Right in the heart of the Bush Capital
This was my first 'real' SOTA activation, where I walked up Mt Majura and operated my radio and made SOTA contacts.
This was my single most successful day operating my radio as well as my longest range VK (Australia) contact to VK7CW in North Tasmania - 700kms, and my first summit to summit contacts - 400kms all on 5 Watts.
It was a warm day in Canberra and the operating position is right next to the Canberra Airport as well as a shooting range is below which made for interesting exchanges on the radio..
Time Call Band Mode Notes 02:06z VK1AD/P 144MHz FM Andrew S59 R55 02:56z VK3ANL/P 7MHz SSB S51 R43 02:59z VK7CW 7MHz SSB Steve S59+ R55 03:02z VK3LED 7MHz SSB S59+ R44 03:04z VK5IS 7MHz SSB S52 R53 03:09z VK1MA/P 144MHz FM S59+ R57 03:25z VK1AD/P 7MHz SSB S58 R57 03:32z VK3FCMC 7MHz SSB S57 R54 03:35z VK1MA 7MHz SSB S59 R57 03:37z VK3PF 7MHz SSB Peter S57 R43 03:38z VK3FOTO 7MHz SSB Mike S53 R53 03:58z VK1ATP/M 144MHz FM S59 R55 04:00z VK1MH 144MHz FM S59 R59 04:15z VK3MRG 7MHz SSB S53 R41 04:22z VK2UH 144MHz FM S51 R32
Summit to Summit contacts:
Date Time My Callsign Station Worked Chased Summit Chased Summit Name Activated Summit Activated Summit Name Band Mode Distance (km) Chaser Points Activator Points Total Notes 11/3/17 02:06:00 VK1FWBD/P VK1AD/P VK1/AC-008 Mt Ginini VK1/AC-034 Mt Majura 144MHz FM 49 8 1 9 Andrew S59 R55 11/3/17 02:56:00 VK1FWBD/P VK3ANL/P VK3/VS-009 Ben Nevis VK1/AC-034 Mt Majura 7MHz SSB 580 4 0 13 S51 R43 11/3/17 03:25:00 VK1FWBD/P VK1AD/P VK1/AC-008 Mt Ginini VK1/AC-034 Mt Majura 7MHz SSB 49 0 0 13 S58 R57
Radio: Yaesu FT-817ND running on 5w using internal battery
Antenna: PAC12 QRP loaded vertical with ground radials
Radio: Baofeng UV5R, using SMA to BNC antenna connection
Antenna: 2m BNC antenna that came with the Yaesu FT-817ND