Monthly Archives: January 2013

31 January 2013 – 2 almost local summits

The plan was to be away from home by 0900 local – that target was missed. Up the Princes Highway to Nilma, then north through Neerim South to Noojee. Across the Latrobe River and turn left into McCarthy Spur Road. … Continue reading

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Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activity weekend 2012

Amateur Radio Victoria once again promoted an activity weekend for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award on 16/17/18 November 2012, having had the first such weekend in 2011. I decided to venture into East Gippsland to activate several National … Continue reading

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The 2012 WIA Annual Conference trip continues (2)

The story starts with the post on my first SOTA activation, and continues after the WIA conference with part 1. The drive down to Portland had seen the rain increase in intensity and rain continued through the night. Fortunately it … Continue reading

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The 2012 WIA Annual Conference trip continues

The weekend of the WIA Annual Conference was very busy, with the formalities of the AGM, then the Conference technical sessions, and some excellent meals along the way. I was up early on the Sunday morning to watch the launch … Continue reading

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My first SOTA activation: Mt Ida VK3/VU-009 (plus 4 National Parks)

This is rather late, but I thought that I would start going back to my first SOTA activation, way back in May 2012. I was planning to attend the 2012 WIA Annual Conference and AGM in Mildura and had plenty … Continue reading

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The December 2012 VK3PF SOTA station

Colin (VK2JCC?) posted a comment asking about the station, so I decided to add this little item. The Radio: Yaesu FT-817. Just a standard FT-817, so 5 W output. It has been “temporarily” removed from my microwave transverter rack, which … Continue reading

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Christmas New Year 2012/2013: The New Year double dip

As SOTA works on UTC days, and activators can only claim points once per UTC year, January 1 2013 was the first opportunity for VK activators to make a double dip: Be on a summit and qualify it before 2359Z … Continue reading

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