On Thursday afternoon (7th May 2015) I flew over to Canberra to attend the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Annual General Meeting. I spent a nice Thursday evening with John VK5BJE and a good meal and a few reds. And on Friday morning (8th May 2015), Andrew VK1DA was kind enough to pick myself and John up from our hotel, the Novotel and take us up into the mountains outside of Canberra for two activations for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program. We were very fortunate weather wise, as although it was a very cold morning, there was no rain, and it was quite sunny. It was a beautiful drive out of Canberra up in to the Namadgi National Park.
Our first activation for the day was Mount Coree, VK1/AC-023 which is located in the Namadgi National Park, VKFF-377, about 56 km by road from Canberra. It may have only been a short distance km wise, but it took about 90 minutes to get there due to the terrain.
Above: Map showing the location of Mount Coree. Image courtesy of mapcarta.com
Mount Coree was formerly known as Pabral, and is 1,421 metres above sea level. It is with 4 points for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program. The summit is located within the Brindabella Range on the border between the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW). The actual summit is located within the ACT. The mountain is situated in the Brindabella National Park on the NSW side and in the Namdgi National Park on the ACT side. Prior to European settlement, the mountain was used by local Aboriginal tribes to hunt for Bogong moths. In fact, ‘Coree’ is an aboriginal name for moth. The Bogong moth is a temperate species of night flying moth. The mountain was originally shown as ‘Pabral’ on an 1834 map of the famous explorer, Major Sir Thomas Mitchell. The Namadgi National Park was declared as a National Park in 1984 and covers an area of 106,095 hectares, almost half of the ACT. About 35 species of native mammals can be located in the park including Swamp wallabies, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, emus, pygmy possums and numerous reptiles. There are 13 threatened species documented including the Smoky mouse, River Blackfish, and Northern Corroboree Frog.
Above:- Map showing the location of the summit on the ACT/NSW border. Image courtesy of http://www.sotamaps.org
Andrew parked his car just off the track leading up to the summit and we walked the remainder of the way, a short distance of about 300 metres.
This is a very exposed summit with some amazing views of the Namadgi National Park and the Brindabella National Park. The summit is right on the ACT and New South Wales border and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. And because it was so exposed, it was very windy. And I mean, very windy.
Andrew used the trig point on the summit to secure his squid pole with his home brew linked dipole on the top. John VK5BJE, started off first, followed by myself, and then Andrew. It was very windy and cool on the summit, and after reaching 10 contacts each, John and I were very happy. We had qualified the summit for SOTA and had qualified the National Park for the WWFF program. Of my ten contacts, four were summit to summit contacts: with Peter VK3PF/1 on Bobogon Range VK1/ AC-044, Andrew VK1NAM/2 on VK2/ SM-093, Onno VK6FLAB/1 on Mount Ginini VK1/ AC-008, and Gerard VK2IO/1 on Mount Gingera VK1/ AC-002
I worked the following stations:- At the bottom of the summit, we stopped for a quick photo opportunity. There was a great view back up to the trig point on the summit. It certainly highlighted the sheer cliff face of Mount Coree.
We then headed to ‘Bulls Head’ picnic/camp ground, for a quick lunch break and a catch up with some other keen amateurs that were out activating summits and parks as well. This included Onno VK6FLAB and Marc VK3OHM. These guys had just activated Mount Ginini and were heading to Mount Coree. And we had just activated Mount Coree and were heading to Mount Ginini.
References. ACT Government, 2015, <http://www.tams.act.gov.au>, viewed 13th May 2015. Visit Canberra, 2015, <http://www.visitcanberra.com.au>, viewed 13th May 2015 Wikipedia, 2015, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Coree>, viewed 13th May 2015