Mount Tumorrama VK2/SW-027 1218 metres ASL, Bondo State Forest
Continuing on with the plan to activate three summits Yankee Ned Hill, Mount Tumorrama and Billapaloola the next summit is Mount Tumorrama. My plan is to activate the summit at 01:30 UTC looking for a summit to summit (S2S) contact with fellow VK1 SOTA activator Al VK1RX. Al’s plan for today is Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015 then Cabbage Tree Fire Trail VK2/SC-034 in NSW South Coast region.
The route: from Yankee Ned Hill VK2/SW-026 continue along Brindabella Road for 6.5 km to the intersection with Cockatoo Road. Turn right into Cockatoo Road.
Drive 2.6 km along Cockatoo Road to Tumorrama Trig Road. Turn right to the summit.
Next turn right into Lookout Tower Road for a drive-up to the summit.
Clearing the activation zone walking out 460 meters for a 35 meter descent
Equipment: Yaesu FT-817ND, 3S 2.2 Ah LiPo battery, 10/20/40 link dipole
Looking to contact Al VK1RX on Mt Budawang I checked SOTAWatch for chaser spots. To my surprise there are separate spots for Peter VK3PF at Mt Wills, Ben VK5TX at Mount Bindo, Andrew VK1MBE at Mt Ainslie, Matt VK2DAG at Bakers Downfall Hill, Mike VK3XL at Mt Macedon and Rod VK2LAX at Mt Elliot.
Set up and ready go at 0200 UTC 30 minutes later than planned. First 5 contacts on 7 MHz were all summits to summit contacts with Al VK1RX, Ben VK5TX, Sam VK2AFA, Mike VK3XL and Peter VK3PF. Ben and Sam are on the same summit, I qualified the summit with Peter VK3PF. Next chaser was Tony VK3CAT running QRP into a magnetic loop antenna followed by two more S2S contacts Andrew VK1MBE and Rod VK2LAX.
Next two chasers were Ernie VK3DET and Cliff VK2CCJ, Cliff’s also uses a magnetic loop antenna. The eighth S2S contact and next chaser is Matt VK2DAG. With all S2S contacts completed, it was smooth sailing for the remaining 8 chasers on 40m, Gerard VK2IO, Compton VK2HRX, Mike VK6MB/2 near Broulee, VK2EK Rod, VK5LY Larry, Ken VK3UH, Mark VK3PI and finally Ken VK3XYC.
Changed the antenna links to 20m for two chasers, Paul VK5PAS (terrific signal Paul) and John VK6NU for a S51 R31 report.
Mt Tumorrama is an easy access summit, has a low noise floor and amazing panoramic views of the south-west slopes. I am considering revisiting Mt Tumorrama and Yankee Ned Hill for winter points when I next head down this way for a new unnamed summit VK2/SW-024.
Packed up at 02:45 for the reverse walk out of the AZ. Back at the car I had a break for lunch and tea, before heading off to Billapaloola State Forest. Thanks activators for 8 S2S and chasers for another satisfying activation.