My final activation for my trip away to Victoria was an activation for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program at SOTA peak Point 756 Pyrenees VK3/ VS-018. The summit is located in the Pyrenees Range north of Ararat in western Victoria.
Above:- Map showing the location of the summit. Map courtesy of google maps.
VK3/ VS-018 is 756 metres above sea level and is worth 4 points. I have activated this summit twice previously, back in December 2015 and September 2014. To read about those activations please check out my previous posts at….
It was around an 11 km drive from Blue Mountain to this summit, along some of the dirt tracks in the Pyrenees Range. Along the way I enjoyed some beautiful views of the Pyrenees. The views are limited as the vegetation along the roads is very thick, but there are the occasional breaks.
After leaving Blue Mountain summit, I travelled back along Blue Mountain Track and then on to Main Break until I reached Sanderson Track. This track leads directly to the summit. I have previously aaccessed this summit by another track a little further to the north. That particular track is un-named.
The summit itself is located in a clearing on Sanderson Track amongst the forest.
Above:- Aerial shot showing the location of the summit. Image courtesy of google maps.
I pulled up in the clearing and as this was a nice and easy drive up summit I was able to use the fold up table and deck chair. I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 20 watts, and the 80/40/20m linked dipole for this activation. I was all set to go by 0040 UTC (11.45 a.m. Victorian local time). I started calling CQ on 7.090 and this was answered by Adam VK2YK mobile with a good strong 5/8 signal. This was followed by Peter VK3PF, Steve VK7CW, and then Geoff VK3SQ. I had qualified the summit.
Contact number eleven was Rob VK4AAC/3 who was portable in the Grampians National Park VKFF-0213. Rob’s signal was very strong. I worked a total of 21 stations on 40m from VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7, before I QSYd to 14.210 on 20m. There I worked just 4 stations: John VK4TJ, Gerard VK2IO, Geoff VK3SQ, and Tim VK2BT. Numerous other CQ calls went unaswered.
I then tried my luck on 3.610 on 80m where I spoke with Geoff VK3SQ in Beechworth (5/9 sent and 5/6 received) and Rob VK4AAC/3 in the Grampians National Park (5/3 both ways). The 80m band continues to provide some very interesting results.
I then moved back to 40m where I worked a further 6 stations including Mick VK3PMG/VK3GGG who was portable in the Alpine National Park VKFF-0619.
My fun in parks and summits had come to an end. I had around a 500 km drive back home. And by the time I arrived home I had clocked up around 2,400 km for the entire trip.
The following stations were worked:-
Below is a map showing my route back home to Mount Barker from Ararat via the Western and Dukes Highways.