Saturday, 10 January 2015

SOTA VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie

With the threat of rain decided to activate a local city summit, Mt Ainslie, so could make a run for it if the weather turned bad...

As per other activations here parked off Mt Ainslie Drive around the bend from the top.

Walked up along the side of the road to the top. About 600 m with a 60 m climb

View out over North Canberra. A bit cloudy and misty but not raining

Set up at the usual place at the top, a locked round metal thing.

Set up the shack at the base on the concrete slab. Dipoles for 20/40 m and 6/10 m tied up to nearby trees.

Got on 40 m. Worked Andrew VK1NAM first with a S2S on nearby Mt Stromlo, VK1/AC-043. Conditions were poor, struggled to work an S2S with Andrew VK3ARR/p on VK3/VN-023. Most of the VK3 chasers were quite low and had problems copying me. An S2S with Andrew VK1MBE/2 on nearby VK2/ST-036 Spring Hill.

Tried 6 m, VK2MBE/2 was my only contact on this band.

Went to 10 m. Worked a local, Matt VK1MT, then tried calling a CQ call from AE7KI, Gerry in Washington State. He was a good signal, but he was running 500 w! I actually knew him from before , he was previously VK2APG at Kiama and Robertson.

Switched to 20 m. Worked VK6MB, VK4JD, VK2HAS very close by in Campbelltown Sydney, VK5EE, VK5WG, VK1EM and VK1NAM/p again in the new UTC day. Went on to work VK2IO and VK1MA. After waiting for the band to improve made a very weak S2S contact with VK4BZ/p John on VK4/SE-005 Mt Bethongabel

Returned to 10 m. Worked VK4JD, VK4OH, VK1MA and a quick 2 m contact on the HT with VK1MBE/2 for a post UTC S2S. Back on 10 m called Ross VK4CQ for a chat who I have known for many years, as usual he was a strong S9+...

Packed up and headed home for lunch.

Track log of walk

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