Sunday, 5 April 2015

SOTA VK2/ST-053 Mt Mundoonen

Decided to do a loop drive out to Yass, activating VK2/ST-053 Mt Mundoonen in the morning, have lunch at Yass, then South West of Yass to activate VK2/ST-017 Mt Wee Jasper before heading home to North Canberra.

As per my previous activation of Mt Mundoonen parked on the side of the old Hume Highway and walked up the highway trail to the summit.

Around 15 minutes later reached the trig at the summit.

Used the trig to support the 7 m squid pole, and ran out both 20/40 m and 6/10 m linked dipoles.

Set up the SOTA shack on the concrete base of the trig, sitting on my mouse mat for some comfort.

After some fiddling about with my watch (daylight saving had just ended) got on 40 m on 7.090 Mhz. Started by working Andrew VK1NAM, then we both saw a new spot for Kevin VK3KAB/P on 7.095 Mhz on VK3/VE-024, so quickly worked Kevin for an S2S contact before starting a pile up on 7.090...

Usual chasers, some out portable on the Easter long weekend. Signals fairly strong, band in good shape. Several called me for a 2nd contact after UTC rollover at 10 am.

Made one 2 m contact on the hand held to Peter VK2FPMC in Yass, 10 km away.

Tried 20 m. Worked Nev VK5WG, who I could barely copy on 40 m with a good S8 signal, 20 m does seem to work better over the 1000 km path. Worked Tome VK5EE and Paul VK5PAS both with great S9+ signals. A weak contact with Andrew VK1NAM, and a fair contact with Anthony VK6MAC. Worked David VK4DD with a good S8 signal.

Just about to pack up, heard Marc VK3OHM/P doing a WWFF Parks activation of French Island National Park, VKFF-622. As a rarely activated park hastily switched back to 40 m to work him.

Packed up and drove to Yass to have lunch at a cafe in the main street, before heading off to Mt Wee Jasper.  

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