Monday 24 April 2017. Mount Marulan VK2/ST-039 868 metres ASL, Southern Tablelands NSW
Mount Marulan fire trail ‘G98’ starts at the end of Tickner Valley Road (@700 metres ASL), it’s an extension of Tickner Valley Road albeit with a different name. The public access G98 fire trail is hidden from view behind a clump of trees, you need to get out of your car to see the beginning of the trail.
This is my first attempt at Mount Marulan, it should be fun 😉
The ascent is 196 vertical metres over 2.1 km taking 40 minutes to walk. The summit is marked by a Trig Station (see photos). Start by heading west for 400 meters climbing 80 metres, duration 10 minutes. After a steep climb you will see a G98 sign on your right. At the G98 sign turn left, that’s south, to join the ridge line fire trail. Head south-south-west for 1.7 km to the Trig station, duration 30 minutes. I used Telstra mobile phone services combined with APRSdroid SSID VK1AD-5 to show my progress.
I am using a Garmin 64S portable GPS unit to record details of my walk. In advance of today’s walk I prepared a track route using Garmin BaseCamp with OzTopo map software.
First 400 metres of the G98 trail is steep (30% gradient) climbing 80 vertical metres
Photos: © Copyright 2017 Andrew VK1AD
Beginning of G98 public access trail overgrown with pine trees.
After climbing the first 60 metres turn left and follow the trail marked G98. Do not turn right here, turn left.
The view as you turn left heading south.
Vintage stone Trig Station common is some parts of NSW.
Ample space on the summit for an 80m 1/2 wave inverted V dipole. I used a small pine tree as support for my 7m telescopic pole.
Best SOTA chaser contact of the day was with Thomas NQ7R in Arizona answering my CQ SOTA call on 17m 18.145 MHz. 🙂
Summit to Summit QSOs: Wade VK1FWBD at Black Mountain summit Canberra
SOTA to VKFF Park QSOs: Paul VK5PAS and Marija VK5FMAZ both at Hogwash Bend Conservation Park (VKFF-0892)
I attempted one low power 0.5 watt SSB QSO on 30m 10.130 MHz with Rick VK4RF
Extract of VK1AD SOTA Activator Log: 24 April 2017 Mount Marulan, duration 1 hour
|23:38z||VK4RF||7MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r59|
|23:38z||VK4HA||7MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r59|
|23:40z||VK1FWBD/P||7MHz||SSB||Wade s54 r52 S2S VK1/AC-042|
|23:42z||VK3CAT||7MHz||SSB||Tony s59 r46|
|23:44z||VK3ARH||7MHz||SSB||Allen s58 r57|
|23:45z||VK3HRA||7MHz||SSB||Allen s58 r57|
|23:50z||NQ7R||18MHz||SSB||Thomas s53 r42 Arizona North America|
|23:54z||JH1OCC||18MHz||SSB||Yuu s58 r32|
|23:59z||ZL1BYZ||14MHz||SSB||John s59 r55|
|00:01z||ZL1BYZ||14MHz||SSB||John s59 r55|
|00:03z||ZL1WA||14MHz||SSB||Jacky s59 r57|
|00:04z||VK4RF||14MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r57|
|00:05z||VK4HA||14MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r57|
|00:06z||ZL3JD||14MHz||SSB||Phil s57 r57|
|00:06z||ZL3CC||14MHz||SSB||Andrew s59 r53|
|00:07z||VK6NU||14MHz||SSB||John s55 r51|
|00:11z||VK1FWBD/P||7MHz||SSB||Wade s53 r51 S2S VK1/AC-042|
|00:13z||VK1RX/3||7MHz||SSB||Al s59 r53|
|00:17z||VK3TKK/M||7MHz||SSB||Peter s58 r53|
|00:20z||VK3FRAB/P||7MHz||SSB||Damien s59 r53|
|00:23z||VK4EKA||7MHz||SSB||Dougal s58 r55|
|00:24z||VK5FANA||7MHz||SSB||Adrian s58 r56|
|00:27z||VK3YY||7MHz||SSB||Glenn s58 r56|
|00:28z||VK4ARW||7MHz||SSB||Ross s59 r57|
|00:33z||VK4RF||10MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r55 me 0.5 watts|
|00:33z||VK4HA||10MHz||SSB||Rick s59 r55 me 0.5 watts|
|00:40z||VK5FMAZ/P||7MHz||SSB||Marija s58 r58 VKFF-0892|
|00:41z||VK5PAS/P||7MHz||SSB||Paul s58 r58 VKFF-0892|
|00:45z||VK3CAT||7MHz||SSB||Tony s59 r57|