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SOTA Activations October 2020 to December 2020

During this quarter I activated as follows:

Black Mountain VK1/AC-042 (again) on 3rd October

9 contacts on HF, 9 on 2m and 3 on 23cm.

VK2/ST-008 (Baldy Range) 10/10

Wade vk1mic and I went first to Baldy Range, activated on HF and 2m and 23cm.

Part of the road to Baldy Range

Wade in traffic directing mode I think

The two radios used for 2m ssb and 23cm ssb (via a SGLAB transverter)

VK1DA seen in his natural setting

VK1/AC-008 (Mt Ginini) 11/10

Arrived at Mt Ginini to find the gate locked at the bottom of the hill. We walked up with 2m and 23cm gear only. About 500-600m uphill.

The locked gate on the Mt GInini access road.
our setup just to the east of the compound

VK2/IL-003 (Mount Wanganderry) 14/10

This summit is actually off the road but is only a metre or two above the road level. Looks like I didn’t take any photos. After this I went to Mt Alexandra.

VK2/IL-005 (Mount Alexandra) 14/10

I walked very carefully up and down the access track. Some years ago I slipped when coming down the track and fractured a bone in my right wrist. No photos…

VK2/IL-001 (Mount Gibraltar) 14/10

The next morning I drove up to Mt Gibraltar and activated it before 0000 UTC, so this one is dated 14/10.

VK2/IL-002 (Wingecarribee) 15/10

This was a new summit for me. It is a bit uncertain where to find a good operating position, the summit is spread out over a large area. the actual Trig point is within metres of a house that was under construction when I visited. I worked out a reasonable position on the roadside to activate from. After finishing here I went to Knight’s Hill and tried to find a place to activate from, but found it was all inside a gate labelled Private Property, No unauthorised access etc.

VK1/AC-040 (Mt Ainslie) 15/10

On my way home from the failed Knight’s Hill activation I called in at Mt Ainslie where Andrew VK1AD was completing an activation and working Mike 2E0YYY in the UK on 40m ssb. I don’t think I had many contacts but it was an activation.

VK1/AC-037 (Mt Taylor) 18/10

9 contacts on HF and 2 on 2m fm.

VK1/AC-035 (One Tree Hill) 20/10

10 contacts on HF and 2 on 2m FM

VK2/ST-036 (Spring Hill) 14/11

18 on HF and 2 on 2m FM

VK1/AC-008 (Mt Ginini) 21/11

Returning to Ginini to make the cw contacts not made on the previous activation. 15 contacts on HF and 2 on 2m FM.

VK2/IL-007 (Knights Hill) 2/12

The access problem was solved by Compton VK2HRX and I joined him and Phil VK2JDL to activate this summit. 12 contacts on HF and 1 on 2m FM.

VK2/ST-039 (Mt Marulan) 02/12

After Knight’s Hill activation Compton and I went to Mt Marulan to activate it. 10 HF contacts and 1 on 2m FM.

VK2/SW-028 Mt Tomorrama and VK2/SW-034 Billapoola State Forest

While writing up this blog I found that although I had photos from this trip with Wade VK1MIC, I had not submitted my logs for these activations.

The blackberry infestation on Yankee Ned hill, making it very difficult to access the summit. This used to be a fire trail.
We decided to go to Mt Tumorrama as Yankee Ned was impossible. Wade is here in the comfort of the palace/shade tent.

VK2/ST-010 (Mt Foxlow) on 31/12 and 1/1/2021

I chose Mt Foxlow for my New Year’s Day activation, as it is worth 8 points so I got 16 points for this trip, getting 7 contacts on 2m FM on 31/12 and lots more on 1/1 on HF and 2m.

Palatial operating conditions on Mt Foxlow
Looking into the palace
rectangular loop antenna used on 2m ssb

and that ties the ribbons on 2020.

