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My Second SOTA Activation- Mt Marlow VK4/NH-154

September 14, 2014 Leave a comment

I thought Mt Marlow would be a really easy hike, but it turned out to be moderately difficult given my present lack of fitness. I started at the Pallareda at the beachside park and walked in to the start of the Many Peaks track. This track is 5.7km long. My return journey was down to the  south and back along the lagoon track. I left the beach at 1130 and arrived at the peak at about 1240. I departed the hill top at 1700 and arrived back at the beach after 1840 in the dark. I am a local and I got caught out so , visitors from overseas should be warned about how quickly the sun sets at these latitudes.

I worked quite a few stations on SSB and two on 40m CW for a successful SOTA activation

 

Track Details below-

 

Distance: 5.7 km one-way
Time: allow 3 hrs walking time (one-way)

Starting at the western end, or 450 m along the eastern end of the Lagoon trail, this challenging walk across Many Peaks Range leads to the summit of Mount Marlow, before descending through vine thickets and woodland towards the wetlands below. The walk has spectacular views over the Town Common wetlands and along the coastline from the Palm Islands in the north to Cape Cleveland in the south. Some sections of the trail are very steep and there are many steps. In some areas the trail can be indistinct and walkers must follow the orange trail markers. Walkers may return on the same trail or via the Lagoon trail.

 

Distance: 4.6 km one-way
Time: allow 2 hrs walking time (one-way)

Walkers and mountain bike riders share this trail.

Starting at the intersection of Freshwater and Shelly Beach trails or opposite Walter Nesbit Park at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road, this trail follows the edge of Freshwater Lagoon at the southern base of Many Peaks Range. The trail can become boggy after wet weather. Trail users can return the way they came or can walk the Many Peaks track or ride the Under the Radar trail to complete a loop.

 

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The start of the trail at Pallarenda

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Signage at start

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Going right is the moderately difficult track. I used this one on the way up. If you prefer you can walk on flat ground to the southern end of the mountain and take an easier route up

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Start of the Many Peaks Track

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Pretty easy going at first

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A great deal of the track is like this only more boulders and rubble underfoot. It is well shaded most of the way.

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IPS Antennas?

 

 

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Kapok in flower

 

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Shady steps early on in the track

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Kapok trees and a view of the wetlands

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Tis is why I do SOTA. What a view

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Wetlands

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View of Castle Hill VK/NH-136

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Getting higher and the views is still great

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A great place for a rest

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Fire in the distance and the 6 point summit of South Pinnacle – next week’s SOTA for me

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Beginning to open up

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The summit is ahead

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The quick way up and down is this way

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Swainsona sp.?

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The Trig

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This is the real name of the summit

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My operating position. Dipole slug from trig

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Shack with a view, but no shade.

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My APRS via iPhone

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: HF, QRP, SOTA

Straight Key Night

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Tonight is Straight Key Night when many SKCC members will be on air particularly in the USA on 80m. I plan to listen out for them and see if I can bag rare 80m DX. I do have to get the 80m vertical loop fixed today so that will be a priority today. Unfortunately my 80m loop faces the wrong direction for USA but will give it a go anyway.

Here is a video from the US regarding SKN

Categories: CW, Daily News, HF, Propagation, QRP

Nice PSK to Finland- Perfect Example of Greyline Propagation on 15 meter 21 MHz

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I made a nice PSK31 QSO with OH4TI, a great example of greyline propagation

