I just happened to be in Newcastle overnight and had 30mins spare to run a quick activation. Hunter wetlands was the closest park to where i was staying so off i went and played a little radio. Pretty much had an instant pileup going that lasted the 30mins i was there. There were only 2 annoyances, broadcast breakthrough on the uBitx, never had that before and mosquitoes and big as helicopters. The Bushmans dealt with them, but there was nothing I could do about the broadcast breakthrough. 30+ contacts in 30 mins, not bad at all really for an unplanned activation.
Another day, another activation. 😉 So this morning the wife and I packed up the ute and headed off to Mapleton National Park to do a little radio, do some bush walking and generally relax and slow down for a time. The park is about 100km from home. We setup in the day use area and had the place to ourselves for the better part of 2 hours. Did not make a lot of contacts, enough to qualify the park for VKFF and not a lot more.
Spent the couple hours i was there following the shade. I left my hat at home and even though i was covered in sun screen, its not a good idea to be out in the hot Aussie sun without a hat.
While we were out there, we did a bit of bush walking. It was a good to get a few Km under the belt today. We have decided that next trip will be to Lamington Np, probably to Binna Burra to do a few walks there and the a little bit of radio afterwards.
I guess it has happened to just about everyone. You drive for an hour, get to your destination and go to set-up the radio gear and notice you have left the antenna at home. LOL well it happened to me yesterday. Its the first time i have forgotten anything before.
So rather than waste all the effort, we popped over to Bribie Island and went to the beach. Its not radio, but have look at the weather. Nice huh.
So i finally got around to sticking the arduino logger into a box, and other than the fact that I cannot cut a straight line to save myself, it does not look all that bad and it will be somewhat protected now. I also spent some time aligning the IF on the Bitx 40. The software on the arduino vfo is code that I wrote and the display was always off by 1270hz. So i played with the IF frequency in the code and got it to be pretty close to being spot on. Its just about perfect on receive and so far no one has commented on the audio so I will take that as it sounds good enough that no one is going to get upset. Going to try and get out this weekend and activate a park or 2 for wwff.
So i got excited today and tossed the BITx 40 and a 7ah sla onto the back seat of the ute and headed off to play a little radio. To be honest its been a really long time since i have gotten out and about in vk and did some park activation. The BITx is a bunch of fun to operate with its huge 7w and a lack of all creature comforts, but it does the job even if you have to ride the volume knob for when someone big gives you a real signal.
So I spent about an hour in the park and made 21 contacts. Not to shabby all things considered as its a work day and the band conditions were poor. The only non vk2 and 4 contact made was with Paul vk5pas and thats because he lives on top of a mountain and has pretty good antenna, but even with his superior location the best he could give me was 33 to his 56.
Anyway, i had fun and look forward to getting out and doing some more parks soon, it has really been a long time since i have done any, other than an an activation in the teams even with 4aac i have not really done a park since Easter. Bring on more wwff and more activations.
Oh and its time i fixed the displayed frequency, im actually on 7.149 irrespective of what display says HAHA.