Tom, AX5AA

Tom, AX5AA

Dingley Dell was our last park for the day and I was able to talk Tom into doing the honours first up.

Unfortunately there was an S7 strength inverter type noise on the band from this park but as there was nothing we could do about it we pushed on.

Tom was a bit upset because I made him use the KX3 at 10 watts when he would have much preferred to be using his Yaesu 857 at 40 watts but he has to learn the joys of qrp somehow.

With a bit of help from avid chasers he was able to have contacts with:-

VK5TN, Robin, VK5FANA, Adrian, VK5ZGY/p, Greg, VK5AV Tim, AX3TKK, Peter, AX5NRG, Roy, AX3OAC, Fred, AX5PAS/p, Paul, VK5GJ, Greg who was qrp, VK5FMID, Brian, and VK5HD, Charles.

By this time Tom was losing his voice and getting tongue tied due to the use of the AX prefix callsign and so I stepped in and had a go.

I was lucky enough to work:-

AX5PAS/p, Paul in the Talisker C.P., VK1MA, Matt, VK5GY/m, Gordon, VK3AUU/m, David, VK5HD, Charles, VK5LY, Larry, VK5FMID, Brian, and finally VK5FANA, Adrian.

By this time the wind was starting to get stronger and we decided that it was time to call it a day and so we packed up and headed for home.

Tom and I both had an enjoyable day and hopefully we managed to give some of you a “New One” or at least a fresh one for 2015.

Many thanks to all those who took the time and trouble to give us a call.

What the Park id all about

What the Park id all about


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4 Responses to DINGLEY DELL CONSERVATION PARK. 26th. January 2015

  1. VK5PAS, Paul says:

    Hi Col,

    Great stuff. A really good read, and it sounds as though you & Tom had a lot of fun. You certainly worked a stack of stations, which is great.

    When I first came on air at Black Bullock Hill VK5/ SE-016, I could barely hear you. In fact you were so weak, I decided not to even bother calling. It was the same with John VK5BJE in Belair NP. He was just so low down with me, that I figured he would probably not hear my 5 watt signal, so I didn’t call.

    But things improved as the day went on, with the closer in contacts, and it was great to get you 2 blokes in the log.

    Best 73 & Happy Australia Day,


    • vk5hcf says:

      Thanks for the comment Paul. We were worried about propagation and could not hear quite a few stations well enough to answer at the start but within half to three quarters of an hour things improved and only got better as the day went on. Thanks for your efforts too.

  2. vk5bje says:

    Sorry Col I forgot to identify. No doubt you could identify me?

    John D

  3. vk5hcf says:

    You are correct John. We set up just by the BBQ shed near the western gate just on the other side of the road from the cottage. (Bad move. S7 noise)

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