Hello SOTA-friends. This year during the month of August we plan to go on a trip to Australia.
And we thought; why not to take the radio and do some SOTA there?
We have verified that our EA license is compatible with VK. And with less than 90 days activating there we do not have to do any procedure to get another call, but just to respect the regulations.
We think that carrying the LiPo battery in the plane can cause problems. Too many explanations and perhaps the risk that we have to fly without it if it is hold somewhere in the way... Therefore, we have decided to buy one in VK once we arrive at destination, in Sydney. We have seen that there are several stores (RC Masters, The Hobby Headquarters, etc) that have such batteries.
Equipment: yes we will carry a YAESU FT-857 and dipole antenna SOTAbeams + charger LiPO + mast fishing rod. And all will be billed and well protected. We do not know if we will have to declare them at the entrance to the country. It is an old equipment and I have its original invoice. I hope I have no problems by carrying such document with us...
Once there, we will take a van trip from Sydney, passing through Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide to cross the Outback and reach Darwin. We would like to activate some summits, at least in each Association. (VK2, VK1, VK3 and VK5) We will be there from 6 August onwards.
We are not afraid to drive on the left hand side, neither at great distances nor the crocodiles, but my biggest fear is the radio equipment arrives well, hi hi !!
Could you advise what would be the call? VK1/EA2DCA/P , or EA2DCA/VK1 instead, for example?
Has anyone had past experiences having to declare the gear upon entering that country? Have you ever been asked for any documents?
We are not fluent in English, but jus in case any of the VK Sota Activators want to have a joint activation with us, we wlll be glad to count with him. If any of you want let us know and we'll meet there and arrange further details.
Thank you for any ideas and we hope to soon be able to transmit from that fantastic country. What an excitement!!
Many thanks to Ignacio, EA2BD for helping us with the English translation.
73 de EA2DCA Alberto & EA2DNO Iratxe