Last weekend Ash VK3FASH and I provided two radio type activities for the annual Armstrong 500 competition hiking event.
The activities involved providing instruction on using the phonetic alphabet at one site, then using it to send various words related to the ‘Back to the future” theme from the second activity site.
In between visits from the Venturer Scouts I was able to work some HF, mostly on 40 m using my FT450D and a linked dipole in a tree.
Among the contacts were the following interesting stations;
- VK3EQ on VK3/VE-104
- VK1DA on VK2/ST-006
- VK3ARR on VK3/VN-016
- VK1MA on VK2/SW-026
- VK1MBR on VK2/NR-044
- VK1DA on VK2/ST-001
- VK3VTH in Terrick Terrick National Park
- VK1MA on VK2/SW-027
- VK3APW in Terrick Terrick National Park
- T32AZ in East Kiribati
- VK1NMA on VK1/AC-048
- DD5LP (ex VK2JI) on DL/AM-001 – my first DX SOTA activator
- 2E0YYY on G/SP-004 – my second DX SOTA activator
I also tried out a new canopy/tent for the back of the car. Pretty cramped without a couple of extra poles to lift the door or side up to make some more room. I’ll try it again soon.