SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #10 – Mt Perisher

Sunday 20 March 2016, planned SOTA activation of Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007, 2054 metres ASL Maidenhead Grid Locator QF43EO, Kosciuszko National Park VKFF-0269

Yesterday Al VK1RX and I activate three SOTA peaks in the Kosciuszko Nation Park, Mt Nungar, Blackfellows Hill and unnamed VK2/SM-036 aptly named March-fly Mountain.  We completed the activation of SM-036 with just 1.5 hours of daylight remaining then headed back to Wares Campground for an overnight camp. see photos below

This morning we left Wares Campground at 8:00 am for a 1.5 hour drive to Perisher Valley via Adaminaby and Berridale.

Mt Perisher SOTA 70cm activation
Radio: Yaesu FT-817ND, UHF 70cm frequencies 432.2 USB and 439.00 FM
Power Level: 5 watts
Antenna: 7el Yagi
Distance to Canberra GPO (VK1):  142 km (88.2 miles) at 28 degrees
SOTA Alert: Yes
Date posted alert: 17 March 2016
Notice Period:  3 days
Outcome:  Qualified Mt Perisher on 70cm  🙂
Duration to qualify on 70cm: 10 minutes  😉
My 2016 70cm challenge: qualified 10 from 12 summits activated

Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD

Weather on the summit: 6 degrees C, light winds, cloudy and damp.  🙂     I am now wearing an extra layer of clothes and lightweight rain jacket.    Water consumption 2 litres.

For directions to this summit see my post SOTA Mt Perisher 13 January 2015.  The ascent to the summit is 253 metres over 1.3 km (0.8 miles) taking 45 minutes.

Car park is adjacent to the Ayre T-bar lift

car park at the base of Ayre T-bar lift

200 metres in to the walk. view of the car park at the base of Ayre T-bar lift

view to the summit - cloudy, cold and wet!

view to the summit – cloudy, cold and wet!  1 km to go  🙂

At the summit 2050 metres ASL

VK1AD operating a FT-817 from the summit of Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007 at 2050 metres ASL

VK1AD operating a FT-817 from the summit of Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007 at 2050 metres ASL (photo by Al VK1RX)

VK1AD SOTA shack on Mt Perisher

VK1AD SOTA shack on Mt Perisher

No shortage of chasers on 70cm, I qualified the summit in 10 minutes working Rod VK2TWR, Dimitris VK2COW, Rob VK1KW,  Mark VK1EM and Ian VK1BG. Excellent!   🙂

Extract from VK1AD SOTA Activator Log – Mt Perisher on 70cm, 2m and 40m

Time Call Band Mode Notes
01:07z VK2TWR 433MHz SSB Rod S59 R59 432.2   81 km (50 miles)
01:12z VK2COW 433MHz SSB Dimitris S41 R41 432.2  QRP 173 km (107 miles)
01:15z VK1KW 433MHz SSB Rob S59 R59 432.2   147 km  (91 miles)
01:17z VK1EM 433MHz SSB Mark S51 R51 432.2   145 km  (90 miles)
01:21z VK1BG 433MHz SSB Ian S59 R55 432.2  145 km (90 miles)
01:25z VK1BG 144MHz SSB Ian S58 R57 144.2  145 km
01:29z VK2IO/P 7MHz SSB Gerard S2S VK2/HU-007 S55 R58
01:30z VK3AFW/P 7MHz SSB Ron S2S VK3/VC-025 S55 R55
01:31z VK1KW 144MHz SSB Rob S59 R59 144.2  147 km
01:32z VK2COW 144MHz SSB Dimitris S51 R51 144.2  173 km
01:46z VK2TWR 144MHz SSB Rod S58 R59 144.2  81 km
01:59z VK2QR/P 7MHz SSB Rob S2S VK2/ST-014 S51 R51
02:10z VK1MA 144MHz SSB Matt S58 R54 144.2  147 km

Cool on the summit, clouds descending around us.

While Al is taking photos you can see his operating position in the lower right corner of the photo.  Al’s Icom IC-706 is tuned to 40m, later Al made calls on 20m unfortunately the 20m band was dead.  Al took a few minutes away from the HF bands to work a couple of chasers on 2m and 70cm.

Antennas: VHF/UHF Yagi and a HF linked dipole

Antennas: VHF/UHF Yagi and a HF linked dipole (photo by Al VK1RX)

Next minute the sun is breaking though

Mt Perisher chairlift terminal and bullwheel

main chairlift terminal and bullwheel

Saturday 19 March 2016 – Activation of VK2/SM-036 (March-fly Mountain)

After completing the activation of Blackfellows Hill we headed back to the car at Wares Campground.  VK2/SM-036 is a drive-up summit 15 minutes from Wares Campground.  Our plan to return to the campground to prepare an evening meal and set up our tents sometime before sunset.

Weather on the summit: Light winds and a cold 10 degrees C. Its cold and we have 2 hours of daylight left

Sorry folks, in the hurry to qualify the peak and stay warm, I forgot to take photos of the station set up.

Radio: Yaesu FT-817ND, UHF 70cm frequencies 432.2 USB and 439.00 FM
Power Level: 5 watts
Antenna: 7el Yagi
Distance to Canberra GPO (VK1):  85 km at 28 degrees
SOTA Alert: Yes
Date posted alert: 17 March 2016
Notice Period:  2 days
Outcome:  Qualified VK2/SM-036 on 70cm  🙂
Duration to qualify on 70cm: 21 minutes    😦

Extract from VK1AD SOTA Activator Log – VK2/SM-036 on 70cm and  2m

Time Call Band Mode Notes
06:43z VK2DO 433MHz SSB Chris S57 R56 NSW South Coast  432.2
06:56z VK1MA 433MHz SSB Matt S51 R31  432.2
07:00z VK2COW/P 433MHz SSB Dimitri S41 R31  432.2
07:04z VK1VIC/P 433MHz FM Tony S2SS VK1/AC-008 S59 R57
07:08z VK2COW/P 144MHz SSB Dimitri S52 R51  144.2
07:12z VK2DO 144MHz SSB Chris S59 R59 NSW South Coast  144.2

Saturday night we camped at Wares Campground off Tantangara Road.  After setting up our respective sleeping quarters, Al cracked open the Esky and pulled out two cold beers, and sample of cheese, crackers and nuts   🙂     While savoring the beer and combinations of cheese/crackers and nuts, I prepared and enjoyed a rehydrated one man freeze-dried meal while Al made himself beaked beans on toast, yum!  I love beaked beans, unfortunately Al wasn’t interested in a trade.    🙂

Wares Campground

Wares Campground

Sunday morning up early for a hot cup of tea!  Temperature is 3.8 degrees

Sunday morning sunrise

Sunday morning sunrise view north-east – Mt Nungar in the left of the photo

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2 thoughts on “SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #10 – Mt Perisher

  1. Pingback: SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #13 – Bobbara Mountain | Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

  2. Some impressive distances there on 70cm Andrew. Good to see the setups you are using. With the abundance of cloud (moisture) is there any precautions or no-go points during your activations?

    Cheers
    Chris
    VK4FR/P

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