Last Monday as part of my post lockdown release plans I (with two other friends, David VK3KR and Owen VK3EAR) activated three summits in the Yarra Ranges outside of Melbourne Australia. On the third summit (Mt Strickland VK3/VN-030) at around 16:30 local, as the early winter sun began to set under the tips of the Eucalyptus forest, I was able to complete a QSO with EA7GV Jose. This was my first QSO with EA on a VK summit and Jose’s first QSO with a VK activator. I sent 559, Jose sent 319. A thrill for us both. I was running 50 watts to a dipole, Jose a little more.
I don’t know how common this is at this stage of the sunspot cycle but I can only say that it cap[ped off a great day of driving, walking and playing radio in the mountains for me. A 60 second video is here, in which I nervously stuff up Jose’s callsign at the start:
Hi Guru, you caught my post befire I edited it! Thanks for your comment. Listening at home 40m has a short window to the northern hemisphere in the hour before sunset. I cannot hear much DX here in the suburbs. But when I am on a summit an hour north east in the mountain range, I hear everything!
I will try to be on a summit at around that time, 1630 local or 0630 UTC.
There must be something weird happenning because I still have EA5GV in your initial post. For some reason, your correction isn’t yet visible for me. Don’t worry, I guess it will sooner or later.
I really don’t know when I’ll be able to be activating at that time. WX is ugly lately and I got very wet when descending from my last activation, so I’d like to avoid experiencing that same thing again for now.
Not too long ago, I was activating in the evening and got chased on 40m CW by a couple VK5 hams.
I was running 5W into and endfed wire.
You can see my activation report here:
I hope to QSO with you soon with either you, me or both on a summit.