PICCANINNIE PONDS C.P. VKFF-0927. (29th. November 2015)





This was our first activation for the Sunday part of the weekend.

We arrived to find quite a few people wandering about as part of the Friends of The Park activity which was also on this weekend.

Tom, VK5EE and I were quickly set up just off the road so that we were not in anyone’s way.

Conditions were not that good as not only could we hardly hear any stations but no one could hear us. This prompted digging out the big gun, (a Yaesu FT-857 which Tom had the foresight to bring along as we had the same problem in this park the last time we were there). This had the desired effect and the QSO count went up straight away.

A group of Park Friends came  came over, (including a Park ranger who I assume was acting as a guide), and chatted whilst we were operating. Two of the group turned out to be neighbours of Tom’s,  living right opposite his house in Mt. Gambier. The ranger did not appear at all interested in our activities which I was quite happy about although we were well prepared with licence copies and a copy of the letter from the head of the department backing our activities.

Conditions were not too bad at all, (or the extra power out made the difference although I am not sure what power we were actually running) and the QSO rate was quite respectable. At least we did not get bored waiting for contacts. A couple of dirt bike riders roared into the carpark from the beach, had a quick look at the interpretive signs and after giving Tom and I a friendly wave thundered back in the direction of the beach and were gone.


Tom, VK5EE rustling up contacts

Tom, VK5EE rustling up contacts

As usual Tom and I took turns on the microphone and we had quite a good tally of contacts when the time came to call it quits and move on to park number 2. for the day.

I was fortunate enough to work the following:-

Allen, VK2HHA/3 in Albury.

Ethan, VK3ETC.

Neville, VK5WG.

Peter, VK3TKK.

Brent, VK2VW.

Greg, VK5ZGY/5 in Penola C.P. VKFF-0803.

Gerrad, VK2IO/2 in Cattai N.P. VKFF-0092.

Warren, VK7WN.

Peter, VK5NAB.

Matt, VK1MA.

David, VK5PL.

Ron, VK3MRH.

Mark, VK3PI on Mt. Wombat. VK3. VU-002.

Tony, VK5FTVR.

Allen, VK3AWT.

Paul, VK3DBP.

Brian, VK5FMID.

Brian, VK3BBB.

Mick, VK3PMG/m.

Jim, VK1AT/3 in The Lakes N.P. VKFF-0484.

Paul, VK5PAS/5 in Stipiturus C.P. VKFF-0936

A total of 21 contacts with 4 Park to Park contacts and 1 S.O.T.A. contact.

I was very happy with that.

I don’t have a copy of Tom’s log so I can’t tell you who he worked.


Here is the video:

Thanks to all who gave us a call and a special thank you to Paul, VK5PAS for the astronomical amount of time that he invests in this activity and also the VK5 Parks events as well. Your efforts are outstanding and are largely responsible for the large increase in activity on the bands. A truly magnificent one man effort.


Tom pretending to be busy

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3 Responses to PICCANINNIE PONDS C.P. VKFF-0927. (29th. November 2015)

  1. VK5PAS, Paul says:

    Hi Col,

    Firstly, thanks to you and Tom for being a part of the inaugural VKFF Activation Weekend. It was a lot of fun and will become an annual event. I hope that next year will be even bigger and better.

    Secondly, thanks for the kind words. The $$$ is in the mail. I am just pleased to see so many hams out and about, operating portable, and having fun. That’s what it is all about.

    Best 73,


  2. vk5hcf says:

    Hi Paul.
    Thanks for the comments.
    We had a really good weekend and also thoroughly enjoyed the activity. It is no hardship at all to get out there away from all the RF noise we suffer in built up areas.
    I will keep “buttering you up” as it is such a great activity that you need to encouraged to keep it going. (hihi).
    Col. VK5HCF

  3. Chris Megaw says:

    Excellent write up Col and I echo your comments on VK5PAS.


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