VK1 SOTA Activation to Faial Island and Noirmoutier Island

Tuggeranong Hill VK1/AC-038 855 metres ASL, Canberra Nature Park 1 April 2014

Left work at 16:30 for a 30 minute drive to the base of Tuggeranong Hill, followed by a 25 minute walk to the summit.  The ascent is an easy climb, 171 metres over 1.5 km.  Plan is to start the activation at 07:00 UTC (18:00 local) on 14.310 USB for 45 minutes then 15 minutes on 40m for VK SOTA chasers.  Sunset is 0800 UTC or 19:00 local.

Equipment: Rig Yaesu FT-857D, battery 4S 4.2 Ah LiFePO4, antenna 10/20/40 link dipole supported by a 7 metre squid pole.  HT Yaesu dual band FT-60.  FT857D power setting: 14MHz 40 watts and 7 MHz 5 watts.

Tuggeranong Hill GPS track log

Tuggeranong Hill GPS track log

Tuggeranong Hill track profile

Tuggeranong Hill track profile

Arrived at the summit Trig at 17:30 and spent 15 minutes setting up the SOTA station.  The green stuff on the ground is weeds with a prickly spike on the leaf edge.  To avoid the spikes I sat on a rock, not very comfortable.  🙂

VK1NAM SOTA Shack on Tuggeranong Hill

VK1NAM SOTA Shack on Tuggeranong Hill

Good news no interference (QRM) from the commercial and TV transmission tower

UHF TV transmission tower

UHF TV transmission tower.

Tuggeranong Hill Trig and link dipole

Tuggeranong Hill Trig and link dipole

Set the antenna broadside to the south-west for long path to Europe and north-east towards North America.

Started the activation at 06:45 UTC on 14.310 MHz, first SOTA chaser was Mike G6TUH in Sussex followed by John VK6NU in Western Australia, Daniel NA6MG in California, and Colin G4UXH in the Lake District.   Continued to work 20m for 21 more chasers from England, Germany, Italy, Hungary, France, Spain, Finland, Switzerland and Florida USA.  Had to move away from 14.310 to 14.315 due to QRM from two German stations on 14.307.  VK chasers on 20m were Ian VK5CZ, Paul VK2KTT, Peter VK6RZ, and Greg VK8GM.

At 07:11 UTC Bernard F9IE from Noirmoutier Island off the Atlantic coast of France, checked in with a cracking good signal 5-9, my signal was 5-6.  Noirmoutier Island is IOTA EU-064, long path is 22,700 km.

At 07:30 UTC Paul CS8ABA from Horta Azores on Faial Island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, IOTA EU-175 also had an excellent signal 5-9, my signal was 5-5.  Long path is 20,400 km.

Changed to 40m 7.115 MHz at 07:40 logging 10 VK chasers.  QRP chasers were Peter VK3PF, Peter VK3FPSR, John VK3FCAN and Steve VK3FADU.  Extract of the SOTA log is below.

Thanks SOTA chasers, 9 countries and two Island on the Air (IOTA) contacts, a perfect evening on a hill-top with an awesome sunset.

Sunset on Tuggeranong Hill

sunset on Tuggeranong Hill

Mt Tennent VK1/AC-025

view south-west to Mt Tennent VK1/AC-025

Eastern Grey Kangaroos congregate around the summit at dusk

eastern grey kangaroo

eastern grey kangaroo on the descent

Extract of SOTA log: 1 April 2014

Extract of SOTA log 1 April 2014

Extract of SOTA log 1 April 2014

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6 thoughts on “VK1 SOTA Activation to Faial Island and Noirmoutier Island

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    • Hi Merton

      Did you know you can log the SOTA contacts, using the Short Wave Listener functionality. You create a SWL user ID and start recording the activator contacts, you only need one activator/chaser contact for any given summit to accrue the summit points. Say for example you can hear me woking a UK station and hear the UK reply, then log the contact as a SWL. If the contact is a summit to summit exchange then there are two entries as a SWL.

      I have set myself a SWL user ID to chase activators on 10 and 24 MHz.

      73
      Andrew, VK1NAM

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