Only a couple of days left before I leave the southern hemisphere:( so it was time for a couple of easy vk activations!
Both virtually drive on summits, so that was nice first one, just off tge Hume Highway brtween Sydney and Melbourne, vk2/il-001, Mount Gibraltar, I drove psst the gate to the many transmitting towers, so I did have to walk up to the activaton zone. I was stopped by a couple of tourists who wanted to know where the viewpoint was… they said they thought I would know as i looked like a “professional walker” ( Huh?. They’d obviously been out in the sun too long! Damned tourists… oh… yes… err… )
Anyway, there appeared to be a lot of work happening on one of the towers, installing another dish, so i kept out of the way, finding an old tree to bungy the pole to, one oend of the linked dipole in a tree, the other wrapped around a rock on the ground.
*pole bungied to the tree, rig on the ground being investigated by ants *
The RF noise from the transmitters made things a little difficult in hearing chasers, my reports to most being significantly worse than the reports i received in return, however, all qsos were successful in the end, 10 on 40m, and a further 6 on 20m.
It was quite pleasant, in the shade of the trees, the thermometer showing 32c, a nice change from 32f
After packing up, it was a trip down to Canberra, and after checking into the hotel, up to Mount Ainslie, vk1/ac-040. By this time it had clouded over, and once the rig was setup, the distant rumble of thunder and static crashes kn the bands warned of an impending storm
4 qsos quickly rattled off on 40m was pleasing, followed by a further 2 on 20m. Only one failed contact, due to static crashes wiping out the signal, despite numerous attempts.
hf setup, ends of dipole in the trees
A further one qso back on 40m before i wimped out and pulled down the dipole, putting the 2m moxon on the pole for 3 further 2m fm qsos
tiny moxon antenna on the pole
Numerous ground strikes from lightening, getting visibly closer and i hastily decided enough was enough and packed up, apologies if I missed anyone.
angry clouds, bit like the UK, but with warm rain
Many thanks to everyone who helped making the 2 activations a success, and apologies to anyone I missed.