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.
With the temperature forecast for today in the low 30s I decided to catch up again on some overdue VKFF and SOTA blog posts.
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The SOTA program awards activator points only once per calendar year for each summit. The calendar year starts at 0000 UTC which in Victoria is 11:00 am on New year’s Day. This allows activators easy access to double points for one hill climb.
I decided I would again try to activate Mt Vinegar, after my blocked attempt in November 2016 due to a fallen tree. This time however there was a locked gate blocking Road 8, the easy path to Mt Vinegar.
Locked gate on Road 8
Being keen to get the 12 points on offer, and not wanting to miss out on the activation again, I parked the car at the bottom of the hill and hiked 5km up to the top. The track up has a constant slope and rises nearly 550 metres over 5 km.
Mt Vinegar Rd cnr Acheron Way
Today was quite warm and it was a tough climb up. Once on the summit I strung my linked dipole in a gum tree and started calling on 7.090 MHz. I made 24 QSOs with 11 S2S QSOs before the UTC change and 20 QSOs with 13 S2S QSOs after the change.
Linked dipole in gum tree
This summit is also part of the Yarra Ranges National Park and I made 3 Park to Park QSOs. My radio was FT817ND and I logged with VK port-a-log.
Recovering forest after fires in 2009
Tall old tree
On the walk down to the car I saw what were probably two red bellied black snakes.
While it was a tough climb up from the Acheron Way is was still a pleasant day out.
After my unsuccessful activation of Mt Ritchie earlier in the month today I went back out and climbed Mt Ritchie again. This time I remembered my radio and the activation was a success. I made 10 QSOs on 40m and two on 20m. All contacts were also made from the Yarra Ranges National Park to assist chasers for VKFF, KRMNPA or WWFF awards.
The equipment was FT817ND and link dipole strung in a gum tree. Logging was via VK port-a-log.
Fire damaged trees – Black Saturday 2009
Continuing to activate parks during the KRMNPA activation weekend I stopped by Morwell National Park on my way home from Errinundra National Park and Snowy River National Park.
Here I made 14 quick QSOs, including 4 Park to Park contacts and a chance face to face meeting with Tim VK3MTB.
Even though I have activated this park 3 times now I still don’t have 44 QSOs to qualify for WWFF award. I’ll try and get back here before the end of the year.