Trip to the Far North

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During June 2015, David VK5KC, John VK5BJE, and Paul VK5PAS, and their XYLs, will be travelling to the Far North of South Australia for some ham radio fun & 4WDing adventures.

A number of rare summits will be activated for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.  And a number of rare parks will be activated for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

Please keep an eye on the parksnpeaks site for further information.

Here is the itinerary…..

 

Saturday 13th June.

  • Clinton Conservation Park (mid morning)
  • Winninowie Conservation Park (late afternoon)

Sunday 14th June

  • Mount Arden, VK5/ NE-034 (morning)
  • Mount Benjamin VK5/ NE-083 (afternoon)

Monday 15th June

  • The Devils Peak, VK5/ NE-080 (morning)
  • Mount Brown Conservation Park (afternoon)
  • The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park (afternoon)

Tuesday 16th June

No radio activity planned

Wednesday 17th June

  • Lake Eyre National Park, VKFF-276 (mid-late morning)

Thursday 18th June

  • VK100ANZAC at Farina

Friday 19th June

  • Mount Scott, VK5/ NE-111 (morning)

Saturday 20th June

  • Lake Torrens National Park, VKFF-278 (mid-late morning)

Sunday 21st June 

  • Flinders Ranges National Park, VKFF-176 (morning)

 

Should you hear us on air, please give us a shout.  We would love to get you in the log.

Best 73,

 

Paul, VK5PAS

VK100ANZAC and VI5ANZAC

As previously announced, earlier in the year I applied for the use of the special calls VK100ANZAC and VI5ANZAC as part of the ANZAC Centenerary Commemoration.

Between August – November 2015, AHARS has been authorised to use VK100ANZAC on 2 occasions, and VI5ANZAC on 3 occasions.

I have also arranged to operate from the National Military Vehicle Museum at Edinburgh Park.

I am seeking any AHARS members who might want to participate.  We will be operating on most of the bands on HF and also VHF.  So if you are an experienced op who likes to work DX pileups or a ‘ragchewer’, there is room for all.

If you would like to get involved, please drop me an email at…..

vk5pas.wia.org.au

Details of the activations are as follows…..

 

VI5ANZAC, 15th August 2015

The 10th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. The battalion was recruited in South Australia, and together with the 9th, 11th and 12th Battalions, formed the 3rd Brigade.

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VK100ANZAC, 19th September, 2015

Corporal Roy Inwood was a Victoria Cross recipient.  This is the anniversary of the award of the VC to Inwood.

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VI5ANZAC, 3rd and 4th October 2015

The commemorative callsign VI5ANZAC will be active on the weekend of October 3 and 4, at a memorial redwood tree planting in a South Australian National Park. 
The Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society will have a portable station at the Mount Lofty Ranges, with natural bushland at Belair Park, which has heritage attractions including old Government House and the State Flora Nursery. 
As a memorial to Australian and American Allied Forces who served in World War 2 and Korea, an avenue of giant Sequoias redwood trees was planted in 1962. 
The memorial had been accessible only via a remote fire track, until a joint venture with the Blackwood & District RSL built a bridge and track to the site, and unveiled a memorial plaque in 2008.

 

VK100ANZAC, 24th October, 2015

Sergeant William Heny KIBBY was a Victoria Cross recipient.  This is the anniversary of his death.

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VI5ANZAC, 21st November 2015

Lieutenant Thomas Currie ‘Diver’ Derrick was a recipient of the Victoria Cross.  This is the anniversary of his death.

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Again, if you would like to participate, please send me an email.

Best 73,

 

Paul, VK5PAS

vk5pas@wia.org.au

Results from the 2nd anniversary weekend

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Here are some results from the activation weekend for the 2nd year anniversary of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award, sponsored by the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.

The weekend was held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015.

There were a total of 111 park activations, and of those 81 were unique parks (in other words different parks).  South Australia was well represented with parks being activated in the Far North, the South East, the Riverland, the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide metropolitan area, and the Yorke Peninsula.

