Japan/North America S2S event at Mt Elliot 23-Apr-17

As a followup to the VK/NA S2S event on 13th January UTC, Kevin AC2KL proposed a simultaneous activation event for Japan and North American SOTA stations. The timing was set for Sunday morning 23rd April in Japan and Saturday night in NA. With almost two months notice operators had plenty of time to plan their activations.

Australia is in a very similar time zone to Japan so the prospect of joining in with the event and making some summit-to-summit contacts was more than enticing. It would mean an early start so I organised a stay nearby to an easy drive-up summit allowing maximum operating time.

Mt Elliot

Mt Elliot, VK2/HU-093 is the summit I activate every year for New Year and the most convenient for the event. Arriving at the summit just after dawn it was a cool, clear and sunny day. Rather than operating at the usual spot I scouted around for a better location further away from the roadside power lines. RF noise on the summit is generally pretty low, but it would be critical to minimise QRM in order to work the weaker DX stations. The actual activation zone is huge. Upon checking out the lookout platform there did not seem enough room to string the antenna, a 28m long ZS6BKW horizontal inverted-Vee. Another location was found further back where there was a table and a fence post for attaching the squid pole. This was about 20m further away from the power lines than the usual table.

Antennas

As well as the ZS6BKW I wanted to use my 20m quarter wave ground plane because of its lower angle of radiation. Using a single 9m squid pole allows both antennas to be supported. An egg insulator near the top of the squid pole with a rope through it is used to raise and lower the ground plane. The squid pole was lashed to a fence post about 4m from the table. The ground plane was set up with four elevated radials but was not exactly vertical as I only had a 2m run of coax to go from the base to the table. The ZS6BKW was set up to be broadside to NA.

170423MtElliotShack

Operating position at Mt Elliot VK2/HU-093

The station consisted of a KX3 transceiver, KL-405 linear amplifier and a two-way antennas switch. The KX3 has an in-built antenna matcher so can be used on any band. The linear would only be useable on 40m, 20m and 17m where there is a good impedance match with the antennas. Only 1-2 Watts input is needed to drive the linear to full output of 50-60 Watts. It also has a receive pre-amp that can be useful for very weak signals.

Logging

To make this activation more interesting, I decided to do my logging electronically rather than on a paper log. This would be done using VK Port-a-log on the mobile phone, an application that I use religiously for spotting but have thus far ignored the logging side. This would be the trial run for the rest of my week long activating trip.

Activating

Once the station was set up the spots on SOTAwatch were checked through looking especially for NA SOTA stations. There were no audible ones so the JA stations were investigated. First summit-to-summit contact was with Hayashi JA4RQO on 15m and reports of 519 sent and 319 received. With the antenna favouring NA there was no expectation of big signals from Japan. Next S2S was on 17m with Takeshi JS1UEH and reports of 419 sent and 339 received.

Moved up the 17m band and put out a spot and started calling CQ. Rather elated when I heard Peter WA7JTM call back from Summit Mountain W7A/CS-026 in Arizona with a 449 report and I gave him 319. The power output was only 12 Watts at this stage. That surprise call was followed up with two more NA calls – both home stations: Tom NQ7R in Arizona and Larry K0RS in Colorado. These stations were also S1 so I was amazed they could hear me.

At that point the calls dried up so I started scooting around the bands checking for other SOTA activators. I worked Toru JH0CJH on 15m with 319 sent and then Jun JI1IHV on 17m with 419 sent. Signals were certainly pretty consistent. Received reports were between S1 and S3. Then I put out a spot on 20m and started calling but there were no responses at all. I noticed that the noise level was slightly elevated on 20m compared to the higher bands so there was a chance someone heard me and called but was lost in the noise.

170423MtElliotSite

Antennas and shack at Mt Elliot VK2/HU-093

It was time to give 15m a try so I spotted there and started calling. First in the log (again) was Peter WA7JTM for another S2S on a different band. Thanks Peter! Signal reports on both bands were pretty similar. That was followed by two more S2S calls from Japan: Minoru JL1NIE and Gen JS1IFK. When the calls dried up again I started chasing.

John ZL1BYZ was easy to work for the first ZL S2S on 17m and then Katsu JP3DGT and JG1GPY. Then the first of the VK activators came on. It was Andrew VK1AD at Bobbara Mtn VK2/ST-044 about 300km away and I worked him on 40m SSB. He had actually been on the higher bands for nearly an hour but I only had a very, very weak copy on him on 17m SSB so it was not QSO quality.

It was 2330z or 9:30am local and I had 11 S2S in the log so put up a posting on the facebook SOTA group in the hope of attracting some more chasers. Before UTC rollover I chased Peter VK3PF on 40m at VK4/SE-045. At that point I remembered I had brought the linear so plugged it in to work Charlie NJ7V at Humboldt Mountain W7A/AW-040 for another Arizona S2S on 17m. Signals were hanging in there at S1. In the final minute of UTC Saturday worked Wade VK1FWBD at Mt Gibraltar VK2/IL-001 on 40m SSB.

UTC Rollover

Just after UTC rollover I worked Andrew VK1AD, Wade VK1FWBD and Peter VK3PF for second S2S contacts plus some chasers on 40m SSB. Then spotted back on 17m and worked some chasers as well as Yukio JF1NDT, then chased Steve JS6TMW on 15m for his first JA-VK S2S. Some more VK activators were on air so worked Tony VK3CAT an Allen VK3ARH at Big Hill VK3/VE-059. They were on a two day hiking tour through a few summits.

Spotted again on 15m and yielded two chasers: VK6NU and JA1VRY. The DX had dried up so it was time to get to 40m and work the locals. Spotting for CW yielded 5 chasers and a S2S from Ian VK5CZ at Tothill Range VK5/SE-010. Strangely there was an SSB station calling me on the CW frequency which turned out to be an S2S from Nick VK3ANL on Mt Torbreck VK3/VN-001. Sometimes we call using CW within the SSB passband so this was quite unusual.

CW contacts had dried up so I spotted on 40m SSB and worked 12 chasers. It was packup time and just as I started there was a spot from Warren ZL2AJ at Hikurangi ZL1/MW-105 on 20m SSB. His signal was weak so I used the linear and he was the last contact and S2S for the day.

QRT

It was certainly a very successful activation with more DX S2S than I could have dreamed of. There were 25 S2S contacts including 3 NA, 9 JA, 2 ZL and 11 VK. The best band for DX was 17m with 15m coming second. 20m was pretty useless. I did compare the 20m ground plane with the ZS6BKW and found that in some cases the ground plane yielded stronger received signals. A more useful test would have been if I had one for the 17m band so it could be worth adding links into the ground plane to make it multi-band. The logging went pretty smoothly once I became familiar with a few idiocyncracies. I found I could click on a spot and have the information appear in the logging window which saved having to type in callsigns and summit references. All 55 contacts were successfully recorded and only minor editing was needed after the event. This would bode well for the rest of the trip. Time on summit was just under 5 hours.

Thank you to all the other activators, the chasers and Kevin AC2KL for initiating the event. I hope to participate in another one just like it!

Log

Time Call Frequency Mode Summit
2124 JA4RQO/4 21.063MHz CW JA/SN-077
2129 JS1UEH/1 18.091MHz CW JA/TG-107
2139 WA7JTM 18.093MHz CW W7A/CS-026
2141 NQ7R 18.093MHz CW
2142 K0RS 18.093MHz CW
2151 JH0CJH/2 21.065MHz CW JA/SO-061
2202 JI1IHV/1 18.075MHz CW JA/KN-006
2220 WA7JTM 21.061MHz CW W7A/CS-026
2225 JL1NIE/1 21.061MHz CW JA/YN-032
2230 JS1IFK 21.061MHz CW
2240 ZL1BYZ 18.0925MHz CW ZL1/WK-086
2242 JP3DGT/3 18.080MHz CW JA/HG-068
2258 JG1GPY/1 18.0817MHz CW JA/YN-043
2304 VK1AD/2 7.085MHz SSB VK2/ST-044
2308 VK2YW 7.085MHz SSB
2317 JF1IRW 18.094MHz CW
2318 KG6DX 18.094MHz CW
2320 JA1VRY 18.094MHz CW
2340 VK3PF/4 7.085MHz SSB VK4/SE-045
2358 NJ7V 18.0875MHz CW W7A/AW-040
2359 VK1FWBD/P 7.090MHz SSB VK2/IL-001
0003 VK1AD/2 7.080MHz SSB VK2/ST-044
0005 VK1FWBD/P 7.090MHz SSB VK2/IL-001
0011 VK3PF/4 7.085MHz SSB VK4/SE-045
0013 VK2YW 7.100MHz SSB
0013 VK3SQ 7.100MHz SSB
0013 VK3MCD 7.100MHz SSB
0017 VK2JDR 18.093MHz CW
0024 JA1VVH 18.093MHz CW
0029 JF1NDT/1 18.093MHz CW JA/YN-032
0034 JS6TMW/6 21.062MHz CW JA6/ON-041
0046 VK3CAT/P 7.032MHz CW VK3/VE-059
0048 VK3ARH/P 7.032MHz CW VK3/VE-059
0053 JA1VRY 21.061MHz CW
0103 VK6NU 21.061MHz CW
0108 VK7CW 7.032MHz CW
0109 VK4RF 7.032MHz CW
0112 VK4TJ 7.032MHz CW
0114 VK2MWP 7.032MHz CW
0115 VK2NP 7.032MHz CW
0117 VK5CZ 7.032MHz CW VK5/SE-010
0121 VK3ANL/P 7.032MHz SSB VK3/VN-001
0124 VK1MA 7.095MHz SSB
0125 VK4RF 7.095MHz SSB
0125 VK4HA 7.095MHz SSB
0127 VK1FWBD/P 7.095MHz SSB VK2/IL-005
0128 VK5BJE/3 7.095MHz SSB
0129 VK2NP 7.095MHz SSB
0130 VK1AT/3 7.095MHz SSB
0134 VK3ZPF 7.095MHz SSB
0136 VK3TUN/P 7.095MHz SSB
0136 VK1DW 7.095MHz SSB
0137 VK2LX 7.095MHz SSB
0138 VK7VZ 7.095MHz SSB
0143 ZL2AJ 14.295MHz SSB ZL1/MW-105
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Combined Marramarra NP and Canoelands SOTA Activation 26 Sep 2015

