VK SOTA to Europe Saturday 7 March

Hi all

VK is holding a SOTA Party on the weekend of 7/8 March 2015. :smile:
I plan to activate VK2/SM-053 (8 points) on 20m 14.310 MHz SSB +/- QRM. I am looking for DX SOTA S2S contacts on Saturday 7 March from 0700 to 0815 UTC. I will self spot.

Sunset is 08:45 UTC, I need some daylight time to get off the mountain. :slight_smile:

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73, Andrew VK1NAM

Once again will be a listening for you :wink:

Karl

Hi Andrew

Look for an S2S with you on Saturday, hope to be on Mt.Randall VK6/SW-039 from 07:00UTC.

Hopefully, have Chris VK6FDKR along for his first Sota Activation.

73

John VK6NU

Planning to try to get on the air from a G/NP summit on Saturday morning. Will take HF SSB gear with me, along with my CW rig.

73, Colin M1BUU

Am I still right in thinking only YYY has managed a VK to Europe s2s, or has another been achieved since ?

A quick look at the logs for leading EU and VK activators on the Summit-to-Summit leaderboard reveals quite a few EU-VK S2S contacts.

Loads of people have done it apart from Delilah. Here are the S2S logs from the award. These don’t include people who did it before the S2S award scheme started. From the top of my head, the first in the UK was Robert G0PEB from Isle Of Wight.

11/23/2013 Kinder Scout G1INK Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
11/23/2013 Kinder Scout G1INK Mt Taylor VK1RX/P
11/23/2013 Gun M1EYP One Tree Hill VK1MA/P
12/7/2013 Dungavel Hill GM4COX Tuggeranong Hill VK1RX/P
12/7/2013 Dungavel Hill GM4COX Spring Hill VK1MA/P
3/9/2014 Gun M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MA/P
3/19/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MBE
3/19/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
4/19/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Mt Taylor VK1MA/P
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Spring Hill VK1NAM/P2
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Mt Stromlo VK1MA/P
9/7/2014 Walton Hill G6WRW Mt Dandenong VK3AFW/P
9/7/2014 Walton Hill G6WRW Mt Gawler VK5FO/P
9/7/2014 Nine Standards Rigg G4WSB Mt Randall VK6NU/P
9/7/2014 Nine Standards Rigg G4WSB Mt Gawler VK5FO/P
9/12/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Springbrook Mtn VK1MBE/P
9/12/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Tuggeranong Hill VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Mynydd Cynros GW4VPX Mt Ainslie VK1MBE
9/17/2014 Mynydd Cynros GW4VPX Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Hafod Ithel GW4VPX Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Mynydd y Betws GW4VPX Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Mynydd y Betws GW4VPX Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/11/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Mt Randall VK6NU/P
10/11/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Bobbara Mountain VK1DA/2
10/29/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
10/29/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Majura VK1NAM/P
10/31/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP The Hump VK3BYD/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Wingecarribee VK2IO/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Granite Mountain VK2YW/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP VK2/SM-053 VK1NAM/2
11/15/2014 Beacon Batch G4WSB VK2/SM-053 VK2NAM/P2
11/15/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML VK2/SM-053 VK1NAM/2
11/15/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML The Hump VK3BYD/P

A quick look ! How are you filtering specifically ?

I just recall something on an old thread stating it had only been done once, maybe from a while back.

OK that first list was for UK stations. Here are all the Europeans who have an Europe-Australia S2S logged. There will be others which predate the S2S award.

