Author Archives: vk3pf

Beaches On The Air (BOTA)

There has been a rapid increase in “OTA” award schemes over the last couple of years. OTA is “On The Air”. The commonality is that the schemes promote amateur radio operators to set up and make contacts on amateur radio … Continue reading

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An afternoon out near Mirboo North

Sunday 10 May 2021 After a very dull morning, the sky cleared up early on Sunday afternoon. After checking the weather RADAR, I decided to head out for another dose of radio fun in the field. On Thursday afternoon, I … Continue reading

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Moorabbin Hamfest and The Pines

Saturday 8 May 2021 With COVID restrictions somewhat eased in Victoria, I planned to attend my first Hamfest in around 18 months. Ross VK3NRB decided to join me for the trip, staying overnight Friday at my home so that we … Continue reading

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A fine autumn day out between Stratford and Bairnsdale

Sunday 2 May 2021 I received a call from Ross VK3NRB during the final week of April. It had been a while since we last caught up. Ross suggested heading out for some radio fun on Sunday, a suggestion I … Continue reading

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More VKFF Award certificates – April 2021

29 April 2021 I have received some more certificates from the Australian WWFF coordinator Paul VK5PAS over the recent weeks. 2020 was a very challenging year. In Victoria, it started with dense smoke over much of the eastern half of … Continue reading

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ANZAC Day 2021 – an afternoon break in the field

25 April 2021 As well as being a national day of commemoration, ANZAC Day is one of only three days each year when Australian amateur radio operators can replace their normal VK prefix with the AX prefix. The AF prefix … Continue reading

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10th KRMPNA Activity Weekend 2021

Like so many events during 2020, the annual Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (KRMNPA) Activity Weekend was cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic and the associated restrictions. The main driver of the KRMNPA for several years has been Tony … Continue reading

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Radiosonde hunting

26 March 2021 Along with several other amateur radio operators in the Gippsland area, I occasionally keep track of the weather radiosondes released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Melbourne. The radiosondes are normally released twice daily, at about … Continue reading

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The next level of VKFF Hunter Award Honour Roll 1775 References worked

17 March 2021 Hunters participating in the WWFF scheme, and in particular the VKFF chapter, have seen a small increase in park activations since the start of 2021, with COVID19 Pandemic restrictions on activities easing in most states of Australia. … Continue reading

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2021 Hotham SOTA Summit postscript

Tuesday 8 February 2021 I was away from Wodonga a little later than desired, but headed south to Porepunkah, then south into the Buckland Valley. I stopped along the way to chase Compton on Mount Big Ben VK3/VE-105. I drove … Continue reading

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