Goorooyaroo VK1/AC-036 has been of those summits I have looked at time and time again and wussed out of each time. Its only 5km from my front door, yet proved elusive UNTIL YESTERDAY.
When I saw VK1DA posting he intended to activate it for the VK1 SOTA Winter QSO party, I couldn’t resist tagging along. Why was I so sooky about it??
That might explain it!
That’s the sign that greets us as you leave the vehicle. Not a worry, no exploded kangaroos or fallen trees to be seen, and stick to the trail - sorted.
This big klutz here forgot his 7m squidpole in his car, luckily @VK1DA is a massive sota tragic and had a variety of spares in his car and could lend me a spare.
Temps on the summit swung from the balmy 1.5 degrees to the shivering -1.
We set up 2 stations running cross polarised from each other so we limited the interference.
The Australian bush never fails to impress, no matter the gradient of the climb!
The newly crown SOTA GOAT, VK1DA, testing my little PIXY v2 on 40m, having a S2S with @VK1CT Chris.
All in all, the stats were impressive. A great day out.
Video coming soon.
NB: before frantic emails are flung around re the DO NOT ENTER sign, NSW Park Rangers have authrorised access and explained the vehicle management track was safe to follow. The summit also hosts mobile phone repeaters