Author Archives: vk3pf

Two Gippsland HEMA summits

2 April 2022 Saturday 2 April 2022 was promoted as International HEMA Day. Despite the poor weather outlook locally, I decided to head out to activate a HEMA summit in West Gippsland. I have submitted a list of candidate summits … Continue reading

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VKFF 2021 yearly Awards

I recently received two awards from the VKFF National Representative. Each year, the VKFF team recognises the top 10 Activators and Hunters for the previous calendar year. In 2021, there was a high number of activations, despite the various lockdowns … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday 2022

17 April 2022 I was a little slow off the mark on Easter Sunday. I did manage to work Gavin VK2YAK in VKFF-1910 as I was considering my options for the day. I was considering heading out later in the … Continue reading

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A day on the Yarra – Latrobe divide

10 April 2022 I decided to head out after waking up. I quickly recorded the references needed for the planned trip, but I failed to remember to post Alerts. The initial drive was to Yarragon to stop at the bakery … Continue reading

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A new VKFF Hunter certificate

I have just received another VKFF Hunter Honour Roll Award certificate: 1975 VKFF references worked. The latest 25 references have come thanks to 13 different Activators:Ian VK1DIBob VK2BYFGerald VK2HBG (2)Gavin VK2YAK (2)Adam VK2YKTony VK3CATTony VK3XVRob VK4AACDeryck VK4FDJL (3)Bob VK4HRE (2)Marty … Continue reading

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A trip to Leongatha, with Silos

31 March 2022 I had my vehicle into a local mechanic several weeks ago, primarily to see if he could shed light on a series of warning lights which had started to appear. The mechanic did not solve the problem, … Continue reading

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An autumn day of radio in the field

Sunday 20 March 2022 The day looked to be a good opportunity to attempt to make some Summit to Summit (S2S) contacts: two groups of amateurs were planning activity days – amateurs in the Pacific North West USA and Canada, … Continue reading

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Two radiosondes and a Silo

16 February 2022 I was stuck at home awaiting the arrival of an electrician, due some time between 12 and 4. Much of the time was spent listening on the radio. I managed to make 16 contacts with stations out … Continue reading

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Early February trip in lieu of the Hotham SOTA Summit

With the Hotham SOTA Summit postponed due to the Omicron COVID outbreak, I headed to Wodonga for a few days for another catch up with family. Saturday 5 February 2022 I had slept in a little due to a late … Continue reading

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10 years of SOTA in VK3

1 February 2022 SOTA started in Australia in Victoria on 1 February 2012, so today marked the tenth anniversary. At the time, I was busy with paid employment, together with the role of Editor of Amateur Radio magazine in my … Continue reading

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