After activating Boboyan Range successfully the week before, I wanted to grab a few winter bonus points before they ended. Pheasant Hill is located west of the Boboyan Road, almost at the southern border of the ACT(VK1) with NSW (VK2) in southeastern Australia. It is in ecalytpus forest country and is 1455m above sea level.
So on this Saturday morning I drove along Boboyan road to the parking area of Brayshaw’s hut (dating back a hundred years or more) and hiked westward through the forest with the sounds of nature around me.
About 20 minutes in you pass this sign
After turning to the north and heading up the hill the forest is thicker in places.
Finally I reached the summit area and found a suitable clearing with a handy tree stump for one of my poles.
I used one pole for the linked dipole which can be used on any of the 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 or 10 metre bands. The other pole supported the 6m vertical and a 2m dipole offset from the pole on a short length of 19mm PVC conduit.
Conditions on the bands were not bad. I made 4 contacts into New Zealand (ZL) on 20m, several “local” contacts on 2m FM back into Canberra using the dipole mounted at about 3m above ground. Only one contact on 6m, with VK1MA.
Originally in our sota summit list this one was named Pleasant hill, but that was corrected later. As Ian VK1DI remarked after first activating this summit, it is indeed a pleasant hill.
I was tempted to stay there longer but the wind was rising and I didn’t want to be caught in rain. So after about 2 hours I packed up and headed home.
Walking distance: it took me about 45 mins to reach the summit from the car park. The return trip was a bit faster.
Permissions: not required – it’s in the Namadgi National Park and day trips are automatically OK.
Round trip from southern Canberra – about 120 km.