I activated Bumbunga Hill with Andy, VK5AKH, on Sunday, the 14th April, 2013.
Bumbunga Hill is 413 metres ASL and is worth 1 point.
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.
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.
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.