Dear ZL and VK friends,
I will be changing hemispheres temporarily this July and August! If anyone would like to try for a joint activation, or just get together to chat, then please feel free to get in touch! I have extensive skiing/mountaineering experience but I also enjoy a nice walk with good company.
My itinerary is loosely this: I’ll arrive in Sydney around July 8, then visit friends for a few days before renting a car to drive to Melbourne and hopefully do some SOTA on the way. From Melbourne I’ll fly to Auckland around July 16 where I’ll ski and SOTA as much as humanly possible until I leave around August 27. I may spend a few more days in Australia, then I’ll have to move on again.
As far as equipment goes I’ll be packing a mono-band 40m QRP rig (a modified CS-40) and a couple of different antennas, and possibly a 2m/70cm HT. I may be able to further modify my HF rig to include the 20m or 30m bands, but that would mean borrowing some tools.
Since this will be my first time operating HF South of the equator I’m not very familiar with the current state of the bands there. I’ve been told that 40m used to be a reliable SOTA band but lately has become difficult to use. If anyone has any advice, observations, or general wisdom to offer I’d be happy to get it!