SOTA – Mount McDonald 52 MHz activation

Mount McDonald VK1/AC-048 789 metrs ASL, Cotter Dam Catchment Sunday 29 March 2015. I have two homebrew SOTA multi-band link dipoles, my spare lightweight antenna has a 6m link.  Yesterday I modified my primary antenna to include a 6m link with a center frequency of 51.150 MHz. I tested the antenna on 52.2 MHz using…

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These boots are made for walking…

I have been asked about the boots I wear for SOTA activations/bush walking and are the boots comfortable after a long hike in the Australian bush?  If you are walking short or long distance the comfort of your boot is fundamental to having a great time.  Uncomfortable boots will make your life a misery.  During…

SOTA – Mt Twynam Kosciuszko National Park

Mount Twynam VK2/SM-003 2196 metres ASL, Kosciuszko National Park Friday 6 March 2015.  I’m spending four days in the Kosciuszko National Park VKFF-269 to activate 7 SOTA peaks, yesterday Thursday 5 March I activated Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007 2050m ASL and The Cascades VK2/SM-014 at 1840m ASL.  Today the plan is to activate Mt Twynam the…

SOTA – VK1 Isaacs Ridge to Europe

Canberra – Isaacs Ridge VK1/AC-041 840 metres ASL   During the week I posted a note on the SOTA reflector seeking interest in summit to summit contacts between Australia’s Capital Territory (VK1) and keen SOTA activators in Europe on Friday 13 March 2014, yes it’s  Black Friday.  I received three firm responses from Mike 2E0YYY…

SOTA – Kosciuszko National Park

Summary of four days of SOTA activity in the Australian Snowy Mountains  (Kosciuszko National Park) 5 to 8 March 2015   Total distance walked: 54 km Ascent metres (climbed): 1982 metres Activations: 7 Activator Points: 68 Summit to Summit (S2S) Points: 228 S2S Contacts: 40 DX S2S Contacts: 5 Chasers: 202 DX Chasers: 16 Photos…