VK4MDX>> OH4TI in KP31IX on 21.0700 PSK 599 > QH30IO @ 13444.5km 332°

Categories: Daily News, Propagation, QRP

80m WSPR Overnight

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

2010-01-10 19:32 VK4MDX 7.040090 -3 0 QH30io 2 VK7FGMH QE37na 2623 179 2010-01-10 18:52 VK4MDX 7.040107 -25 0 QH30io 2 DG5VO JO71dd 14581 322 2010-01-10 18:28 VK4MDX 7.040095 -24 0 QH30io 2 ZS6BB KG43 11582 235 2010-01-10 18:28 VK4MDX 7.040092 -24 0 QH30io 2 DL2FCQ JO40ie 14983 323 2010-01-10 18:28 VK4MDX 7.040093 -21 0 QH30io 2 F4VNS JN36hc 15324 319 2010-01-10 17:40 VK4MDX 7.040093 -26 1 QH30io 2 F1RXM JN05du 15765 321 2010-01-10 17:26 VK4MDX 7.040090 -22 0 QH30io 2 DH5RAE JN68pv 14741 320 2010-01-10 17:26 VK4MDX 7.040099 -27 0 QH30io 2 DK5EC JO30or 15047 324 2010-01-10 17:16 VK4MDX 7.040096 -23 0 QH30io 2 ON6VL JO20kq 15191 325 2010-01-10 16:46 VK4MDX 7.040090 -28 0 QH30io 2 2E0LIB IO93bg 15387 332 2010-01-10 16:46 VK4MDX 7.040098 -23 1 QH30io 2 G4NRG JO02mm 15291 329 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040114 -19 0 QH30io 2 DK5AI JO51go 14797 324 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040093 -22 0 QH30io 2 ON3TDI JO21fg 15181 326 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040091 -22 0 QH30io 2 G4CAO IO91si 15452 329 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040017 -18 0 QH30io 2 ON4SAR JO21ce 15201 326 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040097 -26 0 QH30io 2 G3JKF JO00bs 15461 328 2010-01-10 16:32 VK4MDX 7.040077 -20 0 QH30io 2 WA6MTZ DM14pw 11808 58 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040197 -26 0 QH30io 2 RN9AOM MO02el 11464 321 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040087 -11 0 QH30io 2 WA7KGX CN85no 11565 46 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040090 -26 0 QH30io 2 OH2GQC KP20if 13615 330 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040105 -26 0 QH30io 2 EB4APL IN80ck 16364 316 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040070 -25 0 QH30io 2 DD1BT JO43bi 14847 327 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040096 -28 0 QH30io 2 GW0NKG IO81fm 15602 331 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040108 -16 0 QH30io 2 JE5FLM PM74 6118 348 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040100 -26 0 QH30io 2 DJ5SQ JN37tx 15164 321 2010-01-10 16:08 VK4MDX 7.040089 -19 0 QH30io 2 DC4FS JO33vn 14854 327 2010-01-10 15:56 VK4MDX 7.040091 -21 0 QH30io 2 DG4BCL JO43qc 14789 326 2010-01-10 15:56 VK4MDX 7.040087 -20 0 QH30io 2 F1RZV JN18fn 15465 324 2010-01-10 15:56 VK4MDX 7.040091 -24 0 QH30io 2 G3WPD IO91qq 15438 329 2010-01-10 15:56 VK4MDX 7.040096 -28 0 QH30io 2 DJ2SEA JO30cs 15106 325 2010-01-10 15:56 VK4MDX 7.040192 -29 0 QH30io 2 G7GCI IO91tt 15416 329 2010-01-10 15:42 VK4MDX 7.040101 -21 0 QH30io 2 W7RDP CN87xo 11677 44 2010-01-10 15:42 VK4MDX 7.040099 -14 0 QH30io 2 NN6RF CM87uw 11402 54 2010-01-10 15:42 VK4MDX 7.040104 -9 0 QH30io 2 W7YKM CN96pr 11756 45 2010-01-10 15:30 VK4MDX 7.040107 -25 0 QH30io 2 DH1VY JN39kf 15149 322 2010-01-10 15:30 VK4MDX 7.040097 -22 0 QH30io 2 DL4OBE JN48mr 15033 321 2010-01-10 15:30 VK4MDX 7.040090 -20 0 QH30io 2 ON3MAJ JN29wn 15194 323 2010-01-10 15:30 VK4MDX 7.040107 -20 0 QH30io 2 DF1GU JN47tp 15045 319 2010-01-10 15:18 VK4MDX 7.040085 -26 0 QH30io 2 G4PEC IO95ga 15235 334 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040091 -20 0 QH30io 2 DL1FX JN49gs 15014 322 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040097 -19 0 QH30io 2 DL9NEF JN59ns 14847 321 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040094 -21 0 QH30io 2 ON3LA JN29wn 15194 323 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040109 -25 0 QH30io 2 W6SZ DM14ed 11706 59 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040090 -27 0 QH30io 2 DK3SML JN49sf 14976 321 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040099 -20 1 QH30io 2 DJ9NZ JN49gb 15050 322 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040092 -24 0 QH30io 2 DF9QT JO30or 15047 324 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040094 -20 0 QH30io 2 PA1SOP JO22hh 15108 327 2010-01-10 15:06 VK4MDX 7.040061 -18 0 QH30io 2 DL4FJ JN49ku 14989 322 2010-01-10 14:54 VK4MDX 7.040089 -22 0 QH30io 2 KC8YJB EN91 14904 50 2010-01-10 14:40 VK4MDX 7.040089 -27 0 QH30io 2 W8LIW EN81go 14705 51

