Wilsons Prom activations 21 & 22 April 2012

Hi all

On the weekend Sat 21 and Sun 22 April 2012 there will be three activations of Wilsons Promontory National Park by Peter VK3ZPF, Wayne VK3WAM, Kevin VK3KBA, Trevor VK3ATB and Adam VK3YDF as part of the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award. http://amateurradio.com.au/awards

They will first be on air on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm local operating from South Point, the most southern place on mainland Australia. They will be active on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m with SSB. CW may also be used on some of these bands.

For SSB look around the following frequencies 3.610, 7.110, 14.190, 21.200, 28.480 MHz.

If the battery power permits they will also be on air from the Roaring Meg campsite on Saturday night from 7 pm on 3.610 and 7.110.

On Sunday they will be active from the beach at Oberon Bay from midday until 1 pm local. This activation will be around 7.110 & 14.190 MHz.

All activations will be QRP and we hope to work many stations.

Adam will also be tracking down some geocaches whilst in the area.

Peter VK3ZPF

French Island Frequencies & Sked Times

VK3SAT will be listening on the following frequencies at the following times:

Saturday 7 January 2012
Band Frequency Local UTC
10m 28.480 1300 0200
15m 21.200 1400 0300
20m 14.190 1500 0400
40m 7.100 1700 0600
40m 7.145 1930 0830
80m 3.610 2000 0900
Sunday 8 January 2012
Band Frequency Local UTC
80m 3.610 0800 2100
40m 7.100 0830 2130
20m 14.190 0900 2200
15m 21.200 0930 2230
10m 28.480 1000 2300

SRESU kicking off activation of VK100ARV

The SRESU activation of VK100ARV from Gilwell Park will start at 11:00 am local (0000z) and run until around midnight (1300z).

We will be listening on ScoutNET if you want a sked on a particular frequency otherwise the following schedule will be loosely followed.

  • 160m – 1835 kHz + QRM 0900z – 1300z
  • 80m – 3600 kHz + QRM 0900z – 1300z
  • 40m – 7100 kHz + QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 20m – 14190 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 15m – 21190 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 10m – 28400 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 6m – 52.525 MHz and 53.500 MHz FM +/- 25 kHz 0000z – 1300z
  • 2m – 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.500 MHz FM +/- 25 kHz 0000z – 1300z

Of course we won’t be on all frequencies all the time but this gives you an idea where we may be.

There will be two special ‘scout skeds’ on 3650 kHz SSB at 8:30 pm (0930z) and 9:30 pm (1030z).

We look forward to working you from the VK3SCG station.

More details about VK100ARV and the ARV Centenary Award can be found at http://www.amateurradio.com.au/


Peter VK3ZPF

JOTA / JOTI 2011

With the 2011 JOTA / JOTI weekend upon us, here is a quick list of resources that may help you with running of your JOTA / JOTI Base.

IRLP – www.irlp.net

IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project) allows the linking of repeaters worldwide over the internet. It’s a great way to get some quick contacts when the bands are dead on HF or you’ve exhausted your local contacts.

IRLP is much like using a telephone, on the repeater that is IRLP enabled, using a DTMF keypad dial the 4 digit IRLP Node number. A list of IRLP Nodes can be found here.

Remember, with IRLP, you will need to leave 2 seconds between pushing the button and speaking and use the word over so that the part at the other end know you’re throwing it back to them.

To disconnect from an IRLP node key “73” on your DTMF keypad.

Echolink – www.echolink.org

Whilst it’s probably a little late to be registering for Echolink on JOTA Weekend, again, it’s another great solution when the bands are quiet. Echolink is a “Computer Radio” program that allows you to speak to other amateurs using a computer and microphone.

You can connect a one-to-one QSO or, using an Echolink Reflector such as SCOUTSAU you can speak to many people just like a UHF/VHF repeater.

Echolink is also connected to Repeaters worldwide, again, remember to leave 2 seconds between keying up and speaking for the best results.

HF – Call Frequencies List

During JOTA there is are Australian and Worldwide call frequencies so that it makes it easier for you to establish a QSO. Remember to use your manners and QSY off the call frequency once you’ve established your QSO.


There’s plenty of repeaters throughout the State and all over the country. (WIA Repeater List) Repeaters are a great way to establish local contacts between JOTA Locations. Remember, don’t hog the device, make a few QSO’s then leave the frequency for someone else to part take.

Radio Safety

Whilst it’s great fun to part take in JOTA, it’s a timely reminder to be safe. It’s no fun falling off the roof setting up your station, coming off a ladder, getting hit in the head trying to put up your long wire or zapped with your power supply or radio.

Safety is absolute paramount. Ensure your equipment is up to scratch, keep your shack neat and tidy and think safe.

A safe JOTA is a fun JOTA!

JOTI – www.scoutlink.net

JOTI is a great way for people to connect during JOTA. Using IRC Chat kids and adults can converse sharing stories and their JOTA / JOTI experience.

Whilst it’s great fun to do JOTI, it’s also important to remember to WATCH – Child Safety is very important and Stranger Danger is an important topic to raise with the kids. If they don’t feel safe, it’s time to tell a leader. If they don’t like the questions they’re being asked, it’s time to tell a leader. Whilst every effort is taken to keep the IRC channels “kid friendly” it’s not always possible.

Facebook / Twitter

Facebook & Twitter (Social Media) are great ways to connect during JOTA / JOTI. If you’re twitter, make sure you use the hash tag #jota, #joti, #hamradio and #amateurradio. It will make it easier for other Twitter users to follow the conversation.

The final final

With all that said, have yourself a wonderful JOTA / JOTI. I look forward to seeing plenty of photos and reports!


Funky (Greg) VK3LLL