A total of 41 amateurs took part as activators (a number were AHARS members).  Below is a list of those who headed out into the field:-

  • Chris VK4FR/5
  • David VK5AAH
  • Andy VK5AKH
  • Tim VK5AV
  • Doc VK5BUG
  • Ian VK5CZ
  • Tom VK5EE
  • Alan VK5FAJS
  • Adrian VK5FANA
  • Gary VK5FGRY
  • Peter VK5FLEX
  • Bob VK5FO
  • Tom VK5FTRG
  • Norm VK5GI
  • Greg VK5GJ
  • Gordon VK5GY
  • Col VK5HCF
  • David VK5HDW
  • Geoff VK5HEL
  • David VK5KC
  • Andrew VK5KET
  • Peter VK5KX
  • Lesley VK5LOL
  • Bill VK6MBD
  • Matt VK5MLB
  • Andrew VK5MR
  • Nigel VK5NIG
  • David VK5NQP
  • Roy VK5NRG
  • Keith VK5OQ
  • Peter VK5PET
  • Mark VK5QI
  • Steve VK5SFA
  • Hans VK5YX
  • Tony VK5ZAI
  • Arno VK5ZAR
  • Greg VK5ZGY
  • Richard VK5ZRY
  • Paul VK5PAS

More than 3,000 QSOs were made by the activators all around Australia and throughout the world.

I would like to thank all the amateurs who took part in the weekend, both park activators and park hunters.

A special thanks to Tony VK3VTH/5 and Tim VK3MTB/5 who crossed the border to activate South Australian parks.

It was very pleasing to hear a number of first time park activators including Greg VK5GJ and Norm VK5GI, who activated parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and Roy VK5NRG who ventured out with David VK5KC.

Congratulations also to the five Foundation operators who took part as activators.

More information on the VK5 Parks Award can be found at….

http://www.vk5parks.com/

If you missed the WIA broadcast, here is the audio from the National broadcast….

And here is the audio from the VK5 local news…..

 

Latest issue of ‘Out and About’

Goodmorning all & a very Happy Easter.

Here is the latest issue of ‘Out and About’.  It is packed full of all the very latest information pertaining to SOTA, the VK5 Parks Award, the World Wide Flora Fauna program, and portable operation.

Out and About in VK5 Issue 6 April 2015

Should you have any information that you would like to see in the next issue, please send me an email at….

vk5pas@wia.org.au

Best 73,

Paul,

VK5PAS.

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2nd anniversary of the VK5 Parks Award

This weekend (Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March) is the special activation weekend for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

Currently, a total of 32 amateurs are venturing out to conduct 92 activations in 76 unique National Parks and Conservation Parks, all across South Australia.

This includes a number of AHARS members.

There will also be VK3 participation with at least 2 VK3 amateurs coming across the border to activate parks.

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Some of the activity will commence tomorrow afternoon, so have a listen out on the bands.

Activity will be mostly on 40m SSB, however there will be some CW & PSK activity, and also activity on some of the DX bands including 20m.

If you hear an activator, please give them a call.  Remember this is our (AHARS) award program, so please support it.

Best 73,

Paul,

VK5PAS.

Newsletter

The March 2015 version is now up for viewing.
11 pages of great stuff in the on-line version.

Go to Articles,  Newsletters, and click on the link.

2015_03 On-line

John VK5EMI Newsletter Editor

(Updated 21-March-2015).

NB: corrections to callsigns made – SRI to those denigrated by my “faulty” keyboard!)

 

 

ACTIVATION EVENING ON AGAIN TONIGHT (Friday 13th March 2015)

Hi all,

The fortnightly activation event for the VK5 Parks program is on again tonight (Friday 13th March 2015).

From around 0700 UTC this afternoon (5.30 p.m. SA local time) there will be a number of amateurs operating portable from South Australian National and Conservation Parks.

At this stage there will be nine (9) parks being activated, on the Yorke Peninsula, the Murray Mallee, the Adelaide metro area, and in the Adelaide Hills.

  • Scott Creek CP – John VK5BJE
  • Black Hill CP – Chris VK4FR/5
  • Ferries McDonald CP – Peter VK5PET
  • Cleland CP – Gordon VK5GY
  • Bird Island CP – Adrian VK5FANA
  • Ferguson CP – Arno VK5ZAR
  • Ettrick CP – Geoff VK5HEL
  • Charleston CP – Paul VK5PAS
  • Cromer CP – David VK5NQP

If you hear any of the activators, please give them a call.

Best 73,

Paul,

VK5PAS

Above – John VK5BJE