Sunday, 22 February 2015

SOTA VK2/SM-052 Bald Mountain

After activating VK2/SM-059 Big Badja Hill drove back down Badja Fire Trail to Badja Road, then drove on for a few Km until coming to Slap Up Fire Trail on the right

Drove along Slap Up Fire Trail to the summit. Unsealed and steep in places but should be okay for 2WD vehicles, easy compared to Badja Fire Trail. Reached the gate to the short road to the summit on the left.

For SOTA 25 m rule drove a bit further down the road and parked on the side. Quite a large flat activation zone so had to go a few hundred metres along the road. Walked back and to the summit site.

A communications tower with the trig behind it. Set up the squid pole on the trig. No problems with interference from the radio tower nearby.

Shack on the tarp at the base of the trig. Not the most comfortable operating spot, ground rocky. At least it was in the shade...

Got on 40 m. Usual chasers from VK1, VK2 and VK3 with good strong signals. Got called by Andrew VK1NAM/2 on VK2/HU-093, Mt Elliot, on the way home from the Wyong Field Day. Also worked Andrew VK1DA/2 and Paul VK1ATP/2 with him.

After 40 m dried up went to 20 m. Only 1 contact, Nev VK5WG, no one else.
Packed up and headed home.

Note this summit is in Gourock National Park, for WWFF award purposes it is VKFF-212

Track log of drive/walk.

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