On the 7th April, 2013, I activated the Mount Gawler summit, VK5/ SE-013. Mount Gawler is located about 32 kms north east of Adelaide. Despite its name it is located about 26 kms south of the township of Gawler. The summit is about 8 kms (by road) west of the town of Kersbrook.
Mount Gawler is 541 metres ASL and is worth 2 points.
Mount Gawler is very easy to access off the Mount Gawler Road (between Airstrip Road and Richardson Road). The actual trig point is located on private property. I telephoned the owner, Noel, and he kindly allowed me to come onto his land once I explained to him all about SOTA and amateur radio. He is a nice friendly fella.
I used my yaesu FT-817nd, 5 watts, and my vertical. I swapped to my BandHopper 40m/20m linked dipole about half way through, and signal reports increased.
I managed a total of 17 QSO’s. This included my 1st ever Summit to Summit (S2S) QSO with Peter VK3PF/p. I was really quite excited when Peter gave me a call.
Stations worked were:- Glen VK3YY; Matt VK1MA; & Allen VK3HRA. And then after the UTC rollover:- VK3PF/p (SOTA); Peter VK3ZPF; Shaun VK5FAKV; Frank VK3GFS; Matt VK1MA; Glen VK3YY; Ian VK3TCX; Peter VK3FPSR; Allen VK3HRA; Ron VK3AFW; Tom VK5EE; Andrew VK2UH; Bernard VK3FABA; & Colin VK5FCJM.