I was one of the lucky people to be able to participate in the recent Garden Island Activation of the VK100ANZAC call sign. I was also involved with the previous activation organised by the News West Team. Neither were HARG events, however the Garden Island event was well supported by the HARG and its members, so I thought it may be of interest to fellow HARGians. This post has a lot of photos, taken with my phone - I have resized them so they should load OK. Apologies re the quality.
First off - thanks to VK6AG and VK6RX - the two John's. They managed to organise the Navy and their fellow amateurs and put on a superbly organised event. None of this would have happened with out them. Thanks also to VK6FJON, VK6PWD and VK6ZRW for their help, aid and assistance. Thanks to the WIA for lending us the call sign. Finally - thanks to all of the participants. It made the event a great social happening.
This is the Shack sitting on the ex rocket launching site which is a largish area of concrete underlain with mesh. Our earths were connected to this mesh. In front of the shack is the cherry picker loaned to the activation. The yagi was clamped to that and ended up about 13m off of the ground. The basket also was one corner of the 160m ladder line fed loop that VK6ZRW , VK6FJON and VK6PWD often deploy. It was connected to the MFJ tuner. It worked well. The HF was Icom 7400 fed to the HARG linear. A good field set up I think.
The site at night. There are shots of this taken by the Navy, not seen yet by me, but they are by all accounts very good and capture the stars as well. Looking forward to seeing them. The lighting tower on loan from the Navy spot lit all the tiger snakes and the shack nicely.
This is one of the operating positions - for HF. There were three all up. Two HF and one VHF with a simplex frequency (146.5 MHz) and Echolink attached. I had a great QSO via the link to an amateur in a park in VK2. I mainly worked the HF radio though. My coffee cup in front of the radio - I used that a LOT!. I operated to 3am local time, and then left it to Pavel (VK3NUT) and his CW. He was still going when I got back to the shack at 7am.
I didn't take to many shots of people operating, but here is one of Pavel operating his CW via his SDR rig. He made many hundreds of CW operators very happy I think.
I am not sure how many QSO's were made, a thousand or so I think. I am sure that number will be broadcast later as the event is summarised.
Any way - my two bobs worth. Cant wait to get back there for another activation.
PS don't forget the Oceania DX contest coming up next week end and the one after.
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