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SOTA activations July -September 2020

During this period I activated the following SOTA summits:

  • vk1/ac-023 Mt Coree on 11th July
  • vk2/st-053 Mt Mundoonen on 26 Aug, 4th time this year
  • VK1/AC-042 Black Mt on 27 Aug
  • vk1/ac-044 Boboyan Range on 11th September
  • vk1/ac-021 Pheasant Hill on 12th September
  • vk2/st-005 Webb’s Ridge on 17th September
  • vk1/ac-023 Mt Coree on 18th September
  • vk1/ac-040 Mt Ainslie on 18th September
  • vk1/ac-042 Black Mt on 22nd September, 5th activation this year so far
  • vk2/st-042 Bowning Hill on 27th September

One of my goals this year was to earn activation points for CW mode. I was aiming to qualify for MG on CW. My operation would generally commence on CW then move to SSB once I had made at least 4 contacts on CW. This is fairly easy now as many more chasers are looking for CW contacts. On a few occasions I closed down without getting the 4 CW contacts and that meant a return visit later in the year.

Mt Coree VK1/AC-023 on 11th July 2020

This popular site is easily accessed using a 4WD vehicle and this visit was with Wade VK1MIC. it was foggy and cold, just above freezing. Rain was forecast from about 11 AM so we packed up before that time. As we put everything back into the car, the cloud lifted and we could see that there was no rain anywhere near us. A pity as we could have stayed making contacts for a while yet. On this occasion we were trying to make contacts on 6m. 20 contacts were made there and some on 2m and 23cm. No CW contacts at all as we packed up expecting wet weather to arrive. A return visit was planned. No photos taken.

Mt Mundoonen VK2/ST-053 26th August 2020

As this is the nearest summit to where I live, I tend to activate it several times a year. 80m – 1 contact, 40m – 12 contacts, 20m – 1 contact, 2m fm – 3 contacts. No new photos.

Black Mt VK1/AC-042 27th August 2020

Contacts made on 23cm fm and 80m ssb with vk2 and vk3. None on 40m. No new photos.

VK1/AC-044 Boboyan Range and VK1/AC-021 Pheasant on 12th September

Contacts were made on 80m, 40m, 20m and 2m, with a mix of CW and SSB. The first contacts on Boboyan range were made just before 0000 UTC so the activation date in the sota database is 11th Sept.

Parked on Boboyan Rd
Scene on Boboyan Rd following the bushfires earlier in 2020
Part of the Namadgi NP with fire damage
Namadgi NP viewed from Boboyan Rd
Setup on Boboyan Range – 7m pole for HF ant, shorter (yellow) pole with 2m loop
Road visible through foliage free trees near Boboyan Rd
Back at the car park, near Brayshaw’s hut
Track leading up to Pheasant Hill
climbing Pheasant Hill
Forest trail leading to Pheasant Hill

VK2/ST-005 Webb’s Ridge on 17th September

This was a joint activation with Andrew VK1AD. He operated on 144 and 1296 and I operated on HF ssb and cw. As the first contacts were made before 0000 UTC the local date for these contacts was 18th Sept. After finishing here with light rain starting to fall, we drove to Mt Coree, the next activation.

VK1AD operating my HF gear on Webb’s ridge.
Antenna support pole, guyed 3 ways at the 1.2m point

VK1/AC-023 Mt Coree on 18th September

This activation was made directly after the Webb’s ridge activation earlier in the day. No new photos taken. I completed the 4 contacts needed to get this summit into my activation log for CW. Also made some contacts on 144 and 1296 using Andrew’s gear.

VK1/AC-040 Mt Ainslie on 18th September

15 contacts made on HF ssb/cw and 2m FM.

VK1/AC-042 Black Mt on 22nd September, 5th activation this year so far

11 contacts made on HF and 2m fm. Activated from a site fairly close to the comms tower.

Kx3 and logging tablet with Black Mountain tower in the background

VK2/ST-042 Bowning Hill on 27th September

This activation was the second I’d made this year. It was the occasion of a charity walk up the hill, where the owners of the property made it available for people to climb the hill and enjoy the view, while making a donation to a local charity which supports people requiring long term health care due to illness other than cancers. I thought this was a good cause and it allowed me to activate it again and hand out the summit points.

