Another day, another activation. 😉 So this morning the wife and I packed up the ute and headed off to Mapleton National Park to do a little radio, do some bush walking and generally relax and slow down for a time. The park is about 100km from home. We setup in the day use area and had the place to ourselves for the better part of 2 hours. Did not make a lot of contacts, enough to qualify the park for VKFF and not a lot more.
Spent the couple hours i was there following the shade. I left my hat at home and even though i was covered in sun screen, its not a good idea to be out in the hot Aussie sun without a hat.
While we were out there, we did a bit of bush walking. It was a good to get a few Km under the belt today. We have decided that next trip will be to Lamington Np, probably to Binna Burra to do a few walks there and the a little bit of radio afterwards.
I guess it has happened to just about everyone. You drive for an hour, get to your destination and go to set-up the radio gear and notice you have left the antenna at home. LOL well it happened to me yesterday. Its the first time i have forgotten anything before.
So rather than waste all the effort, we popped over to Bribie Island and went to the beach. Its not radio, but have look at the weather. Nice huh.
So i got excited today and tossed the BITx 40 and a 7ah sla onto the back seat of the ute and headed off to play a little radio. To be honest its been a really long time since i have gotten out and about in vk and did some park activation. The BITx is a bunch of fun to operate with its huge 7w and a lack of all creature comforts, but it does the job even if you have to ride the volume knob for when someone big gives you a real signal.
So I spent about an hour in the park and made 21 contacts. Not to shabby all things considered as its a work day and the band conditions were poor. The only non vk2 and 4 contact made was with Paul vk5pas and thats because he lives on top of a mountain and has pretty good antenna, but even with his superior location the best he could give me was 33 to his 56.
Anyway, i had fun and look forward to getting out and doing some more parks soon, it has really been a long time since i have done any, other than an an activation in the teams even with 4aac i have not really done a park since Easter. Bring on more wwff and more activations.
Oh and its time i fixed the displayed frequency, im actually on 7.149 irrespective of what display says HAHA.
So over my easter weekend activations I managed to activate my 50th VKFF reference. Its an unofficial 50th as 2 parks I had activated previously have been removed and it seems no longer count for the award. So i still got 2 more parks to go before I get the 50 parks activated award. Not that I care, i do this for fun not sheep stations.