SOTA – Australia’s Highest Mountain combined with VI100ACT

Planning to activate Australia’s highest mountain peak Mt Kosciuszko with Andrew VK1DA on Monday 30 Dec 13.  Two Andrews on the summit is clearly not enough, we need more Andrews which at short notice is difficult to achieve.  Instead I can offer you something a little more interesting the opportunity to work special event callsign VI100ACT.  🙂

VI100ACT was issued to the CRARC in March 2013 for use by club members as a part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations.  Monday and Tuesday are the last two days of the Centenary year, so here is your chance to work VI100ACT combined with a SOTA activation of Australia’s highest mountain Mt Kosciuszko.   For operating times and frequencies go to SOTAWatch.

The route to the summit starts at Thredbo village at 1380 metres ASL.  Next is the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Eagles Nest restaurant at 2040 metres ASL.  From Eagles Nest the rest of the way is a 6.2 km walk up hill and down dale gaining 188 metres.

Fig 1:

Mt Kosciuszko walking track from Thredbo

Fig 1: Mt Kosciuszko walking track from Thredbo village via the express chairlift.  Then Eagles Nest to the summit

Photo of the portable yagi for 2m and 70 cm.  Ex Arrow dual band satellite antenna modified for SOTA.

2m and 70 cm yagi.  5 elements on 2m and 7 elements on 70 cm.

2m and 70 cm yagi. 5 elements on 2m and 7 elements on 70 cm.

I moved to Canberra in 2000 through my job, since then I have completed the Main Range walking track 5 times. My favorite places on the range are Carruthers Peak and Blue Lake.

Although I have visited the summit many times, Monday will be my first SOTA activation of Mt Kosciuszko. The weather forecast is looking good for a great day on the big hill.

I plan to revisit Main Range in 2014 on the Canberra Day long weekend to activate three summits Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Townsend and Mt Tynam.  If time permits I hope to activate Mt Perisher.  😉

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