On Sunday 9th March, 2014, a VK5 SOTA & Parks symposium was held at the Guides Hall, Hannaford Road, Blackwood. This is the location of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society shack.
The purpose of the symposium was to allow like minded amateurs to get together for the day, who have an interest in the Summits on the Air program, the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award, the World Wide Flora and Fauna program, the Keith Roget Parks Award, and portable operation in general.
Doors opened at 8.30 a.m. with the symposium commencing at 9.00 a.m. The day commenced with a welcome by the President of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society. This was followed by 4 guest speakers who spoke about SOTA’s progress in VK, tips for activators & hunters of the VK5 Parks Award, an overview of the World Wide Flora & Fauna program, and using lithium phosphate chemistry batteries.
Morning tea was then taken and this was followed by a further 5 presentations by guest speakers, on topics including home brew antennas, SOTA for the beginner, the parksnpeaks spotting site, prominence as related to SOTA, and a comparison between some portable HF equipment.
This was followed by a short round table, general questions session and the closure of the symposium. A BBQ lunch followed.