At Mt Macquarie arose at a brisk 5.00am local in pitch darkness glad I remembered to leave my torch near the bed.
It was really pitch dark, cloudy no star or moonlight and a very strong gale wind blowing. Was a bit anxious about the star picket supporting the squid pole as had not really driven it in to deeply but it held.
No toppling aerials happily, while the billy was boiling on a gas stove set up the radio gear.
Surprisingly warm despite the bellowing winds.
20m three US chasers, K2WP, NS7P and N6KZ. One S2S with Andrew VK1DA. Missed out on any US S2S.
30M OK1CZ, DK8AX
Around 9.00am the P.A battery ran down so called it quits and closed down for the day.
Although no luck with U.S S2S the exercise proved the point there is an opening to the U.S in the very early morning.
Looking forward to the next event and thanks to the organisers for their work in getting this going.
Next year will chose another summit as Mt Macquarie has been trashed by the pine tree harvesters and is now a dismal place.