3/9/2013 Gänsehals PA0SKP South Hummocks VK5CZ/P
4/27/2013 Hummelsberg DF2GN Carappee Hill VK5CZ
11/23/2013 Kinder Scout G1INK Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
11/23/2013 Kinder Scout G1INK Mt Taylor VK1RX/P
11/23/2013 Rombald’s Moor 2E0YYY One Tree Hill VK1MA
11/23/2013 Gun M1EYP One Tree Hill VK1MA/P
11/29/2013 Hummelsberg DF2GN Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
11/29/2013 Hummelsberg DF2GN Mt Stromlo VK1DA/P
11/30/2013 Steinerberg PA0SKP Brown Hill Range VK5CZ/P
11/30/2013 Pergari SV3IEG Brown Hill Range VK5CZ/P
12/4/2013 Zunderberg DF2GN Mt Elliot VK2JI/P
12/7/2013 Dungavel Hill GM4COX Spring Hill VK1MA/P
12/7/2013 Dungavel Hill GM4COX Tuggeranong Hill VK1RX/P
12/7/2013 Zwieselberg DM1LE One Tree Hill VK1NAM/P
1/12/2014 Pleisen OE7FMJ Bimberi Peak VK1RX/P
1/12/2014 Vollrather Höhe ON4TA Bimberi Peak VK1NAM/P
2/18/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mount McDonald VK1NAM/P
2/18/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1DI/P
2/25/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Taylor VK1DI/P
2/25/2014 Hirschberg OE9HRV Mt Taylor VK1DI/P
2/25/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Majura VK1NAM/P
2/25/2014 Hirschberg OE9HRV Mt Majura VK1NAM/P
2/28/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Buninyong VK3HRA/P
2/28/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Spring Hill VK1DA/P
3/1/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Warrenheip VK3HRA/P
3/4/2014 Hittisberg OE9HRV One Tree Hill VK1NAM/P
3/4/2014 Hittisberg OE9HRV Mt Elliot VK2JI/P
3/8/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Summit Point VK2DDS/P
3/8/2014 Rainen DF2GN Summit Point VK2DDS/P
3/8/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Lofty VK5LY/P
3/8/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
3/8/2014 Rainen DF2GN Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
3/8/2014 Rainen DF2GN Mt Lofty VK5LY/P
3/8/2014 Rainen DF2GN Mt Coree VK1NAM/P
3/9/2014 Gun M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MA/P
3/10/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Macedon VK3CAT/P
3/10/2014 Gun 2E0YYY VK3/VC-032 VK3ARR/P
3/15/2014 Winter Hill 2E0YYY Mt Ginini VK1DA/P
3/19/2014 Eichenberger Hochberg OE9HRV Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
3/19/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
3/19/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
3/19/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MBE
3/19/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
3/22/2014 Billinge Hill 2E0YYY Isaacs Ridge VK1DI/P
4/5/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Yellow Rabbit Hill VK1MA/P
4/12/2014 Walton Hill 2E0YYY Livingstone Hill VK1NAM/P
4/12/2014 Walton Hill 2E0YYY Isaacs Ridge VK1MA/P
4/18/2014 Longridge Fell 2E0YYY Mt Majura VK1MA/P
4/19/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Mt Taylor VK1MA/P
4/19/2014 Normanby Top 2E0YYY Mt Taylor VK1MA/P
4/20/2014 Irschenhausen DD5LP Mt Ginini VK1MA/P
4/20/2014 Irschenhausen DD5LP Mt Jack Range VK3PF/P
4/20/2014 Irschenhausen DD5LP Mt Elliot VK2LAX/P
4/21/2014 Bishop Wilton Wold 2E0YYY Mt Stanley VK2IB/P3
4/21/2014 Bishop Wilton Wold 2E0YYY VK3/VE-243 VK3ASC/P
4/24/2014 Hummelsberg DF2GN VK2/NT-009 VK2DAG/P
4/25/2014 Auerberg DD5LP Mt Strickland VK3MRG/P
4/26/2014 Y Golfa 2E0YYY Mt Gawler VK5STU/P