Canoelands VK2/SY-001 is a SOTA summit I’ve activated a couple of times, once in 2014 and earlier in 2015. It is my nearest summit though not exactly local. Turns out that while the summit is not actually in Marramarra National Park VKFF-0307, there are three regions within the activation zone that are. The map below shows the regions. The green line identifies the boundaries of the National Park (more-or-less). The non-bluish area containing the yellow VK2/SY-001 pin is the activation zone. The bluish areas are too low to be in the activation zone.

Canoelands activation zone showing Marramarra NP regions

Canoelands VK2/SY-001 SOTA activation zone showing three regions in Marramarra National Park VKFF-0307

Region 1 (-33.505524,151.056584) runs along Canoelands Rd and a thin strip of land is in the park and AZ. A powerline runs almost overhead and parallel with the road making it unwise to activate.

Region 2 (-33.497161,151.067346) lies northwest of the property containing the summit. Extra high tension lines run through the northwest side of the property adjacent to the park. There are no apparent clearings and a moderately steep gradient.

Region 3 (-33.510496,151.055315) has some tracks running through it and is reasonably flat. It is away from power lines. There is access via the Colo Spur Trail off Marra Avenue.

My goal was to activate the park and the summit. Of the 3 options, region 3 seemed the most attractive so this is the one I chose. Driving to the summit I made a right turn onto Marra Avenue rather than continue on to my usual spot a couple of hundred metres from the peak. An out of site car park was found at (-33.51044, 151.05754) by turning right down a track just before the gate to the property bordering the park. From there it is a short walk through the bush to reach the operating zone. I set up on the Colo Spur Trail within 100m of a house at a T-intersection of two trails. A short tree provided support for the squid pole and the antenna wire was run up and down the track roughly NW-SE. There was a slight drizzle and a forecast for showers.

Shack and antenna sited along the Colo Spur Trail

Shack and antenna sited along the Colo Spur Trail

It was 9:30am (2330z) when I made my first contact, pretty much on schedule. Before UTC rollover I made 7 CW contacts on 40m as well as 4 summit-to-summit contacts on various modes and bands. This included one with John VK6NU at Mt Dale VK6/SW-036 on 20m SSB who must have had an early start.

After rollover I worked John again and then a stream of summits. The third contact was with Andrew VK1NAM at Mt Gingera VK1/AC-002 chasing his Mountain Goat status. I’d counted Andrew’s contacts on 40m with me being the second and congratulated him in advance. Turned out that he had already achieved goat status during an unspotted activation on 2m in a contact with Andrew VK1DA. I was then able to congratulate Andrew as a real goat and then work Al VK1RX who was co-activating.

After the stream of S2S contacts, I returned to 40m CW to see if there were any remaining chasers. There were only two, and after a couple more S2S I did a run on 40m SSB notching up 17 contacts in 40 minutes. From then on I did a lot of chasing of S2Ss when not activating another band. I was staying all day on the summit so there was plenty of time to explore. I did 20m CW, 15m CW and 30m CW and worked John VK6NU on each band. 30m SSB was also worked. Attempts on 17m CW and 20m SSB met with no callers.

At around 0400z the QRM suddenly came up, a continuous electrical noise across all bands disrupting the relative calm that I’d enjoyed up ’til then. I put up with it for an hour before deciding that it would hamper chances of working summits in Europe. The noise seemed to be coming from the workshop about 50m away so I knew I had to move. I left the gear and took a walk along the trail to scope out potential new operating points. I also took the GPS with me to check the elevation on the map. I did not want to jump out of the activation zone. A location was found about 200m away and so I returned and closed down the station then moved it and set it up again. The whole process took nearly an hour and it was lucky that there were no new activations during that time.

Second location

New location to avoid local QRM

Second location to avoid local QRM

Setting up again was done in a hurry as a new spot had come up for Al VK1RX and Andrew VK1NAM. They had walked the 7km to Mt Ginger Ale VK1/AC-007 and were doing a quick activation before dropping back to their camp site further back. My antenna was lashed up in a hurry in order to make the S2S contact. Turned out that the antenna was oriented more east-west. The noise had reduced but was not completely eliminated – I was a lot further away from the workshop but closer to the EHT power lines.

Time had marched on. It was now after 4pm or 0600z so I decided to have another go on 40m SSB to take advantage of better band conditions than in the morning stint. I was rewarded with 16 more chaser contacts. and then a spot came up for Andrew VK1DA and Adan VK1FJAW on Baldy Range VK2/ST-008. Calling was disbanded in favour of chasing and they were soon logged. After that a spot for F/HB9BIN at F/VO-033 on 30m came up and I was able to work Juerg with my 10W. He thanked me on SOTAwatch indicating he was using 12W. Many thanks to Juerg! It was my only EU S2S.

Shack at the new location

Shack at the new location

I did a second stint on 20m CW for the DX stations. There were 8 contacts – all from EU except one from Japan. A spot from Peter VK3PF on Mt Useful VK3/VT-016 ended the run. I switched to 40m and found the band alive with RTTY signals all the way from the CW-only segment up to 7090 kHz. The CQ WW RTTY DX Contest was on and there was a lot of activity as 40m had opened to EU as well. I was just able to hear Peter on 7090 under the RTTY and he commented that he had “lost the Forester”. I wasn’t sure quite what that meant but there was too much QRM to enquire further. I went on to work Tony VK3CAT on the same summit. Later on I was shocked to learn that Peter’s car had burnt out in spectacular fashion.

It was 0720z so nearing close down time. I chased Phil OK/G4OBK on 30m but could not hear him very well at all. He was QRPp and there was too much local QRM. Also Sid ZS5AYC was on 20m SSB but nothing was heard there either. A quick pack-up and by 0740z I was walking back to the car, only 5 minutes away. There was still sufficient light to make an easy exit.

Detailed map of sites activated in region 3

Detailed map of sites activated in region 3

A great day out with a very successful activation of the Marramarra park and the Canoelands summit – and the first combined activation. The showers had stayed away and 99 contacts were logged over the 8 hours – 31 being CW. 39 summit-to-summit contacts and one park-to-park were made and the park was qualified for WWFF.
Many thanks to the chasers and other activators!

Log

Date:25/Sep/2015 Summit:VK2/SY-001 (Canoelands) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
23:30z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB VK2/SM-070
23:36z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW VK3/VC-001
23:38z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-026
23:41z VK2YW 7MHz CW
23:43z VK3HRA 7MHz CW
23:45z VK2WG 7MHz CW
23:45z VK7CW 7MHz CW
23:51z VK2NP 7MHz CW
23:52z VK3MEG 7MHz CW
23:54z VK3WE 7MHz CW
23:57z VK6NU/P 14MHz SSB VK6/SW-036

