SOTA Activation Mount Tumorrama – 22 April 2014

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.

Cockatoo Road intersection with Brindabella Road

Cockatoo Road intersection with Brindabella Road

Drive 2.6 km along Cockatoo Road to Tumorrama Trig Road.  Turn right to the summit.

Tumorrama Trig Road

Tumorrama Trig Road

Next turn right into Lookout Tower Road for a drive-up to the summit.

Lookout Tower Road

Lookout Tower Road

Fire lookout tower and comms infrastructure

Fire lookout tower and comms infrastructure

Map

Mount Tumorrama GPS route

Mount Tumorrama GPS route

Route profile

Mount Tumorrama route profile

Mount Tumorrama route profile from the intersection of Cockatoo Road and Brindabella Road

Clearing the activation zone walking out 460 meters for a 35 meter descent

clearing the AZ

clearing the AZ

Summit environment

Summit area cleared

summit area with a concrete pillar trig and the beheaded vane, very disappointing to see the vandalism

Tumorrama Trig name plate

concrete pillar trigonometric station ‘Tumorrama’ name plate

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.

VK1NAM SOTA shack on Mount Tumorrama Trig

VK1NAM SOTA shack on Mount Tumorrama Trig

view south-east

view south-east

 

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One thought on “SOTA Activation Mount Tumorrama – 22 April 2014

  1. Great read as always Andrew. That last photo is very impressive – great views. Sorry to read about the vandalism, but it doesn’t really surprise me.
    Cheers,
    Paul,
    VK5PAS.

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