SOTA chase from Broulee, NSW South Coast

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.

Saturday at Moruya Surf Beach

Saturday at Moruya Surf Beach

Moruya Breakwater

Moruya Breakwater

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.

FT857D on the deck

FT857D on the deck running 5 watts QRP from a 12 volt SLA

40m EFHW 4 high  metres at the tree

40m EFHW 4 metres high at the tree

EFHW tied off on the bin

EFHW tied off on the recycling bin

Having played radio for 40 minutes, it was time to head down to the local surf beach for a walk to Broulee Island.

Broulee SOTA Chase

Broulee SOTA Chase

View south to Broulee Island

View south to Broulee Island

View north to Mossy Point

View north to Mossy Point

View from Broulee Island to future SOTA summits around Buckenbowra State Forest, Clyde Mountain and Araluen

View from Broulee Island to future SOTA summits around Buckenbowra State Forest, Clyde Mountain and Araluen

Broulee Island Reserve

Broulee Island Reserve

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One thought on “SOTA chase from Broulee, NSW South Coast

  1. Hi Andrew,

    Looks like a beautiful spot. The weather looks sensational in the photos.

    Glad you were able to hear Ian & I enroute to the summit. We were running late, as we were having problems trying to find the summit. Got there in the end though.

    Cheers,

    Paul,
    VK5PAS.

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