4/26/2014 Y Golfa 2E0YYY Canoelands VK2IO/P
4/26/2014 Y Golfa 2E0YYY VK3/VC-032 VK3CAT/P
4/26/2014 Y Golfa 2E0YYY VK3/VC-032 VK3AFW/P
4/26/2014 Y Golfa 2E0YYY Mt Cowangerong VK1MA/VK2/P
5/12/2014 Hohenkarpfen DF2GN Mt Taylor VK1MBE
5/21/2014 Strahlkopf OE9HRV Richmond Hill VK5CZ
5/21/2014 Tonau DF2GN Richmond Hill VK5CZ
6/8/2014 Picon Blanco EA2CW Hallett Hill VK5CZ
6/9/2014 Gehrenfalben OE9HRV Wereboldera VK2DI/2
6/13/2014 Ganguren EA2CW Mt Beerburrum VK/PB2T/P
6/18/2014 Ganguren EA2CW Mt Jay South VK5CZ
7/6/2014 Középsö-Hajag HA2VR Mt Dandenong VK1MA/VK3
8/5/2014 Hummelskopf DF2GN Tuggeranong Hill VK2YK
8/15/2014 Rainen DF2GN Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
8/29/2014 Mynydd y Cwm 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
8/29/2014 Špicák OK1MCS Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
8/29/2014 Portlerkopf OE9HRV Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
8/29/2014 Mynydd y Cwm 2E0YYY Mt Stromlo VK1MBE/P
8/29/2014 Špicák OK1MCS Mt Stromlo VK1MBE
8/31/2014 Iguste EA2IF Mt Stromlo VK1MA
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Mt Stromlo VK1MA/P
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
8/31/2014 Shillhope Law G4WSB Spring Hill VK1NAM/P2
9/2/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Goombargana Hill VK2CU/P
9/2/2014 Hohe Steig DF2GN Goombargana Hill VK2CU/P
9/6/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Gillamatong VK1DA/P2
9/6/2014 Peissenberg DF3MC Mt Gillamatong VK1DA/2
9/6/2014 Gmundnerberg OE9HRV Woodford Hill VK1MBE
9/6/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Woodford Hill VK1MBE/P2
9/6/2014 Peissenberg DF3MC Woodford Hill VK1MBE/2
9/6/2014 Peissenberg DD5LP Woodford Hill VK1MBE/P2
9/6/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Gawler VK5FO/P
9/6/2014 Gmundnerberg OE9HRV Mount McDonald VK1NAM/P
9/6/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mount McDonald VK1NAM/P
9/7/2014 Walton Hill G6WRW Mt Dandenong VK3AFW/P
9/7/2014 Renkknie OE9EGI Mt Dandenong VK3AEW/P
9/7/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Dandenong VK3AFW/P
9/7/2014 Walton Hill G6WRW Mt Gawler VK5FO/P
9/7/2014 Nine Standards Rigg G4WSB Mt Gawler VK5FO/P
9/7/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY VK4/SE-102 VK1MBE/P4
9/7/2014 Nine Standards Rigg G4WSB Mt Randall VK6NU/P
9/7/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Randall VK6NU/P
9/12/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Springbrook Mtn VK1MBE/P
9/12/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Springbrook Mtn VK1MBE/P4
9/12/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Tuggeranong Hill VK1NAM/P
9/12/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Tuggeranong Hill VK1NAM/P
9/15/2014 Foel Fenlli 2W0VAC Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Grillenparz OE5REO Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Kaiblinger Kogel OE5PEN Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Mynydd Cynros GW4VPX Mt Ainslie VK1MBE
9/17/2014 Hirschfang DM1LE Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
9/17/2014 Mynydd Cynros GW4VPX Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Kaiblinger Kogel OE5PEN Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Stromlo VK1NAM/P
9/17/2014 Grillenparz OE5REO Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
