WWFF Activated Table

Number Reference Park Name Number of Activations Number of QSO’s Number of Unique Calls First Activator
1 VKFF-0053 Bribie Island Recreation Area 1 45 45 YES
2 VKFF-0109 Conondale National Park 4 142 121 YES
3 VKFF-0121 Crows Nest National Park 2 65 52 YES
4 VKFF-0129 D\’Aguilar National Park 2 59 52 NO
5 VKFF-0149 Dularcha National Park 3 50 47 YES
6 VKFF-0161 Eudlo Creek National Park 4 47 45 YES
7 VKFF-0187 Freshwater National Park 4 78 76 YES
8 VKFF-0198 Girraween National Park 1 63 61 YES
9 VKFF-0200 Glass House Mountains National Park 3 102 98 YES
10 VKFF-0216 Great Sandy National Park 6 105 79 NO
11 VKFF-0266 Kondalilla National Park 2 50 49 YES
12 VKFF-0300 Main Range National Park 2 46 46 YES
13 VKFF-0303 Mapleton Falls National Park 2 55 47 YES
14 VKFF-0326 Moogerah Peaks National Park 1 44 44 YES
15 VKFF-0327 Mooloolah River National Park 1 54 51 YES with VK4SOE
16 VKFF-0344 Mount Coolum National Park 3 53 43 NO
17 VKFF-0391 Noosa National Park 2 48 46 YES
18 VKFF-0427 Ravensbourne National Park 1 47 47 YES
19 VKFF-0471 Sundown National Park 1 46 43 YES
20 VKFF-0507 Venman Bushland National Park 1 65 64 YES with VK4FABB
21 VKFF-0662 Amamoor National Park 1 51 50 YES
22 VKFF-0674 Deer Reserve National Park 1 46 19 YES
23 VKFF-0677 Esk National Park 1 57 38 YES
24 VKFF-0679 Geham National Park 1 32 29 YES
25 VKFF-0683 Hampton National Park 1 25 25 YES
26 VKFF-0690 Maleny National Park 2 51 42 YES
27 VKFF-0719 Lockyer National Park 1 20 19 YES
28 VKFF-0722 Goomboorian National Park 1 17 17 YES
29 VKFF-0732 Goomboorian (Recovery) National Park 1 14 14 YES
30 VKFF-0734 Lockyer (Recovery) National Park 1 17 17 YES
31 VKFF-1218 Tewantin National Park 1 24 24 YES
32 VKFF-1221 Woondum National Park 1 52 52 YES
33 VKFF-1488 Buckleys Hole Conservation Park 1 52 46 YES
34 VKFF-1493 Bunyaville Conservation Park 2 58 45 YES
35 VKFF-1511 Clear Mountain Conservation Park 1 53 45 YES
36 VKFF-1513 Conondale Conservation Park 1 47 43 YES
37 VKFF-1639 Samford Conservation Park 3 48 36 YES
38 VKFF-1667 Tuchekoi National Park
1 24 24 YES
39 VKFF-1555 Hays Inlet Conservation Park
1 YES with VK4SQ
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Lab power Supply

A lab power supply can cost a lot for a good multi channel one. I dont want to spend $300 + dollars on a 3 channel psu, so I am making my own out of an ATX PSU and a handful of buck and boost converter modules. The good thing about doing things this way is that you do not have to play with 240v.

The specs will be 3.3v, 5v and 12v fixed supplies, 2 times 3-12v variable supplies and 12-30v variable supply. A cornucopia of supply rails with the 12v rail able to supply a maximum of 20 amps, i will not want for power when I am home brewing circuits and need multiple supply rails.

The buck and boost converters are off ebay, they also have current limiting, which is nice I will have them turned down to less than an amp most of the time, and the most they can supply is 5a, i will never get close to hitting the max on the psu even if i make something that tries to draw a lot of amps.

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Mocking up the layout after making the base of the case.

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The entire case will be framed in alloy angle as i have no bending facilities.

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Cutout and mounted the psu to the back panel.

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Layout of the front panel making sure there is enough space around the pots and banana sockets.

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Front panel is as crooked as a hillbillies tooth thanks to not owning a real drill press and using a dremel drill press for doing the pilot holes. I will probably keep it and not have a do-over, now its on to the rats nest of wiring and building in the rest of the case.

 

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Bunyaville Conservation Park

So I decided to finish work early today and nick off and play some radio. Packed up the ute and headed off to VKFF-1493, Bunyaville Conservation Park, one of the new parks that have been added in VK4. The park is on the north side of Brisbane and only a short drive from my home. After setting up I gave the CW a go, as is my usual way to kick off a park and and in short order had 6 contacts in the log. There were a couple of calls i could not work out, a vk3 and 7 qrm and qsb at times making those weaker signals very hard to copy.

Switched then to SSB and worked another 19 stations including park to park contacts again with Hans and Lesley VK5YX and VK5LOL working portable from Idailia NP in far west QLD, out near Blackall. VK2,3,4 and 5 worked only in the somewhat trying conditions. Any hoover, this is a nice easy park for me to get to, and I will head back next week in the middle of the week and finish off the 44 for this one.

Thanks to those all who called in and or took the time to work CW also. We need more park CW action, so cheers for being there.

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The sign at the front gate.

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Setting up the antenna.
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Some typical Brisbane bushland

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Ohhh the velvet rope, you cannot cross the velvet rope.

Operating Position: -27.374336, 152.968746

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4 Park Multi Activation Weekend

So the final installment of all this activation activity was The Great Sandy. We were camped on Lake Cootharabra and I used this as my base camp for the activation’s of Tuchekoi, Tewantin and Woondum. I did not put a full activation of this park on as I have done it a number of times already. But rather just chased the other activators for park to park contacts.

I worked VK5PAS, VK5KLV, VK4AAC and VK7DW all park to park in and around my other activation’s. 13680776_1372117056135334_7119651812965572710_n

We had this pair of ducks decide that our campsite was going to be their campsite for the whole weekend. They slept under the table, chased away any other birds and pretty much took ownership of everything. Pretty funny.

Tewantin National Park

Tuchekoi National Park

Woodum National Park

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Woodum National Park

Woondum is also another new park. It is also a SOTA peak and i did a dual activation for both programs. I am not much of a SOTA person, this was my first SOTA activation ever. SOTA in vk4 is a lot of work for little reward, most peaks are low value, this one was 1 point, and most require a lot of effort to climb to the summit.

Anyway, this summit was also a drive up and a short walk. I made 56 contacts from VK1,2,3,4,5,7,8 and ZL. As well as park to park contacts with VK4AAC and VK3ANL. It was also nice to have Sid and Adelle ZS5AYC and ZS5APT call in, who are both back in VK4 again visiting with family. Both are very keen on SOTA and will be out and about doing activation in the not to distant future.

Activating Position APPROX -26.262834, 152.813716 using google maps, need to use SOTAMAPS to get the exact summit co-ords.

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