Date:26/Sep/2015 Summit:VK2/SY-001 (Canoelands) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:05z VK6NU/P 14MHz SSB VK6/SW-036
00:06z VK2BJP/3 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-093
00:11z VK1NAM/P 7MHz SSB VK1/AC-002 Andrew now a MG!
00:14z VK1RX/P 7MHz SSB VK1/AC-002
00:15z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-005
00:17z VK1FJAW/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-005
00:19z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-026
00:22z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB
00:28z VK2HV 7MHz CW
00:30z VK1EM 7MHz CW
00:33z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-067
00:40z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB VK2/SM-066
00:51z VK2LEE 7MHz SSB
01:01z VK2YK 7MHz SSB
01:02z VK2KTT 7MHz SSB
01:02z VK2NP 7MHz SSB
01:03z VK2JDL 7MHz SSB
01:04z VK3FJOS/P 7MHz SSB
01:05z VK1MA 7MHz SSB
01:06z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB
01:06z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB
01:07z VK3LED 7MHz SSB
01:10z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW VK3/VN-004
01:11z VK2XXM 7MHz SSB
01:14z VK4FFAB 7MHz SSB
01:15z VK3AV 7MHz SSB
01:18z VK7CW 7MHz SSB
01:19z VK2AJG 7MHz SSB
01:24z VK2FADV 7MHz SSB
01:27z VK1AT 7MHz SSB
01:32z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW VK3/VT-013
01:42z VK6NU/P 14MHz CW VK6/SW-036
01:55z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VC-001
02:23z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-134
02:36z VK3IL/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-006
02:53z VK2BJP/3 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-138
02:53z 3D2YJ 21MHz SSB
03:09z VK6NU/P 21MHz CW VK6/SW-036
03:16z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW VK3/VT-022
03:28z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW VK3/VN-005
03:34z VK2HRX/P 7MHz SSB VK2/CT-032
03:43z VK3FMPB/P 7MHz SSB VKFF-982
03:48z VK5PAS/P 7MHz SSB
03:52z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-013
03:56z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VE-137
04:00z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB VK2/SM-071
04:00z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-004
04:01z VK1FJAW/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-004
04:07z VK4AAC/5 7MHz SSB VKFF-784
04:21z VK7CW 10MHz CW
04:24z VK6NU/P 10MHz CW VK6/SW-036
04:27z ZL2IFB 10MHz CW
04:31z VK1DA/2 7MHz CW VK2/ST-004
04:38z VK5WG 10MHz SSB
04:40z VK4RF 10MHz SSB
04:41z VK4HA 10MHz SSB
05:55z VK1RX/P 7MHz SSB VK1/AC-007
05:56z VK1NAM/P 7MHz SSB VK1/AC-007
06:08z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW VK3/VN-002
06:20z VK1EM 7MHz SSB
06:22z VK1DI 7MHz SSB
06:25z VK2KT 7MHz SSB
06:26z VK5FANA 7MHz SSB
06:27z VK4RF 7MHz SSB
06:27z VK4HA 7MHz SSB
06:28z VK3ZPF 7MHz SSB
06:29z VK3HRA 7MHz SSB
06:29z VK3AGD 7MHz SSB
06:30z VK3TKK 7MHz SSB
06:31z VK3XCO 7MHz SSB
06:33z VK3XL/QRP 7MHz SSB 2W DSB
06:34z VK3PMG 7MHz SSB
06:35z VK5FMID 7MHz SSB
06:36z VK2ETW 7MHz SSB
06:36z VK1ATP 7MHz SSB
06:37z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-008
06:38z VK1FJAW/2 7MHz SSB VK2/ST-008
06:49z F/HB9BIN/P 10MHz CW F/VO-033
06:55z EA2IF 14MHz CW
06:56z DK4RM 14MHz CW
06:58z PA1BR 14MHz CW
07:01z DL1ASF 14MHz CW
07:02z S58AL 14MHz CW
07:03z DM5EE 14MHz CW
07:05z JR0QWW 14MHz CW
07:13z G3NKQ 14MHz CW
07:18z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB VK3/VT-016
07:19z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW VK3/VT-016

Winter SOTA Party on Mt Bindo 2 Aug 2015

Jenolan State Forest VK2/CT-005 1310m 8pts QF56AG

For the VK1 Winter SOTA Party I headed up to the NSW Central Tablelands on the Saturday afternoon so as to be ready for an early start on Sunday 2/8/15. En route I stopped off in the Jenolan State Forest for an activation of SOTA summit VK2/CT-005. Having already activated there in March it was just for the 3 winter bonus points and any contacts for the 10m/6m challenge. The summit is 90 km due west of home and takes just under 2.5 hours to get to by road. Upon arrival I put up a spot on SOTAwatch for 10m CW and quickly set up just down the hill from the tall pine trees to the east so as to have a better takeoff to Europe via the long path.

Jenolan State Forest activation site

Jenolan State Forest activation site VK2/CT-005

Luckily Nick VK2AOH was already waiting for me when I jumped on the key. On 10m SSB I had one call from VK2PM in Sydney who is not a regular SOTA chaser. Box ticked for the 10m/6m challenge! Next I went to 20m CW and worked a bunch of EU stations with received signal reports around the 4 or 5 mark so it seemed my signal was climbing over that pine forest. Then to 40m CW to keep the locals happy and 8 more contacts. One hour before sunset I had to close to make it to my destination so there wasn’t an opportunity for 40m SSB – sorry chasers. There were 3 summit-to-summit contacts on 40m with Justin VK7TW & Hugh VK5NHG on SSB and Ian VK5CZ on CW and a total of 21 contacts. A quick close down and then the short 25 min drive to the next summit, retracing my steps most of the way.

Shack in Jenolan State Forest VK2/CT-005

Shack in Jenolan State Forest VK2/CT-005

Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003 1363m 8pts QF56AH

Arrived at Mt Bindo 15 mins before sunset and started setting up the antenna. I was torn between jumping on 20m to catch the last of the EU long path propagation and setting up the camp site. There was quite a wind on the summit and it seemed best to create some shelter before starting to operate so the tent went up right next to the trig point. 45 mins after sunset I spotted on 20m CW and was able to work only one EU and one Qld station so the propagation had flown. I tried 20m SSB and made no contacts.

Camping at the Mt Bindo trig point VK2/CT-003

Camping at the Mt Bindo trig point VK2/CT-003

First Japan-Australia summit-to-summit

About to swap bands when a SOTA spot came in from an activator in Japan. It was Takeshi JS1UEH on 17m and he was activating Ashiosan JA/IB-006 in Ibaraki prefecture just NE of Tokyo. Switching bands I heard Nick VK2AOH making a contact so I thought there was a chance for me too. Takeshi’s signal was not strong, but it was the first SOTA station I’d heard from Japan so I was very excited. My antenna was set up north-south for Europe/NA not east-west for Japan so the weak signals were no surprise. The contact was made and a 429 report sent. This is the first summit-to-summit SOTA contact between VK and JA. Japan has only recently become part of SOTA on 1st July. Soon afterwards Takeshi spotted on 15m and his signal was a similar strength as on 17m. He apparently did 20m earlier too but I was unaware of that. Great to make the contact with Takeshi-san!

SOTA database record of first JA-VK S2S

SOTA database record of first JA-VK S2S

Hunting

After the JA S2S excitement I progressed through 40m CW, 40m SSB and 80m CW. Unusually, there were no callers on 40m SSB, but it was 7pm by then so the band was in DX mode. I heard gunshots in the distance, several volleys worth. This was obviously hunters in the state forest. On a previous visit I met a professional hunter contracted to eradicate wild dogs. On the drive in I had passed some people who were probably preparing for this activity once the sun had gone down.

Sunset at Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003

Sunset at Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003

Overnight

With HF contacts exhausted, I started to prepare for the following day. Checked out 2m on a hand-held and found I could reach a lot of repeaters including the Mt Ginini repeater west of Canberra, a distance of over 200km. This should be a good way to contact activators – or so I thought. Had some dinner, listened on 80m for a while and then turned in early. Just before drifting off to sleep I heard the sound of my squid pole collapsing. I decided to leave fixing it until the morning. There was a slight possibility that I would wake up for the EU short path opening but I’d made an executive decision not to bother. The wind was strong and blew all night. I was woken up a few times by strong gusts deforming the tent – see the picture! In the end I decamped to the quietness and safety of the car which was not quite as comfortable but better for shut-eye.

Sunrise at Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003

Sunrise at Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003

Cancellation

Overnight there had been no rain, but the wind was getting stronger. The dawn was lovely but it wasn’t long before showers arrived, just short ones with long gaps in between. I reset my antenna on the squid pole and changed its orientation 90 degrees to favour the ACT. Checking the email over breakfast there were many messages on the adverse weather in Canberra. Heavy rain had fallen there overnight and discussion raged over whether to postpone or cancel the SOTA Party. There was a decision to delay the start and make a further assessment of the weather. After 2 hours with further rain arriving, the event was cancelled. I was already set up and ready to go so that wasn’t an option for me 🙂

Luckily, the Canberra weather did clear up a bit and some hardy operators ventured out in the rain and activated some summits. First morning contact was with Roald VK1MTS at One Tree Hill VK1/AC-035 on 40m. I had spotted and called on 6m SSB and 10m SSB with no result up until then. There was a spot from VK3TST/1 on 52.525MHz FM but the WIA broadcast from Dural was blasting out on that frequency. Note to VK1 ops – avoid 52.525 from 10 to 11:30am Sundays.

Strong northerly wind gust = major tent deformation!

Strong northerly wind gust = major tent deformation!

Rollover

Just after UTC rollover at 10am a sequence of spots arrived – luckily not the wet kind. Leading the charge were VK3s HRA and CAT on 40m CW and signals were good. Roald then popped up on 10m and I was able to make a S2S contact into VK1 with his 40W registering an S4 on my meter over a 183km path. My 10W gave him a 5×1 signal and it was an easy contact. If only there were more activators! I stuck around listening for all Roald’s callers from VK1. The only one heard faintly was Ian VK1DI. Clearly it helps to be on a summit! A spot did come up for Andrew VK1DA on 10m but all I heard was Roald and nothing on 6m. See the elevation profile from Roald to me in the following picture. The purple oval shows the first Fresnel zone on 28.5 MHz.

One Tree Hill VK1/AC-035 to Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003 elevation profile with first Fresnel zone for 10m

One Tree Hill VK1/AC-035 to Mt Bindo VK2/CT-003 elevation profile with first Fresnel zone for 10m

Shocking!

