For most people reading this blog, you would know by now that I am a regular hunter/chaser in all things radio! So, it will probably be of no surprise to you, that over the weekend I chased a whole bunch of activators out and about in VK5 for the 2nd year anniversary of the SANPCPA (South Australia National Park and Conservation Park Award). I managed to score 22 unique parks and had a total of 61 contacts ..a successful weekend of radio I say! 🙂
I honestly can’t remember the first time I heard of the SANPCPA program, but I was hooked from then on. I don’t know what it is that appeals to me about these sorts of award programs with radio, but I like it. Perhaps it is the ongoing sense of achievement when one more park is crossed off my master list or maybe it is the short and concise (for the most part :p ) exchange for the contacts; I’m not really one to chat for extended times on air, I usually either have nothing to say, or too much to say, that I fumble as my mouth tries to play catch-up with my brain. I’m essentially a very shy person and even hate to talk on my phone most of the time, so why the radio bug has hit me, I’m not sure but I am very glad. I’ve met and talked with some wonderful people, all of whom I would never have known existed if it wasn’t for amateur radio.
Since gaining my F-call, I have filled up a few logbooks with many contacts, mostly VK but some DX…I am studying for my upgrade but I guess that I am having too much fun with my measly 10W, that it is not really foremost in my mind…not to mention that I have a family and household to run as well so my time is limited (except of course, when it comes to chasing/hunting :p). I would love to have access to the 20m band so I will get there eventually, I just need to devote as much time to studying as I do to chasing/hunting because electronics has never been a part of my life until now so it’s a sharp learning curve!!
Anyway, I digress..I get the easy job of sitting in my comfy shack at home whilst, you the activator, slug it out getting to the top of a summit or going portable in a park somewhere around the country and ultimately aid me in getting more certificates for my shack walls. THANK YOU!! I hope to repay you later on down the track. 🙂