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Ego loqui ad viros super montes

Month: March, 2016

John Moyle Memorial Field Day – 19 March 2016

Contests usually scare me. Lots of people trying to make lots of contacts, wanting quick QSOs. Actually, come to think of it, this sounds perfect for my social anxiety and introversion: contacts with hardly any conversation. So, looking to get 44 in the log for the Brisbane Ranges NP, I decided I’d head up there and see how many I could make. I only had an hour or two for actual operating, so I was never going to be super competitive, but as contests go, the JMMFD is a relatively painless one to start with. I entered the single op, 6 hour, portable section.

I drove to my usual spot in Brisbane Ranges, the corner of Switch Road and Aquaduct track. From here, there is a locked gate heading north, and about 10-15 minutes walk along that track takes you to Nelson’s Lookout, the high point of the park. I set up just back from the lookout ostensibly to keep out of the way, although I had no visitors for the whole time I was there, and only saw one other while I walked.

As I set up, it began to rain, and this was a common feature of the 90 minutes I was there, intermittent strong rain followed by sunshine. Unfortunately, conditions on 40m were horrible, and I had few real close in contacts, everything being longer skip. I started with VK4, plenty of VK2 stations and a few VK7s. In all, I made 21 contacts on 40m and 1 on 20m. Not quite the 44 I’d hoped for, but I’ll get there eventually.

Otherwise, I survived my first contest!

Nelsons Lookout Track, dipole strung out to trees

Nelsons Lookout Track, dipole strung out to trees

The shack - squid pole attached to the sign behind

The shack – squid pole attached to the sign behind

Squidpole and sign

Squidpole and sign

View to north

View to north

VK3 SOTA Conference

I had the privilege of being asked to present two sessions at the recent VK3 SOTA Conference, hosted by the Moorabin and District Radio Club, and organised by Ron VK3AFW. I presented two sessions, one on Activating Overseas, and also on SOTA Mapping. The first is a collection of hints and tips I’ve picked up while travelling for work while taking SOTA gear, and the second was a summary of the processes used recently to survey Japan and New Zealand (et al).

The two presentations are available below.