Cromer Conservation Park Activation

On Monday 28 December Cromer CP was activated by Nigel VK5NIG, Allen VK5LAM and myself.  It was an historic occasion as it was Allen’s first formal activation and he did very well with his portable…


Fitting Connectors

Here is a pretty good video by Steve Venner G0TAN from Martyn Lynch & Son on fitting various types of PL259 and N type connectors to coax.  There are probably 100’s of these types of…


Battery Saver

Recently I heard about an inexpensive and simple low voltage alarm for LiPO and LiFePO4 batteries so I got my hands on one to try out.  They are very simple and plug into the balance…




Sandy Creek CP VKFF-0933

Today was the VKFF Activation Weekend and Nigel VK5NIG and I headed to Sandy Creek Conservation Park for several hours.  We got setup around 10:30 and made steady progress till early afternoon.  We had 2…


Another Trip to Mt Crawford

Decided to go back to Mt Crawford yesterday (15/11) with Allen (VK5LAM) and Nigel (VK5NIG) for a more lengthy portable session.  We drove around to find the best site and came up with one that…


Checking Out New Portable Location

I did a quick recon of a possible new portable location this afternoon.  I spend about 30mins on air and snagged VI3ANZAC in the process.  The location is about 480m high and in the Mount…


SANPCPA and WWFF Activation

This morning I activated Hale Conservation Park near Williamstown North East of Adelaide.  This park qualifies for the SA National Parks and Conservation Parks Australia program and also the World Wide Flora and Fauna in…


No More Twisted Cables – How To

I don’t know about you but when ever I am setting up at a portable location and it is time to get all the wires and cables sorted I am faced with something that looks…