Categories: Daily News, QRP

Weak Signal Propagation Reporter on 80m Overnight

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2010-01-05 18:54 VK4MDX 3.594096 -25 0 QH30io 2 LA3JJ JO59bh 14393 333
2010-01-05 17:50 VK4MDX 3.594099 -19 0 QH30io 2 JF3MKC PM74xm 6102 349
2010-01-05 17:08 VK4MDX 3.594066 -23 0 QH30io 2 DO1TP JO31lc 15042 325
2010-01-05 16:22 VK4MDX 3.594092 -22 -1 QH30io 2 AL2F BO49et 10403 26
2010-01-05 15:20 VK4MDX 1.838096 -26 0 QH30io 2 JASWL PM95tg 6124 353
2010-01-05 14:48 VK4MDX 3.594101 -27 0 QH30io 2 W6SZ DM14ed 11706 59
Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2010-01-05 19:58 DH5RAE 3.594185 -19 0 JN68pv 5 VK4MDX QH30io 14741 68
2010-01-05 19:58 DJ9PC 3.594115 -13 0 JN59po 501 VK4MDX QH30io 14844 66
2010-01-05 19:52 DJ0ABR 3.594194 -20 0 JN68nt 1 VK4MDX QH30io 14755 68
2010-01-05 19:52 OH8GKP 3.594112 -24 0 KP24qt 1 VK4MDX QH30io 13412 69
2010-01-05 19:48 DM3XRF 3.594093 -18 -1 JN39pi 10 VK4MDX QH30io 15116 62
2010-01-05 19:44 DJ5SQ 3.594049 -23 -1 JN37tx 10 VK4MDX QH30io 15164 64
2010-01-05 18:00 G8IHT 3.594070 -25 0 IO94gi 20 VK4MDX QH30io 15286 47
2010-01-05 15:48 OH5RM 3.594047 -21 0 KP30jr 20 VK4MDX QH30io 13489 73
2010-01-05 15:24 AL2F 3.594118 -26 -1 BO49et 5 VK4MDX QH30io 10403 236
2010-01-05 15:08 UA0SNV 3.594121 -24 -1 OO17hx 10 VK4MDX QH30io 9512 139
Categories: Daily News, Propagation, QRP

80m Weak Signal WSPR Overnight

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Heard Me

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2009-12-29 18:12 VK4MDX 3.594097 -30 0 QH30io 5 G0KTN IO81ti 15554 330
2009-12-29 17:44 VK4MDX 3.594095 -23 0 QH30io 5 DH5RAE JN68pv 14741 320
2009-12-29 16:58 VK4MDX 3.594084 -19 0 QH30io 5 DL0TUH JO43xl 14735 326
2009-12-29 15:40 VK4MDX 3.594093 -17 0 QH30io 5 JA1XRH PM95tp 6166 353
2009-12-29 14:24 VK4MDX 3.594099 -23 0 QH30io 5 N7KJW DM43au 12211 60
2009-12-29 12:56 VK4MDX 3.594095 -24 0 QH30io 5 N8AYY EN72 14557 50
2009-12-29 12:34 VK4MDX 3.594099 -18 0 QH30io 5 JF3MKC PM74xm 6102 349
2009-12-29 12:34 VK4MDX 3.594094 -27 0 QH30io 5 VE6OG DO33fn 12368 39
2009-12-29 12:34 VK4MDX 3.594098 -22 0 QH30io 5 NN6RF CM87uw 11402 54

Heard By Me
Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2009-12-29 18:30 OH5RM 3.594192 -17 0 KP30jr 10 VK4MDX QH30io 13489 73
2009-12-29 17:50 DH5RAE 3.594186 -22 0 JN68pv 5 VK4MDX QH30io 14741 68
2009-12-29 14:06 VE6OG 3.594172 -24 0 DO33fn 10 VK4MDX QH30io 12368 266

Categories: Daily News, Propagation, QRP

Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) – 80m Contacts Last Night

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment


I’ve enjoyed exploring 80m and 40m with just 2W on WSPR.

