SOTA – VK1AD 2017 QRP Update #3 – Tuggeranong Hill

Wednesday 11 January 2017 – 8:00 am (21:00 UTC) joining the VK VHF DX Net from Tuggeranong Hill 855 metres ASL for VHF Aircraft Enhancement propagation (AE). Purpose of today’s SOTA activation is to: experiment with low power 500 mW (QRP); qualify Tuggeranong Hill with the FT-817ND power output set to 500 mW for QSOs…

SOTA 6m QRP – VK2 to ZL1 2340 km at 5 watts

Thursday 12 January 2017, Andrew VK1MBE and Andrew VK1AD activating SOTA peak Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015, grid QF44XM.  Surprising success at working ZL1 on 6m 50.120 MHz at 5 watts QRP SSB, that’s right not CW or digital modes, yep voice mode SSB from SOTA summit Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015 for two ZL1 QSOs over 2340 km…

Sporadic E on 6m – 50 MHz SSB

Tuesday 20 December 2016 6m opening lasting several hours.  Operating from my home QTH (QF44MP) 9 km south-west of Canberra GPO, I made several 6m Sporadic E QSOs today plus Matt VK1MA, currently on Norfolk Island 1909 km (1,185 miles) north-east in the South Pacific Ocean, reported hearing me call CQ on 50.110 at 01:15…

SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #21 – Castle Hill

Sunday 7 August 2016, planned SOTA activation of Castle Hill, 942 metres ASL, 2 points on private property.  Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44MM Possible Summit to Summit contacts:  34 and far too many to detail here.   Today VK1 is holding the 2016 VK1 SOTA Winter QSO Party where Australian (VK) and New Zealand (ZL) SOTA…

SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #20 – Honeysuckle

Saturday 30 July 2016, planned SOTA activation of Honeysuckle Mountain, 1360 metres ASL, 4 points Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44LJ Possible Summit to Summit contacts:  Al VK1RX and Andrew VK1MBE  have plans for a joint activate of Booroomba Rocks VK1/AC-026. Tony VK1VIC has plans to activate Livingstone Hill VK2/SM-093. Honeysuckle Mountain SOTA 70cm activation Radio: Yaesu…