PAFF-0083 by PD3JAG/p & PD0PVR/p STORY

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On 25mrt 2017 we went out for activating PAFF-0083. My mate PD0PVR John arrived around 09:00 UTC at my home . We put all the stuff in the car and after we drank some coffee we drove to Zeeuws Vlaanderen PAFF -0083 Braakman-Noorderbossen.

We put up the antenne mast, a 8 mtr long fishing pole . We were doing some test with a new radio (Yaesu FT891) and a new HyEndFed ant for 40 20 10 mtr MKIII 200W version.

After SWR checking we called on 40 mtr and the first qso was with my mate Danny ON4VT arround 12:11 utc . Continue reading

Our new WWFF Deputy Chairperson

W3AAX – Jason Johnston

Jason was an extremely active hunter and activator in the National Parks on the Air program. Not wanting to see the fun stop since the National Parks Service’s centennial was over after 2016, he decided to work with the WWFF and set up a website and system to support their program enlisting more national parks, state parks, and wildlife refuges in the United States and other various territories.

 He admires someone like Theodore Roosevelt who could build relationships with people like John Muir and had a respect of the land and conservation, while still being a conservative. WWFF is the perfect vehicle to get the word out that we need to preserve these places.

 As the North American coordinator, his next goals are to expand the WWFF into Canada, Mexico, Central America. Also, he plans to activate every possible entity in his home state of Maryland.

New WWFF structure

In recent months, a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes with regards to the restructure of the WWFF organisation.  I am pleased to report that we now have a WWFF Constitution which outlines the aims of WWFF, the rules by which WWFF will operate, & powers and duties of its officers.  The constitution can be view on the ‘About’ page.

The WWFF Committee shall be comprised of up to 9 elected officials and 6 ex-officio members.

Our new Committee structure:

  • Paul VK5PAS (Chairperson)
  • Jason W3AAX (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Lars PH0NO (Treasurer)
  • Nobi JA1JCF (Asia representative)
  • Jakob OZ7AEI (Europe representative)
  • Peter VK3ZPF (Oceania representative)
  • Jason W3AAX (North America representative)
  • Pit YO3JW (Awards Manager)
  • Luciano I5FLN (Directory Manager)
  • Manfred DF6EX (Log Manager)
  • Andrew MYMA (Logsearch Administrator)
  • Danny ON4VT (webmaster & PR)

The position of Secretary is still being organised.

As a committee we shall conduct meetings via Skype or similar, not less than 6 times per year to discuss WWFF issues.  We do of course, regularly liaise with each other via email.

73 and ’44’,

Paul VK5PAS

GFF-0336 by 2E0HPI/p STORY

Today I took the chance to visit GFF-0336 South Bents to Tynemouth South Pier Head, which is located 4 miles north of the city of Sunderland on the north east coast . My location was at Souter Lighthouse and overlooking Marsden Rocks which is a excellent location of visiting seabirds at nesting season .

The North East coast is covered in GFF sites for over a hundred miles from the border of Scotland and to the North Yorkshire Moors .
I was operating with my Yaesu FT-817nd 5watts and my homebrew 1/4 dipoles for 20 & 40m , conditions did not look good with the poor K index and I started on 40m with calls from around Europe and even some from the UK which is rare at the moment with current conditions , I did work  M0YMA/M at GFF-0292 and PA2CVD/P at PAFF-0089 Total of 40 QSO on 40m .
Then I moved over to 20m and worked 45 contacts around Europe and some contacts into USA was N9MM K1RO W1OW KA4RRU .
Total of 95 contacts over a few hours with excellent results .
73 44 Carl 2E0HPI 
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