I stuck around for another hour logging four more S2S contacts. At one point I started to hear a succession of pulses through the radio and wondered whether this was the approach of lightning. I disconnected the antenna and got a big jolt from static electricity when touching the BNC connector. It must have built up on the antenna due to the wind. My radio was sitting off the ground, the feedline was off the ground and there was no earthing so no discharge path. Kite-lifted antennas are recommended to be kept grounded and I wonder if other portable operators ever earth their stations? The KX3 has zero DC resistance between the two legs of the antenna so any static buildup would be summed, yet I’ve never been bitten before. Food for thought for my next activation.

Darker clouds were building and it seemed as though the rain would arrive soon. The tent had been blown dry and I did not want to put it away wet so down it came. Folding up the tent in a gale was interesting, and not successful at all. It wasn’t neat but it was dry. The station came down shortly afterwards and it was spitting with rain when the squid pole was collapsed. Timed that pretty well I thought. A total of 17 contacts including 9 S2S had made for a great activation at Bindo.

Hartley

When planning the weekend I pencilled in some other summits for activating in the afternoon. These would require a 1 hour walk each way. There was plenty of time to do them but the prospect of bad weather made the idea unattractive so instead of driving there, I drove to the historic town of Hartley and checked that out instead. While there I was able to make 5 chaser contacts, check out the gallery, old pub and courthouse. I was hoping that Nick VK2AOH on the Newnes Plateau nearby would activate on 10m but it did not eventuate so I headed back towards Sydney.

Wollemi National Park VKFF-544

At Kurrajong I stopped at the Bellbird lookout after a 90 minute drive. Weather was fine, warm and clear with great views. The wind had dropped too. Consulting the book of maps I realised I was overlooking the nearby Wollemi National Park. The idea surfaced that it wasn’t too late to do a WWFF activation of the park.

Kurrajong Lookout panorama over Wollemi NP

Kurrajong Lookout panorama over Wollemi NP

The GPS unit with topographic maps was consulted to find the exact location of the park and the coordinates set for navigation. I ended up on a track that weaves into the park and found the fence line that marks the boundary. Luckily this agreed with the GPS. The squid pole was attached to the back of the car and the antenna raised. I set up the LDG antenna matcher inline as well.

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First problem was that there was very sketchy mobile coverage. Try as I might using the parksnpeaks app there was no way of getting a spot up for my planned activation of 20m. The EU long path was open and I called but had no response. With no spotting ability I jumped onto 7090 and started calling there and got a response straight away from Paul VK5PAS en route to activating a park himself. 23 VK callers followed and one ZL and some of them surprised at the signal strength asked what I was running. Paul came back on after 10 minutes and gave me first contact into the new park he was activating – thanks, Paul! The sketchy track into my location meant I had to close down before dark to allow easy exit. There was no way I was getting on 20m at all, but there were enough contacts in the log already to call it a success. There will be other opportunities to reactivate this park and make 44 contacts.

Thanks for all chaser/hunter contacts and summit-to-summits.
Big thanks to Andrew VK1NAM who organised the event – and was then not able to participate. Mother Nature truly has the final word. Now looking forward to the rescheduled “Mark 2” event on 30th August.


Highlights

  • First JA S2S contact – with Takeshi JS1UEH
  • 10m S2S contact into VK1 with Roald VK1MTS
  • Surprise 10m contacts from VK2/CT-005
  • Unexpected park activation at Wollemi
  • 12 S2S contacts, 1 park-to-park contact
  • Tent survived the gales without maintenance
  • Winter SOTA Party was a success despite cancellation!

Map of the trip

Winter SOTA Party 2015 trip map

Winter SOTA Party 2015 trip map

Equipment – SOTA

  • Elecraft KX3 @ 10W
  • ZS6BKW inverted Vee doublet on a 9m squid pole
  • 4200 mAh LiFePO4 battery
  • PC headset
  • Quickdome 4-person tent

Equipment – WWFF

  • Yaesu FT-100D @ 100W
  • ZS6BKW inverted Vee doublet on a 9m squid pole
  • LDG Z-11Pro matcher

Mt Tomah SOTA activation 8/3/2015

After enjoying all day Saturday at Canoelands for the SOTA party, and with the prospect of more activity on the Sunday, a trip to Mt Tomah with possible follow up at Mt Banks for another day of field activity seemed attractive. Both summits are familiar from previous visits.

Mt Tomah VK2/CT-043 1010m 6pts (2244z – 0346z)

Mt Tomah VK2/CT-043 activation zone

Mt Tomah activation zone

Mt Tomah VK2/CT-043 is my closest 6 point summit and is easy to activate because there is a good road right to the peak. Just like last time, I set up just inside the activation zone in the picnic area at the turnoff from the Bells Line of Road (shown with a blue cross). This is the only open area I’ve found that is devoid of QRM. At the summit itself (shown with a yellow pin) there is a large tower that throws out all sorts of spurii. The fire station (white building 150m south of the blue cross) has an open area but there is a PC there that puts out rubbish on 40m – or at least there was last year. The AZ is very large encompassing several roads and even crosses over the Bells Line of Road so there would be other options for the curious.

QRM

On the day there was lots of QRN and also lots of audible QRM from the road. With several convoys of Harleys going by, earphones were essential. Also, when a dozen Maseratis marshalled themselves nearby with engines running it was quite a distraction. The things you see on a summit!

QRN

My antenna ran parallel to and less than 50m from an overhead powerline and when I first switched on I thought the noise was coming from there. Nup – it was just thunderstorm activity. My “shack” was on the edge of the carpark for the picnic area. The picnic table and BBQ area is poorly maintained and sits right under the powerline so is not useable for radio activities. Also, the only spot to attach a squid pole in the clear is the sign on the edge of the carpark where there’s plenty of height for antennas.

Pre-rollover

Antenna and shack

Antenna and shack

The photos show the shack with a chair. After a couple of hours operating on the groundsheet, the chair was rescued and pressed into service. When I first set up it was summit-to-summit city and there was no time to adorn the shack. All 10 contacts before UTC rollover turned out to be S2S contacts. I spotted on 6m FM and 15m CW but there were no takers. There should be good takeoff to the east towards Sydney so I thought there might be a taken on 6m. The map shows an obstructed takeoff to the SW towards VK1 so this might not be the ideal spot in the AZ for the usual 6m S2S with VK1NAM.

CW

After UTC rollover, proceeded through 17m CW, 20m CW, 30m CW then 40m CW with all yielding contacts except 17m. Unfortunately, the spots I had been putting up had the summit code for the Canoelands activation the previous day. Somehow, the spotting app had recalled the wrong code even though the right one had been entered earlier. Clearly, more thorough checking is needed before pressing “Send”. Anyway, after a re-send of the 30m CW spot, all spots had the right summit code. In between band changes there were more S2S contacts popping up on 40m SSB.

SSB

Shack with seating

Shack with seating

With CW done on all bands it was time for SSB. I spotted on 20m and made 2 contacts into VK5. There was a report of nothing heard from VK6 and after the success the previous day I really wanted to work VK6. I spotted and then called on 15m SSB but there were no takers. Next was 30m then 40m. It was very pleasing to make 7 contacts on 30m SSB both near and far – the band was working very well with VK1, VK2, VK3 and VK5 logged.

After exhausting all callers on 40m I thought it was time to move on. The forecast thunderstorm had not eventuated, but after my “last calls” spot went out, I received a spot from Andrew VK1NAM that he would be on in 15 mins. I decided to wait it out – and was very glad to do so. There were more callers for me until Andrew came along and then Marshall VK3MRG came up as well for the final S2S. There was potential for more S2S contacts on the next summit so a quick pack up and I was on my way to Mt Banks.

Equipment

Elecraft KX3 @ 12W into ZS6BKW inverted-Vee doublet at 8m powered by 4200 mAh LiFe battery.

Results
52 contacts (11 CW), 22 S2S (19 uniques), 145 S2S pts.

Log

Date:07/Mar/2015 Summit:VK2/CT-043 (Mt Tomah) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 6 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
22:44z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB R58 S58 7090 Rob VK2/SW-034
22:53z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7090 Rod VK2/SM-059
22:53z VK2BJP/P 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7090 Russ VK2/SM-059
23:01z VK1DA/2 7MHz CW R579 S559 7027.5 Andrew VK2/ST-040
23:07z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB R44 S44 7080 Glenn VK3/VE-008
23:12z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW R569 S549 7032 Wayne VK3/VE-037
23:14z VK3HRA/P 7MHz CW R559 S539 7032 Allen VK3/VE-037
23:15z VK3BYD/P 7MHz CW R559 S539 7032 Warren VK3/VE-037
23:29z VK1DI/2 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7090 Ian VK2/SM-007
23:35z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R58 S57 7085 Andrew VK2/SM-038

