Saturday, 5 September 2015

SOTA Mount Macquarie VK2/CT-011

After stopping overnight in Orange left for the final summit on my trip, Mount Macquarie. From Orange drove to the turnoff to Blayney, getting on the Mid Western Highway, then turned off into the historic village of Carcoar. Followed the Mount Macquarie Road up the mountain.

The pine trees had been logged since here last October, the turnoff I took last time

At Gerard VK2IOs suggestion drove up to the top by travelling around to the Eastern side of the summit and then approaching it from the North. The road was a bit rough in places with remnants of pine trees over the road, however got up okay.

The trig was in the shade, decided a bit too cold to operate nearby like the last activation

Found a pine tree stump in the sunshine

Set up the tarp on the pine needles, quite comfy

Got on 40m. The band was quite good and worked several VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5 chasers, before and after UTC rollover, several with strong signals.

Still had a few more hours driving to go, packed up and headed home to Canberra via Cowra and Booroowa.

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