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Default [VK5PAS] Totness Recreation Park and the 2017 Trans Tasman Contest


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Totness Recreation Park and the 2017 Trans Tasman Contest

Posted: 15 Jul 2017 09:11 PM PDT
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After activating the Finniss Conservation Park I headed to the Totness
Recreation Park VKFF-1754, just 2.5 km from home. *I intended to take part
in the 2017 Trans Taman Low Band Contest. *The aim of the contest is to
encourage Low Band activity Trans-Tasman, that is between VK and ZL.
Map showing the location of the Totness Recreation Park. *Map courtesy of
Location SA Map Viewer

I was all set up and ready to go by the commencement time of 0800 UTC,
which is 5.30 p.m. South Australian local time. *I ran my normal portable
station for the contest: Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and the 80/40/20m linked
dipole, inverted vee, on the 7m heavy duty telescopic squid pole.





The contest is divided into three 2 hour periods. *I remained out in the
field until just after the commencement of the third period which was at
1200 UTC (9.30 p.m. local time). *The cold weather got the better of me
(got down to 4 deg C) and I packed up and headed home with a total of 171
contacts in the log. *My claimed score was 2,347 points.

I made a total of 48 QSOs on the 40m band. *New Zealand stations worked on
40m we- ZL1YE, ZL3VZ, ZL1PC, ZL2ATH/p, ZL2BH, and ZL1JV.



I made a total of 123 QSOs on the 80m band. *New Zealand stations worked on
40m we- ZL3VZ, ZL1PC, ZL2BH, ZL1JV, and ZL1XS.



I enjoyed myself in the Trans Tasman, but there were long periods of
calling CQ contest with no takers.





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