2 summits in 2 days, starting to get regular SOTA contacts now
Turning around right on the heels of Activating Mt Majura yesterday, I thought I would give Mt McDonald a try. This trail was a different type to Mt Majura with less shade. I am also learning that I am hitting the trail as well as the airwaves too late in the day - noon local. Not only from a safety perspective but from a band conditions point of view.
This activation was a "just get it done" one for me. It was hot, dry and exposed. I only made 1 HF contact this trip. But 4 contacts is 4 contacts!
On the way back I even came across a small snake crossing the path. I think it was an Inland Taipan. Nothing to worry about, only the worlds' number 1 snake.
Time Call Band Mode Notes 01:34z VK1MA 144MHz FM Matt S57 R59+ 02:07z VK7CW 7MHz SSB S52 R33 02:13z VK1DI 144MHz FM S59 R59 03:00z VK1XX 144MHz FM S59 R59+
Longest range contact on 5w again 700km:
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