Sota Activations – VK2/SM-065 – VK2/SM-007 – VK2/SM-014 – VK1/AC-043

Camping in Kosczisko National Park provides easy access to a number of sota summits, some are easy to access, and some require a bit of a walk, over the last week or so we have activated a number of summits on the local area. As well as explored the area.

VK2/SM-065 Box Ridge.

This summit is a nice easy drive to one. We had to head into Jindabyne, the local town and restock some supplies for the campsite and i told the family they had to come with me for a summit / Activation. I had forgotten i’d activated this already this year (as my new years day 2014 roll over summit). We headed up the hill, and parked in the activation zone, went for a short stroll out and back in to qualify and played radio for a short period of time.

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It also allowed Chrisitne to operate the summit and collect her activator points.

Date:26/Dec/2014 Summit:VK2/SM-065 (Box Ridge) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
02:11z VK3CAT 7MHz SSB Thanks Tony
02:13z VK2UH 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
02:13z VK1NAM 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
02:17z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB
02:17z VK3ANL 7MHz SSB
02:18z VK5EE 7MHz SSB
02:19z VK3MTB 7MHz SSB
02:19z VK2NNN 7MHz SSB Thanks Daren
02:20z VK2CCJ 7MHz SSB
02:21z VK3AV 7MHz SSB Nathan 2nd Opeartor
02:26z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Thanks Matt
02:27z VK5WG 7MHz SSB

VK2/SM-007 Mt Perisher.

I hate this summit! its too steep, the road path I used last year is slippery and rough, the “bush bashing” way up everyone else says is easy is even harder, walking through snow grass and undergrowth. We set off after a visit to Charlottes pass, but the little child had decided he was not interested in a walk today and about 50m up the hill, in the terrible conditions he refused to go on, Christine and the kids returned the car and I quickly (as I could) scrambled up the hill to the activation zone, found a rock and set myself up for a quick activation.

Not many photos from this one, the march flies were horrible, the wind strong, i just wanted it over with and to head back down.

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Date:27/Dec/2014 Summit:VK2/SM-007 (Mt Perisher) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 10 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
02:56z VK7PAK 7MHz SSB Thanks Kerry
03:01z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB Thanks Peter
03:02z VK3EK 7MHz SSB Thanks Rob
03:02z VK3CAT 7MHz SSB Thanks Tony
03:03z VK3YW 7MHz SSB Thanks John
03:04z VK2UH 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
03:05z VK1NAM 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
03:07z VK1ATP 7MHz SSB
03:08z VK2CCJ 7MHz SSB
03:09z VK3LED 7MHz SSB
03:11z VK2IO 7MHz SSB
03:13z VK3PF 7MHz SSB Thanks Peter
03:14z VK3MRG 7MHz SSB Thanks Marshall
03:15z VK3FCEK 433MHz FM Thanks Christine
03:16z VK3AV 7MHz SSB Thanks Bernard
03:18z VK3YE 7MHz SSB Thanks Peter
03:18z VK3ANL 7MHz SSB Thanks Nick
03:19z VK3ARR 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
03:20z VK2MWP 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
03:21z VK3MTB 7MHz SSB Thanks tim
03:37z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Thanks Amanda
03:40z VK3MEG 7MHz SSB Thanks Steve
03:42z VK3AFW 7MHz SSB Thanks Ron

VK2/SM-014 The Cascades

The weather Sunday was nice, and i talked the family into another walk. The cascades walk is a nice walk, a little steep on the last uphill section but the kids were both back to being happy and we set off for the walk. One of the other campers locally to us had done the walk Saturday and seen some wild brumbies, but my kids are SO noisy, if their were any around, we scared them off with the noise. Its around 5.5km to the activation zone, it took us just over 2hrs of walking time at 5 year olds pace! Once at the top, you need a short bush bash into the scrub to get into the activation zone, we set ourselves up using a dead tree as a seat/pole support next to some rocks which the kids headed off to climb. We spent a bit of time on this activation working lots of stations, Christine also activated and qualified the summit, having a chat with some friends on 40m who are 4wd trekking on the victorian side of the ranges. I even tried 6m, but didn’t have any luck.