A number of local service organisations were present, including the Rural Fire Service. There was a coffee vendor offering espresso coffee, which I was happy to find! I think there would have been hundreds of climbers supporting the event during the day.

the road up Bowning Hill
going up the hill
Nearing the towers
Other walkers
Probable source of some interfering noise on this hill, insulators on this pole
Rocky outcrops on Bowning Hill
Heading downhill
Portable toilets and a bench were installed for the event
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9th July 2020- Mt Tumorrama and Tumorrama hill

These two summits are fairly near each other, making them an obvious pair for a dual activation. The higher of the two is Mt Tumorrama and there is a communications installation on the top, consisting of a compound containing a small building, a tower, lots of antennas and at times some spurious signals can be heard on HF bands, most likely to be from inverters for the heating and cooling system.

I drove out to this area via the Brindabella Rd. It is about an hour and a half to Mt Tumorrama from Canberra.

The activity this time was mainly on HF, with a bunch of contacts with VK2/3/4 and ZL1(BYZ) on 80m and 40m CW, finally a 2m FM contact back into Canberra with VK1AD.

Moving on to Tumorrama Hill, I drove around to the western side of the hill and parked as high as I could, on the side of a fire trail. Walking up to hillside through low bushes, the silence of the forest is only punctuated by bird calls. A very pleasant place to be.

The HF gear was set up again and this time it was CW only, on 80 and 40m. No 2m contacts were logged. Again vk2/3/4/5/7, ZL1/2/3.

I drove home on the Brindabella Rd, descending from about 1100m to the Goodradigbee River then climbing back up to “Picadilly Circus” where Brindabella Rd, Mt Franklin Rd and Two Sticks Rd meet, then driving back into Canberra via Uriarra Crossing over the Murrumbidgee River.

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Mt Rob Roy, VK1/AC-031 on 15th May 2020

I had been postponing a repeat visit to this summit ever since my only activation in 2013. The first 1km or so is very steep and is quite a challenge. However, with many of the VK1 summits inaccessible due to the Namadgi National Park closure, which followed the long running bush fire in the summer of 2019/20, I decided that this was my chance to revisit the summit.

Setting off from a laneway in the suburb of Banks at around 8:30 one frosty autumn morning I soon warmed up and had removed two layers by the end of the first kilometre.

The walk is about 5km, similar to the Bullen Range walk. It took me about 1 hr 40min this time.

Southern Tuggeranong suburbs of Canberra
After the first steep section
Starting out from Banks ACT
A turn to the left here
an intersection
Operator and trig point
On the air
This summit has one of the old wooden trig masts

After reaching the trig point, I set up the HF antenna and looked for contacts. There were plenty, mainly on 40m but some also worked on 80m and 20m. I did listen on 17m but signals were very low.

40m produced the most contacts, which were again mostly on CW, but with a few on SSB.

On 2m FM a few local contacts were made with Andrew VK1AD, Wade VK1MIC and another callsign who was new to me.

Weather: it was a fine day and was close to zero Celsius when I left the car. After the first 1km I had warmed up so much I removed my jacket and the fleece, leaving just a long sleeved cotton work shirt. That was enough until I had cooled off at the top of the climb, when I put the fleece back on. Sitting in the shade of a large tree I got cold after a while and was glad the sun moved enough to move the shade off to the east. By 11am it was about 10-12C, much more comfortable. No wind.

At 11 AM and after 22 contacts I was thinking of lunch so I packed up and returned to the car. Again it was well over an hour for the return leg of this summit activation.

On the way down I noticed I could see a number of SOTA summits to the north. Tuggeranong hill, Mt Taylor, Black Mt and Mts Ainslie and Majura in the far distance, about 25km away.

other SOTA summits visible from the Rob Roy access track

Overall I think this activation was a bit harder than I had expected despite having been here before, in 2013. After a 5km walk (each way) there is a certain amount of satisfaction in having made the summit and qualified it for the SOTA points.

Qualified the summit for SOTA using both CW and SSB. Contacts made on 80, 40 and 20m. Then also on 146.5 FM, local contacts using a 5w hand held radio and a half wave dipole antenna (flowerpot style). On HF my radio was an Elecraft KX3 and a ZS6BKW style 28m wire antenna, fed in the centre by a 11m length of 300 ohm tv ribbon. The feedline was connected to the KX3 via a home made 1:1 choke balun.

