Author Archives: vk3pf

New Year’s Day 2018

New Year’s Day and UTC rollover On the previous afternoon, I had a chat with Warren VK3BYD on the ‘phone whilst driving back to Wodonga – easy using the hands-free system in the vehicle. We discussed a range of topics, … Continue reading

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Christmas to New Year’s Eve 2018

Wednesday 27 December 2017 After several days of enforced short drives only due to the wrecked tyre suffered coming out from Beetoomba Spur, the task for the day was to get a new tyre fitted. All the tyre places were … Continue reading

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The pre-Christmas week 2017

Sunday 17 December Mt Barandudah VK3/VE-189 775 m 4 points Barandudah Regional Park VKFF-0959 I again used Burgess Lane to access the Regional Park, off Boyes Road, then up to the ridgeline via Trig Track and then south and west … Continue reading

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Some mid-December Parks fun

In the lead up to Christmas, I managed to get out for several day trips to activate a mixture of Parks and SOTA summits. Most of the Parks were activated only to the 10+ contacts, enough to qualify the Park … Continue reading

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VKFF activation weekend 2017

Saturday 25 November 2017 The weekend of 25/26 November was the designated VKFF activation weekend for the year. It is an interesting weekend, with many activators out in Parks. This year, Alerts were posted on ParksnPeaks for around 60 VKFF … Continue reading

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A visit to the Yarra Valley Hamfest 2017

I had been busy with a major editing task for the last couple of weeks and had already started work on the November issue of Amateur Radio magazine. The forecast for Sunday was for a nice day with strong winds … Continue reading

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The last full day for Winter Bonus 2017

In VK3, the Winter Bonus ends at 2359 UTC on 14 October each year. From 15 June through to the end of the bonus period (1100 local time in VK3 on 15 October), summits above 1200 m attract a 3-point … Continue reading

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Glenmaggie Regional Park VKFF-1877

Sunday 23 July 2017 The weather forecast for Sunday did not look great, with strong winds all day and two cold fronts to pass through the region during the afternoon. I decided to risk the weather and head out to … Continue reading

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Mirboo North Regional Park VKFF-1876

On 18 July 2017, VKFF Coordinator Paul VK5PAS announced that he had added five new Parks in Victoria to the VKFF list of references. Two of these Parks are within an hour of my home, so they were quickly added … Continue reading

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Three Gippsland summits on a winter day

Over the previous week, I had been chasing Canadian amateur – John VA7JBE – as he activated summits in north east Victoria with Brain VK3MCD, in Canberra with Andrew VK1AD and near Sydney with Compton VK2HRX. I had replied to … Continue reading

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