• [VK5PAS] Some more DX Park & SOTA activators

    From VK5PAS via rec.radio.amateur.modera@21:1/5 to All on Wed Oct 13 12:21:22 2021
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    Some more DX Park & SOTA activators

    Posted: 12 Oct 2021 03:41 AM PDT https://vk5pas.org/2021/10/12/some-more-dx-park-sota-activators/

    At the end of September I found that the 20m band was in quite good
    condition and as a result Marija and I logged a number of overseas WWFF &
    SOTA activators. Here is a breakdown of some of our contacts..
    FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2021
    Sebastian SP3W in POLAND was the first portable DX activator in the log. Sebastian was on 20m and was activating Użytek Ekologiczny Torfowisko
    Gudzisz SPFF-0527. I sent a 5/3 signal report to Sebastian and a 5/5 was received here in South Australia.

    Above:- SPFF-0527. c/o Facebook
    Next was DA0DFF who was on 20m and were activating Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer DLFF-0013 and IOTA EU-042.

    Above:- DA0DFF QSL card. c/o QRZ.com
    I then spoke with Adrian M0PAI in ENGLAND who was activating Eastern Moors
    RSPB GFF-0382. Adrians signal was low down to me, as I was to Adrian

    sent and 3/3 received), however we were able to exchange signal reports and callsigns without too much fuss.

    Above:- Eastern Moors. c/o Eastern Moors Facebook page
    I then spoke with Dave G1OCN/p who was activating West Bay Special Areas of Conservation GFF-0416 in ENGLAND. Again, signals were low down, but we
    were able to work each other

    (3/1 sent and 4/4 received).

    Above:- Map showing the location of West Bay SAC. Map c/o Google maps
    On Saturday afternoon we worked Ivo IZ0MQN/p in Natura 2000 Boschi Sereni Torricella

    (San Biagio della Valle) IFF-1605 in ITALY. Conditions were
    quite good on the long path into Europe, with 5/3 sent and 5/8 received.

    Next up was Rodolfo I4RHP who was activating Oasi Isola Bianca IFF-0819 in ITALY. Rodolfo was quite a good signal

    (5/5 sent and 5/8 received).

    Above:- Oasi Isola Bianca. c/o https://www.ferraraterraeacqua.it/
    I then logged IQ5QO in Natura 2000 Torre dellOrso IFF-1739 in ITALY.
    Known for its beach of fine silver-coloured sand, however, occupied by
    several bathing establishments, Torre dellOrso boasts a particularly clear
    sea due to the currents of the Otranto canal. 

    Above:- Torre dellOrso. Image c/o wikipedia

    On Sunday on the long path I worked Antonio EC2AG who was on SOTA summit Lemoatxa EA2/ BI-063 in SPAIN. I have worked Antonio on SOTA summits previously. On this occasion we made contact quite easily with 5/3 sent
    and 5/5 received.

    Next in the log was Jim 5B4ALS who was activating SOTA summit 5B/ CY-046 in CYPRUS. Jim was a good signal on the long path

    (5/3 sent and 5/5 received).

    Above:- An aerial view of 5B/ CY-046 in Cyprus. Image c/o Google maps
    I then spoke with Joe OE5JFE who was activating SOTA summit Spirzinger OE/ SB-156 in AUSTRIA. 5/3 sent and 5/5 received.

    Above:- Sprizinger. Image c/o https://www.hoehenrausch.de/
    Next was Bob M0MJA who was activating the Severn Estuary SPA/SAC/RAMSAR Bridgewater Bay NNR

    (inc Steart Marshes WWT) GFF-0181 in ENGLAND. 5/3 both

    Above:- the set up of M0MJA. Image c/o Facebook

    I then spoke with Sam F4GYG/P who was activating Le Fond de Croisette
    FFF-2007 in FRANCE. Sam is another regular activator who appears in my log.
    I then logged IQ5QO who was activating Riserva Naturale San Cataldo
    IFF-0145 in ITALY. 5/5 sent and 5/7 received.

    Above:- Riserva Naturale San Cataldo. Image c/ Wikipedia
    Next was John CT2GSN who was activating SOTA summit Serra de Airo CT/
    MN-045 in PORTUGAL. 5/5 sent and 5/7 received.

    I then tuned down the band a little and found Andy G7SQW/p who was
    activating Strumpshaw Fen RSPB GFF-0166 in ENGLAND. 5/3 sent and 5/7

    Above:- Strumshaw Fen. Image c/o Wikipedia
    Next up was an interesting contact with Sid GB0EOR who was doing an
    activation for the Railways on the Air event. GB0EOR was operated by
    members of the Harlow and District Amateur Radio Society from North Weald Station.

    I then spoke with Salvatore IT9AAK/0 who was activating a lighthouse for
    the Worked All Italian Lighthouse Award. The Lighthouse of Genoa

    known in Italian as Lanterna di Genova, or simply Lanterna, is the main lighthouse for the citys port.

    Panorama of the port of Genoa with the Lanterna. Image c/o Wikipedia.
    Finally I logged DA0DFF in Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer DLFF-0013 and IOTA EU-042 in GERMANY.
    It has been a very enjoyable weekend of chasing/hunting European/UK
    park/SOTA activators. Thanks to all of them for being out there and
    listening out for Australia.

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