Unnamed Summit VK1/AC-019 – 7 June 2013

VK1/AC-019 1510 metres ASL, Namadgi National Park, ACT/NSW border

Forecast temp: 15 degrees and a chance of rain
Navigation: Compass, Map Bredbo 1:25000 topo and the new Garmin 62s
Antennas: 2m 5el yagi, 2m Slim Jim and 40m 1/2 wave dipole
Antenna supports: 2 Squid poles 7m and 9m
Rig: FT-857D
Power supply: 5 Ah 4S LiPo
Trek: 10.8 km return via Burnt Hill

It’s Friday and today I get to play SOTA and play with the new hand-held GPS Garmin 62s. I lost the Magellan Colour (10 years old) at the Orroral Valley car park by leaving the unit on the car roof, I wont make that mistake again. Left home at 0815 local for a 1.25 hour drive down Boboyan Road to the ACT/NSW border at E678639 N6026908.

Started the walk at 0930, anticipated being on the summit by 1100 allowing 30 minutes to set up antennas and the rig for a 1130 activation.   The southerly buster was blowing a gale with wind gusts around 40 km/h, it was very difficult setting up and the winds didn’t stop, in fact it got stronger in the afternoon.  The squid poles were collapsing as I was trying to tape the joints, very frustrating.  Eventually completed the set up and on-air at 1135 local.  Here is a link to a video of the wind.

First chaser was Peter VK3PF with a very strong signal, thanks for the spot Peter.  Bernard VK3AMB, Brian VK3MDC/m and Ernie VK3DET followed in quick succession. That’s 4 chasers down and a qualified summit, lets see who else is out there?   Worked 36 discrete stations on HF and 2 on VHF.  Highlights being chased by Mark VK1MDC and Peter VK1IRC who had zipped out of the office and up Mt Ainslie for a chaser contact.  Achieved valid contacts with Matt VK1MAT on 2m SSB and Al VK1RX/p on 2m FM.   Mobile stations were Ron VK3AFW on route to VS-050, Brian VK3MDC on route to VN-027, Glenn VK3YY,  Peter VK3ZPF near Yea, Kevin VK3CKC and Peter VK2NEO in Griffith.

Summit to summit (S2S) contacts were with Brian VK3MDC, Ron VK3AFW and Andrew VK1DA.

Finally it was good to hear Darren VK2NNN at Bondi and I did a spot of antenna testing with Bernard VK3AMB on 144.200 USB.

After being on the summit for 3 hours the 4S LiPo voltage was 14.1 volts with 1.5 Ah capacity remaining.

Thanks to the chasers and activators for a good activation in the mountains of VK1 (less the wind). Not a bad effort considering it’s a working day.

Track routes and track profile from the Garmin 62s.

AC019 Track Log

AC019 Track Log via Burnt Hill

AC019 Track Profile

AC-019 Track Profile

Pictures for you to browse through

Start of the walk

Start of the walk

Border crossing

Border crossing

Easy going

Easy going to Burnt Hill

Not so easy

Not so easy

Hard work

Hard work leading to the summit

1/2 wave dipole and SOTA Flag

1/2 wave dipole and SOTA Flag

5el Yagi - string used to control the direction of the beam

5el Yagi – string used to control the direction of the beam

Shack on AC-019

Shack on AC-019

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