This evening I activate Mt Majura VK1/AC-034 on 2, 17, 20 and 40m SSB. My aim was to work Europe Dx on 20m however that wish turned out to be pie in the sky. All was not lost, DX contacts included: JH1MXV (17m), ZL2AJ (17m), ZL1SKL (17m), ZL2ATH (40m), ZL3CC (40m). You can see the theme.
17m Sporadic E was the feature of the evening working Tony VK3CAT on 18.140 SSB at a distance of 500 km for a steady 5-9 signal over 15 minutes, a good old rag chew. Mat VK1MA popped up on 17m for a local contact.
Some of the VK1 SOTA gang had responded to a call for local S2S action on nearby summits. S2S contacts included Wade VK1FWBD, Bill VK1FWBK, Andrew VK1DA and Rob VK2QR. Chris VK1CT was activating a VKFF nature reserve so he joined in on the portable QSO party.
20m was open for chasers at 1000 km including VK5YX and VK7DW. I received a ‘WhatsApp’ message from Herbert OE9HRV saying ‘nothing in OE9’ and a picture of his SDR 20m waterfall 14.310 MHz.
Surprisingly, and I do mean ‘surprise’, there was plenty of action of 40m working VK2, VK3 and VK5. Chasers on 40m were: VK2IO, VK2HRX, VK3OHM, VK3PF, VK4SMA, VK2HHA, VK3GGG, VK4FARR, VK2JDL and VK4ABH.
Here are four photos from the summit. The 3 km walk back to my car was a little tricky at last light.
Inverted V linked dipole for 17/20/30/40m
Mt Majura Trig Station
VK1AD SOTA shack. Tablet is a 7 inch Lenovo (android) running VK Porta-Log by Peter VK3ZPF.
Sun setting in the west over the Brindabella Ranges
Cheers Andrew VK1AD