Date:08/Mar/2015 Summit:VK2/CT-043 (Mt Tomah) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:03z VK1DI/2 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7090 Ian VK2/SM-007
00:04z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R58 S57 7085 Andrew VK2/SM-038
00:06z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB R58 S57 7085 Andrew VK2/ST-040
00:08z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7100 Rod VK2/SM-053
00:30z VK4BJS 14MHz CW R339 S529 14062 Brad
00:47z VK3PF 10MHz CW R559 S579 10116 Peter
00:50z VK5AV 10MHz CW R579 S559 10116 Tim
00:55z VK2YW 10MHz CW R569 S569 10116 John
00:59z VK3MRG/P 7MHz SSB R51 S44 7095 Marshall VK3/VN-027
01:01z VK2QR/1 7MHz SSB R59 S59+5 7100 Rob VK1/AC-008
01:11z VK2CTN 7MHz CW R599 S599
01:24z VK5NIG 14MHz SSB R35 S57 14320 Nigel
01:34z VK5EE 14MHz SSB R57 S57 14320 Tom
02:00z VK1MA 10MHz SSB R55 S59 10130 Matt
02:06z VK3YY/P 10MHz SSB R55 S31 10130 Glenn VK3/VE-073
02:07z VK2GAZ 10MHz SSB R54 S55 10130 Garry
02:08z VK3WE 10MHz SSB R55 S55 10130 Rhett
02:14z VK3DBP 10MHz SSB R55 S45 10130 Paul
02:17z VK3YAR 10MHz SSB R53 S57 10130 Ray
02:24z VK5WG 10MHz SSB R55 S44 10130 Nev
02:47z VK3ANL/P 7MHz SSB R45 S45 7085 Nick in Taranbulda NP
02:50z VK2YK 7MHz SSB R59 S59+5 7085 Adam
02:52z VK3EK 7MHz SSB R57 S59 7085 Robbie
02:53z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB R43 S44 7085 Amanda
02:58z VK3CAT 7MHz CW R229 S339 7085 Tony
02:59z VK3XL/P 7MHz SSB R54 S55 7085 Mike in Paradise Beach
03:00z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB R33 S43 7085 Fred
03:04z VK3LED 7MHz SSB R32 S45 7085 Col
03:05z VK1ATP 7MHz SSB R57 S46 7085 Paul
03:06z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB R52 S58 7085 Ian
03:07z VK2FGJW/M 7MHz SSB R44 S57 7085 Greg
03:11z VK3MAY/P 7MHz SSB R41 S33 7085 David VK3/VS-013
03:15z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7100 Rob VK2/ST-005
03:19z VK2LX 7MHz SSB R59 S59+5 7085 Grant
03:20z VK1MBE/P 7MHz SSB R56 S58 7085 Andrew VK1/AC-037
03:23z VK2AFA 7MHz SSB R58 S59+10 7085 Sam
03:32z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R58 S56 7090 Andrew VK2/SM-036
03:34z VK2VKB 7MHz SSB R59 S59+10 7085 Kevin
03:41z VK3TCX/M 7MHz SSB R52 S43 7085 Ian
03:43z VK2FNLR/M 7MHz SSB R57 S55 7085 Neil
03:44z VK2NNN 7MHz SSB R59 S59+5 7085 Darrin
03:46z VK3MRG/P 7MHz SSB R51 S44 7095 Marshall VK3/VN-030

Day-long SOTA activation for New Year 2015

The start of the New Year brings with it the opportunity to revisit summits that had been activated the previous year and gain points from them again. For the changeover to 2015 there were many SOTA activations planned, and with the prospect of so many contacts possible, I joined the throng. For the festive season I was already holidaying with family on the NSW Central Coast and with easy access to Mt Elliot VK2/HU-093 decided to reactivate this summit for the third time for the year rollover. Mt Elliot is a few km NE of Gosford and about 70km N of Sydney.

Setup

Antenna and operating point

Antenna and operating point

My last activation of Mt Elliot was in July 2014 and I set up at the same location on the picnic table after doing the walk out of the activation zone along the Graves Walk. I used the 10m squid pole allowing my recently constructed ZS6BKW doublet antenna to be raised to nearly 9m. I have used this antenna on my last 4 activations and it is currently my favourite. For this activation I was aiming to work Compton VK2HRX on VK2/CT-012 on 6m as well as the many activators in VK3 on 40m and some in VK6 on 20m/15m. Compton’s summit was virtually due west from Mt Elliot so I figured orienting the antenna broadside to the south-west would give me the coverage I was looking for. Due to the 28m length of this antenna, the pattern on 6m has many lobes. The evening before I had visited the summit to assess the operating location and direction of the antenna and also the 2m repeaters that were in range.

Everything went to plan. My alert time of 2300z was matched by the first contact at 2259z. There had been many alerts posted on SOTAwatch nominating a 2300z kick-off time with a few posted for half an hour earlier. A few spots had appeared by the time I got started so it was time to hunt for these other summit operators in the hope of catching them all before the UTC rollover. There wasn’t a moment to lose!

Most of my activations I try to start on CW to qualify it and then shift to SSB. Today’s strategy was different – work as many summits as possible regardless of mode. I started going through all the spots on SOTAwatch on 40m SSB. Propagation on 40m was good as I was easily able to work Paul VK5PAS on Mt Bryan VK5/SW-001 over a 1100km path and I was getting into southern VK3 as well. It would turn out to be a good day on the bands.

6m S2S

Within 15 minutes a spot appeared from Compton on 6m so I switched bands and turned up the volume expecting a weak signal over the 111km path. His call jumped out of the speaker and he was a good 5×3. Then I heard Andrew VK1NAM calling from Mt Tumanang VK2/SM-049, a distance of 315km and gave him a 5×2 report. The band was really buzzing. Unfortunately Andrew and Compton couldn’t hear each other, but these contacts were a real highlight for me. Next I wanted to do some CW on 40m. I tried to spot on 7030 kHz as Wayne VK3WAM was busy operating on my alerted frequency of 7032. RRT brought up an error on each attempt even though I had good mobile coverage, however I made three CW contacts without even spotting. By then it had ticked past 2330z so it was back to SSB to work more of the summits that had been spotted. Then another attempt to spot on 7075 kHz SSB but no joy. After several calls and no response I went back to hunting. I was lucky enough to be able to hear Justin VK7TW on Mt Marian VK7/SC-003 on 40m over an 1100km path. Shortly afterwards he was in the log with 3×3 received and 4×2 sent. Conditions were still holding. My last contact for 2014 was with Bob VK5FO on Mt Gawler VK5/SE-013 with 5×5 exchanged both ways. At that stage I had made 20 contacts with all but 2 being S2S. That seems a lot but there were many that I missed.

Rollover to 2015

My first contact for 2015 was with Paul VK5PAS so I certainly couldn’t complain about the conditions. Propagation on 40m was more like it is in winter yet I was basking under clear skies in the middle of summer with temps around 29 degrees. Contacts were being made into locations that are normally off the radar this far north in VK2. VK3EQ came up portable on Mt Wellington in Tasmania VK7/SC-001 for another 1100km path contact. After a bunch of S2S contacts I worked Andrew VK3BQ and he kindly put up a spot for me on 7135 kHz which led to a run of contacts with both summits and chasers. After 20 mins I switched to CW and 7032 was clear so I started calling. The Reverse Beacon Network skimmer at VK4CT heard and spotted me and then a bunch of CW contacts followed. After it went quiet I started looking for another way to spot on my mobile. I found the SOTA Spotter app and managed to get a spot out for 20m CW. This became my spotting app for the rest of the activation. The only disadvantage with it is that all fields are cleared when the spotting page is selected so everything has to be entered from scratch each time. The very big advantage is that the spots get through! (NB: I have since managed to send a spot with RRT)

Getting on for 2 hours after UTC rollover things had quietened down a lot, but there were still enough new activations to keep up the excitement level. Some of the pre-rollover activators were still on their peaks, but a lot had moved on. Anthony VK6MAC had a spot up for 28.510 but I heard nothing from him. I put up a spot on 15m SSB and within minutes Anthony called me for a S2S from Mt Dale VK6/SW-036. He may have been running 100W as he was 5×4 and I received 5×3. He then spotted himself just up the band and I expect made many more contacts. 15m would have been the band of choice for VK2 to VK6 contacts although I didn’t make any more. Later on I did work Nigel VK6NI and Mike VK6MB on 20m, but only received 4×1 reports.

Shack shift

Station on Mt Elliot picnic table

Station on Mt Elliot picnic table

The sun was now streaming down on the picnic table and the radio was getting very hot, not to mention the operator. There was still shade in the grass nearby so I shifted the station down to there. The ribbon cable is a few metres longer than the squid pole so that restricts where one can set up, but that turned out to not be a problem. There was plenty of length so I diverted the slack through a short tree nearby to prevent it from dragging on the ground. I would have to lie on the ground myself for a while, but at least the radio was happier even if I was a bit less comfortable.

6m DX

Hoping for a repeat 6m contact I sent a message to Compton VK2HRX, but unfortunately he had already packed up. I spotted myself on 52.200 but did not attract any chasers so went down to the bottom of the band. On 50.110 I heard Murray ZL3MH calling from Christchurch so went back to him and we shifted to 50.130 for a chat. Bedlam ensued as then many ZLs started calling me, unable to hear each other. I made three contacts into ZL with the best report being from Dave ZL1AKW of 5×7. I now have a better understanding why they call 6m the “magic band”. There were many more contacts possible, but more spots had appeared so I was keen to get back to chasing summit-to-summits on the DC bands. A whole bunch of 40m S2S contacts followed. Another contact was made with Justin VK7TW this time on Trestle Mountain VK7/SC-004. The QRN had come up so there was a storm happening somewhere, but even so the contact was reasonably comfortable.

