Results from the 2nd anniversary weekend








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….

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….

Best 73,




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.


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,




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!)




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,



Above – John VK5BJE

Activation evening tonight

Hi all,

Tonight (Friday 27th February 2015) is the fortnightly Summer activation event for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

Every second Friday, VK5 Parks activators head out during the Summer period to activate National & Conservation Parks.

The following is a list of activators who are heading out late this afternoon/this evening…..

  • Col VK5HCF & Tom VK5EE – Gower Conservation Park
  • Geoff VK5HEL – Ferries McDonald Conservation Park, and possibly Monarto Conservation Park
  • Chris VK4FR/5 – Morialta Conservation Park
  • Adrian VK5FANA – Wills Creek Conservation Park and/or Clinton Conservation Park
  • Paul VK5PAS – Onkaparinga River National Park

If you hear an activator, please give them a call.

Best 73,

Paul, VK5PAS


Special call signs for Anzac centenary


Hi all,

I have successfully applied for use of the VK100ANZAC & VI5ANZAC call signs for the ANZAC Centenary.

Dates and call signs are as follows…..

  • Sunday 16th August 2015 – VI5ANZAC
  •  101 year anniversary of the formation of the 10th Battalion.


  • Sunday 20th September 2015 – VK100ANZAC
  • Roy Inwood.  VC recipient.  98th anniversary of the award.


  • Sunday 4th October 2015 – VI5ANZAC
  • Activation at Belair National Park at WW2/Korea memorial.


  • Sunday 25th October 2015 – VK100ANZAC
  • William Henry Kibby.  VC recipient.  Anniversary of his death


  • Sunday 22nd November 201 5- VI5ANZAC
  •  ‘Diver’ Derrick.  VC recipient.  70th anniversary of his death.


Other than the 4th Oct activation (which is at Belair National Park), I am hoping that we will be able to operate at the National Military Vehicle Museum at Edinburgh Park.  I am awaiting official confirmation of this after an upcoming committee meeting they are having.

Everyone at AHARS is able to participate in these events.   Please bear in mind, that these call signs will be very much in demand, so operators with a good working knowledge of how to ‘work a pile up’ are desired.

If you would like to become involved, please drop me an email.