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Date:28/Dec/2014 Summit:VK2/SM-014 (The Cascades) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 10 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
02:40z VK3PF 7MHz SSB
02:43z VK1NAM 7MHz SSB
02:44z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB
02:45z VK3ANL 7MHz SSB
02:47z VK2YK 7MHz SSB
02:48z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB
02:48z VK2MWP 7MHz SSB
02:49z VK3AWG 7MHz SSB
02:50z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB
02:50z VK3EK 7MHz SSB
02:52z VK2CCJ 7MHz SSB
02:53z VK3MTB 7MHz SSB
02:53z VK1DI 7MHz SSB
02:53z VK3AFW 7MHz SSB
02:53z VK2IO 7MHz SSB
02:54z VK3CAT 7MHz SSB
02:56z VK3ZDX 7MHz SSB
02:56z VK3AV 7MHz SSB
02:56z VK3LED 7MHz SSB
02:57z VK3WAR 7MHz SSB
02:58z VK3HRA 7MHz SSB
02:59z VK3HAD 7MHz SSB
03:00z VK3BYD 7MHz SSB
03:01z VK3KX 7MHz SSB
03:03z VK3FLCS 7MHz SSB
03:04z VK3FOWL 7MHz SSB
03:05z VK5IS 7MHz SSB
03:13z VK1MA 7MHz SSB
03:14z VK3ARR 7MHz SSB
03:18z VK3JM 7MHz SSB
03:20z VK3AUQ 7MHz SSB
03:22z VK3UH 7MHz SSB
03:23z VK3MRG 7MHz SSB
03:39z VK3FOWL 7MHz SSB
03:42z VK2HRX 7MHz SSB
03:43z VK2HFS 7MHz SSB
03:44z VK2LX 7MHz SSB

VK1/AC-043 Mt Stromlo

The kids are pretty Big on science, and they really enjoy Questacon, the national science centre in Canberra. The weather report for the mountains was going to be horrible, so we packed everyone up early and drove to canberra. I dumped the family at Questacon and set off for a local canberra summit. Earlier in the year id activated one of the other local hills, so headed for Mt Stromlo. I drove to near the top and grabbed the gear, walked back down the hill and then setup on the lawn opposite one of the telescope domes. The telescopes burnt in the bushfires in the early 2000’s.. I was early enough to active pre UTC roll over and got two days of activations in. I even managed to activate the summit on 50MHz working 5 canberra locals on 6m. After packing up, i headed back to join the family for an afternoon of science at Questacon..

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Date:28/Dec/2014 Summit:VK1/AC-043 (Mt Stromlo) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 1 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
23:48z VK3YY 7MHz SSB Thanks Glenn
23:50z VK1NAM 7MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
23:50z VK5IS 7MHz SSB
23:51z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Thanks Amanda
23:51z VK1DR 7MHz SSB Thanks James
23:52z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Thanks Matt
23:52z VK2IO 7MHz SSB
23:53z VK2CCJ 7MHz SSB
23:53z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB
23:54z VK2FROD 7MHz SSB rod
23:54z VK2LEE 7MHz SSB
23:55z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB
23:55z VK1RX 7MHz SSB
23:56z VK3TKK 7MHz SSB
23:57z VK3KAB 7MHz SSB thanks kevin
23:58z VK2KTT 7MHz SSB thanks Paul

Date:29/Dec/2014 Summit:VK1/AC-043 (Mt Stromlo) Call Used:VK3BQ Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:01z VK1XM 7MHz SSB
00:02z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Thanks Matt
00:02z VK1DI 7MHz SSB Thanks Ian
00:02z VK5EE 7MHz SSB
00:02z VK3PF 7MHz SSB Thanks Peter
00:03z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Thanks Amanda
00:03z VK3MEG 7MHz SSB Thanks Steve
00:04z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB
00:04z VK2IO 7MHz SSB
00:05z VK3AV 7MHz SSB Thanks Bernard
00:05z VK3VKT 7MHz SSB
00:06z VK3WE 7MHz SSB
00:06z VK3LED 7MHz SSB
00:07z VK1NAM 50MHz SSB
00:11z VK1DI 50MHz SSB
00:12z VK1EM 50MHz SSB
00:20z VK1RX 50MHz SSB
00:23z VK2MWP 50MHz SSB Thanks Andrew
00:27z VK3BHR 7MHz SSB
00:28z VK2NNN 7MHz SSB
00:35z VK2PN 7MHz CW thanks Patrick

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