ANZAC weekend stormy EU chase – VK2/CT-012 and VKFF-598

SOTA VK2/CT-012 and WWFF Marrangaroo NP VKFF-598, 25-26 Apr 2015

On Saturday 25th I arrived on the summit VK2/CT-012 near Lithgow via a hailstorm and lightning, the same one that had just passed where Nick VK2AOH was on Mt Macquarie VK2/CT-011 and had affected Andrew VK1DA before that on Mt Ainslie VK1/AC-040. After scoping out the summit I ended up setting up on the western edge of the activation zone in a clearing down a little valley rather than the more exposed tableland at the top (where I activated last year). This was successful as there were no nearby lightning strikes! Through the activation I did get a lot of practice at setting up the portable station and then retreating to the safety of the car as the storm cells moved through. There was no time and it was too wet and cold to set up a tent to operate from.

AZ and operating location at VK2/CT-012

AZ and operating location at VK2/CT-012

The QRN was horrendous but I still managed to work quite a few Europeans on 20m CW including S2S with Les GW0NMD at Moel Gyw GW/NW-053 and Ignacio EA2BD at EA2/NV-119. Called Mike 2E0YYY and Herbert HB0/OE9HRV too but got no response. I was actually on the wrong side of the hill for long path, but there was no other option without getting fried or a vehicle stuck in mud.

Antenna and shack on VK2/CT-012

Antenna and shack on VK2/CT-012

At 4am I woke up to work Robin 9H4RH on Gozo 9H/GO-001, but only from the car as it was raining again. After 30 mins it stopped raining and I set up outside for more short path contacts but the band had closed so I packed up at 5am with nothing new in the log. Note to self: 3am would have been a better starting time for short path.

Sunday 26th
After a late breakfast I started operating portable again at 9am and worked 40m CW and SSB through until 10:45am. Finally it was dry and it remained that way for the rest of Sunday.

My overnight stay had netted a total of 50 SOTA contacts with 12 S2S plus a handful of mobile contacts. in addition, it was good having the VInANZAC stations to chase as well.

Mt Walker
Mt Walker VK2/CT-019 was on my radar for Sunday but the summit was unreachable due to the state of the Coxs River. Part of the AZ is within the Marrangaroo NP VKFF-598 so as I was already there I turned it into a VKFF activation (my first) with twentyfour 40m SSB and thirty 20m SSB contacts. Operating was done from my car using my mobile rig which puts out 100W – a lot more than the portable rig for SOTA. I used the ZS6BKW antenna on the 8m squid pole lashed to the back of the car. It was a lot of fun working the EU pileup.

Park entry to VKFF-598

Park entry to VKFF-598

Antenna set up for the activation on the car

Antenna set up for the activation on the car

Great to see so many activators out in spite of the weather.
Thanks to all that got involved with the ANZAC EU chase – activators and chasers!

