Wednesday, 27 September 2017

SOTA Mt Tomah VK2/CT-043

After activating Mount Banks VK2/CT-032 continued along Bells Line of Road to Mt Tomah. Turned off onto Rainbow Ravine Rd and Charleys Rd, reaching the summit, a communications tower.

From reading other activators logs I didn't even try setting up here, there is apparently heavy QRM from the tower... just wanted to take a look.

Drove back to the picnic area at the junction of Bells Line of Road and Rainbow Ravine Road. Gerard VK2IO had operated here in his blog. This is still within the summit activation zone. I set up in the same spot and has S8 of noise all over 40 m :(

Packed up and drove a bit up Rainbow Ravine Rd. Just down from the rural fire station hall found a patch of scrub with a sapling suitable for squid pole support. The fire station hall can be seen. Apparently the hall is also another noisy site... Was still in the activation zone here.

Looking back down the hill.

SOTA shack on the tarp. Quite pleasant in the semi shade.

Got on 40 m. Still about an S1 of noise but considerably easier listening to the picnic ground nearby.

Worked the following stations. VK3PF Peter, VK2WRL/p Ben, VK3IQ , VK2IO Gerard.

Got called by VK3MCD/p Brian on VK3/VE-105 Mt Big Ben for a S2S.

Packed up and headed back to Katoomba.

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