Episode #24 - World Wide Flora and Fauna

Fresh Air… Nature… and CW… what could be better!?!

If you have ever considered grabbing your gear and heading to the great outdoors, then check out the World Wide Flora and Fauna program.

In 2016 the ARRL held a year long event called ‘National Parks On The Air’. Amateur radio operators operated from parks all across America for certificates and awards. The event was a huge success. However many HAM operators weren’t aware of another ‘parks’ program they could participate in.

The World Wide Flora and Fauna program is the oldest and original parks program. It was started in 2010 and currently has 53 countries participating in the program. According to their website; “The WWFF program wants to draw attention to the importance of protecting nature, flora and fauna. In this spirit amateur radio operators set up and operate their radio stations from designated nature parks and protected nature areas – generating attention for these areas whilst giving the ham radio community an interesting activity to contact. WWFF is an international and non-commercial program run by the National coordinators of a large number of national Flora and Fauna programs.”

In this episode, we talk with KA2LHO, Kraig Pritts, W0PHX George Burger, and KD0IRW, Tanner Colvin about the WWFF program, activating parks, chasing activators, why this program is great for new CW ops, logging DX, “Make Nature Your Shack”, and having tons of fun!

KA2LHO, Kraig Pritts

KA2LHO, Kraig Pritts

W0PHX, George Burger

W0PHX, George Burger

KD0IRW, Tanner Colvin

KD0IRW, Tanner Colvin

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS PODCAST: 

World Wide Flora and Fauna is the oldest and original parks program.

There are 53 countries currently participating in the WWFF program.

It takes 44 QSOs to activate a park.

If you are interested in DX, this program is for you!

Use a good spotting network to let chasers know when and where they can find you.

If you’re a new CW op, chasing WWFF activators is an easy way to develop CW skills and build confidence.

Links, Information and Credits About This Episode:

World Wide Flora and Fauna - U.S. Program

World Wide Flora and Fauna

Global Mountain Activity (GMA) spots

WWFFwatch DX-cluster spots

WWFF-KFF Facebook Page

Send an email to KA2LHO, Kraig Pritts - kraig (at) kdpritts (dot) com -to request his PARKspot application.

HamAlert spotting app.

A big thank you to David Henderson and Hendersound Music for permission to use ‘Dusk Street’.

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