WWFF Park Activations

I plan to be activating the following parks over the Easter holidays. There might be another couple added to the list on the Saturday. Just depends on time.

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 Afternoon (WWFF) VK4FFAB on 7.030 CW in (VKFF-1517) Cooloothin Conservation Park 7.144 also will self spot

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 Evening (WWFF) VK4FFAB on 7.030 CW in (VKFF-1554) Harry Spring Conservation Park 7.144 also will self spot

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 Morning (WWFF) VK4FFAB on 7.030 CW in (VKFF-1551) Great Sandy Conservation Park 7.144 also will self spot

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 Afternoon (WWFF) VK4FFAB on 7.030 CW in (VKFF-1667) Tuchekoi Conservation Park 7.144 also will self spot

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 Morning (WWFF) VK4FFAB on 7.030 CW in (VKFF-1645) Six Mile Creek Conservation Park 7.144 also will self spot

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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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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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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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Tuchekoi National Park

Tuchekoi National Park is one of a number of new parks that have been added to the VKFF list in VK4. This was the first activation of this park. I was only on the air for a small amount of time but managed 25 contacts in vk2,3,4,5,7 in somewhat trying conditions. I need to start to remember to use my phone to take some photos of the location.

Operating Position -26.363480, 152.829172

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