Illawarra Hill summit, VK5/ SE-014

On the 14th April, 2013, I activated Illawarra Hill, VK5/SE-014, with Andy, VK5AKH.

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Illawarra Hill is 434 metres ASL and is worth 1 point.  It is situated about 156 kms north of Adelaide, and about 11 kms west of Snowtown.

The summit is located on private property and is amongst the Trust Power wind farm.  The owner of the land is Mr. Levi HANSEN, Mobile. 0418 857 021.  Access is via Shadwells Gap Road.

Andy and I were lucky to get access to the hill.  I had tried to contact the land owner for a week or so before the day of activation, but to no avail….the phone always rang out.  So after the first 2 activations I tried the number again and got through to Levi’s wife.  She advised that they did not live on the property, but as luck would have it, Levi was delivering water to the property.  So I phoned Levi and as Andy and I drove up Shadwells Gap Road, there was Levi pulling into the property in his semi.  A case of “being in the right place at the right time !”

This summit was extremely windy (as you would expect) and we received quite a few comments about the wind noise.  There are 2 major towers here as well, but these did not cause us any interference.  There are no trees or shrubs up the top of this hill.  So the wind roars in off the ocean from the west !

There was a convenient old log which we sat on and operated from, dodging the ants and spiders that had made the log their home.  We also used it to support the 7m squid pole.

Andy & I used my Yaesu FT-817nd and his Elecraft KX3, 5 watts, and the 40m/20m linked dipole.

I made a total of 24 QSO’s, including some DX contacts into Europe.

Stations worked were:- Will VK5AHV; Tony VK3CAT; Dale VK5FSCK; Steve VK5ST; Ernie VK3DET; Rick VK3KAN; Kevin VK3KAB; Bernard VK3FABA; John VK5AJQ; Craig VK3CRG; Rhett VK3GHZ; Bill VK5MBD; VK3ANL; Al VK1RX; Shaun VK5FAKV; Wayne VK7NET; Peter VK3PF/m; Allen VK3HRA; Brenton VK2MEV; Glen VK3YY; Marjan S51RU; Michael DJ5AV; Luis EA3JE; & Paul EA5/GM0OPK.

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Again, a very enjoyable day spent with Andy climbing hills and playing on the radio.

Bumbunga Hill summit, VK5/ SE-015

I activated Bumbunga Hill with Andy, VK5AKH, on Sunday, the 14th April, 2013.

Bumbunga Hill is 413 metres ASL and is worth 1 point.

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Bumbunga Hill is situated about 139 kms north of Adelaide, and about 10 kms north west of the town of Lochiel.

It is located on private property owned by Mr. John GREEN, Ph. 8826 2135 (H) or Mobile 0427 101 482.  John is a really friendly guy and loves a chat.  His only issue is that people shut gates behind them.

Access is via Landslide Road, through John’s property to the top of the hill.  You need to travel through a few gates to get there, and some of the diret tracks are very rough and rocky with a lot of washaways.

There was trig point at the summit, but it had seen better days and was lying on its side.

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The Lochiel amateur repeater is located at this site, along with a few other towers with microwave repeaters, etc.  However these did not cause any interference.  There are magnificent views in all directions.  It is perched above the town of Lochiel and Bumbunga Lake.  The nearby summits of South Hummocks and Illawarra Hill are clearly visible.

Fortunately not too many flies up here and it was initially windy, but when the sun came out from behind the clouds it was hot.  There are no trees up here for shade, so bring the sunscreen.

Andy and I used my Yaesu FT-817nd and his Elecraft KX3, 5 watts, and my BandHopper 40m/20m linked dipole.  Strapped the 7m squid pole to one of the fence posts.

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I had 18 QSO’s on 40m and 20m.

Stations worked were:- Ernie VK3DET; Peter VK5KX; Arnie VK5NEX; Scott VK5FSKS; VK3BML/p; Mal VK3FMAL; Allen VK3HRA/p; Dale VK5FSCK; Steve VK5ST; Bob VK3BNC/p; Bernard VK3FABA; Wayne VK3VCL/p; John VK5AJQ; Andrew VK3FABE; Tony VK3CAT; VK3KQT/p; Ken VK3ALA; and Brenton VK2MEV.

A great time had operating with Andy.

South Hummocks summit, VK5/ SE-017

On Sunday, 14th April, 2013, Andy, VK5AKH and I travelled to the mid north of S.A. and activated 3 summits including South Hummocks, VK5/ SE-017.

South Hummocks summit is 330 metres ASL, and is worth 1 point.

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South Hummocks is situated about 127 kms north of Adelaide, and about 30 kms north of Port Wakefield.  It is the big hill visible when travelling north towards Port Wakefield along the Pt wakefield Road.

The summit is located on private property on the eastern side of the South Hummocks Pump Station Road.  The land owner is Mr. Colwyn MILLARD, Mobile 0409 676 605, who kindly left the gate to the paddock open for us.  If travelling south on Sth Hummocks Pump Stn Rd, the gate (double farm gate) is about 1.3 kms south of Millards Road.

We followed the dirt track running through the paddock up the fenceline to a point where there was a sign saying ‘Engaged 4WD only‘.  A new fence was being built at this point which runs north-south.  We parked the car here in the paddock and walked up to the summit.

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It is a fairly gentle climb from this point up the dirt track which becomes very rocky after reaching the scrub on the hill.  About 400 m from this point is the trig point.

Keep a good look out for the trig point because it is not easy to spot.  It is located in thick mallee type scrub on your left, over the fence line.

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This summit is NOT located where the tower is.  The hill which the tower is located on is about 1 km to the south of the actual summit where the trig is located.

Andy & I found that the flies and the ants at the summit were amazing, so definitely bring your Aeroguard !

There is a convenient star dropper in the ground which you can use to strap you squid pole to.  There are also quite a few large rocks which you can use to prop up a squid pole.

The hill is covered in thick mallee type scrub and gums, so there is a bit of shade if you need it.

Andy and I used my Yaesu FT-817nd and his Elecraft KX3, 5 watts, and my BandHopper 40m/20m linked dipole.

I managed 13 QSO’s on 40m & 20m.

Stations I worked were:- Ian VK1DI; Shaun VK5FAKV; Allen VK3HRA; Peter VK5KX; Bernard VK3FABA; Scott VK5FSKS; Ian VK3AXH; Glen VK3YY; Leigh VK5KLT; Tony VK3CAT; Dale VK5FSCK; Ernie VK3DET; & Brenton VK2MEV.

It was a real pleasure to operate with Andy.