The reason for my visit to G/SP-004 Shining Tor this morning, was to try and work Compton VK2HRX activating VK2/NW-001, who said he was looking for s2s. I chose the further drive and longer walk of Shining Tor, because of its excellent take-off. It was very cold when I arrived at the parking spot and it was still not quite light. I didn’t bother with the head torch, because quite frankly, I could find the trig point blindfolded.
At about 0725, I had the Antron-99 in the air and went looking for Compton. He seemed to be working quite a pile up on the 20m band, however, he soon heard the s2s call and he was in my log, leaving me 10 points to the good.
I found a clear space on the band, spotted myself, then put out a cq. Within 20 minutes I had another eight VK’s in the log from all over Australia, including four calls on the trot.
My final tally was 11 VK’s including the s2s with Compton, ten on 20m, with the prize for night owl going to Matt VK2DAG, for working me on the 12m band at 1152z, Thanks Matt.
From what I can make out, I think nearly all the calls were from SOTA chasers and for at least two of them and possibly more, it was their first SOTA DX.
A big Thanks to the VK guys for making this a very special activation.
Also, many thanks to ex-pat Simon ZL4PLM for calling in. He Knew about SOTA and was well aware of Shining Tor, as he was from Derbyshire! I suspect we’ll be hearing more from Simon once the ZL Association is set up. Thanks for the spot on the DX Cluster and the SOTA mention, Simon.
Wonderful days radio.