Mt Rob Roy is located to the east of the suburb of Banks in South Canberra. It is located inside the Rob Roy Nature Reserve which has a code in the WWFF award scheme. Access to it is open, though some of the walking path goes through grazing property so walkers are expected to close gates they open and keep to the path.

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Bullen Range, vk1/ac-033, 9th May 2020

The walk up to the summit of Bullen Range is a 5km effort, with a few steep sections but mostly reasonably level walking along a fire trail. Access is from Tidbinbilla Road which connects the village of Tharwa with the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Bullen Range is a few km west of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.

Bullen Range is west of the Tuggeranong Town Centre in southern Canberra. AC-033 is the highest point of the range.

The map above shows Tidbinbilla Road and the connection from the suburb of Gordon. The river shown is the Murrumbidgee. Crossing it at Point Hut Crossing and then turning right onto Tidbinbilla Road leads to a parking spot at a gate into the Bullen Range area just east of Paddy’s River.

There are six gates to pass and only one can be unlatched. You need to climb over the rest. The track goes to the west of Barnes Hill, then two right turns lead to an uphill climb to the ridge line. This 5km trip took me about 90 minutes this time.

After arriving onsite and making several quick contacts on 2m FM with locals, the HF antenna went up on the telescopic pole. A felled tree served as an operating table and a wood stump became a seat.

Just as the HF contacts started, the rain started. It had come from the west where my view was obscured by trees. The tarp I usually sit on was hastily set up as a rain shelter.

The radio and other gear was sheltered from the rain by a tarp. Photo extracted from video clip
in the original photo some raindrops were visible but they have vanished in the conversion from video

After the radio contacts dried up, and while the rain was still light, I packed away and set off back to the car.

Rain visible to the west on the return trip

After reaching the car and stowing the gear in the back, I sent a message to my WhatsApp group reporting that I was back in the car and en route home.

Summary

Travel distance to parking position. About 10 km from Tuggeranong town centre, south Canberra, via Point Hut Crossing over the Murrumbidgee river.

Walk distance from parking spot: about 5km each way.

Terrain and slope: along vehicle trails and fire trails. Some steep sections. Some rocky ground with slippery sections, care advisable. Six gates to climb over or go around (in one case only).

Summit elevation: 925m

Accessibility: good

Permission required: None. Location is the Bullen Range nature reserve, open to the public except in periods of total fire bans or when notified on the ACT Govt website.

Phone coverage: Optus and Telstra services are readily accessed here.

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SOTA activations on Gippstech trip

Gippstech is a technical conference convened by the Eastern Zone radio club in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.  While the trip from the Canberra area is about 650-700 km it is worth it because the content of the presentations is uniquely valuable.  Some presenters are very skilled both in the technical work they do and in presenting it.  Some are even entertaining!

As the trip from Canberra takes me past a number of SOTA summits and WWFF parks and nature reserves, it seems only sensible to call into those locations and run up the activator score a bit.

So I activated

  • The Peak VK2/SM-068 (8+3)
  • Mt Delegate VK3/VG-034 (8+3)
  • Goonmirk Rocks (8+3)

the first two on the trip to the conference and the third on the way back.  I originally intended to activate the three summits on the southbound journey but I was running behind on time and had to skip the third one on the first day.

While at the conference I stayed with a long term friend Peter VK3PF and we naturally started to discuss what summits were available to be activated on the day after the conference.  One thing led to another and that led to us heading up into the hills north of Morwell on the Monday.  The summits activated that day were:

  • Conners Plain (8+3)
  • Mt Selma (8+3)
  • Mt Useful (8+3)
  • VK3/VT-034 (6)

Several trees had fallen across the road, most didn’t require surgery to get past them

I left the AZ to make a chaser contact back to Peter at the summit

the tree on the right has just received a makeover to allow us to pass

Mt Selma

Peter 3PF making a S2S contact with another activator, perhaps Ron VK3AFW

Here I am in the snow at Mt Selma testing whether you can kneel on a tarp and have a dry knee. Yes!

On the following day I activated Goonmirk Rocks on my way north.  I only have a few photos of the forest, more interesting than radios and antennas actually…

 

 

Small enough to drive over, but I moved a few of its upper branches off the road before continuing.

