Friday, 27 December 2013

SOTA Activation Boyne Mountain, VK2/SC-050

After activating Mogood Lookout continued along Clyde Ridge Rd. This crosses the Clyde River, then turned off onto Carrisbrook Rd, Brooman Rd, turned right into Monkey Mountain Road.

A short distance past this junction was Old Coach Road. I actually initially missed this as it looked like just the entrance to a property...

Old Coach Road was narrow but not too rough, not requiring 4WD. Quite a pretty road with Tree Ferns

Got to the turnoff to the summit. Looked like more of a 4WD track. Parked and started walking.

Fairly steep with a few puddles

About a Km to the summit, took about 10 minutes or so. Reached the top, several communications towers, probably TV and mobile for the Ulladulla area.

Just behind the towers was Boyne Trig. This one still had the disk head...

Boyne Trig

Set up the squid pole on the trig. This posed a bit awkward due to its shape, eventually got the dipoles up...A noisy position with air conditioning noises from the nearby radio rooms.

Looking West

Set up the radio at the base of the trig. In full sunlight, so used my pack to protect the radio.

Got on 40m. Fairly quiet at this time of day, about 2pm. Worked a few chasers, made a S2S with Marshall. VK3MRG on VK3/VE-134 Mt Terrible Spur. After 12 contacts was well cooked so packed up.

Heading back down Old Coach Road

Drove down Monkey Mountain Road, this joins the Princes Hwy, then headed back to Batemans Bay and the Kings Hwy to Canberra. Track log of the drive.

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