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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Clear Mountain Conservation Park

Thanks to all the chasers today, made for a very successful first activation of Clear Mountain Conservation Park, VKFF-1511

Big thanks to those who called in CW, especially Allen Harvie who I managed to destroy his call about 5 times before i got it right HIHI and thanks for the patience 🙂

Also thanks to those who gave 15m a shot with Brian VK3BBB and Paul VK5PAS both making a contact, joining Rick who was just on the other side of the lake 🙂

Managed a whole swag of park to parks with Rob VK4AAC/2, Andrew VK7DW and a surprise call in from Hans and Leslie VK5YX and VK5LOL/4 who were in Moorrinyah National Park in the middle of nowhere in QLD. Also a quick SOTA with VK3GRK as well.

No DX, but, I was hearing US dx on 40m. not that they could hear me. All in all, had a good activation and enjoyed the couple of hours out portable.

Operating Position: -27.290364, 152.893480

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Setup on top of a hill.

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Nice RF quiet location, the only QRM was from the traffic on the main road.

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DO NO ENTER. Ohhh do not cross the velvet rope or bad things might happen.

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Gave the new CW key mount a go from this park and it worked a treat. Almost makes the most horrible key in the world usable.

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Esk National Park Activation

Esk NP is a small un-signposted remnant wetland park just west of Brisbane. There are no walking track, no facilities, no nothing. So i found some space just off the side of the road and setup my gear. 10m was a bust when i tried at 3pm, but would later provide the surprise of the activation.

So, 15m was next and it started off great, Hawaii, Russia, VK6, Sth Korea, VK5, Japan, Vk4 all in the log in very short order and New zealand added a little latter on, then a whole lot of calling where i could not buy a contact. I then went and played 2m ssb and cw with Rick VK4RF and made my first 2m contacts with a chaser 100km away.

Jumped on 40m next and made a bunch of contacts, vk1,2,3,4,5. 40m was its usual horrid noise and the FT897 is not the nicest receiver to have in any conditions other than perfect, I am so lucky to have an IC-7410 at home with modern DSP filtering that does wonders to noise and close by stations. Hope to upgrade the 897 soon to an IC7300 once i know what the price is like.
Anyways, i digress, from 40 i flipped over to 10m to play with rick, and while we were sitting there gas bagging about stuff, cause calling cq with no takers was getting boring, we had Jonathan VK6JON and Ted VK6NTE call in and get in the log. Being on a 10m tuned up 40m dipole made for tough going to vk6, but we made the exchange and then qsy’d to 15m and had a nice QSO at 57 or better. After this i started calling cq and well 15mins of calling later and nothing, i could not buy a contact. So off i went playing search and pounce, adding a couple more dx contacts to my tally.

A quick trip back to 40m for a few calls while the last of the daylight faded away behind the mountains and I was done. Packed up, went to a friends place who live near by and had a beer and some dinner.

CW, i did call on 10m and 15m cw and did not go very well at all, like most of this activation, i could not buy a contact, but i did make some CW contacts with John 6NU, Rick 4RF/HA, Gerard 2IO, Steve 3MEG and Ben 6FBLJ. All in all, 58 QSO or there abouts from 35 calls, not sure if bands and modes matter in making the 44, but making 44 is not a high priority for me, having fun is, and to be honest, even though i started to lose my voice and today my throat feels like gravel today, I had a bunch of fun this activation, and for me, that is everything.

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VKFF Honor Roll 150

VK4FFAB VKFF Hunter Honour Roll 150

 

This is the latest award i have received for VKFF/WWFF programs for working 150 different parks. Which for a Queensland based F-Call is a fair achievement. To add a little perspective, at the time i writing i am ranked 30th in VK all time rankings, 3th highest Qld’er behind big gun Rick VK4RF and Rob VK4AAC who is portable in VK5, and 3rd highest ranked F-Call behind Amanda VK3FQSO and Adrian VK5FANA, both of whom are much closer to the action than I am. So i am certainly punching above my weight here when it comes to VKFF.

Thanks as always goes to all the park activators for without whom there is no program and to Paul Simmons for his tireless work as national co-ordinator and passionate activator extraordinary. Thanks guys. 73 and 44.

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