VK5/SE-005 Mt Lofty
A cousin getting married in Adelaide presented an opportunity to add a new association to the belt, VK5. The easiest summit being Mt Lofty, I hired a car, picked up my parents, and drove on up. I followed Paul VK5PAS’ instructions about setting up on the eastern side of the summit, finding a nice spot to set up.
I was carrying the FT-857, 4.2Ah LiFePo and the Frankenpole, using a 40/20/15/12 linked dipole. Set up was quick and easy, and I turned on the radio, got the usual noise floor, put out a call, and received an answer from John VK5BJE. One in the log was all I needed to activate the summit, although 4 would be nice to get the points too. Those other three proved elusive.
I had all manner of antenna problems, the first noticing I had a link undone, which I figured was contributing to high SWR. The fixing of that showed more intermittent faults. Things seemed deaf on receive, and in the end, I figured I wasn’t actually receiving anything at all. A quick troubleshooting showed it was most likely feedline related.
A trip to Jaycar on the way back for a multimeter and some replacement coax showed I was correct in my assumption. This officially makes me (or the baggage handlers) terrible abusers of coax.
Hopefully I should now be fine for the US trip – I didn’t have time to test the replacement cable – but I have a day or so on Sunday, and plans to activate W1 and W2 summits. We shall see.