Earlier today starting at 22:00 UTC (8 am local) VK1 SOTA activators fired up on 2m, 23cm and 13cm for a coordinated QRP 2m, 23cm and 13cm S2S QSO party.
Activators included (distance from Mt Cowangerong):
Al VK1RX/P at Mt Stromlo VK1/AC-043 59 km;
Andrew VK1DA/2 at Mt Mundoonen VK2/ST-053 101 km;
Bill VK1MCW/P at Mt Ainslie VK1/AC-040 54 km;
Tony VK1VIC/P at Mt Foxlow VK2/ST-010 17 km;
Wade VK1MIC/P & myself Andrew VK1AD/P at Mt Cowangerong VK2/ST-001
2m and 23cm yagi. Canberra is 60 km north west well over the horizon.
Combined SG-Lab 23cm transverter / 25 watt RF amplifier
RF Path profile - Mt Cowangerong to Mt Mundoonen
RF Path profile - Mt Cowangerong to Mt Stromlo
With action on 23 and 13 cm completed at 23:30 UTC (9:30 am local) Wade spent some time with his FT817ND and a ZS6BKW antenna working VK and ZL chasers on 80, 40, 20 and 10m. Wade experienced his first 10m pileup, wait for it, working six (6) VK1/VK2 chasers on 28.490 MHz SSB. Yes, I have experienced a northern hemisphere pileup, I do know the difference.
Antennas: (left) 2m flower pot (right) ZS6BKW 9m above ground level
73 Andrew VK1AD