SOTA Log

Date:25/Apr/2015 Summit:VK2/CT-012 (VK2/CT-012) Call Used:AX2IO/P Points: 6 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
06:14z GW0NMD/P 14MHz CW R229 S329 14062 Les GW/NW-053
06:24z EA2IF 14MHz CW R599 S549 14065
06:28z EA2BD/P 14MHz CW R559 S429 14065 Ignacio EA2/NV-119
06:31z OK1ZE 14MHz CW R559 S429 14065
06:33z DL3HXX 14MHz CW R539 S429 14065
06:36z VK5AV 14MHz CW R579 S589 14065 Tim
06:38z OH9XX 14MHz CW R559 S559 14065
06:39z VK5IS 14MHz CW R579 S559 14065 Ian
06:41z OK1KT 14MHz CW R539 S539 14065
06:43z AC1Z 14MHz CW R449 S559 14065
06:47z VK5CZ 14MHz CW R579 S599 14065 Ian
06:54z KA1R 14MHz CW R599 S599 14065
06:59z HB9CAT 14MHz CW R549 S579 14065
07:02z VI6ANZAC 14MHz SSB R51 S55 14290 John VK6/SW-039
07:37z VK3JBL/P 7MHz SSB R49 S45 7090 Andrew VK3/VC-016
07:42z AX2IB/3 7MHz SSB R59 S57 7080 Bernard VK3/VE-165
07:47z AX3HRA/P 7MHz SSB R58 S57 7085 Allen VK3/VC-024
23:03z VK5IS 7MHz CW R579 S579 7032 Ian
23:04z AX3PF 7MHz CW R559 S579 7032 Peter
23:06z VK3DBP 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 Paul
23:08z AX2CCJ 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 Cliff
23:09z AX2GAZ 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 Garry
23:11z VK2YW 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 John
23:13z AX2CCW 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 Michael
23:18z VK3BYD 7MHz CW R579 S559 7032 Warren
23:20z VK3CAT 7MHz CW R579 S589 7032 Tony
23:26z VI2ANZAC 7MHz SSB R59 S59+20 7095 Hil
23:31z AX2JF 7MHz SSB R59 S59+20 John in Erina
23:37z VK5EE 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7105 Tom
23:38z AX2GAZ 7MHz SSB R59 S59+10 7105 Garry
23:42z AX2SS 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7105 Chuck in Peakhurst
23:46z AX2JCC 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7105 Colin in Pennant Hills
23:49z VK4TW/2 7MHz SSB R59 S57 7105 Rob
23:51z VK3OF 7MHz SSB R57 S59 7105 Rex in Swan Hill
23:52z VK2NZL/M 7MHz SSB R56 S59 7105 Ron
23:53z VK3DET 7MHz SSB R57 S59 7105 Ernie
23:54z VK2FISN 7MHz SSB R58 S59 7105 Steve
23:55z VK3FDAP/P 7MHz SSB R52 S57 7105 Darrin
23:56z VK3AGD 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7105 Adam in Melbourne
23:57z VK2UH 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7105 Andrew
23:58z VK5BJE 7MHz SSB R53 S56 7105 John
23:58z VK3HRA 7MHz SSB R55 S57 7105 Allen
23:59z VK5WG 7MHz SSB R56 S58 7105 Nev

Date:26/Apr/2015 Summit:VK2/CT-012 (VK2/CT-012) Call Used:AX2IO/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:00z VK5CZ 7MHz SSB R59 S57 7100 Ian VK5/SE-010
00:03z VK1DI/P 7MHz SSB R58 S58 7080 Ian VK1/AC-043
00:06z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7085 Andrew VK2/ST-051
00:19z AX3VTH/P 7MHz SSB R57 S59 7105 Tony VKFF-762
00:25z VK5CZ 14MHz CW R579 S549 14063.5 Ian VK5/SE-010
00:37z VK1MBE/2 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7100 Andrew VK2/ST-051
00:46z VK1RX/2 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7100 Al VK2/ST-051

