My VK/ZL/JA/EU Report Saturday 12 March.
I met up with Rob G7LAS at the Cat and Fiddle pub at about 0610 z and we made a gentle 40 minute walk to the Trig Point of G/SP-004 Shining.
After my lousy activation of Great Orme on Friday, we decided to take a colinear with us for VHF as an insurance policy against the HF bands being broken again.
We set the station up and took a look at the spots. The SOTA activators appeared to be out in force. At 0725z, I found a clear QRG on 14.325 and put out a CQ. My first taker was Adrian GW4AZS/P with a s2s from Corndon Hill. Another s2s from Andy G6PJZ up on G/TW-002 followed. My third call was from Andrew VK1MBE and my fourth contact was from John M0WRG, to qualify the summit. Cheers guys.
Colin M1BUU/P gave me a call from G/NP-008 for another s2s...Good to hear you Colin. Next s2s was Tony M0VED, who was activating G/TW-003...
Then a call s2s call from my good friend Andrew VK1AD/P activating VK1/AC-008. It seems I was on a roll! Peter G1FOA was my next in my log, he was activating G/WB-005.
Another VK s2s call was made by Alister VK1RX/P who was activating VK1/AC-038. Then A wonderful call from Carl 2E0HPI, who was activating G/TW-001 with his friend Steve 2E0EFP. Thanks for the two s2s contacts guys. Another friend Pete G0WGL gave me a call from Manchester, many thanks Pete!
Really cool to hear Warren ZL2AJ, a tricky contact but the all important signal reports were exchanged. It has been a while since Paul VK5PAS and myself have worked, so I was delighted when he called summit to summit. Paul was putting out a brilliant signal from VK5/SE-005, Mt Lofty...
Matt VK1MA followed Paul, we struggled a bit but Matts persistence paid off. Rhett VK3WE was the very next call to make my log. There was VK s2s call thanks to Bernard, VK2IB/P3, who called in from VK3/VE-061, Mt Emu, a new VK summit for me. Next was up, was Colin VK3LED, who I hadn't worked for some time....Cheers Colin.
Great to hear John ZL1BYZ once again! A big thanks to John, for staying on frequency, to give so many Activators in EU, a highly prized ZL callsign in their SOTA log. It was then the turn of Jonathan VK7JON, Cheers Jonathan, always good to get Tasmania in my log.
Another good friend, John VK6NU called in for a s2s. John was activating VK6/SW-042, Mt William, which I think is a unique summit for me.
Tony VK3CAT was the next call...Great to hear from you again,Tony! An excellent signal was received from Ian VK3YFD, followed by a nice chat.
The very next call was Frank VK7BC, another call from Tasmania.. My final bit of DX was from Eli 4x5EB in Jerusalem ...Shalom Eli.
As I was about to go QRT, John VK6NU cane back and we had a nice chat, for a great ending to my activation...Cheers once again John.
Good to see so many QRPers working VK and ZL, a really enjoyable couple of hours.
45 Contacts all 20m ssb, courtesy of the Antron-99 and FT-857.
13 VK's logged
13 s2s logged 5 of them VK.
Thanks to all the callers and of course, to those who took part in this fine event..