VK3 portable activities gathering

A VK3 Portable activities “gathering” will take place on Sunday 11 August 2019, between 11am and 4pm at Doongalla Stables Picnic Area in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
If you are a seasoned portable operator or just interested in finding out more about Portable activities, you are most welcome to attend.

The Picnic Ground is located at Melway Map 66 C5,
https://www.google.com/maps/place/-37.847252, 145.343893 Access gate is beside 21 Simpsons Rd, The Basin.
The site has picnic tables, wood barbecues, car parking and toilets. The access road is gravel with limited passing opportunities and not recommended for caravans.

I look forward to meeting many of you and putting a face to the voice.


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AG7UO – my newest call sign

Last Saturday I sat the US Technician, General and Extra Class ham radio exams provided by VE Exams Australia https://vea.org.au/
The six examiners made the whole process work as smooth as possible.

Today I logged into the FCC database and found that I have been allocated the Extra Class call sign AG7UO.
I’m signed up to access a remote radio in Alabama and I’m just awaiting permission then I’ll see what the conditions are like on the other side of the world.



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Harry Angel sprint 2019

Tonight was the annual running of the Harry Angel Sprint.
I’ve participated in the contest a few times before, usually from a location away from the suburban noise.
There had been a significant amount of rain recently and this always reduces the noise at home, I guess it washes the power line insulators clean, so I stayed home and gave the sprint another go.

I managed to get 39 QSOs in the log on SSB and I was logging on a contest version of VK port-a-log.

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New VK port-a-log version released, named Moondarra_03

Today I have released the latest version of VK port-a-log, named Moondarra_03

This version has the following changes;

  • The SOTA activator and SOTA chaser CSV files have been replaced with a single SOTAv2_combined file.
    The SOTAv2_combined file can be uploaded to SOTAdata as a chaser file and as an activator file.
    The SOTAv2_combined file has all SOTA QSO details within.

At present when uploading SOTA CSV files to http://sotadata.org.uk/ users still need to upload twice, one for chaser, one for activator, but you now use the same file for each upload.

Later this year changes to http://sotadata.org.uk/ will see only one upload required.

For those users keenly awaiting other improvements these have been delayed and I expect to commence beta testing in early February with a release date around mid-March 2019.

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ES File Explorer showing typical output files for WWFF and SOTA activation.


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New VK port-a-log version released, named Moondarra_01

Today I have released the latest version of VK port-a-log, named Moondarra_01

This version has the following changes;

  • Location info – lists closest five SOTA summits within 80 km
  • Location info – lists closest five WWFF areas within 80 km (VK & ZL only)
  • Location info – current VKFF area when inside the park boundary (VK only)
  • Location info – current Municipal Shire (VK only)
  • Option to jump to Location Info after start-up screen when not QTHR.
  • Pile up function – allows five call signs to be entered before saving QSO
  • Revised start-up screen display
  • Option to set line 4 of logging screen; QTH, SOTA reference, WWFF reference, Gridsquare, VK shire
  • Option to enter log frequency in MHz or kHz
  • Option to use full soft keyboard for frequency entry
  • Option for slashed zero in call signs
  • Updated VKFF and SANPCPA lists
  • Name look-up works with AX prefixes
  • Added ADIF QSL message field for eQSL
  • Expanded ADIF options for QTH, Notes and Comments fields
  • Option to include other station’s gridsquare in SOTA activator csv files
  • LOG4OM ADIF support for VK Shires and VGLA
  • Spot last updated time removed

Thank you to Manuel HB9DQM, Compton VK2HRX, Gerard VK2IO, David VK3IL, Peter VK3TKK, Jürg HB9BIN and Andrew VK1AD for Beta testing and their valuable feedback.

Unless there is some major bug fix required, this will be the last update for a while as I need to make some changes to the basic structure of the app to accommodate forthcoming changes to SOTAwatch and the inclusion of some of the bigger improvements suggested by users, such as post QSO log entry.

More info about VK port-a-log is available at http://vk3zpf.com/vk-port-a-log



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