I left my plans for 2016/17 rollover late, and when I checked sotawatch alerts 24 hours out, there must have been 15 summits manned. From lunchtime on I was due at my brother’s QTH in Doreen, north of Melbourne. So I chose Mt Disappointment, which is an hour’s drive from my place and 45 minutes drive from the lunch destination. This gave me time for a leisurely activation on the picnic table near the summit. This was also to be my first attempt to activate a summit on 30 meters CW with the newly finished Wilderness SST rig. It all went to plan. With 4 CW QSOs on 30 meters bagged, I switched to 40 after rollover for a bunch of hunt-and-pounce QSOs. Here’s a video that offers a taste of the CW and SSB signals heard and worked.
Om 30 meters CW I worked VK2IO/P, VK4RF/HA and VK2IG, and also Glenn VK3YY (off camera). Everyone’s CW signals were strong, noise free and a pleasure to copy. As the rest of the 30 meter band was not busy I got the impression that some of these operators came onto 30 for my sake– thanks guys, much appreciated.
Now that I have qualified a summit on the Wilderness SST 30, I hereby christen the little rig ‘Summit Prowler Two’, new little brother of Summit Prowler One, my 40 meter SSB rig. Both rigs share the same essential computer-grade crystal mixing superhet architecture as well as lots of SA612 Gilbert cell mixers and IRF510s. A few photos of the outing follow.
Date:31/Dec/2016 Summit:VK3/VC-014 (Mt Disappointment) Call Used:VK3HN/P Points: 4 Bonus: 0
|23:15z||VK4RF||10MHz||CW||s579, r559, Rick near Brisbane|
|23:16z||VK4HA||10MHz||CW||s579, r559, Rick near Brisbane|
|23:25z||VK3YY||10MHz||CW||s599, r559, Glen|
|23:35z||VK2IG||10MHz||CW||s599, r519, Mike in Gunardoo|
|23:40z||VK3CAT/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r55, Tony on VK3/VC-037 (unnamed summit)|
|23:42z||VK5PAS/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r57, Paul on VK5/SE-001 (Mt Brian)|
|23:45z||VK5FMAZ/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r57, Marija on VK5/SE-001 (Mt Brian)|
|23:48z||VK3ZPF/P||7MHz||SSB||s53, r52, Peter on VK3/VC-005 (Mt Vinegar)|
|23:50z||VK3ARR/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r55, Andrew on VK3/VE-008 (Mt Buller)|
|23:58z||VK1AD/P||7MHz||SSB||s59, r59, Andrew on VK1/AC-043 (Mt Stromlo)|
Date:01/Jan/2017 Summit:VK3/VC-014 (Mt Disappointment) Call Used:VK3HN/P Points: 4 Bonus: 0
|00:01z||VK1AD/P||7MHz||SSB||s59, r59, Andrew on VK1/AC-043 (Mt Stromlo)|
|00:03z||VK3ARR/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r55, Andrew on VK3/VE-008 (Mt Buller)|
|00:05z||VK3ANL/P||7MHz||SSB||s58, r58, Nick on VK3/VC-031 (Arthurs Seat )|
|00:10z||VK3CAT/P||7MHz||SSB||s57, r57, Tony on VK3/VC-037 (unnamed summit)|
|00:15z||VK5PAS/P||7MHz||SSB||s57, r57, Paul on VK5/SE-001 (Mt Bryan)|
|00:16z||VK5FMAZ/P||7MHz||SSB||s57, r57, Marija on VK5/SE-001 (Mt Bryan)|
|00:16z||VK3AGD/P||7MHz||SSB||s59, r55, Adam on VK3/VC-002 (Mt Donna Buang)|
|00:20z||VK1ATP/P||7MHz||SSB||s55, r56, Paul on VK1/AC-039 (Yellow Rabbit Hill)|
I made it to my brother’s place in time for a delightful family gathering. After hours of lunching and catching up when the non radio ham family members departed, David (VK3KR) and I disappeared into his shack for a long overdue eyeball and project discussion. David builds his own SDR rigs, digital test gear and related projects so we complement each other perfectly … I cover 1980 to 2001, he covers 2010 on. One day I might move on from the nostalgia of super VXOs and NE602s but there are still a few classics to be built before that day!
On the way home, driving through Diamond Creek (?) I spotted some boxing kangaroos in a field. All up, a great day of SOTA and socialising, both on and off air.