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Hazelwood Power Station Chimney demolition

25 May 2020 This entry has little to do with radio but concerns a significant local event. My usual morning routine over the past few weeks has been to participate in an Activity Marathon, chasing contacts with other Australian and … Continue reading

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Some new SOTA awards earned

For quite some time, the SOTA awards scheme has been operating on a very restricted basis. A few weeks ago, resumption of the issuing of Awards certificates was announced. Each certificate still has a cost, but now one can apply … Continue reading

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A long day to Jamieson Lookout Track

Sunday 15 March 2020 Ross VK3NRB was keen for another day out playing radio. We discussed options and decided to head to another of the “new” summits added on 1 November 2019, even though it required a long drive – … Continue reading

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A Sunday saunter north of Briagalong

Well, almost…. But a pleasant drive was had to reach another new summit and to visit two other summits. Sunday 8 March 2020 I headed off from home for Maffra to pick up Ross VK3NRB and then we headed north … Continue reading

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Latest VKFF certificate – HR 1675

With all the hot weather and a very long fire season in the eastern half of Australia, the number of Parks activations has been low. That has slowed progress in building new Parks Hunted…. A few days ago, I checked … Continue reading

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SOTA trip to Motor Bike Hill

1 March 2020 One of the summits added to the VK3 SOTA Association on 1 November 2019 was Motor Bike Hill, located near Wrathung, on the north-eastern boundary of the upper Avon River catchment. The summit had not yet been … Continue reading

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Repair of a microphone

Those that have read the blog entry of my New Years Eve trip to The  Horn on Mount Buffalo may recall that the SOTA component was interrupted by static electricity, a relocation to below the peak and then a failed … Continue reading

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An interesting day at Mount Buffalo National Park

Tuesday 31 December 2019 The news on Tuesday morning included reports of an RFS truck having been flipped by an intense wind event. The crew had been fighting the fire near Jingellic. Tragically, one fire fighter in the truck was … Continue reading

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Mount Murray and The Twins

Sunday 29 December 2019 It was to be another hot day in Wodonga, with the temperature predicted to reach the high 30s. I decided to head out to activate a couple of summits on the Great Dividing Range south of … Continue reading

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Two summits north of Lockhart Gap

Saturday 28 December 2019 Another hot day was forecast for Wodonga. I decided to head out to Lockhart Gap to activate some easy summits. Before departing Wodonga, I alerted for VK3/VE-241, a six point summit on McGrath Track, which runs … Continue reading

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