Sunday 1 July 2018 – SOTA activation of Booroomba Rocks 1382 metres (4537 ft) ASL, Namadgi National Park on 23 and 13cm (1296 and 2403 MHz)
To secure four unique callsigns on 23 and 13 cm, one needs to plan ahead by informing interested parties at least 2 days out, well that’s the story in VK1. It’s just as much fun organising chasers as it is hiking up the mountain. 🙂 I’m taking advantage of the well-known VK1 VHF Dx Net group who are on air from 0800h to 0900h local (2200 to 2300 UTC). For me and my plans to activate Booroomba Rocks it means a very early start at the base of Booroomba Rocks in the dark, it’s winter in this region of eastern Australia. The 240 metre vertical ascent over 2.2 km takes about 1 hour, I made the summit by 0730h local with 30 minutes up my sleeve to set up.
VK1AD SOTA shack at the summit
Extract of VK1AD SOTA Activator Log: 30 June 2018 UTC Booroomba Rocks
|UTC||Callsign||Band||Mode||Distance (km)||Grid Square / Notes|
|22:28||VK1DSH||2.3GHz||SSB||37||QF44MS DALE S59 R59|
|22:30||VK2COW/P||2.3GHz||SSB||63||QF44OX DIMITRI S59 R59|
|22:32||VK1RX/P||2.3GHz||SSB||19||QF44NN AL S58 R57|
|22:33||VK1KW||2.3GHz||SSB||42||QF44MT ROB S59 R59|
|22:46||VK1KW||1240MHz||SSB||42||QF44MT ROB S59 R59|
|22:47||VK1MT||1240MHz||SSB||15||QF44NM MATT S59 R59|
|22:48||VK1DSH||1240MHz||SSB||37||QF44MS DALE S59 R58|
|22:50||VK1RX/P||1240MHz||SSB||19||QF44NN AL S59 R59|
|23:19||VK1AT/P||1240MHz||SSB||28||QF44MQ JIM S59 R59 S2S VK1/AC-040|
|23:27||VK1MCW/P||1240MHz||SSB||15||QF44NM BILL S59 R59 S2S VK1/AC-03|
As you can see from my log extract, I qualified with a minimum of four unique callsigns on each band 23 cm (1296 MHz) and 13 cm (2.4 GHz). Furthest contact on 2.4 GHz was with Dimitri VK2COW at 63 km (39.1 miles), signal reports were excellent.
Summit to Summit (S2S) QSOs included Jim VK1AT at Mt Ainslie and Bill VK1MCW at Bullen Range.
Photos: © Copyright 2018 Andrew VK1AD