VK1 SOTA QSO Party – Saturday 4 August 2018

Saturday 4 August 2018. Radio amateurs in Australia’s capital city Canberra (VK1) are planning a simultaneous activations of VK1 and nearby VK2 SOTA summits, kicking off at 09:00 local (2300 UTC, 3 August 2018) for operations over 2.5 to 3 hours. This radio amateur event is known locally as the VK1 ‘Winter’ SOTA QSO Party, now in its 6th consecutive year where enthusiastic SOTA activators brave the Canberra cold weather, typically minus 5 degrees C (-5 C) to showcase amateur radio to the Canberra community, that’s Kangaroos not humans 😉

local SOTA peak wildlife – Eastern Kangaroos at Mt Taylor

Yes we have the occasional winter snowfall around Canberra peaks o_O

Canberra winter snow!

This year the VK1 community has extended an invitation to all VK, ZL and JA activators to join the summit to summit S2S extravaganza.

SOTA and VKFF Park Activator stations will be operating on:

  • HF SSB: 3.5, 7, 10, 14 and 21 MHz
  • HF CW: 3.5, 7, 10, 14 and 21 MHz
  • VHF/UHF: 144.200 USB & 146.500 FM, 432.200 USB & 439.00 FM
  • SHF: 1296.150 MHz USB and 2403.150 MHz USB

All planned activations are subject to good weather and open tracks. Saturday morning (4 Aug 18) please check SOTAWatch and Parks n Peaks for live activation spots containing activator details including callsign, frequency and mode.

I will update this post as participation callsigns are posted to SOTAWatch. For now the list includes:

  • Andrew VK1AD – summit TBA
  • Bill VK1MCW – Mt Ainslie VK1/AC-040
  • Wade VK1MIC – summit TBA
  • Chris VK1CT – summit TBA
  • Tom M1EYP – The Cloud G/SP-015, Tom is hopeful for HF Dx 😮

73 Andrew VK1AD

First published: 14 June 2018
Last update: 14 June 2018