Monday, 14 March 2016

SOTA Mt Coree VK1/AC-023

With a nice sunny Canberra day holiday Monday decided to activate another local summit, Mt Coree, VK1/AC-023. Drive up fairly uneventful, dry and dusty so no problems with muddy roads.

As per other activations parked 3 bends down from the top and walked up the rest of the way to avoid the final rough bit of the track onto the summit. Set up the squid pole on the trig.

Another view of the squid pole on the trig

The sky was clear out to the South West, but a bit murky over Canberra to the East and South.

Looking to the North West

Shack on the tarp at the base of the trig. Note the trig is at the junction of 3 parks, chose to operate inside Brindabella National Park on the Western side

Got on 40 m, managed a S2S first with Bob VK5FO/P on VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty. Then worked Allen VK3ARH/p on VK3/VC-019 Mt Warrenheip.

Didn't seem to be getting much power out, found one of the dipole links not connected for 40 m. After fixing this called CQ. Quite a few of the regular chasers from VK1, VK2, VK3 and VK5. Lots of QSB, and some QRN from storm static crashes. Had Rick VK4RF/VK4HA call me a few times and dropped out, finally got back to him.

After 15 contacts chasers stopped calling. Had a tune across 20 m, it sounded dead...did't try calling there. Headed back down and home.

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