SOTA – Mt Samaria

Mt Samaria VK3/VE-157 957* metres ASL,  Mt Samaria State Forest Park Tuesday 23 December 2014, I’m driving back to Canberra after a family birthday combined with a Christmas gathering in Melbourne.  Before heading down to Melbourne, I contacted Warren VK3BYD to find out details on the road conditions along Williams and Mount Samaria Road.  Mt…

SOTA – Hamilton Hill

Hamilton Hill VK2/RI-033 480 metres ASL, Jindera Gap NSW Tuesday 23 December 2014, I’m on the return trip to Canberra.  Temperature is 35 degrees it’s hot!   Hamilton Hill is 7 km north-west of Lavington in the regional area known as Albury.  How do you get there? From Lavington take Urana Road to Jindera Gap. At…

SOTA – Lake Mountain to Federation Range

Federation Range VK3/VN-029 1482 metres ASL, Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-556 Melbourne, Monday 22 December 2014.  I’m in Melbourne for a family gathering and today everyone is at work.  Perfect weather for a day in mountains, problem is there are so many high scoring SOTA peaks in the outer east, I’m spoilt for choice.  I…

SOTA – Riverina Region VK2/RI

Saturday 20 December 2014. Today I am driving from Canberra to Melbourne via the Hume Highway, I plan to activate three VK2/RI summits en route to Melbourne. To assist chasers with my tracking, I have enabled APRS on the mobile phone using APRS Droid SSID VK1NAM-5.  The peaks I have chosen are: VK2/RI-016 Mount Burngoogee,…

500 Unique SOTA Summits Chased

On Saturday 15 November 2014, I activate three summits in the Kosciuszko National Park, during the activation of Blackfellows Hill VK2/SM-033, I picked up my 500th unique chased summit from a contact with Rob VK3EK/P activating Mt Cann VK3/VG-133.   Out of interest I checked the number of SOTA contacts made from other peaks, 43%…