I had the pleasure of activating the VI5ANZAC special event call sign as a single operator station on Wednesday the 29th of April from my home QTH in Highbury South Australia.
I managed to get home from work at a decent hour, get the family commitments out of the way and then sit down at the Radio and call CQ. I started on 40m at 20:00 ACST using my trust Elecraft K3 plus borrowed KPA500 running 200W and a resonant mono-band dipole. I worked a number of local and interstate stations from VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5. I fell out of the chair when I heard a Japanese station in there calling. The noise and QRM on 40m wasn’t brilliant making communications difficult at times.
I switched to 20m at 21:00 ACST and continued beaming East using 250W. Again I worked a number of local and interstate stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 and VK6 and now the DX stations started with stations from Canada, the USA, Finland and Japan being logged. Propagation into Europe short path late in the evening didn’t eventuate on 17m, 15m or 10m which was unfortunate.
In total I logged 44 QSO’s on two bands over a three and a half our period, not a bad night for some fun an excitement. Here’s the breakdown of the stations worked;
All logs have been submitted to the WIA for EQSL processing. Thanks to everyone that made last night a lot of fun activating a VI5 callsign from home.
AREG has been looking for many and varied opportunities to activate the VI5ANZAC callsign during our time allocation this week. Tuesday evening (28th April) saw a small group of us put the special event call on air with a QRP portable activation from Morialta Conservation Park.This was seen as a nice contrast to the QRO operation carried out over the weekend near Mannum (which was very successful with over 1000 contacts).
The QRP operation was lead by Bob VK5FO, Two HF stations were established plus a VHF/UHF operation later in the evening (taking advantage of the elevated position above the Adelaide metropolitan area). As the operation qualified for conservation park also being activated, Bob invited the founder of the VK5 Parks award, Paul VK5PAS to also attend and join in the fun.
Operation was planned on 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m as well as 2m and 70cm FM. The only variable during the planning beyond our control was going to be the weather. Fortunately the weather gods smiled on us and it was a beautiful (if a bit cold) still evening.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bob VK5FO met Gary, VK5FGRY on site at around 17:00 local time and we started getting set up for the evening. A quick review of where to set up antenna’s and we got started.
Bob VK5FO and Gary VK5FGRY
Paul VK5PAS arrived as we were setting up and assisted with the final details and we had the station ready to go and started calling at around and the first contact was logged at 08:49UTC.
Andy (front) and Paul (back) operating the 2 stations
Just as we got underway, Andy, VK5AKH arrived, and Ray VK5RR arrived about 20 minutes later.The initial flurry on 40m was to be expected and we worked at a steady pace, rotating thru the operators on 40m for the next 90 minutes or so. As the calls dried up on 40m we wound down the calling somewhat and 40m did in fact close out for all local contacts as well. We could hear quite a bit of DX, but not work it.
The 2nd station started out on 20m and it was very slow – as feared, we had only just caught the tail end of 20m and had just a handful of contacts.
Bob VK5FO operating with Ray VK5RR and Gary VK5FGRY
Given the conditions, we decided to move the 2nd station over to 80M earlier than we had initially planned and started calling there as well. It was a slow and steady trickle of takers on 80m and we had an unusual request – could we try 160m!
Well, this was a bit of a challenge in itself as we were not at all prepared to have any sort of antenna on top band, but being challenged, we jury-rigged an EFHW as an extension onto the end of 1 of the 80M dipole elements, hit the tune button on the KX3 and managed to get it to tune! Two contacts was the result, one in Adelaide and one in Mt Gambier – worth the effort!
The 2 stations for this operation were both KX3 Transceivers with a headset running 10 watts on SSB, each set up with a laptop for logging.
Grant, VK5GR was a very late arrival and his plan was to set up and see how many local contacts we could get on 2m and 70cm to add to the mix.After announcements on every repeater within ~100km a further 10 contacts were added to the logs on 146.55 and 439.025.
Once everything really slowed down, we decided to call it quits just on 21:30 local time (12:00 UTC) and started pulling the station down. Within 30 minutes we had everything down and packed up, with the final task to check the logs and upload them.
The final tally for the Tuesday Evening QRP* activation (QRP on HF) was as follows.
Total contacts logged: 73
In the mix we had 1x US, 2 x ZL and remaining VK1 (VI1ANZAC), VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6 and VK7 -so a good representation right across the country, and we only missed on getting a VK8 in the logs.
Operators for the evening
and Grant VK5GR (VHF/UHF)
Without the awesome logistical support from Gary VK5FGRY we would not have been as comfortable in the heated tent!
A big thanks to all the chasers who make such an activation even more enjoyable, and yes, all of the logs will be uploaded to WWFF in the coming days as the HF operation was compliant with VKFF and from a recognized park.
Thanks To Paul for the photos from the Evening’s Event.
