SOTA – VK1 SOTA Birthday 1 February 2018

For the VK1 SOTA birthday event I activated Mt Stromlo VK1/AC-043 on 2m simplex 146.5 FM. Due to a previous commitment I hadn’t made any serious plans to activate multiple bands (HF and VHF), so I went with the option of a simple activation on 2m FM. I joined enthusiastic VK activators, Bill VK1FWBK at Mt Taylor, Phil VK2JDL at Mt Rob Roy and Wade VK1FWBD at Mt Anislie.

Extract of VK1AD SOTA Activator Log: 1 February 2018 Mount Stromlo

Time Call Band Mode Notes
06:35z VK1MA 144MHz FM Matt s58 r55
06:37z VK1FWBK/P 144MHz FM Bill s59 r59 S2S VK1/AC-037
06:45z VK2JDL/P 144MHz FM Phil s59 r59 S2S VK1/AC-031
06:57z VK1FWBD/P 144MHz FM Wade s59 r59 S2S VK1/AC-040

Oz Topo 10 metre contour map

Mt Stromlo operating position

From my operating place I enjoyed an interference free activation. 300 metres to the north the summit trig station is well-known for localised S8 interference (QRM.) Thankfully the summit is mostly flat meaning the 25 metre activation zone extends south for almost 1 km.

Equipment – Yaesu dual-band HT FT-60R and a 7 inch Lenovo Tab3 running VK Porta-Log

VK1AD SOTA Shack on 2m simplex

view west from my operating position – former 1.9 metre optical telescope destroyed in the 2003 fire-storm

view south Tuggeranong Valley to Mt Tennent and Namadgi National Park

Photos: © Copyright 2017 Andrew VK1AD


2 thoughts on “SOTA – VK1 SOTA Birthday 1 February 2018

  1. Nice, simple kit for the activations, Andrew. I like it! Mike, KEØGZT

  2. Hi Mike, not much planning I’m afraid. A last minute decision to join the VK1 birthday bash. As you say nice and simple. I was fortunte to make 4 QSOs. 😊

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