9/17/2014 Kaiblinger Kogel OE5PEN Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
9/17/2014 Kaiblinger Kogel OE5PEN Mt Lofty VK5BJE/P
9/17/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
9/17/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Lofty VK5PAS/P
9/20/2014 La Crevasse HB9AFI Mt Horrocks VK5CZ/P
9/21/2014 Billinge Hill 2E0YYY Black Mountain VK1ATP/P
9/21/2014 Olotoki EA2IF Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
9/21/2014 Billinge Hill 2E0YYY Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
9/27/2014 Mutenkogel OE7FMJ Mt Taylor VK1ATP/P
9/28/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Augstenberg OE9HRV Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Lemoatxa EA2BDS Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Lemoatxa EA2CW Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/28/2014 Hafod Ithel GW4VPX Mt Ginini VK1NAM/P
9/30/2014 Westl. Karwendelspitze OE7FMJ Baldwin VK2CU
9/30/2014 Westliche Karwendelspitze OE7FMJ Baldwin VK2CU
9/30/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Baldwin VK2CU/P
10/2/2014 The Cloud 2E0YYY The Paps VK3XDM/P
10/3/2014 Mynydd y Betws GW4VPX Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Hohenkarpfen DF2GN Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Ganguren EA2BDS Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Ganguren EA2CW Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Grillenparz OE5REO Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Brown Hill Range VK5PAS/P
10/3/2014 Mynydd y Betws GW4VPX Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Hohenkarpfen DF2GN Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Ganguren EA2CW Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Ganguren EA2BDS Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Detling Hill M0IML Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Shining Tor 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/3/2014 Grillenparz OE5REO Mt Ainslie VK1NAM/P
10/11/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Mt Randall VK6NU/P
10/11/2014 Normanby Top 2E0YYY Mt Randall VK6NU/P
10/11/2014 Normanby Top G4ASA Bobbara Mountain VK1DA/2
10/11/2014 Normanby Top 2E0YYY Bobbara Mountain VK1DA/2
10/29/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Majura VK1NAM/P
10/29/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Majura VK1NAM/P
10/29/2014 Gora (Sveti Ahac) S52CU Mt Ainslie VK1MBE
10/29/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
10/29/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Ainslie VK1MBE/P
10/31/2014 Gun 2E0YYY Mt Leura VK3ANL/P
10/31/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Mt Taylor VK1NAM/P
11/15/2014 Ellerberg OE5PEN Mt Cann VK3EK
11/15/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML The Hump VK3BYD/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP The Hump VK3BYD/P
11/15/2014 Beacon Batch G4WSB VK2/SM-053 VK2NAM/P2
11/15/2014 Vorderes Hörnle OE9HRV VK2/SM-053 VK1NAM/2
11/15/2014 Cheriton Hill M0IML VK2/SM-053 VK1NAM/2
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP VK2/SM-053 VK1NAM/2
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Wingecarribee VK2IO/P
11/15/2014 Ellerberg OE5PEN Granite Mountain VK2YW
11/15/2014 Vorderes Hörnle OE9HRV Granite Mountain VK2YW/P
11/15/2014 The Cloud M1EYP Granite Mountain VK2YW/P

