Thursday, 3 September 2015

SOTA Flagstaff Mountain VK2/NW-097

Flagstaff Mountain overlooks Tamworth and is a reasonably easy 2 Km walk. After stopping overnight in Tamworth drove to the start of the walk at the end of Endeavor Drive.

After walking along the road took a track on the right up to a saddle, then along the ridge to Flagstaff Mountain. A trig here, also a new addition since doing this walk last October, a communications tower...

Close to the tower was another new addition, a seat! No sitting on the ground like last time :)

The railing provided a good squid pole support. Got on the air on 40m in no time.

Had just missed an S2S with Al VK1RX/3, however plenty of chasers, mainly VK2s and VK4s with good signals. A couple of VK3s made the distance, VK3PF and VK3LED. VK5EE Tom the only VK5 I worked.

Made the mistake of getting on before UTC changeover...Got mobbed again after 0000z...

The weather, which was nice and sunny earlier started to cloud over so packed up after 17 contacts and headed back to the car. Drove on to Gunnedah. On the way it bucketed down with rain, had planned to try Mt Kaputar near Narrabri, gave it away and headed for Coonabarabran instead for the night. Was too wet to do any of the Warrumbungle summits.

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