The results are now in for the 2015 John Moyle Memorial Field Day. As published on the WIA website, the multi club operation undertaken by AREG, EARC and members from NERC under the callsign VK5WIA has taken out first place in this year’s Multi Operator Portable HF Phone only division.
VK5WIA scored: 1141 contacts and achieved a score of 2,282 points
Well done team! Congratulations to everyone who took part!
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) had the pleasure of co-operating the VI5ANZAC special event callsign on ANZAC day 2015 commemorating the 100th anniversary since the landing at ANZAC cove at Gallipoli in World War One. The AREG crew for these two days was based at a location ~100km east of Adelaide on the banks of the River Murray.
The operators of this activation were:
AREG operated two stations at this location covering most HF bands. The primary station setup was as follows:
Rig: Icom IC-7700 (200W)
Antenna: SteppIR MonstIR – 4 element beam (3 full-size elements on 40m)
There is a webcam setup on the MonstIR boom, giving us a wonderful view of wherever the antenna is pointing! A live view is available here.
The view from the MonstIR Yagi!
The MonstIR Yagi, with the (tiny!) HB35 in the background.
The second station consisted of a:
Rig: Elecraft K3
Antenna: Werner Wulf HB35 Yagi
Over 1000 contacts were made including to many of the other VI%ANZAC stations, plus VI100ANZAC, ZL100ANZAC and also to the special event stations operated by the Turkish Radio Amateur Club.
Theo even managed to film some of the action while working Europe on Sunday morning!
Not to mention the pileups he encountered on 10m!
Full details, log extracts and graphic visualisations of where we worked will be added as soon as they can be post processed.
As previously advised, the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group will be activating the special event callsign VI5ANZAC to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing of the ANZAC force on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey during World War One.
The AREG activation window is between 1200 ACST 25th April through to 2359 ACST 30th April
VI5ANZAC is based in South Australia which was also the home state of the 10th Battalion which was raised in August 1914. On 25 April 1915, the 10th Battalion took part in the Landing at Anzac Cove, coming ashore during the initial stages of the operation as part of the covering force. Members from the 10th Battalion penetrated the furthest inland of any Australian troops during the initial fighting, before the Allied advance inland was checked.
Photo: 10th Battalion Troops at Gallipoli – August 1915 (Information sourced from Wikipedia)
To work this special event callsign AREG will be active during the following times:
Saturday 25th April 0230UTC (1200ACST) – Sunday 26th April ~0830UTC (1800ACST)
7.150MHz (+ QRM) (Primary)
14.150MHz (+QRM) (Primary – Beaming Long Path Europe)
21.250MHz (+ QRM) (Secondary)
28.450MHz (+QRM) (Secondary)\
Operators: VK5CP + Many others
40-6m MonstIR Beam – part of the VI5ANZAC station on Saturday25th/Sunday 26th April 2015
Tuesday 28th April 0830UTC (1800ACST) 1200UTC (2130ACST) – QRP Portable from Morialta Conservation Park
UPDATE: April 17th 2015: Users of the VK5RSB 6m repeater will be pleased to learn that AREG has finally received the new antenna from Polar Industries.A big thank you to all of the donor’s who have helped fund the replacement antenna.
The club is still happy to receive additional donations so that the maintenance funds can be replenished, so if you are a regular user on VK5RSB 6m, please consider making a contribution! Donations can be made via the PayPal button on the left hand side of the screen.
Planning for the replacement antenna’s installation is now underway as well as the repairs to the 6m transmitter amplifier. We will advise when the system has been restored!
Due to inappropriate activity where the IRLP node 6214 has been maliciously interfered with and manipulated to the point of triggering lockout responses from other IRLP network nodes, AREG has been forced to require operators to register for access to the node, and for registered operators to use a PIN code for access.
A most unfortunate side effect of this is that we have now locked out incidental travelers from the system and this is not in the spirit of Amateur Radio Operations. ( I am very sorry that this has had to occur, I held out as long as I could!)
Amateur radio operators who wish to use the IRLP node 6214, are requested to apply via email, with a valid email address and call sign, so as to be issued with the PIN. All applications will be recorded for administration purposes.
Applications may be made to either,
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Security of the issued PIN is paramount and it shall not be passed on verbally to any other interested parties.
All inquiries for the PIN shall be referred to the AREG web pages.
The next meeting of the Amateur Radio Experimenters group will be held on Friday 17th April. The venue as always will be the Reedbeds Community Hall, 19 Fitch Rd, Fulham SA 5024.
The meeting will start at 7.45pm with a short business meeting, and will be followed by a technical presentation by Andy VK5AKH on installing and using SDR radios as pan-adapters on your HF station. Andy will also give some insight on the benefits of using this technology when working HF.
HF Pan-adapter display captured from the 20m HF band
After the meeting there will be cake and coffee available as well as many members ready for a chat.
If you want directions to get to the meeting give VK5ARG a call on the Summertown 439.900MHz repeater (91.5Hz CTCSS).