Saturday 4 May 2019. Earlier today I activated Mount Tumorrama VK2/SW-027 followed by Billapaloola State Forest VK2/SW-034. I’ve been trying to activate Tumorrama Hill since 2014 where on previous attempts my efforts were thwarted by forestry logging operations in an adjacent pine forest. With two summits under my belt, I am making my way to Tumorrama Hill for a third attempt at accessing the summit, this time I am hopeful for an absence of trucks, bulldozers and chainsaws. My plan is to be on the summit by 0300 UTC / 1300h local.
Tumorrama Hill 948 metres ASL VK2/SW-036. The ascent is 75 vertical metres over an easygoing 450 metre scrub bash taking 15 minutes to reach the summit. The summit is accessible from Lee Archers Road via Brindabella Road.
It’s just gone 12:30 midday, I have arrived at the edge of the eucalypt forest covering Tumorrama Hill. In the photo you can see a cleared area which outlines the former pine forest.
Extract of VK1AD SOTA Activator Log: Tumorrama Hill 4 May 2019
Today HF propagation conditions are very poor. My default operating frequency is 3.620 MHz for stations within a radius of 500 km. 7 MHz revealed contacts out to 1000 to 1500 km while 20m offered Dx contacts with stations in New Zealand.
My one and only Summit to Summit (S2) contact was with Matt VK1MA/P on 146.5 MHz FM at Mt Ginini VK1/AC-008 at 1760 metres ASL, 47 km south-east. Thanks Matt!
|02:59z||VK6MB/3||3.5MHz||SSB||Mike s59 r55|
|03:01z||VK3PF||3.5MHz||SSB||Peter s59 r41|
|03:03z||VK1MCW||3.5MHz||SSB||Bill s59 r59|
|03:07z||VK2IO||7MHz||SSB||Gerard s59 r56|
|03:09z||VK5IS||7MHz||SSB||Ian s59 r55|
|03:13z||ZL1TM||14MHz||SSB||Andri s58 r53|
|03:24z||VK4TJ||7MHz||SSB||John s58 r51|
|03:51z||VK1MA/P||144MHz||FM||Matt s53 r53 S2S VK1/AC-008 47 km 146.5 FM|