Home on 7090

I found 7090 kHz was clear so decided to spot there and work anyone who had missed me on 7135 3 hours before. That brought 6 more contacts including some S2Ss. Andrew VK1NAM and Andrew VK1DA had shifted to Mt Cowangerong VK2/ST-001 for their second summit of the day. I would have been up for another try on 6m but it was early afternoon and likely to be poor conditions. I had listened for them and called them after rollover on their previous summit and not heard anything.

30m + 20m + 17m

Operating point on the ground

Operating point on the ground

From then on the S2S contacts kept coming about every 10 mins so I stayed on the peak. At 0500z (3pm) it got a lot quieter so I spotted myself on 30m SSB and logged some more chasers, mainly from VK3 but also worked Stephen VK2RH who was staying nearby. After that I tried 20m SSB and worked VK6NI and VK6MB mentioned earlier. Finally I decided to give 17m SSB a try but there was no response to my calls on that band. By then I had run out of VK6 chasers I reckon.

Wayne VK3WAM had put up an alert for Mt Gordon VK3/VN-027 so I decided I would wait until he appeared before packing up. The weather was still nice and I hadn’t run out of water plus it would be great to get another CW S2S in the log. I had already worked Wayne 3 times on 2 different summits, so good to collect the whole set, so to speak. In the meantime I was content to tune around the bands and listen to some QSOs. True to form Wayne appeared a bit after his alerted time and an easy CW contact on 40m followed. I had been calling CQ on 7032 CW without spotting and Wayne suddenly replied. Great!

Close down

10 mins later I was thinking of packing up and a spot came up from Rob VK2QR and Brian VK3MCD on VK2/SM-036, an unnamed 10 point summit. I was in luck! I worked them both with good reports to end the activation. I packed up everything and then just about to head for the car when another spot appeared. It was Tim VK3MTB on Mt Hoddle VK3/VT-076. It was an easy decision not to set up again for a S2S. I strolled to the car and worked him as a chaser, the last chaser contact for the day.

That was the end of my epic activation of Mt Elliot. Some stats for the curious:

  • Bands used: 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 6m
  • Transmit power used: 12W for first 4 hrs then 10W
  • Modes used: SSB, CW @ 12-15wpm
  • Contacts before rollover: 20
  • Summit-to-summit contacts before rollover: 18
  • Contacts after rollover: 72
  • Summit-to-summit contacts after rollover: 47
  • Total summit-to-summit points: 359
  • Areas worked: VK1,VK2,VK3,VK4,VK5,VK6,VK7,ZL1,ZL2,ZL3
  • Activation duration: 8hrs 14mins
  • Activation points: 1

With the number of S2S points collected, I reached 1000 S2S points so am now a S2S sloth – yippee! My contact with Tony VK3CAT on Mt Mitchell VK3/VN-012 at 0021z took me over the 1000 points. What a fun day at the ‘office’. The ZS6BKW doublet antenna had performed better than expected and the 4200 mAh LiFe battery had lasted the distance.

Thanks to all the chasers and other activators for making this the most successful, frenetic SOTA outing for me so far.

Log

 Date:31/Dec/2014 Summit:VK2/HU-093 (Mt Elliot) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
22:59z VK3CAT/P 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7155 Tony VK3/VN-012
23:00z VK3MRG/P 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7100 Marshall VK3/VC-029
23:01z VK3ANL/P 7MHz SSB R58 S55 7110 Nick VK3/VC-025
23:04z VK5PAS/P 7MHz SSB R55 S57 7085 Paul VK5/SE-001
23:06z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW R549 S549 7032 Wayne VK3/VC-001
23:10z VK3BQ/P 7MHz SSB R58 S58 7120 Andrew VK2/SM-053
23:11z VK3ARR/P 7MHz SSB R58 S55 7125 Andrew VK3/VC-002
23:15z VK2HRX/P 50MHz SSB R51 S53 52200 Compton VK2/CT-012
23:17z VK1NAM/P 50MHz SSB R51 S52 52200 Andrew VK2/SM-049
23:17z VK1DA/P 50MHz SSB R51 S52 52200 Andrew VK2/SM-049
23:21z VK4CEU 7MHz CW R439 S569 7030 Dave in Maryborough
23:30z VK5CZ/P 7MHz CW R559 S539 7030 Ian VK5/NE-058
23:31z VK3BYD 7MHz CW R579 S599 7030 Warren
23:33z VK2CPR/3 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7115 Phil VK3/VE-009
23:41z VK1DI/2 7MHz SSB R58 S58 7095 Ian VK2/SM-036
23:43z VK7TW/P 7MHz SSB R33 S42 7090 Justin VK7/SC-003
23:45z VK2IB/P 7MHz CW R589 S589 7027.5 Bernard VK2/RI-004
23:48z VK1MA/P 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7120 Matt VK2/ST-036
23:52z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB R55 S59 7090 Glenn VK3/VT-040
23:59z VK5FO/P 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7150 Bob VK5/SE-013

Date:01/Jan/2015 Summit:VK2/HU-093 (Mt Elliot) Call Used:VK2IO/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:03z VK5PAS/P 7MHz SSB R53 S57 7085 Paul VK5/SE-001
00:06z VK3MRG/P 7MHz SSB R56 S56 7100 Marshall VK3/VC-029
00:10z VK3EQ/7 7MHz SSB R44 S43 7090 VK7/SC-001
00:14z VK3EK/P 7MHz SSB R58 S59 7095 Robbie VK3/VG-114
00:17z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB R52 S56 7105 Glenn VK3/VT-040
00:19z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW R569 S559 7032 Wayne VK3/VC-001
00:21z VK3CAT/P 10MHz CW R559 S539 10116 Tony VK3/VN-012
00:29z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7135 Rob VK2/SW-004
00:30z VK3MCD/2 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7135 Brian VK2/SW-004
00:32z VK1ATP/P 7MHz SSB R53 S53 7125 Paul VK1/AC-026
00:35z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB R54 S55 7095 Peter VK3/VG-001
00:39z VK1MA/2 7MHz SSB R57 S58 7105 Matt VK2/ST-036
00:43z VK2MWP/P 7MHz SSB R59 S58 7130 Andrew VK2/ST-022
00:44z VK1EM/2 7MHz SSB R59 S58 7130 Mark VK2/ST-022
00:46z VK3BQ/2 7MHz SSB R59 S58 7135 Andrew VK2/SM-053
00:47z VK3ANL/P 7MHz SSB R46 S55 7135 Nick VK3/VC-025
00:48z VK2CDS/P 7MHz SSB R59 S58 7135 David VK2/HU-020
00:51z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB R57 S58 7135 Peter
00:51z VK3HAD 7MHz SSB R59 S57 7135 Adam
00:53z VK3ARR/P 7MHz SSB R55 S56 7135 Andrew VK3/VC-002
00:53z VK2KTT 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7135 Paul
00:54z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB R53 S54 7135 Andrew VK2/SM-049
00:54z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R54 S54 7135 Andrew VK2/SM-049
00:55z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7135 Fred
00:56z VK5IS 7MHz SSB R54 S54 7135 Ian
01:10z VK3BYD 7MHz CW R579 S559 7032 Warren
01:12z VK2YW 7MHz CW R599 S599 7032 John
01:14z VK2CCJ 7MHz CW R579 S599 7032 Cliff
01:16z VK3WE 7MHz CW R579 S579 7032 Rhett
01:32z VK6NU 14MHz CW R519 S539 14062 John
01:42z VK6MAC/P 21MHz SSB R53 S54 21320 Anthony VK6/SW-036
01:46z VK2AOH/P 7MHz CW R559 S559 7025 Nick VK2/CT-008
02:03z VK2TWR/P 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7100 Rod VK2/SM-039
02:05z VK3EK/P 7MHz SSB R58 S57 7095 Robbie VK3/VG-074
02:07z VK2CPR/3 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7115 Phil VK3/VE-078
02:36z ZL3MH 50MHz SSB R53 S54 50130 Murray in Christchurch
02:45z ZL1AKW 50MHz SSB R57 S57 50130 Dave
02:48z ZL2WHO 50MHz SSB R41 S55 50130
02:51z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW R579 S559 7032 Tony VK3/VN-030
02:55z VK3YY/P 7MHz SSB R55 S55 7090 Glenn VK3/VT-026
03:13z VK3BQ/2 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7095 Andrew VK2/SM-065
03:15z VK1DI/2 7MHz SSB R58 S58 7085 Ian VK2/SM-033
03:22z VK2NAI 7MHz SSB R31 S57 7100 Matt
03:27z VK3ANL/P 7MHz SSB R45 S44 7105 Nick VK3/VC-005
03:34z VK7TW/P 7MHz SSB R33 S33 7080 Justin VK7/SC-004
03:36z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB R52 S57 7110 Peter VK3/VE-004
03:43z VK2LX/P 7MHz SSB R57 S59 7090 Grant
03:46z VK3AV 7MHz SSB R41 S55 7090 Bernard
03:47z VK3EK/P 7MHz SSB R57 S58 7090 Robbie VK3/VG-074
03:49z VK2YW 7MHz SSB R55 S59 7090 John
03:51z VK2CCJ 7MHz SSB R55 S59 7090 Cliff
03:52z VK1DA/2 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7090 Andrew VK2/ST-001
03:53z VK1NAM/2 7MHz SSB R57 S57 7090 Andrew VK2/ST-001
04:03z VK3MTB/P 7MHz SSB R54 S44 7115 Tim VK3/VT-057
04:15z VK5BJE/3 7MHz SSB R51 S44 7095 John VK3/VC-019
04:24z VK3MCD/2 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7080 Brian VK2/SW-007
04:25z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB R59 S59 7080 Rob VK2/SW-007
04:44z VK2IB/P 7MHz SSB R57 S47 7075 Bernard VK2/RI-009
04:46z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW R599 S579 7075 Wayne VK3/VN-029
05:02z VK3CAT/P 7MHz CW R579 S569 7030 Tony VK3/VC-005
05:18z VK3AWG 10MHz SSB R58 S58 10125 Chris
05:21z VK3DAC 10MHz SSB R57 S57 10125 Fred
05:28z VK2RH 10MHz SSB R59 S56 10125 Stephen in McMasters Beach
05:33z VK3WAR 10MHz SSB R56 S59 10125 Craig
05:35z VK3YAR 10MHz SSB R56 S59 10125 Ray
05:39z VK3LED/P 7MHz SSB R31 S45 7090 Col VK3/VN-016
05:43z VK6NI 14MHz SSB R41 S55 14320 Nigel in Denmark
05:50z VK6MB 14MHz SSB R41 S55 14320 Mike
05:55z VK3PF/P 7MHz SSB R55 S58 7100 Peter VK3/VE-007
06:59z VK3WAM/P 7MHz CW R589 S579 7032 Wayne VK3/VN-027
07:12z VK3MCD/2 7MHz SSB R58 S56 7090 Brian VK2/SM-036
07:13z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB R58 S56 7090 Rob VK2/SM-036

