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A Park after a hamfest

Sunday 17 February 2019 The weekend ended up being a little hectic. It all started with the trip to Melbourne on the Friday, with a radio being dropped off for repair, followed by a pick up at an electronics store. … Continue reading

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Cape Paterson (Patterson) Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2063

This Park had been activated twice previously, but looked to be worth activating. It is about 1.5 hours’ drive from home. Sunday 10 February 2019 I headed off from home aiming to be on site after UTC rollover. I used … Continue reading

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Hotham SOTA Summit 2019 – wrap up

Monday 4 February 2019 I had not decided on a firm plan for the day. The day started with contacts on 2 m FM with Gerard VK2IO/3 and Compton VK2HRX/3 on Mount Hotham VK3/VE-006. I then had breakfast and checked … Continue reading

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Hotham SOTA Summit 2019 – Sunday

Sunday 3 February 2019 Rik and Paul headed off early to walk across to Mt Loch VK3/VE-005 for quick activations. They then returned to the vehicles and started their trips home. Some others were heading back home. Others agreed on … Continue reading

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Hotham SOTA Summit 2019 – Saturday

Saturday 2 February 2019 I was driving with Paul VK3HN and Leigh VK3SG as passengers today. We drive east to Omeo, fill the fuel tank and then head towards Benambra and on to Sassafras Gap on the Benambra – Corryong … Continue reading

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Hotham SOTA Summit 2019 – the trip to Hotham

The fourth Hotham SOTA Summit had been organised and it was time to head up the hill. Friday 1 February 2019 I was underway at a reasonable time and drove to Dargo and on up the Dargo High Plains Road, … Continue reading

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Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Australia Day public holiday 2019 – Monday 28 January 2019 On Sunday afternoon, I finally got around to looking at the feed impedance of a home-made ZS6BKW doublet antenna. I constructed the antenna using some stainless steel multi-strand wire (about … Continue reading

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Next steps in VKFF Awards

I have been making slow progress in increasing my tallies of unique Parks worked/hunted and activated in the World Wide Flora and Fauna Awards. In the local Award scheme, the steps come in 25 unique Park/Reference increments once you get … Continue reading

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Won Wron Flora Reserve

Saturday 19 January 2019 After a week of hot weather, I decided to head out to activate a Park about an hour’s drive away. But first I had some domestic tasks to complete. I was finally on the road a … Continue reading

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Four Parks west of Bairnsdale

6 January 2019 The weather forecast for the day looked reasonable, expected to reach into the mid-20s but fine. There was a large bushfire southeast of Rosedale which was reported as affecting 11,000 hectares of land, including a significant portion … Continue reading

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