Saturday, 7 March 2015

SOTA VK2/SM-065 Box Ridge

After my failed attempt on VK2/SM-021 Mt Hudson, drove to Jindabyne then on to VK2/SM-065 Box Ridge.

As per last activation parked at the junction of Paupong Trail and Thornybush Trail and walked into the activation zone.

My last activation I used a Telstra cable warning sign on the side of the road for squid pole support, okay, but not the most comfortable place to operate...This time wandered off the road and found a suitable log to sit on, with a stump nearby for squid pole support.

Looking the other direction

Radio on the log, made a nice seat...

Got on 40 m. Started with an S2S with VK2BJP Russ on VK3/VG-057, then VK2IB Bernard on VK2/SW-021. Then usual crowd of chasers...most good strong signals. After a while got called by Allen VK3HRA on VK3/VE-044. He had a few companions, a rare SSB contact with Wayne VK3WAM and Warren VK3BYD. They were doing a multiple summit camping trip in the Victorian high country.

Got an SMS from Andrew, VK1NAM/2, who was planning some EU SOTA chasing on VK2/SM-053 nearby, and invited me to join him. Packed up and headed for Jindabyne then on to this summit.

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