On the Bonang Road

Views on the Bonang Road

Views on the Bonang Road

Views on the Bonang Road

Views on the Bonang Road

Views on the Bonang Road

Parking spot where I walked to Goonmirk Rocks

Once you are in this forest you are in Erinnundra National Park.  My silly GPS referred to it as Errindundra.  But then, every animal warning sign is displayed on the GPS as “animal crossing” which is rather silly.

This weekend’s haul provided 72 points at a time when I was nearing the 1k mark and was very welcome. Only 16 points to reach the Mountain Goat level after this weekend.

Thanks to Peter for doing all the driving and advising on routes etc.

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Mt Tumorrama and Yankee Ned Hill, 25th Aug 2017

Having an opportunity to activate a few summits I decided to head west of Canberra, travelling out towards Tumut on the Brindabella Road past Picadilly Circus on the saddle between Bulls Head and Mt Coree.  I realised as I drove down this road that I had never driven on this section before.  It is narrow in places and not unlike the Mt Franklin Rd as it passes Mt Franklin, narrow and with a few hundred metres drop on one side of the road.  However it is wider and reasonably well surfaced the lower you go down to the Goodradigbee river.

After climbing back up to about the 1100m level heading west I drove past a few traces of snow from the past week.

One part of the road had a bit more snow and I stopped again to take a snap.

At Mt Tumorrama there was no snow but still plenty of blackberry thorns.  I did find a short piece of RG58 Coax with a BNC plug on one end.  The other end looked like it had been broken off – possibly by a mountain goat?  I didn’t take a pic of that.

At Yankee Ned Hill, the walk up the southern slope revealed more traces of recent snow.

The temperature on the hill was cool, the temperature in the car indicated 8C but I think it was colder on the hill.  My hands were very cold by the time I packed up and walked back downhill.

Conditions were not good, but I managed to qualify both summits, one one both CW and SSB.  80m didn’t work as well as I hoped it would.  Too early in the day perhaps for longer distances.  I heard a brief burst of a voice after one of my CQ calls – I thought it may have been a VK3 but it was only a second of so – don’t know why that occurred.  Meteor scatter?  Sporadic E? (not all possible answers are likely to be valid)

I used the IC703 and a ZS6BKW style antenna fed with 300 ohm ribbon on this activation.  Its big advantage is band agility.  No need to lower the antenna to change links when changing bands.  It is lighter than the linked dipole, mainly due to the many links I have in mine (two for each band).

My LiFePO4 battery appears to be behaving like it is on the way out. It is 4 years old but for the first year of its life I was apparently not using the right type of charger.   One cell seems to die much quicker than the others and goes down to 3.0v or below, after which I stop using it.  I may have to replace it and this time I will use the balanced charging option religiously.  I previously misunderstood the battery charge options and thought it was applying a balanced charge to all cells in standard charging mode.  Not so.

Other equipment: my cardio fitness seems to be returning.  This is not a difficult hill to walk up, and I was pleased to be able to do that without stopping or feeling uncomfortable.  I guess I stopped very briefly to take the photos but in general I can report that 3 months after my operation, the engine is running well.

Afterwards I drove to Tumut then Gundagai and returned to Yass via the Hume Highway.  I didn’t fancy driving down the bush track to Wee Jasper at dusk, when it is kangaroo feeding time and they are at their most unpredictable and dangerous.

Another few points for the activator tally.

 

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QRP challenge for 2017

My SOTA friend and collaborator Andrew Moseley VK1AD has proposed a QRP challenge for 2017.  He is going to aim to use 2.5w when activating summits during 2017.  

I have started to do the same and my activation at Mt Ginini on 27th December was made at 2.5w for SSB and 0.5w on CW.  I made about 20 contacts and although some chasers found lower signals a problem, I not only qualified the summit on several bands, I also qualified with CW at 0.5w.  One contact was with Steve VK7CW who also used an FT817 at 0.5w, the lowest power setting of the radio. 