(That’s a join on 6 distinct tables in the DB!)

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I went to the database, picked a country from the Summit to Summit Roll of Honour, listed the logs of the top few folk, and eyeballed the tables. Took, oh, twenty seconds to find enough data to disprove the “only YYY” hypothesis, and a minute or two more to find that the list of EU folk who’ve managed S2S contacts with VK isn’t that short. I figured Andy’d be in a better position to produce an actual list, though…

Right !, But that is not exactly how Andy has managed to draw a complete list. He may have other tools, access to raw data which provides a much better overall picture.

I had thought with the amount of s2s data it wouldn’t be so clearly visible on a per call sign basis. Clearly this demonstrates the elegance of the databases organisation.

As I say it was just something I recall reading at some point - I wasn’t stating it as fact that YYY was exclusive to having achieved this, more of a ponder - a hypothesis as you mention.

The tools from the web view on the DB are limited to what has been implemented. They provide the commonly needed views. There’s always room for more limited only by my time to implement them.

In the second list presented it was:
from every userid in the s2s data (gives activations with an s2s qso)
join up the the users data (gives callsign of user and home association)
join up the summits (gives summit ref and name)
join up the chasers (gives QSO partner call and his summit)
join up the associations (gives continent ref)

Then show only people who have Europe as the home association continent who worked someone with a call starting VK when their summitref didn’t start VK. Simples! The reason for checking the activator summitref doesn’t start VK is because Ed DD5LP was VK2JI. His log contains lots of S2S contacts with VK summits from when he was in VK which we don’t want. But his user records correctly identifies his home an now in Europe, so the query needs a tweak to ensure we get accurate answers. It’s only when I saw how many VK S2S contacts I realised we need to exclude some of the QSOs.

It’s one of the reasons SQL is so much fun, you don’t write a procedural request saying how to find the data (you can) but you list a functional requirement that says this is the result I want go find data that matches. And for that reason it’s one of the reasons why SQL is such a right royal pain in the nether regions. :smile:

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[quote=“G2HFR, post:11, topic:10338”]not exactly how Andy has managed[/quote]Andy has the keys to the database and can look inside. The rest of us just get to look in through the windows. :wink:

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I note the results produced by Andy.

At this link is a summary of DX SOTA chasers and DX S2S contacts made with me on VK summits. SOTA DX | Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

The ideal 20m DX window from Europe to the east coast of Australia is in the period 90 minutes leading up to VK (East Coast) sunset. I started making EU SOTA contacts in November 2013, from there the VK to EU S2S opportunities grew.

Yes Mike YYY is a regular S2S contact but so is Herbert OE9HRV with my first S2S contact to Lichtenstein HB0/LI-004 and Barry M0IML activating G/SE and G/SP peaks. Regular chasers include Don G0RQL, Mike G6TUH, Frans ON5SWA, Geert PA7ZEE, Manuel EA2DT and Viktor HA5LV plus many more.

Join in on the SOTA chase, give me a call Saturday morning UTC.

John VK6NU can recommend the timing window for the west coast of Australia.

73, Andrew VK1NAM

That’s really good Andrew.

Its fast becoming one of my “goals” that I want to achieve. Maybe we can do it on the 7th !.

It would be nice to align the window - it seems to change weekly. In any event I am going to make a huge effort to be up there near to 6:00 AM.

Unfortunately it won’t be on my Homebrew radio like Colin managed :wink:

Jonathan

Good luck, Andrew, here just sharpening antennas for new carrots :wink:
73 de Mikel

Hello Andrew,
Will listen out. Sol numbers have been dreadful in the last few days aided by solar storms so hopefully it will clear soon. Here plagued by strong wind, rain/sleet. If the wind abates will put the mast up to improve chances to hear you. Lock down here right now.
Good luck in any event.
Cheers
Mike

What do you mean you don’t want my S2S contacts in VK - I want them! Joking apart (I do realise Andy was referring to the list). I was very happy to be able to bag some EU-VK contacts from SOTA summits quite soon after I moved to Germany from Australia, and the S2S contacts were icing on the cake. I had no home station possibilities so it’s amazing what can be achieved from a summit with low power and the commited crowd of chasers we have in SOTA!

As regards next Saturday - It doesn’t look good for an S2S from my end (sorry Andrew) both the weather forecast and the fact that I caught the stinking flu bug that’s going around means I’ll most likely be at home. If things change, I’ll see if I can get out perhaps to Irchenhausen (no winter bonus points for this one but it is my closest summit).

73 Ed.

Nah, however, the last time I looked, I do have the only s2s with OD, Lebanon though :wink:

73 Mike
2E0YYY

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A new challenge: what about the QSO with Phil @G4OBK for an EA2 <->G Long Path QSO?
Could be this the “ever forever ever” QSO distance record? :wink:
Ok, I know that Phil’s callsign does not start with VK, but…
Perhaps I could also try to contact myself on good DX condx… But sadly, I guess it would not be valid, being both operators on the same AZ…