VK1/AC-027 1365 metres ASL, near Honeysuckle Creek , Namadgi National Park
Navigation: Galaxy S3, 1:25000 map and compass. I miss the Magellan GPS 😦
Left home at 0645 am for a 45 minute drive to Honeysuckle Creek Campground. The drive is via Tharwa, Naas Road and Apollo Road.
VK1/AC-027 is an unnamed summit 1 km south-east of Honeysuckle creek campground. The campground is the site of the former NASA communications centre. Honeysuckle Tracking Station carried the video of the Apollo 11 landing and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The site was decommissioned in 1981 and moved to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Centre, Tidbinbilla.
From the campground the route is along the Orroral Tors walking track for about 100 metres then turn left onto a management track leading to a water reservoir, two very large waters tanks nestled into the mountain. This part of the ascent takes about 10 minutes and covers 100 vertical metres.
At the water tanks it’s time to head into the scrub for a bit of scrub bashing. The ascent was 40 minutes from the water tanks to the summit rocks, a vertical climb of 150 metres.
The vegetation from the tanks to within 50 metres of the summit is thick, although not as bad as Orroral Hill, man that was a hard mountain! There are obstacles to navigate around such as massive Granite Tors the size of a 3 bedroom house.
The summit is a massive rock bolder not suitable for a radio shack so I descended 5 metres to an area more to my liking. Tied the squid pole to a tree with the occy straps and hung the Slim Jim on a tree branch. Having concurred another VK1 summit it was time to hoist the SOTA Flag.
To my surprise I found VK1RX/P Al on 7.100 at Pheasant Hill, VK1/AC-021 an hour ealier than scheduled. With the S2S out-of-the-way I moved down to 7.080 being chased by VK3AFW Ron. Worked a few stations on 40m then switched to FM simplex and found VK1MAT Matt in Gordon called CQ for 5 minutes without a reply, QSY back to 40m on 7.090 causing a pile up. Worked S2S with VK1DI/P Ian on Mt Rob Roy AC-031 and VK1FB/P Glen on Mt Majura AC-034. Congratulations Glen on your first SOTA activation, look forward to hearing you soon on another VK1 summit.
Stats for the activation: 28 chasers before UTC and 17 after UTC. Hmm what happened to the post UTC chasers?
The descent was 30 minutes to the management track.
Great summit I will be back next year.
Video 2 – 5 minute video of myself and VK1RX and VK1RX working VK chasers.