SOTA 2016 – VK1AD portable 70cm update #5 plus UK on 10m

Wednesday 10 February 2016, planned SOTA activation of Mt Taylor VK1/AC-037 856 metres ASL on 439.00 MHz FM  Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44MP
Mt Taylor Nature Reserve – VKFF-0854

Radio: Yaesu FT-60R dual band HT
Antenna: 5/8 HT antenna
Power Level: FT-60R 5 watts
SOTA Alert:  Yes
Date posted alert: 7 February 2016
Notice Period: 3 days
Outcome:  Qualified Mt Taylor on 70cm  🙂
Duration to qualify on 70cm:  2 hours and 20 minutes for 4 unique chasers  😦
My 2016 70cm challenge: qualified 4 from 5 summits

Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD

Mt Taylor is my local summit only 2.5 km from my home QTH.  From the base of the mountain the climb to the summit takes about 20 to 25 minutes to cover 1.2 km, less time when my K9 buddy is pulling me up the mountain as his attention is drawn to mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.   I have activate Mt Taylor 33 times in 3 years, this activation is the 1st for 2016 therefore 1 activator point is on offer.    The SOTA 6 and 10m Challenge concludes on Sunday at 11 am local so I thought I might have a second shot at short path propagation to Europe with an aim to harvest a couple of unique callsigns.  My first attempt at 10m EU short path was last Friday which (IMHO) for me and the chasers in Russia and Europe produced a good outcome for all involved.

VK1AD SOTA Shack Mt Taylor and my K9 companion

VK1AD SOTA Shack Mt Taylor and my K9 companion.  You can see three Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the top right of the picture

View north-west

View north-west

First chaser on 70cm 439.00 MHz FM was Tony at 0703 UTC (18:03 local). Next in order were Roald VK1MTS and Al VK1RX/m.  I really didn’t want to rely on Tony’s second callsign VK2VIC/1 to qualify on 70cm so Tony called in a favour with Nick VK1NK.  Thankfully Nick called at last light 0920 UTC (20:20 local) for the fourth unique chaser on 70cm.  I posted many alerts over a 2 hour period requesting chasers call me on 70cm, in the end the process to qualify the summit on 70cm took 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Moving on to the SOTA 10m Challenge, 10m opened to the UK at 08:45 UTC (19:45 local) with Mike G6TUH pushing 5-8 on the FT-857D digital signal meter.  As quick as the band opened it closed 15 minutes later, having worked Geoff G4ACS, Dave M5AFD and Phil G4OBK for four unique callsigns.  Mike and Phil are regular chasers of VK summits on 20m 14 MHz.

VK1AD SOTA Activator Log – Mt Taylor 10 February 2016

Time Call Band Mode Notes
06:58z VK1VIC 28MHz SSB Tony S59 R59
06:58z VK2VIC/1 28MHz SSB Tony S59 R59
07:03z VK1VIC 433MHz FM Tony S55 R59
07:11z VK1MT 28MHz SSB Matt S59 R59
07:35z VK1MTS 28MHz SSB Road S59 R59
07:41z VK1RX/M 28MHz SSB Al S58 R59
07:44z VK1MTS/P 433MHz FM Roald S55 R55
07:50z VK1RX/M 433MHz FM Al S57 R59
07:56z VK1MA/2 28MHz SSB Matt S59 R59
08:04z VK1HW 28MHz SSB S49 R59
08:09z VK1HW 28MHz SSB S59 R59
08:15z VK2NSS 28MHz SSB Steve S59 R58
08:31z VK2TWR 28MHz SSB Rod S51 R55
08:33z G6TUH 28MHz SSB Mike S58 R44
08:46z G4ACS 28MHz SSB Geoff S55 R41
08:51z M5AFD 28MHz SSB Dave S55 R54
08:59z G4OBK 28MHz SSB Phil S55 R54
09:08z VK1NS 28MHz SSB Nick S59 R59
09:13z VK2VIC/1 433MHz FM Tony S59 R59
09:18z VK1NK 28MHz SSB Nick S59 R59
09:21z VK1NK 433MHz FM Nick S59 R59

Thanks to the local chasers on 70cm and a big thanks to Mike, Geoff, Dave and Phil in the UK for four unique callsigns on 10m.

Thunderstorms east

Thunderstorms to the east of Mt Taylor, minimal QRN on 10m

view west as the sunsets behind the Brindabella Ranges

0905 UTC view west as the sunsets behind Camels Hump, Namadgi National Park

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