Following the Convention wrapping up at about 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 6th June, 2015, I decided it was a bit too early to head back to the motel. Plus I knew that the VK Shires Contest had commended at 0600 UTC.
So I travelled west out of Mount Gambier, hoping to get a few mobile contacts with my Icom IC7000 and Codan 930 self tuning antenna on the back of the Toyota Hi Lux.
My first contact was with Nigel VK5NIG who was calling CQ Contest on 7.098 with a very fine 5/9 signal. I then spoke with VK6DW, followed by Rob VK4FFAB, and then Tony VK3VTH who was operating portable in VKFF-046.
I then pulled in to Stony Flat Road from the Riddoch Highway, and had a tune around the 40m band which was alive with contesters. I found 7.075 clear and called CQ. First taker was John VK4BZ portable at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park, followed by Cliff VK2NP.
I worked a total of 23 stations in VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK6 in the contest from the vehicle. I then had a chat with my old mate Ted VK6NTE and Jess VK6JES. During that QSO, Owen ZL2OPB called in from New Zealand with a lovely 5/7 signal (5/9 received).
And to finish off the night I spoke with Koh JI1ICF in Japan who had a very strong 5/9 signal (5/7 received).