Saturday, 29 August 2015

Mt Elliot VK2/HU-093

After activating Mt Alexandra near Mittagong drove North through Sydney, then onto the Newcastle Freeway and turned off for Mt Elliot. The temperature rose considerably as I headed North and got lower down, 10 c at Mittagong it got up to 20 c in Sydney and was a pleasant 19c on Mt Elliot.

This is a very SOTA friendly operating summit with a large open area with picnic tables in the activation zone. Picked a table with a couple of convenient trees nearby and set up the station.

SOTA shack on the table. Very comfortable

Go to 40 m. VK1, VK2, VK3 and VK4s coming in well, the QSB earlier on Mt Alexandra not so bad here. Strong signals from nearby VK2s such as Adam VK2YK in nearby Newcastle. Tried 20 m briefly, some EU DX in but no replies. Tried 30 m briefly just to make sure my antenna worked on this band, loaded up ok but no replies. Packed up. Before leaving had a look at the nearby lookout, good view over the coast.

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