Three SOTA summit day with Glenn VK3YY


Operating position at Mt Hyde

Today I met up with Glenn VK3YY and we headed to three SOTA summits out in the Yarra Ranges.

The first summit for the day was VK3/VC-008, Hyde Hill.
We climbed up the edge of the previously logged area and set up two stations. Glenn set up an end fed antenna and worked 20m and 40m while I strung up a vertical dipole for 2m.
I qualified the summit with four QSOs and Glenn got six QSOs.

The second summit was VK3/VC-011, Britannia Range.
We parked at the base of the hill and walked up to the summit.
Glenn again set up and end feed antenna working 10m, 40m and 20m while I set up my linked dipole working six stations on 40m including a summit to summit QSO with Col VK3LED at VK3/VN-016, Mt Alexander.


Quick fix to one link on my antenna

Our third summit was Mt Bride, VK3/VC-009.
We parked on Burn Rd at the start of the narrow walking track.
Again Glenn used his end fed antenna for 10m, 20m and 40m SSB for a total of 10 QSOs.

I used my linked dipole, which needed a quick repair, and made six QSOs on 40m including summit to summit QSOs with Col VK3LED on VK3/VN-016, Mt Alexander and Graeme VK3GRK on VK3/VN-023, Mt Tarrengower.

This was a good day out with Glenn revisiting summits we had both activated before.
My station was a Yaesu FT817ND, Zippy 8.4 Ah LiFePo4 battery, 2m coaxial dipole and HF linked dipole.

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