After a dull cloudy morning the weather improved into a nice sunny afternoon, so headed out to activate a local SOTA peak, Black Mountain VK1/AC-042.
As per other activations parked in the lower car park and walked up to the tower and summit.
Wanted to to ensure properly activating Black Mountain Nature Reserve, VKFF-0834 for the WWFF award. The park map from the ACT Government TAMS website seems to indicate Black Mountain Road and the tower car park are not within the park.
The summit distance marker where I usually operate, probably inside the park, however continued on .
At the top of the rise the actual summit, only a marker in the ground, not a proper trig
Just on the Northern side of the car park within the activation zone was a track with the remnants of a gate and gate posts. Probably left over from a time when Black Mountain was farmland. Used one of the gate posts as a support for the squid pole
Looking back up the track towards the tower car park.
Shack on the tarp at the base of the gate post. Telstra tower visible behind. No problem getting a mobile Telstra signal here :)
Got on 40 m. A few birdies in places but otherwise not much interference from the tower. Worked the usual chasers in VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 and VK7, most good signals but lots of QSB.
A couple of S2S contacts, Julie VK3FOWL/P on VK3/VC-018 Mt Buninyong and Gerard VK2IO/P on VK2/SY-002 Riley's Mountain. Gerard had been operating on 10 m, I had a brief listen but as expected nothing, too close for skip and no sporadic e about.
Tried 20 m, however no luck, band didn't sound that good with only a few ZLs on.
Starting to get warm in the sun, so packed up after 19 contacts and headed home.