VK1 to EU & UK

Hi all

Thursday evening VK time, I plan to activate Mt Ainslie VK1/AC-040 for long path propagation into Europe.

Alert posted for 0600 UTC through to sunset 0820 UTC.

Rig FT-857, mode SSB, power 20 - 100 watts.

I look forward to the chaser contacts.

73 Andrew VK1AD


Hi Andrew
Sure will looking for you, but CW preferred !
Always between 7.090 and 7.100 we have Russian Net
73 Éric

Thanks for the contact from Mt Bulga, Eric.
Broke the drought here for EU contacts. An EA was also worked so those two made my day.
Hopefully there’ll be more VK<->EU contacts from summits coming up.
Good luck to Andrew on Thursday!

73, Gerard - VK2IO


Always hunting for VK SOTAs here Gerard as you are well aware. The good days of a higher SFI are a few years away yet, although autumn condx now mean things are improving chances for the DX on 14/18/21 MHz.

You will recall the activations we did together in early 2018. One summit we activated together would make a good SOTA Complete for me - this is VK2/IL-005 Mount Alexandra, Andrew #VK1DA is there now on 14062 - sadly condx are not sufficiently good for me to hear him. As I write this he moved to 18092 - needless to say - nil heard due to the condx.

73 Phil G4OBK

Hi Phil

Always good to have you chasing VK1 summits. Just checked my SOTA activator log, between 2013 and 2016 you appear 13 times chasing VK1 and nearby VK2 summits.

Tomorrow evening (your morning) is an experiment to see what is it achievable on 20 and 40m long path. I’m hoping to work my good friend Herbert OE9HRV in Bregenz and many others across Europe.

73 Andrew VK1AD

Thanks Eric, I will avoid 7.090 to 7.100. I plan to start on 20m ~14.310 MHz.

73, Andrew VK1AD

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I’ll make sure I up early enough tomorrow morning Andrew and will listen out.

I know Herbert OE9HRV quite well myself, as we have activated together a few times - a fine chap who puts out a good signal from a summit every time - great attention to detail in putting together his portable station, hence the strong signals from him. Herbert kindly went well out of his way to return my rite in the rain logbook to me on on the OE/VB-509 Hirschberg activation we did together in Austria in 2018. We shared Herbert’s station on Hirschberg, so on meeting up I realised I had needlessly carried my KX2 and pole, aerial etc up there! My mistake was that I left the logbook behind on the summit - and Herbert kindly returned it to me on my next summit where I later went with my XYL to activate. This was OE/VB-511 Eichenberger Hochberg. Pictured below on OE/VB-509 Hirschberg with Herbert’s FB station:

73 Phil

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I would have been very pleased to hear a call from you, this evening. I did make one European contact earlier on, at about 0800, with an F4 whose call I don’t recall right now. This was a nice surprise for me, and if conditions remain good for tomorrow evening, Andrew vk1ad has a good chance of making a contact with Herbert.

I went to 18 mhz, having heard a bit of activity, but the main game was the entire world calling 3D2AG or a RU station a bit higher. I got no replies to my calls… so went back to 14, then 7. Arrived back at the car in almost darkness, so I packed up at the right time.

73 Andrew VK1DA/VK2UH

Night and Day Paul, Night and Day and the Grey Line Golden Hour! I will look out for the other Andrew tomorrow. Well done on working the F4, he probably had a far superiior antenna to me, and maybe a little but of goodness in the propagation dept. I saw 3D2AG spotted also - not needed unless he is using DATA, not that I could hear Fiji today either…

I am chasing DATA QSOs/QSLs on any band now and I see the possibility of reaching 300 DXCC confirmed on DATA now that the effective FT8 mode and LoTW is being used extensively. With old school RTTY that would not have been feasible.

We need a vaccine ASAP for Covid so that DXpeditioning and SOTA Touring can recommence. Rates in the UK rising steeply again - 143 more deaths in our country yesterday. The doomsters and the gloomsters were right… It’s getting out of control here again now.

73 Phil

Hi Gerald, Happy to brighten your day, TNX for qso. 73


Phil @G4OBK , I was on frequency and the F4 was F4WBN Chris, you can look at QRZ.com.
Big station for sure, in my side nothing from Andrew in my poor FD4 or another dipole :upside_down_face:
See you all tomorrow
73 Éric

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Yes, now I know. The German built Optibeam Chris F4WBN is using is a 16-5 model - that’s 16 elements spread over 5 bands on a 10 metre long boom. I had an 11-5 version at my previous QTH 2010 - 2016. Heavy, over engineered antennas which are much copied, but they are sky burners and for a multiband aerial the best commercially available in my opinion. If my local residents would support a planning application for one I would have the the 11-5 back up tomorrow, but it sold with other hardware in late 2016 to a DXer in North Wales. Trouble is even if I could get an Optibeam in the air the Tennamast I have planning permission for would not support it, so a larger lattice mast and a bigger rotator would be needed! An aerial so big is not needed for normal SOTA Chasing, but as we saw today, if you want to work extreme distances in sunspot minima consistently, that is what you need, at least at one end of the circuit. Meantime I’ll keep plugging away with the Hexbeam and other 5 aerials I use here for the LF bands and VHF… I don’t do so bad considering. I think the 16-5 has around 4 dBd gain on my Hexbeam on 20m band.

73 Phil

Phil you missed to talk about his Optibeam OB804030 :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
In fact I’m happy with my station, can work some SOTA DX like this one :

was last week early morning, thanks Gerard !
73 Éric


The first rule Eric - you have to be there, in front of the radio to stand any chance of working the good ones, and you have to be able to use the activators choice of mode, which of course you are very adept at! 40m long path yes, I must pay attention to the spots on 40m at that time in the future. I don’t imagine Gerard was running 5-10 watts though for him to get through on 40m, maybe he was?

Nice QSO - well done OM, outstanding QSO.


currently negotiating with my will power and alarm clock to get on top of my nearest SOTA to try and get you Andrew. It’s a good 90 mins door to summit, so not an attractive prospect; but a VK S2S followed by a bacon butty might swing it for me! :wink:

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Andy, if the bacon butty isn’t enough to get you out of bed, over the next two months I plan to activate more peaks during the grey line.

If you make it to a peak then good luck, I will be listening for S2S calls.

73 Andrew VK1AD

It’s getting colder and darker on this side of the equator! I’ll try!

Alerted. QRO with FT-857

Back on topic:

Mt Ainslie is a popular summit isn’t it Andrew… hoping to hear you tomorrow morning from around 0600z on either 20m, 30m or 40m. Not worked by me since 07 Oct 2016

73 Phil

Mt Ainslie is very popular, so much so Mt Ainslie is listed in the SOTA top 50 most popular summits. Mt Ainslie is the one and only VK summit in the top 50.

Very popular with locals, interstate and overseas visitors.