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160 m SOTA activity day 2018

Several weeks ago, a number of regular SOTA activators started discussing options for what has become an annual event: a SOTA activation event held close to 1 April, with a couple of activities to be considered: AM mode and/or 160 … Continue reading

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SA Parks Award 5th Anniversary weekend 2018 Day 2

Sunday 11 March 2018 Whilst driving home the previous evening, I considered options for Sunday: Chase from home or head out and activate a Park or 2? I decided on the latter option. I was away from home a little … Continue reading

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SA Parks Award 5th Anniversary weekend 2018 – Day 1

The weekend of 10 & 11 March was the designated weekend to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the South Australia National Parks and Conservation Parks Award. It also coincided with a long weekend in Victoria as well as a planned … Continue reading

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2018 Hotham SOTA Summit – the trip home

Wednesday 7 February 2018 I departed Wodonga close to 0900 and headed south west on the Hume Highway to Benalla and then south to Mansfield. I grabbed some food at a Bakery and then headed to Jamieson, with the later … Continue reading

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2018 Hotham SOTA Summit – Sunday

Sunday 3 February 2018 I was among the first up and around in the morning. I organised my breakfast and some lunch. Others were soon up and about. Further discussions regarding plans continued. People were heading in a number of … Continue reading

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2018 Hotham SOTA Summit – Saturday

Saturday 2 February 2018 The aim was a reasonably early yet civilised start time. People were up and moving around the lodge from around 0700 local time. Discussions late on Friday evening indicated that there were to be probably three … Continue reading

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2018 Hotham SOTA Summit – the trip up

I had been to the two previous Hotham SOTA gatherings organised by Brian VK3MCD. I was more than happy to commit to the 2018 edition. Thursday 1 February 2018 I had a few tasks to complete in the morning and … Continue reading

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Australia Day 2018 at Churchill National Park

I had vague plans for Australia Day 2018 – January 26: probably attend the local community event and then see what eventuated. The weather forecast was for a very warm day, with early cloud. Those plans went out the window … Continue reading

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A trip to Bacchus Marsh

Mid-week I remembered to browse the adverts on vkclassifieds. You never know what might come up. This day, I spotted a microphone – the Icom IC HM-103. This microphone is the one that came standard with the IC-706MkIIG. I have … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day 2018

New Year’s Day and UTC rollover On the previous afternoon, I had a chat with Warren VK3BYD on the ‘phone whilst driving back to Wodonga – easy using the hands-free system in the vehicle. We discussed a range of topics, … Continue reading

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