On Sunday 14th June 2015 the plan was to activate two SOTA peaks, Mount Arden and Mount Benjamin. But ‘Hughey’ had conspired against us, and the rain was relentless. So any chance of activating was completely gone.
Instead we took a train trip on the famous Pichi Richi railway from Quorn out to Woolshed Flat and then back to Quorn. It was a very enjoyable trip.
And then in the afternoon, after returning to Quorn on the train we went to one of the local pubs, the Austral Hotel, and caught up with Les VK5KLV and Peter VK5KPR & his wife for lunch. They had driven down from Port Augusta.
After returning to Argadells later that afternoon, John, David, and I decided to play a little bit of radio. At the rear of the Overseer’s cottage where Marija and I were staying, was an old building which aptly had an ‘RSL Club’ sign above the door. It made an ideal shack. We set up the Yaesu FT-857, and in between the showers, we set up the 7 metre squid pole and the 40m/20m linked dipole.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VK3PI/p (SOTA VK3/ VC-034)
- VK5FO/p (SOTA VK5/ SE-013)
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
Not quite the day we had planned, but a very enjoyable day netherless.