Category Archives: SOTA

VKFF Activation Weekend 2021

Saturday 27 November 2021 I had a lunch engagement in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne at 1300 local time which I did not wish to miss. It would be an opportunity to catch up with several friends for the first … Continue reading

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A long weekend trip to NE Victoria – SOTA and SiOTA

I had not been out in the field to play radio much in the last few months, largely due to COVID Restrictions. The weather forecast for the weekend was looking reasonable, with the chance of wet weather on Thursday and … Continue reading

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Four Gippsland SOTA summits and a new HEMA Hump

14 October 2021 The weather had been ordinary, with several cold fronts moving through SE Australia. There had been several days with high wind speeds, which make operating radio on high mountain peaks very comfortable and potentially dangerous. Thursday 14 … Continue reading

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Lightweight ZS6BKW doublet for portable operations

A recurring topic of discussion amongst amateur radio operators who activate at portable field locations is “Which antenna do you use?” or something similar. Each person has their own preference. I started my SOTA operations using a home built Link … Continue reading

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A new VK3/VT summit

Friday 10 September 2021 After a few weeks of lockdown due to COVID, regional Victoria, other than Greater Shepparton, was released from movement restrictions at midnight Thursday 9 September. I was keen to get out and play radio! I had … Continue reading

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10th KRMPNA Activity Weekend 2021

Like so many events during 2020, the annual Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (KRMNPA) Activity Weekend was cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic and the associated restrictions. The main driver of the KRMNPA for several years has been Tony … Continue reading

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2021 Hotham SOTA Summit postscript

Tuesday 8 February 2021 I was away from Wodonga a little later than desired, but headed south to Porepunkah, then south into the Buckland Valley. I stopped along the way to chase Compton on Mount Big Ben VK3/VE-105. I drove … Continue reading

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The 2021 Hotham SOTA Summit

In late 2015, Brian VK3MCD suggested that interested SOTA enthusiasts gather for a weekend based at Hotham Heights. This idea grew into an annual event – a weekend of social interaction amongst SOTA activations in the area around Mount Hotham … Continue reading

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Hoddle Range Flora Reserve first activation

31 January 2021 I had not been out in the field playing radio for a few weeks, so thought about accessing a previously un-activated Park in South Gippsland. I spent some time exploring options to drive closer to the Park … Continue reading

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2020 Christmas trip to Wodonga – Days 19 and 20

Day 19 was relatively quiet on the radio front. I undertook several family tasks and managed to chase several Park activators from the car after a short drive to the car park at the local athletics track. Day 20 Monday … Continue reading

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