Today’s lunch time activation of Mt Ainslie VK1/AC-040 was an opportunity to work S2S with Andrew VK1DA on Mt Delegate VK3/VG-035, south-east region of Victoria and Allen VK3HRA on Mt Torbreck VK3/VN-001 in the north-east. Andrew is heading to the GippsTech 2013 conference at Churchill.
I met fellow activator/chasers Al VK1RX and Mark VK1MDC on the summit after completing a short walk from a car park 60 vertical metres below the summit spot height. Al and Mark assisted with the set up and we were on-air at 12:25. Mark had posted a spot using SOTA Goat.
First contact was a S2S with Allen on Mt Torbreck followed by Matt VK1MA then the pile up of chasers on 7.085 which continued for 30 minutes. Portable stations in the mix were VK3MRG Marshall, VK3MCD Brian and VK5PAS Paul all QRP. Paul was activating the Knoll Conservation Park 20 km south-east of Adelaide.
Mobile stations were VK3KAN Rik, VK3PF Peter and VK3AFW Ron. Good to see VK3XY Derek is continuing to promote QRP from the QTH.
Andrew VK1DA joined the chase from Mt Delegate just before 1pm for a new S2S. With two S2S in the bag it was time to pack up and head back to work, not before walking back down the mountain and stopping to check out Mark’s mobile antenna the ATAS-100, neat antenna! One for the bucket list.
A total of 18 points to the S2S score and 19 chasers between VK1, VK3 and VK5. If today’s pile up at ‘lunch time’ is a sign of the popularity of SOTA, then as a group we are doing a great job in promoting the hobby.
Mt Ainslie shack, FT-857D on the steel tube.
Mark and Al looking busy under the 40m 1/2 wave dipole.