Sunday, 19 May 2013

SOTA Activation Mt Tuggeranong 855m

Mt Tuggeranong, VK1/AC-038 is located near the South Canberra suburb of Theodore. Parked off a side road in Callister Cres for the walk up. From here a bit over a Km to the summit.

As you can see from the sign it is known as Tuggeranong Hill, anyway hill or mountain it is still a SOTA peak...

There is a track heading up, not the road but the track above this.

Climbs up reasonably steeply to a small hill, then steeply up to the main hill.

After about a 20 minute walk reached the top. Heaps of antennas up here, although thankfully did not seem to affect 2m or 40m.

Usual squarish trig point on top. Mt Rob Roy and Mt Tennent in the background.

A good view to the North over Canberra.

Set up the squid pole on the trig and strung out the 40m dipole. One leg just made it to a nearby tree, the other tied to a rock.

Set up the FT817 on a large rock near the base of the trig.

Got on 40m at 9:30am. Conditions were bedlam! Several activations happening at once so heaps of chasers and activators all trying to work before the end of the UTC day. Worked S2S with VK3KAN/p, VK3MRG/p, VK1RX/p, VK3KAB/p with VK3YY/p on Mt Stirling, VK5PAS/p. Worked a few stations on 2m FM but most were probably on 40m chasing activators. Did manage a 2m S2S with Al, VK1RX on VK1/AC-019 on the far southern border of the ACT. He was a weak S1 on the hand held, when I heard he was on a horizontal antenna turned the radio on its side and he came up to a clear S3!

Quite a few non SOTA portable stations about too, Ed VK2JI and Rod VK2LAX portable on Mt White. Also worked a station portable VK2 out near Cobar. All up 39 contacts before and after UTC. Headed back down around noon, taking about 20 minutes and headed home for lunch.

GPS Track log of the walk. About a 150m climb.


  1. Hi Ian,
    Great to have worked s2s with you. I've not had too many, just a handful, so they are always a great buzz.
    Congratulations on another activation.
    Best 73,

  2. Yes thanks for the s2s Paul, always nice to catch up with another activator out in the wild. 73 Ian VK1DI