Sunday 6 December 2015. Today’s activation starting at 2230 UTC (9:30 am local) was meant to include a session dedicated to working amateur radio operators on 28.480 MHz (10m) and the chance of working SOTA chasers in Japan and North America. Whilst the latter didn’t work out, (no DX or even QRM from Indonesians) local VK1 and VK2 amateur radio operators turned out in numbers to boost my 6 & 10m Challenge score to 139 unique callsigns and 25 unique summits for a total of 3475 points. If you are interested in working a SOTA activators on 28 and 50 MHz, the current SOTA 6 & 10m Challenge concludes at 2359 UTC, 13 February 2016. For amateurs with the privileges to operate on 6m either 50.150 or 52.2 MHz, please consider expanding your capability by installing a simple 6m dipole, it may be temporary or a permanent fixture. 🙂
A bonus from today’s activation and I must declare here and now as unplanned, is a change to my Summit to Summit (S2S) score from 4951 to 4993 with a further 7 points required to claim the SOTA Summit to Summit 5000 point Platinum Award, I’m almost there! My personal view is the SOTA Summit to Summit (S2S) awards, Red, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum are the pinnacle of all SOTA Awards and recognise the extra effort made by activators to make contacts between summits in Australia and overseas. Activators in VK have been known to extend their time on a summit for the chance to make a S2S contact. Myself, I have waited an extra hour just to bag a few S2S points 😉
Summit to Summits contacts from today’s activation of Tuggeranong Hill in Australia’s Capital Territory: Nick VK3ANL/P at Mt Samaria VK3/VE-157, Matt VK1MA/2 at Mt Mundoonen VK2/ST-053, Ian VK1DI/P at Boboyan Range VK1/AC-044 in the Namadgi NP, Paul VK3HN at Mt Saint Philliack VK3/VT-005 and to cap off a terrific morning Glenn VK3YY/P at Mt Vinegar VK3/VC-005. The S2S contact with Ian VK1DI/P counted as a unique chase on both 6 & 10m while the S2S exchange with Matt VK1MA/2 counted as a unique callsign. Thanks Ian and Matt.
On 40m 7.095 MHz exchanging signal reports was difficult at times with deep fading (QSB) around the band, I experienced similar conditions on 30m, 10.130 MHz. 😦
The summit of Tuggeranong Hill is within the Tuggeranong Nature Reserve VKFF-0863 and counts towards the VKFF Parks Awards managed by Paul VK5PAS. I will submit today’s log to Paul in the next day or so.
Photos showing my SOTA station set up on Tuggeranong Hill. Since my last visit to this peak earlier this year, someone or a team of people have constructed a rock wall on the north side of the trig. Sitting on the rock wall is far more comfortable than sitting in a field of prickly thistles. The summit is known by some as Thistle Hill. 😉