Mt Majura SOTA activation on 13 April 14

I was late arriving at the summit of Mt Majura partly due to forgetting what a long walk it is.  For some reason I had 30 mins in my mind but obviously I was mixing it up with other summits in vk1 because it took more like 50 mins this time.

I made most of the contacts on 40m plus a few on 20 and 12m.

There were quite a number of family groups, walkers, runners and cyclists on the summit during the 2 hours I was there.  I wonder if one of them picked up my reading glasses without realising they were mine.

I was also puzzled by a comment from some walkers I passed on the way up.  They suggested I should have identification to prove I was doing something legal and legitimate.  Perhaps reflecting their past employment they seemed to think someone with a radio was rather suspicious.

I pointed out that mobile phones are radios and have access to anywhere in the world, with GPS and other functions that are far more powerful than a simple voice and morse radio.  We chatted amicably for a few minutes and departed in our separate directions afterwards.

16 contacts made.

Some photos taken on the return trip.






3 thoughts on “Mt Majura SOTA activation on 13 April 14”

  1. Hi Andrew,

    Nice to get you in the log. I was using the club call VK5BAR, of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society. We were set up in the Belair National Park for the PR4Amateur Radio Expo.

    The world is full of different people Andrew, many with very different ideas on life. That’s about all I can say.

    Your photos are great Andrew. Spectacular views from the top of Mount Majura.

    Best 73,


  2. Paul, thanks for reading and for your thoughts on the ID issue. Glad you like the photos. Taken with Pentax RZ18 with a lot of zoom for some of the runway shots.

  3. Andrew, for the uneducated suggest they review Peter’s VK3YE YouTube channel. I am confident the citizens of Melbourne don’t find amateur radio activities as ‘suspicious’.

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