After yesterdays effort I was pretty tired this morning, but I had made some commitments. First to take my son out to breakfast and second that I’d activate another park today.
Well, I got back from breakfast around 10am, and said “I just need to lie down for a moment”.
The next thing I knew, it was 12:30.
I decided that I could most quickly get up and running in a park that I’d done earlier in the week at Tea Tree Picnic Area in the Munmorah State Conservation Area (VKFF-1361). Mostly because I knew that I could set up close to where I’d parked, and I remembered exactly (well almost exactly) how I’d set the antenna up. It also had the advantage of having a covered BBQ area, as when I left the cloud cover was looking a little dodgy.
I remembered today to enable APRS on my phone. Here we see the over view of the trek from my house (with a minor detour) to the park.
The road within the park to get to the activation area.
I also remembered today to snap a shot of the park signs.
This one appears beside the payment booth, which was manned today. Fortunately I purchased an annual pass so was waved straight through.
This Google earth shot actually got my location exactly. I was set up under that corner of the BBQ shelter.
Here we have a little more context within the park.
And here we see the park in some geographical context.
Simple set up today. As I was close to the car I brought the larger table out. You can also see the short blue CAT-5 cable connecting to the adapter to power the electret mike in the headset. I also plug in the MH-31 mike so I can use the PTT and other buttons on it; but the mike connection only goes to the headset.
I took this leaning out of the shelter. I think I actually set the pole up a little closer to the shelter than I did on Thursday.
Another view of the set up from close to where I parked. Cozy.
Below we have some of the obligatory scenic shots. It really was a lovely day.
As I’d stopped for lunch after leaving at 1:00pm, I started transmitting at about 2:40pm (3:40 UTC).
I shouldn’t have been surprised with the number of contacts and park to parks that I got given it was activation weekend, but it was definitely gratifying to get what I did.
40m was my friend for the most part today, only a handful of contacts on the others. Was happy to get a few on 20m and some good solid ones on 30m, but 80m was a bit disappointing.
Last call was at 6:40pm (7:40UTC) as I had to get home to set up my guitar and things for an online gig at 8pm.
Modes SSB: 45 Parks VKFF-1729: 2 VKFF-1881: 1 VKFF-2536: 1 VKFF-2282: 2 VKFF-0840: 1 VKFF-2333: 1 VKFF-0628: 1 VKFF-0784: 1 VKFF-2071: 1 VKFF-2031: 1 VKFF-2330: 1 VKFF-0835: 1 14 park contacts - 12 unique Bands 40M: 34 20M: 2 30M: 7 80M: 2 45 unique contacts (0 duplicates) 45 log entries