Saturday, 1 February 2014

SOTA Reactivation Black Mountain

For the VK1 SOTA 1 year Anniversary since going live decided to activate a summit close to home, VK1/AC-042, Black Mountain. As expecting 37c in Canberra got there early at 8:30 am to beat the heat. Got to the car park just below the summit and started walking.

After a few minutes got to the top. Set up the squid pole and 20/40 m dipoles on the metal fence near the lookout, just above the tower.

Hid in the shade of the distance marker.

Got on 40 m, plenty of activity with several activations on air already.

VK2FGJW/p Greg on VK2/CT-001
VK1RX/2 Al on VK2/ST-036
VK1NAM/p Andrew on VK1/AC-041

Later on also worked VK2TWR/p Rod on VK2/SM-046.

Lots of chasers worked with some good signals from VK5 too. Spoke to Peter VK3YE on his pedestrian loop antenna. Also worked several at the M&DRC SOTA function. Made 31 contacts before packing up mid morning to escape the rising heat.

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