Took a break from the hustle and bustle of Canberra and headed down to Broulee on the NSW South Coast. Broulee is a quiet town with a small general store and a takeaway. On Saturday my wife and I went to Moruya for the well-known Saturday markets where I picked up a 9 metre squid pole (new) for $30.00, a bargain! Fresh veggies were the order of the day and cheap. After the markets we enjoyed a walk through the central main street before heading down to the surf beach for a walk on the breakwater. At the breakwater we spotted a pod of dolphins busy chasing after a meal or two. Click on the pictures to zoom in.
This morning (Sunday) I did a spot of SOTA chasing for 40 minutes around UTC change. Successfully chased Glenn VKY3YY/p on VK3/VE-073 Mt Timbertop before UTC and Allen VK3HRA/p also on VE-037 after UTC. 16 chaser points for a lazy morning on the deck.
I set up the 40m EFHW running out to a tree branch with the far end tied off on the recycling bin. The LC match version 3 can be seen resting against the deck hand-rail. The antenna was no more than 2 metres above the ground and 4 metres at the tree. Received Glenn 5-7 before UTC and Allen 5-8 after UTC. I think Glenn was using a short portable antenna.
Also worked distant SOTA chasers, Andrew VK2ONZ running QRP, Mark VK1MDC, Peter VK3PF and Ed VK2JI. Ian VK5CZ and Paul VK5PAS on route to VK5/SE-006 also had clear signals. Almost zero RF noise at Broulee, perfect for QRP work and SOTA chasing. Unfortunately I missed an opportunity to work Peter VK3YE at Chelsea beach.
Here are some pictures of the portable set up and later a walk out to Broulee Island. Click on the pictures to zoom in.
Having played radio for 40 minutes, it was time to head down to the local surf beach for a walk to Broulee Island.