Ahoy fellow activators,
Some mates and I are planning a trip to the Queenstown ski fields in August and being the activator type I can’t help but look at the absolute plethora of summits and wonder “why not”?
Fortunately my soon-to-be-wife is much more sane having grown up in New Zealand and immediately kiboshed any plans to activate The Remarkables due to you know, snow and winter and my general lack of knowledge for winter survival (VK summits are much more likely to roast you alive instead).
So my question for those ZL’s and others that have visited, should I just plan a 2M handheld only effort? Somewhere crowded with skiers like Coronet Peak won’t really suit HF antennas at all I don’t think, but the take off should be quite good! Alternatively other unactivated and lower summits like Ferry Hill might still be walkable and good for HF if the snow line is a bit higher up
Any advice to help make the most of the trip would be awesome!