The radio used was an FT817, powered by an internal LIPO 3S battery (windcamp).  I had a spare battery but it was not needed.  The 817 will not be as efficient in terms of output power/DC power consumed, as the bias current on the final amplifier stage will remain the same as it would be at 5w.  

A fringe benefit from using lower transmitted power is that battery life will be improved.  I had previously used the 817 with the internal battery at Mt Mundoonen on 26th December for a short activation.  I did not recharge the battery after that activation as it was only used for 5 contacts plus some listening.  After the Mt Ginini operation, the battery voltage according to the meter on the 817 was above 11v.  It can go down to 10v without any problem for the 817. 

Although we were on the downward slope of sunspot activity, making HF communications less certain, there are still sunspots and occasional sporadic E openings on HF bands.   

It will be interesting to see how the QRP challenge goes during 2017.  Progress reports will be made by both Andrew VK1AD and me.  

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Mt Tantangera VK2/SM-024 activated on 10th December 2016

I was invited to join in an activation of Mt Tantangera by Andrew Moseley VK1AD, and was very pleased to be able to join him in this expedition.

Andrew collected me from my weekday accommodation in south Canberra at 7:30am on a brilliant summer’s day that Saturday morning.   We decided to take both our packs to give us the option of working on several bands simultaneously.

The route taken was through Tharwa, south of Canberra, along Boboyan road until it meets the Snowy Mountains Highway between Cooma and Adaminaby, but only a few km short of Adminaby.  The trip through the mountains took us past familiar scenery, Mount Tennant just after Tharwa, the Clear Range to our east, the turnoffs for the old Orroral Valley and Honeysuckle Creek tracking stations, including various SOTA summits like Booroomba Rocks, then past Boboyan Range and Pheasant Hill.

After 2 hours we arrived at the Rocky Plains camping ground.  We prepared for the walk to Mt Tantangera, adding sunscreen, hats, packs with water and food, antenna poles and navigation details.

Track up from Rocky Plains camp ground

Bush view to the side of the track

Track easy to follow

View to the south west while en route to Tantangera

bushland

Andrew VK1AD stops to take a photo too, sometimes!

A track marker showing 1km to the summit – a welcome sign

Many of the horse riders camp at Rocky plains and some even set up temporary areas for their horses to roam in, with temporary electric fencing.  The initial climb up to the saddle is steady and follows a bridle trail.  Some hoof marks are apparent in the soil as you climb upwards.  The condition of the soil was damp but firm.

On arrival at the summit, a very wide flat area, we found the trig point was ideal for attaching a pole to.  Initially we set up our equipment and antennas expecting we would be able to operate the two stations on different bands.  However I received wideband noise whenever Andrew’s FT857 was transmitting.  I decided to move my equipment about 30m away, assuming it was a proximity problem and a bit of spacing would help.

That did work ok, so it was then time to get onto the bands and hand out some reports.  The bands did not appear to be in good condition.  I made relatively few contacts considering the exotic nature of the summit and its SOTA value of 10 points for anyone making a contact.   I decided to use CW mainly so as to give the CW operators a contact, and I knew we would swap bands later so Andrew would be operating on 40m ssb.

I made one contact on 20m CW, then 6 on 40m CW.  One S2S contact was also made with Ian VK1DI at Booroomba Rocks on 2m.  One of the photos taken was of a March Fly (aka Horse Fly) of which there were many.

March Fly

Station setup (photo: Andrew VK1AD)

Lake Eucumbene in the distance

Thanks to Andrew for offering to share this activation.  While band conditions were less than ideal, we had a great day out in the snowy mountains region and enjoyed our walking and radio operation.

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Pheasant Hill, sota vk1/ac-021, south of Canberra

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

Map and information about the area
Map and information about the area

After turning to the north and heading up the hill the forest is thicker in places.

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Forest views

 

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Path faintly visible

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.

Vhf antennas
Vhf antennas

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.

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Radio and camera operator

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.

Approaching Brayshaw's Hit from the west
Approaching Brayshaw’s Hit from the west

One of the direction markers close up
One of the direction markers close up


Summary:

Contacts:

Band Contacts
50 MHz 1
144 MHz 6
432 MHz 1
7 MHz 17
14 MHz 5
21 MHz 1

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.