Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve VKFF-0837

Monday 5 December 2016 – Recon of Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve for a HF VKFF Park activation Wednesday evening 7 December 2016. Forecast temperature is 28 degrees C (82 F). Cooleman Ridge quadripod Trig Station will make an excellent operating position for a radio amateur (Ham Radio) HF station on 7 and 14 MHz.  I…

Frilled-neck Lizard

Spotted this 20 cm (8 inch) Frilled-neck lizard on a morning walk around my suburb of Lyons and Oakey Hill Nature Reserve in Canberra, Australia’s Capital Territory. Canberra is known to Aussies as the ‘bush capital’. The frilling of the neck and the open mouth stance is a defensive mechanism to scare potential predators.  I…

SOTA Milestone – 10,000 QSOs

Wednesday 16 November 2016.  Today, after 3 years and 9 months of SOTA in Australia’s Capital Territory (VK1), I completed my ten thousand (10,000) logged SOTA activator QSO with fellow SOTA and Park activator Paul VK5PAS/3 for a SOTA S2S between Black Mountain VK1/AC-042 in Canberra and One Tree Hill VK3/VS-036 near Ararat in Victoria. …

SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #17 – Mt Tennent

Saturday 9 July 2016, planned SOTA activation of Mt Tennent VK1/AC-025, 1384 metres ASL Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44MK Parks Reference: VKFF-0377 Namadgi National Park Possible known Summit to Summit contact:  Tony VK3CAT has plans to activate VK3/VC-025 Mt Dandenong in Melbourne for 2 points.  Others may be lerking on hilltops, the activators who don’t post…

SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #16 Bullen Range

Saturday 7 May 2016, planned SOTA activation of Bullen Range VK1/AC-033, 925 metres ASL Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44MN Parks Reference: VKFF-0984 Bullen Range Nature Reserve Possible Summit to Summit contact:  Andrew VK1MBE has plans to activate Mt Perrisher VK2/SM-007 for 10 points. Bullen Range SOTA 70cm activation Radio: Yaesu FT-817ND, UHF 70cm frequencies 432.200 MHz…