Marrangaroo National Park Log

Station Callsign Callsign RST rcvd RST sent Freq Mode QSO date QSO start time Name QTH My Ref QSO Awards
AX2IO/P VK5FANA/P 59 57 7144 SSB 26/04/2015 04:48:00 Adrian VKFF-598 WFF@VKFF-819
AX2IO/P AX3PF/P 59 58 7115 SSB 26/04/2015 05:05:00 Peter VKFF-598 WFF@VKFF-480
AX2IO/P VK2YK/P 59+20 59 7105 SSB 26/04/2015 05:07:00 Adam Gardiner Ellenbrook VKFF-598
AX2IO/P AX3FVAA 47 47 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:18:00 Keith VKFF-598
AX2IO/P AX2FAJW 59+20 57 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:22:00 Angus Emu Plains VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK2LC 59 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:32:00 Jim Pennant Hills VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK3FQSO 59 57 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:43:00 Amanda VKFF-598
AX2IO/P AX3ANL 59 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:44:00 Nick VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK3ATC 59+30 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:46:00 Peter Wolf East Ivanhoe; Victoria VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK3DBP 59 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:52:00 Paul Butler Brighton; Vic 3186 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK3DAC 59 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:54:00 Fred Swainston Templestowe; Vic 3106 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK5WG 57 57 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:55:00 Nev Crystal Brook; Sa 5523 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK5FMID 59 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:57:00 Brian VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK2FCJZ 59 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 05:58:00 Ray VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK5IS 59 57 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:01:00 Ian Sutcliffe Via Crystal Brook; Sa 5523 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P AX2LEE 59 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:02:00 Lee Noonan Scone Nsw 2337 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK4GSF 59 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:09:00 George Toowoomba Qld. VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK7VEK 57 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:12:00 Kevin Wynyard VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK2EBN 59+10 59 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:15:00 Brian New Lambton; Nsw 2305 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK3ZZS/4 55 56 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:18:00 Colin Esk VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK2BJK 59 58 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:20:00 Kevin Belrose VKFF-598
AX2IO/P AX7ZGK 58 57 7050 SSB 26/04/2015 06:24:00 Graham Hobart VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VI4ANZAC 57 57 7095 SSB 26/04/2015 06:32:00 Brandon 100km W of Gladstone VKFF-598
AX2IO/P DK4RM 57 53 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:41:00 Xaver Meyer 95695 Maehring VKFF-598
AX2IO/P S58AL 58 54 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:42:00 Albert Javernik 2000 Maribor VKFF-598
AX2IO/P S52KM 59 55 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:45:00 Hinko Javernik Si-2310 Slov. Bistrica VKFF-598
AX2IO/P ON5SWA 55 51 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:45:00 François Gorremans Zandhoven VKFF-598
AX2IO/P M6KVT/M 55 41 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:48:00 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P DL5EBG 55 55 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:48:00 Walter Birkholz 47533 Kleve VKFF-598
AX2IO/P HA8TI 55 55 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:49:00 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P ON6PV 57 55 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:49:00 Wim VKFF-598
AX2IO/P HA0LG 55 43 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:52:00 Antal Racz (Tony) H-4183. Kaba VKFF-598
AX2IO/P F2YT 59 57 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:53:00 Paul Herbet Aubigny En Artois VKFF-598
AX2IO/P UT5PI 55 43 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:53:00 Valerij Valentinovich . Ageenko Zaporozhe VKFF-598
AX2IO/P IZ7MFY 57 43 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:54:00 Michele Tricarico Giovinazzo VKFF-598
AX2IO/P OK7WA 55 42 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:55:00 Frantisek Hlozek Halenkovice VKFF-598
AX2IO/P RA3PCI 55 43 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:55:00 Sergey Ivanovich Alexanin Uzlovaya VKFF-598
AX2IO/P SP6KEP 55 43 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:56:00 Mario Opole VKFF-598
AX2IO/P UR4TT 55 32 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:58:00 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P ON5JE 57 57 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 06:59:00 Willy Broucke B-9160 Lokeren VKFF-598
AX2IO/P DF1YQ 57 55 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:00:00 Gerd Senftleben Schulzendorf VKFF-598
AX2IO/P ON4VT 55 56 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:01:00 Danny Van Tricht Hulshout Belgium B-2235 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P IK1GPG 57 57 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:02:00 Massimo Balsamo Mondovi’ VKFF-598
AX2IO/P ON7AB 57 56 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:03:00 Wim Janssens 9520 Sint- Lievens – Houtem; Ov VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VE7CV 57 57 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:03:00 Peter Pel Kamloops VKFF-598
AX2IO/P I5FLN 55 56 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:04:00 Luciano Fusari Firenze VKFF-598
AX2IO/P EA1AJV 57 56 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:05:00 ENRIQUE GIL PIÑEIRO VIGO – PONTEVEDRA VKFF-598
AX2IO/P G0RQL 55 52 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:06:00 Don Roomes Milton Damerel. Holsworthy.devon. VKFF-598
AX2IO/P IZ5YHD 52 53 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:07:00 Franco T. Piombino(Livorno) VKFF-598
AX2IO/P OH6RP 55 53 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:08:00 Risto Pellinen Pietarsaari VKFF-598
AX2IO/P DL2ND 55 53 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:08:00 Uwe Czaika St. Egidien VKFF-598
AX2IO/P EA3MP 57 53 14337 SSB 26/04/2015 07:10:00 VKFF-598
AX2IO/P VK2UH 59+20 59 7085 SSB 26/04/2015 07:14:00 Andrew Cundletown; Nsw 2430 VKFF-598