Thursday, 7 January 2016

SOTA Mount Stanley VK3/VE-126

After activating Mt Dandenong VK3/VC-025 drove North of Melbourne on the Maroondah Highway, stopping at Yea for lunch. Joined up to the Hume Highway, then turned off at Wangaratta to Beechworth. Checked into a motel and headed for the nearby town of Stanley.

Arriving in Stanley easily found Mt Stanley Rd, so followed thsi to Mt Stanley. Some signs on the way through pine forest.

The road enters Mount Stanley Nature Reserve.

The road was unsealed but easily drivable in 2WD. Reached the fire lookout tower/communication tower

As read in other activators blogs there was a table nearby, ideal for a SOTA shack.

Shack on the table

As per my Mt Alexandra activations, used a nearby rock to help align the squid pole to vertical at the end of the table

Got on 40 m. Worked Gerard VK2IO who advised me Justin VK2CU had just activated this summit a few hours ago!...went on to work the usual chasers from VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5. A lot of heavy QSB, signals fading up and down by many S points.

Tried 20 m. Worked Nev VK5WG a good S8, and Rick VK4RF/VK4HA also a good S8 signal.

Packed up and headed back to Beechworth for a good meal at a pub.

Operating position on Mt Stanley

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