Saturday 26 December 2015. Earlier today I noticed a SOTA alert posted by Herbert OE9HRV seeking VK Dx on 10m 28.477 MHz SSB. 2 months ago Herbert wrote to me suggesting I substitute my 10m 1/2 wave dipole for a 10m J-Pole. Herbert went even further than a recommendation, he mailed to me a complete hombrew 10m J-Pole ready for use. Herbert’s only request was that I use the antenna to call him for a S2S on 10m. 🙂
Having spotted Herbert’s alert on SOTAWatch for 0730 UTC (18:30 local) I posted an alert for Mt Stromlo VK1/AC-043. If you know anything about Herbert’s SOTA activations you may recall he often operates his radio at 150 watts output powered by three 8.4 LiFePO4 batteries. Herbert’s antenna choices usually involve 1/2 wave verticals either in the J-Pole or ‘H’ antenna configuration. Check out Herbert’s set up at Herbert OE9HRV.
My equipment: Yaesu FT-857D, batteries 2 LiPo batteries, antenna OE9HRV 10m J-Pole. Radio power setting 25 watts for VK chasers and 50 watts when I called Herbert.
Did I work Herbert OE9HRV on Hirschberg OE/VB-509 in Austria from Mt Stromlo in Australia? No I didn’t. Did I hear Hebert? Yes I did from 07:50 UTC through to 0900 UTC, Herbert’s signal was consistently 5-2. When Herbert called CQ on 28.477 I returned his call many times, unfortunately the FT-857D at 50 watts output wasn’t enough for a contact via short path. Interestingly Al VK1RX/M mobile in Canberra heard Herbert. Al and I also heard DK8MZ (non SOTA station) calling CQ VK and ZL short path, his signal was 5-5, again I return his call without success.
Who did I work from Mt Stromlo?
|7:34||28MHz||SSB||VK4RF||Rick S58 R57|
|7:34||28MHz||SSB||VK4HA||Rick S58 R57|
|7:36||28MHz||SSB||VK3ARR*||Andrew S55 R53|
|7:37||28MHz||SSB||VK3PMG*||Mick S59 R57|
|7:38||28MHz||SSB||VK3CAT||Tony S59 R58|
|7:40||28MHz||SSB||VK8GM*||Greg S58 R55|
|7:42||28MHz||SSB||VK3MEG*||Steve S52 R55|
|7:45||28MHz||SSB||VK1XP/M||Peter S59 R59|
|8:13||28MHz||SSB||VK1RX/M||Al S59 R59|
|8:23||28MHz||SSB||ZL3CC*||Andrew S52 R41|
|8:25||28MHz||SSB||VK5WG||Nev S55 R54|
|8:44||28MHz||SSB||ZL3ADT||Ross S58 R54|
|8:55||28MHz||SSB||VK5IS||Ian S51 R51|
* New unique callsigns worked on 10m. Andrew VK3ARR, Mick VK3PMG, Greg VK8GM, Steve VK3MEG and Andrew ZL3CC. Thanks guys 🙂