How to activate?
FAQ on flora and fauna activations -
Which parks are part of the VEFF program?
There is a list of all current parks, with reference numbers, in the VEFF program. You can
find the list by using the VEFF References link in the index. The same list appears in the
files section of the VEFF Facebook page.
ATTENTION ACTIVATORS: prior to activating a VEFF area, please let your VEFF
National Co-ordinator know of your plans. Also, announce your activation(s) in the
WWFF AGENDA on the main WWFF website. The WWFF AGENDA is a
great tool for spreading the news of your activity. Thank you for your cooperation.
National Coordinator for VEFF - Canada
Are VEFF and POTA reference numbers the same?
NO! WWFF (VEFF) and POTA are two separate entities and both have their own individual
numbered list of parks and areas. If you are given a POTA reference of VE-2000, do not assume
that it is the same as VEFF reference VEFF-2000 - they are not the same:
POTA - VE-2000 = Duniere nature reserve, Quebec
WWFF - VEFF-2000 = Child Lake Meadows natural area, Alberta
Other Country Examples:
POTA - DA-0007 Schwarzwald Natioan Park
WWFF - DLFF-0007 Jasmund National Park
POTA - I-0063 Area contigua della Stura di Lanzo (conservation area)
WWFF - IFF-0063 Riserva Naturale Sasso Fratino (natural reserve)
POTA - CT-0001 Nazare (Natura Reserve 2000)
WWFF - CTFF-0001 Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres (Peneda-Geres National Park)
POTA - K-4500: Bitterroot National Forest, Montana/Idaho
WWFF - KFF-4500: Ocala National Forest, Florida
Klamath National Forest, CA - POTA K-4457 : WWFF KFF-4484
Mountain Island State Forest, NC - POTA K-4858 : WWFF KFF-4787
Cross-reference lists between the two award programs might be available, but it is up to the
individual operator to have and maintain their own.
ATTENTION ACTIVATORS: do not make the mistake of using POTA references
in your logs .... your log will be rejected and sent back to you for correction.
How do I activate a park?
To activate a park you and all your equipment need to be within the perimeters of the park.
This includes the antenna.
Furthermore your activity should follow these simple rules (both VEFF and WWFF rules):
How do people know I am in a VEFF location?
- you must make 44 QSO's for your activity to count towards an activator award (activity
is always valid for chasers, regardless of the number of QSO's - so always send
us your log!).
- you can only work from one reference at a time - so if you are in a park that is a
subregion of a larger park you can only use the reference of the subregion.
- In case you as an activator want to acquire a Flora and Fauna award (VEFF), you must
also stick to the rule that your activity should last at least 2 hours.
- If you know beforehand that you are going to activate a park at a certain date and time
please announce your activations in the WWFF AGENDA.
- It helps to use the frequencies that are known as the Flora and Fauna frequencies:
Phone: 3.744, 7.144, 14.244, 18.144, 21.244, 24.944, 28.444 MHz
CW: 3.544, 7.024, 10.124, 14.044, 18.084, 21.044, 24.894, 28.044 MHz
- When CQ-ing it is ofcourse important to mention the park reference.
- When people pick up your signal you are likely to be spotted on a cluster. That really
helps getting attention to your activity.
Format of Callsign for foriegn amateurs?
When crossing the border from the USA to Canada, the correct way to give your callsign
is your call/VEx. Each province has its own prefix, so if you are in Ontario you will
sign your call/VE3. This relates to operating from a motel or hotel, friends home, a
cottage and so on. When activating a park, Canadian island, lighthouse, beach, or
whatever you will then use the callsign your call/VEx/P signifying that you are
Example 1: Lars, PH0NO comes to Canada and activates a park in the Province of Ontario.
He will use the callsign PH0NO/VE3/P.
Example 2: Julie Ann, K8VOX comes to Canada and activates a park in the Province of Ontario.
She will use the callsign K8VOX/VE3/P.
In both cases the main callsign will be used in the log as the operator. ADIF log
will show PH0NO as 'operator' but PH0NO/VE3/P will show as 'station_callsign' and
will be used on air.
How do I confirm an activity?
You should send your log in ADIF format to the VEFF coordinator (email). Make sure you add
photographic proof of your activity using pictures of a GPS device (car navigation for example),
park signs and your set-up. We will add your log to our database for the VEFF awards and we
will upload the log to the logsearch page of the Official WWFF website.
Log format for submission to WWFF?
Must be a .ADI formatted log as shown in these examples -
Log File Name (example)
[email protected] 20210731 (yr/mo/day)
Other Important Fields
STATION_CALLSIGN = YOUR CALL USED ON-AIR
CALL = STATION WORKED
OPERATOR = CALLSIGN OF THE OPERATOR
IMPORTANT!!! - WWFF Logsearch upload needs:
MY_SIG_INFO: VEFF-1234 (must be a 4 digit reference number ie: VEFF-0001
* This is the park reference you are activating.
For Park To Park activity you must add the following to the above information:
* This is the park reference you are working.
* QSO Date, Band, Mode, Time are equally important. RST reports are usually ignored by the
WWFF logsearch upload.