WWFF/VKFF Beachmere Conservation Park

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So today I went out to Beachmere Conservation Park for a quick activation. Had to walk a small ways into the park to find a nice location to setup and operate from. I was kind of hoping for a picnic table or something, but alas the carpark was tiny and there was no room there to setup. So off i went in search of somewhere to setup.

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Found a nice log that would serve as both table and chair and squid pole mount, setup the dipole and plugged the antenna into the radio and got to calling CQ.
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Started out on CW with the HB1B YouKits radio and in quick succession worked 3 stations, then nothing. A whole lot of calling and no one home to work me. Such is life.
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So, I packed the CW rig away and fired up the Bitx 40m thinking SSB would be my savior and was quickly disappointed. Propagation was good, all the way down to the VK3 boarder, but there was just no one about to work. That and the LO in the radio was drifting madly all over the place, the direct sun on the case, causing the LO to heat up and just never get stable. Lesson learned, the next job will be to stick a DDS/Synth in there and make it rock solid.

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Anyway, I cannot complain about my office, this is what it looked like when I arrived.

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And this is what it looked like when I left 1 hour later. Boy that tide came up quickly. All up I did not make many contacts, just 10, enough to qualify the park, so it is one I will have to go back to at some point and finish up for the 44. But, hey, I had fun and I learned somethings about my gear that I can now improve on. And well that is what really matters.

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