SANPCPA 2nd year Anniversary weekend

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 andย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 comments on “SANPCPA 2nd year Anniversary weekend

  1. Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for calling us over the 2nd. anniversary weekend and congratulations on the new blog.
    You and July, VK3FOWL are a great inspiration to a number of potential new yl operators in our club. I may contact you at some point to see if you could have a one on one qso with one of our members xyl as she is very “mike shy” at the moment and is yet to get her F call. Soon we hope.
    Thanks for you cheery participation.
    Col. VK5HCF

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  2. Hi Col,

    Thanks for the kind words…Julie and I both got our F-calls at the same course and have been having a ball with amateur radio ever since. It would be lovely to hear some more yl’s on HF and I would be very happy to have a chat with your members xyl anytime she is ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I look forward to working you from another park in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers and 73,


  3. Hi Amanda,

    I’ve just found your WordPress site, and I am very pleased to read about the VK5 Parks award. It was originally designed to promote some more activity on the bands, and I never expected it to take off the way it has.

    It is always a pleasure to get you in the log, amongst the rough and tough voices of the OM’s. Your participation is appreciated.

    Marija spoke again on the weekend about getting her Foundation licence. So I’ve given her the Foundation manual to have a look at. Hopefully in the near future you may hear Marija operating from a park with me.

    Best 73,



    • Hi Paul,

      LOL, yes I am easy to pick out in the pile-ups with my squeaky girly voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

      That is wonderful news..Marija probably doesn’t even need the manual, she would know most of it all by now, being an old-hat at portable activating! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck with it all and I look forward to chatting to her from a park in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Cheers and 73,


      • Hi Amanda,

        I can’t see Marija every picking up the mic at home, but she did get on air as the ‘2nd op’ on Sunday and had a few brief words with some amateurs that we know.

        I have been encouraging her for a while now.



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  4. Just stumbled across your site from the link in the P & P page. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your chasing as sitting in a park calling to yourself is not as much fun as talking to an actual person!
    Also good work on Geo.



    • Thanks, Chris ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate all the unique parks you manage to activate, you’ve helped me cross off quite a few SA parks from my list. ๐Ÿ™‚


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