Saturday, 26 October 2013

SOTA Activation VK1/AC-019

SOTA summit VK1/AC-019 is an unnamed summit on the Boboyan Divide, and is the most Southern SOTA peak in the ACT. Drove down through the ACT on the Boboyan Road to the ACT/NSW border.

Just after the border there was a spot to park on the right. Here is the border from the NSW side, where you enter Namadgi National Park.

There is a fire trail on the side here, with a locked gate, but able to get through on foot.

The fire trail climbs steadily up to Burnt Hill. Just before the top was an interesting sign telling the history of surveying the ACT border.

Some views of my destination, VK1/AC-019 on the right, with VK1/AC-014, Mt Clear on the left.

After Burnt Hill the fire trail headed down, and was joined by another fire trail on the NSW side.

The track then climbed upwards, steep in places. After a 6 Km walk reached the SOTA summit. Simply a high point on the fire trail, no trig or cairn.

Used a large fence post to support the squid pole, and strung the 40m and 20m dipoles out along the fence, using posts and tree branches for support.

Got on air on 40m and immediately worked Al, VK1RX/2 on Mt Palerang, VK2/ST-009. Then usual chasers, mainly VK1's,VK2's and VK3s. Another S2S with VK2FAJG/P on Mt Kosziusko, VK2/SM-001, Austrailia's highest mountain at 2229m. Pleased to work this summit. Worked Nick VK3ANL/P on VK3/VC-019 and finally Rod, VK2TWR doing his 1st activation on VK2/SM-068, The Peak. I had to wait while he swapped batteries but got a contact made later. Tried 20m but there was a contest on, drowned out by high power contest stations. 22 contacts all up.

Packed up and walked back. Took about an hour and a half to walk there, about an hour and a quarter to get back to the car.

Profile of walk. Climbed about 300m.

Track log of walk

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