, allowing Activators to get out into Parks to play radio. Notable contributors to my list of new Parks were Sue VK5AYL, Scott VK4CZ, Gerard VK2IO, Rob VK4AAC, Tony VK7LTD and Fred VK4FE. Others have also contributed to the list of new Parks worked.
It is always great to make contact with anyone activating in the field, so thanks for the efforts of all who have managed to do so. It has helped with one’s mental health during the lock down, even though restrictions in regional Victoria have not been as tight as in greater Melbourne.
Thanks again to all the Activators and to the VKFF and WWFF administration teams.