French Island National Park, VKFF-0622 with John VK2AWJ

Today at 7:00 am I met up with John VK2AWJ to travel over to French Island. This was my fifth trip over with previous trips in 2010, 2012, January 2016 and March 2016. This trip was to accompany John and allow him to activate French Island National Park with the safety of an experienced activator and to start the 2016 KRMNPA activation weekend.

dsc06135-resizedMy plan was to get off the boat and walk to the first observation deck, about 1.2 km along road and dirt/sandy track. I say ‘plan’ because unfortunately I missed the second opening between Coast Rd and the walking track and we walked 2 km more than planned. Sorry John.

Once at the deck John set up his end fed wire antenna with squid pole and started working stations on 40m fairly quickly.


John VK2AWJ working 40m

I set my linked dipole on my squid pole and made a couple of QSOs on 20m.


Linked dipole and end fed wire (behind)

Keen not to miss the boat we packed up after 2 hours and took the shorter route back to the jetty and we were back on the mainland at 1:30 pm.

A good day out and always good to revisit French Island.

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