Spots posted on SOTAwatch during the day (in reverse order)

Thu 07:33 VK3MTB on VK3/VT-076 7.090 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 07:30 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-027 14.062 cw
thanks first sota 2015 hny (Posted by OM1AX)
Thu 07:26 VK3MCD on VK2/SM-036 14.290 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3MCD)
Thu 07:20 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-027 14.062 cw
*Spot[VK3WAM]: cq cq (Posted by SMS)
Thu 07:08 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-027 7.031 cw
now here (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 07:07 VK3MCD on VK2/SM-036 7.090 ssb
*with vk2qr [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3MCD)
Thu 07:07 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-027 7.031 cw
*Spot[VK3WAM]: cq cq (Posted by SMS)
Thu 07:01 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-027 7.034 cw
on now (Posted by VK3BYD)
Thu 05:57 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 18.150 ssb
*Calling now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 05:51 VK3PF/P on VK3/VE-007 7.100 ssb
cq cq now (Posted by VK3PF)
Thu 05:47 VK2IO on VK2/HU-093 14.320 ssb
Still listening but nothing in Manji at moment (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 05:41 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 14.320 ssb
*Calling now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 05:30 VK3LED on VK3/VN-016 7.090 ssb
CQ CQ now (Posted by VK3ZPF)
Thu 05:18 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VC-005 7.030 cw
calling cq (Posted by VK2YW)
Thu 05:17 VK2IO on VK2/HU-093 10.125 ssb
Nothing into Manjimup on 30m HNY (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 05:12 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 10.125 ssb
*Calling now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 05:02 VK2IB on VK2/RI-009 7.085 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Thu 05:02 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-030 7.090 ssb
Nothing into Manjimup on 40m atm (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 04:55 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-030 7.090 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Thu 04:49 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VN-029 7.032 cw
*on now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 04:19 VK2QR on VK2/SW-007 7.080 ssb
*with vk3mcd [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3MCD)
Thu 04:17 VK3BQ/P on VK2/SM-065 14.320
4×1 into Denmark WA (Posted by VK6NI)
Thu 04:17 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/ST-001 7.085 ssb
*looking for S2S [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 04:16 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-065 14.320 ssb
Nothing into Manjimup – thanks for trying Andrew (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 04:12 VK5BJE/3 on VK3/VC-019 7.095 ssb
Good signal (Posted by VK3BLE)
Thu 04:11 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-065 14.320 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Thu 04:02 VK2OAH on VK2/CT-008 14.061 cw
RST 329 into Townsville (Posted by VK4BJS )
Thu 03:57 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/ST-001 7.085 ssb
*cq cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 03:57 VK3PF on VK3/VE-004 18.135 ssb
Peter 47 to Manjimup (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 03:56 VK3MTB on VK3/VT-057 7.115 ssb
Operator : Tim 5/5 into Geelong with QSB (Posted by VK3CRG)
Thu 03:56 VK3PF/P on VK3/VE-004 18.135 ssb
5×2 into Denmark SW WA (Posted by VK6NI)
Thu 03:55 VK7FREU on VK7/SC-004 7.080 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK7TW)
Thu 03:51 VK3PF/P on VK3/VE-004 18.135 ssb
cq cq now (Posted by VK3PF)
Thu 03:49 VK2AOH on VK2/CT-008 14.061 cw
Back on air an calling cq (Posted by VK2AOH)
Thu 03:47 VK3PF on VK3/VE-004 7.110 ssb
Nothing into Manjimup on 7110 (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 03:43 VK3MTD on VK3/VT-057 7.115 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Thu 03:42 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 7.090 ssb
*cq (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 03:36 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/ST-001 7.000 ssb
*qrv 15 min (via RRT) (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 03:26 VK3PF/P on VK3/VE-004 7.110 ssb
cq cq now (Posted by VK3PF)
Thu 03:25 VK3ANL on VK3/VC-005 7.105 ssb
(Posted by VK3ANL)
Thu 03:24 VK7TW on VK7/SC-004 7.080 ssb
*activating trestle Mtn [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK7TW)
Thu 03:17 VK7FREU on VK7/SC-004 146.5 fm
*activating trestle Mtn [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK7TW)
Thu 03:14 VK2AOH on VK2/CT-008 14.061 cw
Qrt for a break an move gear out of the sun (Posted by VK2AOH)
Thu 03:14 VK1DI on VK2/SM-033 7.085 ssb
Good signal into Bendigo (Posted by VK3BHR)
Thu 02:49 VK3YY on VK3/VT-026 7.090 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 02:40 VK2TWR on VK2/SM-039 14.320 ssb
Think I heard you in the noise (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 02:34 VK3PF/P on VK3/VE-004 7.090 ssb
eta 30 min (Posted by VK3PF)
Thu 02:33 VK2AOH on VK2/CT-008 14.061 cw
Calling cq an looking 4 vk6 ops (Posted by VK2AOH)
Thu 02:32 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-030 7.032 cw
*CQ CQ at 16 wpm. S/N=8 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Thu 02:30 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-065 7.100 ssb
*eta 30mins [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Thu 02:28 VK2TWR on VK2/SM-039 14.320 ssb
up in minute (Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 02:24 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 52.200 ssb
*Calling now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 02:23 VK2TWR on VK2/SM-039 10.130 ssb
Veryweak into Manjimup on 30m HNY (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 02:21 VK2TWR on VK2/SM-039 10.130 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 02:04 VK3EK/P on VK3/VG-074 7.095 ssb
(Posted by VK3WE)
Thu 02:02 VK2CPR on VK3/VE-078 7.115 ssb
Moved to another obscure site calling now (Posted by VK2CPR)
Thu 01:57 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 21.325 ssb
Qrt… The sun is nasty! (Posted by VK6MAC )
Thu 01:55 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 21.300 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 01:53 VK2TWR on VK2/SM-039 7.100 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Thu 01:51 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 21.325 ssb
Good Sig into Coffs Harbour (Posted by VK2KTT)
Thu 01:44 VK2IO on VK2/HU-093 21.320 ssb
Cud hear you, then QSB (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 01:44 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 21.325 ssb
Correct freq (Posted by VK6MAC )
Thu 01:43 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 24.970 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 01:43 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 21.350 ssb
Looking for S2S (Posted by VK6MAC )
Thu 01:42 VK2AOH on VK2/CT-008 7.025 cw
Calling cq (Posted by VK2AOH)
Thu 01:39 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 21.320 ssb
*Calling now (for VK6) (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 01:38 VK1DA/2 on VK2/SM-049 7.095 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 01:37 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 28.475 ssb
No signals from VK1/2 in VK6 on 10 metres (Posted by VK6NU)
Thu 01:35 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 28.475 ssb
(Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 01:32 VK1DA/2 on VK2/SM-049 28.510 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 01:28 VK2CDS on VK2/HU-020 7.105 ssb
NEAR LOSTOCK DAM- HUNTER VALLEY- 59+sigs- THANKS DAVID (Posted by VK2LEE)
Thu 01:28 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 14.062 cw
*Calling now (Posted by VK2IO)
Thu 01:23 VK1DA/2 on VK2/SM-049 14.325 ssb
*CQ vk6 [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 01:21 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 14.305 ssb
looking for VK6 (Posted by VK1MA)
Thu 01:20 VK2CDS on VK2/HU-020 7.105 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Thu 01:19 VK5PAS on VK5/SE-001 14.315 ssb
