Sunday 23rd October 2016 promised to break a cold and wet spell in Victoria’s Spring weather that had deposited heavy rain, hail and snow down to 800 meters. The night before, a bunch of keen activators had braved the weather to participate in a VK-ZL-G-Eu joint activation timed to capitalise on grey-line propagation. Hats off to those who did go out because Melbourne’s weather was atrocious and a summit was about the last place most people would have wanted to be. The next day, Sunday, dawned dry. I considered going up to Lake Mountain for Federation Range but the snow cams showed a fresh coating of powdery white stuff, not enough to ski on but plenty enough to make it cold. What I really wanted was to christen my recently completed homebrew 7MHz SSB rig, codenamed ‘Summit Prowler One’. The design and build story for this project in another post. Mt Little Joe promised a good activation experience and a fresh mountain walk.