SOTA VK1 and VK2 status

The SOTA registration for VK1 has been submitted to the SOTA Management Team (MT) and is under consideration and review with them. The hope is to have SOTA-VK1 operating by the end of summer. There are a number of keen operators wanting to participate in SOTA in VK1.

For VK2 I have agreed to coordinate surveys for the summits in VK2. Jack VK2AXL has surveyed almost 90 summits in the mid north coast area (Coffs Hbr and southwards) and Wayne VK3WAM has surveyed summits in the Snowy Mts area. Ian VK1DI has documented some summits in the south coast region from the border northwards to Narooma. Software has been written by Brenton Schulz VK2MEV to identify potential summits and this should make the process a lot faster.

For anyone interested in SOTA and wanting to connect with others, there is a Yahoo group for SOTA in Australia. The link is http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/SOTA_Australia and you don’t need to have a yahoo id to join the mailing list, but it is recommended as it lets you look at shared files, photos and a database showing progress towards documenting summits.

Spring VHF/UHF field day Nov 2012

The spring VHF/UHF field day saw the station set up at a new location due to roadworks between Bulls Head and Mt Franklin. The temporary location was between the 5 way intersection known as Piccadilly Circus and Bulls head. Elevation 1305m and some trees on the east and west sides of the ridge. A single pair of power lines, probably running 11kv single phase, provided noise at up to strength 9 on 6m and 2m.

Mount Franklin Road
Latitude: -35.3742
Longitude: 148.804
Altitude: 1305
Accuracy: 17m

Contacts were made northeast up to the port Macquarie area and southwest to the Geelong area on 2m. Best contact on 70cm was with vk3uhf near Geelong.

No contacts outside vk1 were made on higher bands.

A weak Es opening occurred on
the Sunday morning. Several vk4 contacts were made.

Total contacts 104.

Thanks to Bruce VK1HBB and his daughter Tayla VK1FTAY for assisting and operating.

Field Day site for November 2012