I headed down the Mornington peninsular the other day with a job and managed to fit in a short activation on Arthurs Seat VK3/VC-031in the afternoon before heading home.
The summit is very accessible, and I drove to the top, then grabbed my gear and walked down the Arthurs seat circuit walking track path, past the toilet towards the Matthew flinders cairn, and this takes you well outside the activation zone.
I walked back up the hill and set myself up at a table below the main carpark near some electric BBQ’s. Numerous people had mentioned issues with HF noise from this summit, but I didn’t have any troubles on 40m or 20m with noise. (i never have any noise issues when on sota summits)
I continue to use my link dipole, and in no time had this set up on 40m and put out a call. It was a normal work day, but as Tuesday was Melbourne cup day holiday for Victoria, many people must have been having a LONG weekend and were on the air. A nice collection of people worked, all on 40M. I was a bit early for 20M being open to Europe and had no luck with that, but I did manage two S2S contacts at the end!. It was a nice hours in the afternoon sun under the trees overlooking Port Phillip bay.
This is a nice easy summit that may feature again in a family summer evening bbq/activation in the coming months!
Date:03/Nov/2014 Summit:VK3/VC-031 (Arthurs Seat) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 1 Bonus: 0
|04:32z||VK3ARR||7MHz||SSB||Andrew to Andrew contact double points!|