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Having fun in the fieldSlide2



Death by

powerpointPlease ask questionsWhy get involved?WWFFVK5 Parks Award

EquipmentOperating tipsSlide3

Do you

enjoy the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful locations around Australia, whilst enjoying the hobby of amateur radio?Slide4

Do you

suffer from extremely high noise levels at home?Slide5

then operating portable might be for you!Slide6

Don’t collect wallpaper?Slide7

Why get involved?


Noise floor

Plasma TV, solar invertersExperimentationAntennas, home brew

txPile ups and DX

Great way to see our beautiful countrySlide8

Why get involved?

Combine other interests



Caravaningyour partner

Family picnicSlide9

Hand in hand with other

programs & activities

Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Beaches on the Air (BOTA)LighthousesJohn Moyle Field DayVHF/UHF Field DaysSlide10

Promote our hobby

Talk to onlookers

Explain what you are doing

Sell the hobby of ARAsk if they would like to say ‘hi’ on airTalk with National Parks staffCarry promotional material with youSlide11

World Wide Flora & Fauna program (WWFF)


National & Conservation Parks


Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (KRMNPA)

What parks programs exist?Slide12

About WWFF

National & non-commercial program

draw attention to the importance of protecting nature, flora & fauna and to encourage the development of radio skills, especially in portable operations

Operate from designated nature parks/ protected nature areasGlobal award program National programs45 participating countries

Australia (VKFF) Various National Awards offered.Slide13

About WWFF

WWFF Directory

Each park issued with a unique identifying reference number

ITU allocated prefix, FF for Flora & Fauna, and a unique identifying number, e.g. VKFF-001In Australia qualifying parks are mostly National ParksProgram has expanded in Victoria, South Australia & ACTState Parks, Coastal Parks, Marine National Parks (VIC)

Conservation Parks (SA)Nature Parks (ACT)Slide14

What the hell does

44’ mean?

During a WWFF QSO you may hear reference to ‘44’.The first digit ‘4’ represents the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire

.The second digit ‘4’ represents the four directions: north, south, east, and west. Slide15

Global WWFF Awards



44 QSO’s required2 hour operating time.QSO’s can be spread over multiple activations.Mobile is acceptedM/M accepted

Marine Parks.A/M not acceptedRepeaters, IRLP, Echolink not acceptedSlide16

Australian (VKFF) program


QSO’s required

Reduced from 44 QSO’s due to our remoteness & number of amateurs30 minute operating time.Reduced from 2 hoursSlide17

Chasing WWFF certificates


Everything is done on online (via WWFF

LogSearch)Free as PDF (emailed)AUSTRALIAOnlineFree as a PDF or PNG (emailed)$

5.00 printed & postedSlide18

VKFF program progress

Since March 2013…..

About 1,300 certificates in total issued

About 280 overseas recipients.About 70 Australian activator certificatesAbout 450 Australian Hunter certificatesRemainder – other VKFF certificatesSlide19

VKFF program progressSlide20

VKFF program progressSlide21

Top VKFF Activator and Top VKFF HunterSlide22

WWFF Log Search

WWFF on-line database

Commenced 16 Feb 2013

Activator logs uploaded by National co-ordinators6, 951,967 QSOs in the databaseFrom 11, 133 different references114 DXCC’s

Figures accurate as of 17th

June 2016 Slide23


Activation Weekend 2015

Sat 28

th & Sun 29th November 2015Inaugural eventOver 50 ActivatorsAll States/Territories (excl. VK7)90 different Parks activatedSlide24

VKFF Activation Weekend



Team Championship 2016Slide26

VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award

Commenced April 2013

No formal SA Parks program prior

Promotes portable activity from SA’s National Parks and Conservation Parks21 National Parks272 Conservation ParksOther parks do not qualify, e.g. Recreation ParksWorks on a points systemSlide27

VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award

Activators, Hunters, SWLs

Not just limited to VK5 participation

National Park = 2 pointsConservation Park = 1 point1 x QSO required as ActivatorActivators claim points

ONCE per calendar yearHunters claim points ONCE per UTC dayMobile operation not allowed

Repeaters, IRLP, Echolink not allowedSlide28

VK5 Parks Award

– certificates


HunterSWLPark to ParkUniquesActivated/Worked all VK5 Park RegionsCurrently no database

SpreadsheetsFree – PDF or PNG file$5.00 printed & mailedSlide29


Parks Award progress

Since March 2013…..

Over 350 certificates issuedBrian ZL2ASH (first outside of Australia)Danny ON4VT (first European)Slide30



year anniversary

Saturday 2

nd & Sunday 3rd April 2016Around 30 activatorsAbout 75 different parks

All across South AustraliaSlide31

What equipment do I need?



Power supply Other sundry gearSlide32




Yaesu FT-817ndElecraft KX3Wouxon X1MYaesu FT-857

Icom IC-706Slide33





Power source




Sundry equipment

Squid poles


Pens/pencilsCamera/videoFirst aid kitSunscreenMozzie repellantSit mat/cushionBothy bagWhistleGPS/compassMaps

Water/foodAppropriate clothingSpare clothing (in the car)Slide36

How do I fill up my logbook?

The secret is the antenna

Try different bands

Place your intentions on as many forums as possibleConsider the time of day/know when the bands are openSolar figures/propagation conditionsDX cluster/parksnpeaksConsider setting up an SMS goupTry a group emailUse the local repeaterSlide37

Spotting & Alerting



hamspots.net/wwffDX clusterSlide38

Operating skills/practice

Call for park activators

Then for QRP

Then for portable/mobileThen for DXThen for those that can hear you, but with difficultyAnd finally, for everyone else (now the fun starts!)Slide39

Operating skills/practice

Do not queue jump

Do not call CQ on a frequency until you know the frequency is not in use

Always remember the DX Code of ConductSlide40

Useful links




Useful links




Useful links



Various Facebook sitesWWFFVK5 Parks AwardVKFF/SOTA

Field RadioSlide43

Beware of the ‘portable bug’Slide46

Questions ???

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