Today I was able to revisit two parks I had activated previously for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award.
Activating Chiltern – Mt Pilot National Park on 40 metres today completed the activation of all 45 National Parks using 7 MHz. My first QSO today was with John VK5BJE who was in the Mount Eccles National Park.
For the first few QSOs I used the FT817 running 5 Watts to qualify as a QRP activation but I then switched to my new FT450D to try 80, 15 and 10 metres. I was able to get two contacts on 15 metres and nothing on 80 or 10 metres. I then returned to 40 metres and made some more QSOs. In total I made 15 QSOs from the Tuan Camp Ground, just west of the Chiltern township, including two SOTA contacts with Andrew VK1NAM at Mt Rob Roy VK1/AC-031.
Activating the Warby – Ovens National Park using my FT817 provided another QRP activation, taking my QRP Park activations count to 24. One more QRP activation and I can apply for a 25 Park QRP endorsement. I’m planning a QRP activation of French Island National Park later this month that should take care of that.
I activated this National Park in the shade of gum tree on the side of Ridge Track which leads to SOTA summit Mt Glenrowan VK3/VE-230. The spot I chose was about 200 metres from the gate. I didn’t have enough time to walk the 4.5 km to the summit so I’ll come back for that later.
Mt Richmond is one of six national parks I have not ‘chased’ as yet. John went to Mount Richmond later in the day but I was on my way home by then and missed the activation.