59+ into Scone- thanks Paul .. (Posted by VK2LEE)
Thu 01:19 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 52.200 ssb
qrt now mni tnx nice dx (Posted by VK5CZ)
Thu 01:18 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-053 14.310 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Thu 01:15 VK6MAC/P on VK6/SW-036 28.510 ssb
Here for 20min (Posted by VK6MAC )
Thu 01:11 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 52.200 ssb
qrv now (Posted by VK5CZ)
Thu 01:08 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 7.032 cw
*CQ CQ at 15 wpm. S/N=16 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Thu 01:00 VK6QS/P on VK6/SW-001 14.320 ssb
5×5 into Denmark (Posted by VK6NI)
Thu 00:58 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/SM-049 52.200 ssb
*CQ cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 00:53 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-002 7.145 ssb
cq cq (Posted by VK3ARR)
Thu 00:52 VK5PAS/P on VK5/SE-001 14.315 ssb
Looking VK6 for any S2S contacts Big Signal (Posted by VK6NU)
Thu 00:51 VK5FO on VK5/SE-013 52.200 ssb
*be here for 10 minutes (via RRT) (Posted by VK5FO)
Thu 00:50 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-053 7.10000 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Thu 00:47 VK2IO/P on VK2/HU-093 7.135 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Thu 00:47 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/SM-049 7.170 ssb
*CQ cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 00:38 VK3PF/P on VK3/VG-001 7.095 ssb
cq cq now (Posted by VK3PF)
Thu 00:37 VK2MWP on VK2/ST-022 7.130 ssb
*calling cq (via RRT) (Posted by VK1EM)
Thu 00:37 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 7.03 cw
*CQ CQ at 17 wpm. S/N=11 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Thu 00:34 VK5FO on VK5/SE-013 14.320 ssb
* (via RRT) (Posted by VK5FO)
Thu 00:33 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 28.510 ssb
Anthony is running 100W to try for DX (Posted by VK6WAM)
Thu 00:32 VK1DI/2 on VK2/SM-036 14.310 ssb
Getting stronger Ian (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 00:31 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-012 14.058 cw
(Posted by VK3CAT)
Thu 00:31 VK1ATP/P on VK1/AC-041 7.125 ssb
* (via RRT) (Posted by VK1ATP)
Thu 00:27 VK1DI/2 on VK2/SM-036 14.310 ssb
*cq (via RRT) (Posted by VK1DI)
Thu 00:25 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 28.510 ssb
CQ on 10m (Posted by VK6MAC )
Thu 00:25 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/SM-049 7.170 ssb
*cq cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 00:22 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 7.075 ssb
premt txt (Posted by VK5CZ)
Thu 00:20 VK5PAS on VK5/SE-001 7.085 ssb
You are still in there Paul, waiting on QSB 🙂 (Posted by VK6MB)
Thu 00:19 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-013 10.116 cw
(Posted by VK3CAT)
Thu 00:17 GW8RAK/P on GW/NW-044 145.500 fm
calling now (Posted by G6ODU)
Thu 00:14 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 7.050 ssb
qrv now (Posted by VK5CZ)
Thu 00:12 KE5AKL on W5N/SI-001 7.039 cw
*CQ CQ at 25 wpm. S/N=6 dB at AA4VV {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Thu 00:09 VK2QR/P on VK2/SW-004 7.135 ssb
THANKS ROB -MY FIRST 2015 CONTACT- also vk3MCD- LEE (Posted by VK2LEE)
Thu 00:03 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/SM-049 7.170 ssb
*looking for andrew to andrew [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Thu 00:01 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 7.095 ssb
5/9 just before the new year ! (Posted by VK6WAM)
Thu 00:00 VK3PI on VK3/VC-025 146.500 fm
mark on mt dandenong fm only strong in melton (Posted by VK3MEG)
Wed 23:59 VK2HRX on VK2/CT-012 52.200 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK2HRX)
Wed 23:59 VK2HRX on VK2/CT-013 52.200 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK2HRX)
Wed 23:58 VK3PI on VK3/VC-025 146.5 fm
Very Strong in Toolangi (Posted by VK3DAC)
Wed 23:54 KE5AKL on W5N/SI-001 14.062 cw
*CQ CQ at 25 wpm. S/N=11 dB at AA4VV {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:52 VK6QS/P on VK6/SW-001 7.090 ssb
Matt looking S2S 10 pointer Bluff Knoll (Posted by VK6NU)
Wed 23:51 VK1NAM/2 on VK2/SM-049 7.170 ssb
*cq cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK1NAM)
Wed 23:51 VK1DI/2 on VK2/SM-036 7.115 ssb
*cq (via RRT) (Posted by VK1DI)
Wed 23:50 KE5AKL on W5N/SI-001 7.03855 cw
55 S. AZ (Posted by K6HPX)
Wed 23:50 KE5AKL on W5N/SI-001 7.0385 cw
569 in Los Angeles (Posted by NK6A)
Wed 23:46 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VC-001 7.034 cw
*CQ CQ at 15 wpm. S/N=13 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:46 KE5AKL on W5N/SI-001 7.0385 cw
*CQ CQ at 26 wpm. S/N=18 dB at K5TDA {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:45 VK3ANL on VK3/VC-025 7.140 ssb
*cq (via RRT) (Posted by VK3ANL)
Wed 23:44 VK1MA on VK2/ST-036 7.120 ssb
59 THANKS- MATT – LEE in SCONE (Posted by VK2LEE)
Wed 23:43 VK5PAS on VK5/SE-001 7.085 ssb
Nice signal into Newcastle (Posted by VK2YK)
Wed 23:41 VK5FO on VK5/SE-013 7.150 ssb
* (via RRT) (Posted by VK5FO)
Wed 23:41 VK2IB on VK2/RI-004 7.0275 cw
*cq cq [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK2IB)
Wed 23:41 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VC-001 7.032 cw
*CQ CQ at 16 wpm. S/N=9 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:39 VK2IB/P on VK2/RI-004 7.0275 cw
*CQ CQ at 20 wpm. S/N=13 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:39 VK6MAC on VK6/SW-036 7.095 ssb
Anthony Calling from Mt.Dale looking for S2S contacts. (Posted by VK6NU)
Wed 23:37 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-013 7.034 cw
calling cq (Posted by VK3CAT)
Wed 23:35 VK1ATP/P on VK1/AC-026 52.2 ssb
* (via RRT) (Posted by VK1ATP)
Wed 23:34 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-002 7.135 ssb
Nothing on this Frequency from you Andrew (Posted by VK6NU)
Wed 23:33 VK2HRX on VK2/CT-012 28.510 ssb
*CQ SOTA [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK2HRX)
Wed 23:29 VK7TW & VK7FREU on VK7/SC-003 7.095 ssb
*on summit [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK7TW)
Wed 23:29 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-002 7.135 ssb
cq cq heard some vk6 before (Posted by VK3ARR)
Wed 23:29 VK2CPR on VK3/VE-099 7.115 ssb
Got a better aerial calling cq (Posted by VK2CPR)
Wed 23:27 VK6QS on VK6/SW-001 146.500 fm
*anyone near albany for a 2 m contact [via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK6QS)
Wed 23:24 VK5CZ on VK5/NE-058 7.0305 cw
*CQ CQ at 16 wpm. S/N=11 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 23:21 VK3PF/P on VK3/VG-001 7.105 ssb
cq cq now (Posted by VK3PF)
Wed 23:15 VK1ATP/P on VK1/AC-026 432.1 ssb
* (via RRT) (Posted by VK1ATP)
Wed 23:12 VK2HRX on VK2/CT-012 52.200 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK2HRX)
Wed 23:08 VK3ARR on VK3/VC-002 7.125 ssb
cq cq (Posted by VK3ARR)
Wed 23:07 VK3BQ on VK2/SM-053 7.120 ssb
*[via SOTA Goat] (Posted by VK3BQ)
Wed 23:06 VK5PAS on VK5/SE-001 7.085 ssb
5&9 Into Yarra Valley (Posted by VK3DAC)
Wed 23:05 VK3WAM/P on VK3/VC-001 7.032 cw
*CQ CQ at 16 wpm. S/N=13 dB at VK4CT {Via RBNGate} (Posted by KU6J)
Wed 22:57 VK3MRG on VK3/VC-029 7.100 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Wed 22:57 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-012 7.155 ssb
cq s2s (Posted by VK3CAT)
Wed 22:57 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-012 7.155 ssb
cq s2s (Posted by VK3CAT)
Wed 22:57 VK3CAT on VK3/VN-012 28.510 ssb
Nothing into Manjimup on 10m HNY (Posted by VK6MB)
Wed 22:57 VK3ANL on VK3/VC-025 7.110 ssb
and listening 146.5fm handheld (Posted by VK3ANL)
Wed 22:50 VK3CAT/P on VK3/VN-012 28.510 ssb
cq (Posted by VK3CAT)
Wed 22:50 VK2HRX on VK2/CT-012 7.090 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Wed 22:44 AE9Q/P on W4A/VR-009 14.347 ssb
*Spot[AE9Q]: TEST SPOT ONLY (Posted by SMS_NA)
Wed 22:42 VK3YY on VK3/VT-040 7.125 ssb
cq cq (Posted by VK3YY)
Wed 22:32 VK3EK on VK3/VG-114 7.115 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)
Wed 22:25 VK2CPR/3 on VK3/VE-099 7.115 ssb
can hear some chasers but ur in noise and QSB (Posted by VK6MB)
Wed 22:16 VK2CPR/3 on VK3/VE-099 7.115 ssb
Calling CQ Now (Posted by VK3FPSR)