Category Archives: SOTA

Shepparton Hamfest visit, with some other radio fun

After an absence due to COVID, the Shepparton Hamfest was scheduled to return on the second Sunday of September. The event represented an opportunity to catch up with several friends, plus to arrange another visit to family in Wodonga. I … Continue reading

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A day on the Yarra – Latrobe divide

10 April 2022 I decided to head out after waking up. I quickly recorded the references needed for the planned trip, but I failed to remember to post Alerts. The initial drive was to Yarragon to stop at the bakery … Continue reading

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An autumn day of radio in the field

Sunday 20 March 2022 The day looked to be a good opportunity to attempt to make some Summit to Summit (S2S) contacts: two groups of amateurs were planning activity days – amateurs in the Pacific North West USA and Canada, … Continue reading

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Early February trip in lieu of the Hotham SOTA Summit

With the Hotham SOTA Summit postponed due to the Omicron COVID outbreak, I headed to Wodonga for a few days for another catch up with family. Saturday 5 February 2022 I had slept in a little due to a late … Continue reading

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10 years of SOTA in VK3

1 February 2022 SOTA started in Australia in Victoria on 1 February 2012, so today marked the tenth anniversary. At the time, I was busy with paid employment, together with the role of Editor of Amateur Radio magazine in my … Continue reading

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Another December trip to Wodonga

I usually have a trip to Wodonga to visit family around Christmas time. The trip usually commences somewhere near the middle of the month and I typically then make Wodonga my base until after New Year’s Day. 17 December 2021 … Continue reading

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Latest certificates earned

Several certificates have arrived in the past few days via email or logging on to the POTA website. Below are some examples. SOTA Shack Sloth Chaser 40,000 This certificate marks reaching a Chaser score of 40,000 points earned by working … Continue reading

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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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