I am at the stage of life where I get to have Wednesdays off on a reliable basis – It is a wonderful privilege and an opportunity to do much pottering around the house.
Last night (Tuesday) there was much discussion on the local email reflector about people deciding to do a SOAT activation at 10.30 local time, so I had a quick look at summits, and decided to drive up Mt Stromlo for a bit of HF and VHF fun with radios.
The drive up was completely uneventful – no cyclists (which is rare for Stromlo) – I vividly remember riding up this hill in my youth a couple of time with my workmates – Hard up, but *fun* down!!
I setup near the geodetic observatory – Essentially a bright laser that measures how much our tectonic plate has moved by bouncing light off a nearby satellite – My sister Suzy used to run the one on Orroral Valley back in the day.
Anyhow – setup was on a convenient rock, where I used a squid pole to hoist a 2m j-pole. I also deployed a HF longwire made by bushcomm.
Contacts were thick and fast – many other VK1’s had visited nearby hills, so there were summit-to-summit contacts a plenty.
In all a fun morning – left by about 12ish, and came home.
|00:21z||VK1MA||2M||FM||Matt 5/9 – 2.5 watts|
|00:24z||VK1DI||2M||FM||Ian 5/9 S2S VK1/AC-039 2.5 watts|
|00:27z||VK1MCW||2M||FM||Bill 5/9 S2S VK1/AC-040 2.5 watts|
|00:29z||VK1MIC||2M||FM||Wade 5/9 – 2.5 watts|
|00:41z||VK1MF||2M||FM||Matt S2S VK1/AC-034 2.5 watts|
|00:46z||VK1AD||2M||FM||Andrew VKFF 0377 5/3 2.5 watt|
|00:52z||VK1CK||2M||FM||Chris S2S VK1/AC-042 5/9 2.5 watts|
|01:02z||VK1DA||2M||FM||Andrew S2S VK1/AC-041 2.5 watts|
|01:05z||VK1MF||40M||SSB||Andrew – S2S VK1/AC-034 5/9 2.5 Watts 7.090Mhz|
|01:11z||VK1MF||20M||SSB||Andrew – S2S VK1/AC-034 5/9 2.5 Watts 14.310Mhz|
|01:14z||VK1MF||15M||SSB||Andrew – S2S VK1/AC-034 5/7 2.5 Watts 21.3Mhz|
|01:28z||VK1DI||40M||SSB||Ian S2S VK1/AC-039 5/9 2.5 Watts 7.110 Mhz|
My HF antenna is a bit interesting.
It is a Bushcomm SWE-100/P Longwire antenna. Built like a brick dunny, and simply works. Being a longwire, it does not have a neap of gain, but it does the job.
I shall write about it in another post. I have to set it up properly so I can do an A/B comparison.
Anyhow – a fun day – now home for some sax practice 🙂