Here are last nights contacts.

2009-12-11 15:40      VK4MDX      3.594099      -28      0      QH30io      1      JF3MKC      PM74xm      6102      349
2009-12-11 13:36      VK4MDX      3.594089      -18      0      QH30io      1      VK2UB      QF59vk      1343      159
2009-12-11 15:32      VE6OG      3.594171      -23      0      DO33fn      20      VK4MDX      QH30io      12368      266
2009-12-11 13:34      VK2UB      3.594162      -17      0      QF59vk      2      VK4MDX      QH30io      1343      336
2009-12-11 13:24      WA7KGX      3.594199      -10      0      CN85no      100      VK4MDX      QH30io      11565      256

And on 40m

2009-12-11 13:12      VK4MDX      7.040101      -26      0      QH30io      1      WB4HYY      EM73tv      14746      61
2009-12-11 13:12      VK4MDX      7.040098      -25      0      QH30io      1      K1BZ      FM19ne      15310      53
2009-12-11 13:12      VK4MDX      7.040093      -29      0      QH30io      1      VE1VDM      FN85ij      16023      37
2009-12-11 13:04      VK4MDX      7.040088      -24      0      QH30io      1      W3GXT      FM19ol      15308      52
2009-12-11 10:36      VK4MDX      7.040095      -25      0      QH30io      2      LA9JO      JP99gb      13480      341
2009-12-11 10:28      VK4MDX      7.040105      -28      0      QH30io      2      EI7JQ      IO63px      15554      336
2009-12-11 10:10      VK4MDX      7.040093      -23      0      QH30io      2      JASWL/P      PM95tg      6124      353
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040178      -25      0      QH30io      2      W1JSB      FN43en      15557      44
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040102      -28      0      QH30io      2      W1XP      FN42fo      15607      46
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040097      -7      0      QH30io      2      VK2ZEJ      QF43hn      1904      175
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040090      -5      0      QH30io      2      VK3XOR      QF22mh      2040      184
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040105      -5      0      QH30io      2      7L4IOU      PM95wr      6172      353
2009-12-11 10:04      VK4MDX      7.040113      -23      0      QH30io      2      N1PQ      FN42fm      15611      46
2009-12-11 09:54      VK4MDX      7.040086      -17      0      QH30io      2      WA7KGX      CN85no      11565      46
2009-12-10 21:30      VK4MDX      7.040088      -4      -1      QH30io      5      VK2KWY      QF56gh      1634      167
2009-12-10 20:56      VK4MDX      7.040091      -20      0      QH30io      5      VK6POP      OF88bd      3349      239
2009-12-10 20:56      VK4MDX      7.040095      +3      1      QH30io      5      VK2UB      QF59vk      1343      159
2009-12-11 13:08      EI7JQ      7.040135      -21      0      IO63px      5      VK4MDX      QH30io      15554      41
2009-12-11 13:06      W3GXT      7.040122      -24      0      FM19ol      5      VK4MDX      QH30io      15308      285
2009-12-11 11:06      T97JGT      7.040055      -33      0      ID90      1      VK4MDX      QH30io      10764      150
2009-12-11 10:06      VK2ZEJ      7.040112      -1      0      QF43hn      5      VK4MDX      QH30io      1904      354
2009-12-11 09:32      WA7KGX      7.040197      -17      0      CN85no      100      VK4MDX      QH30io      11565      256
2009-12-10 21:50      VK6BN      7.040157      -24      0      OF88ac      10      VK4MDX      QH30io      3358      73
2009-12-10 21:28      VK2KWY      7.040103      -16      -1      QF56gh      5      VK4MDX      QH30io      1634      346
2009-12-10 21:00      VK2UB      7.040176      -1      1      QF59vk      2      VK4MDX      QH30io      1343      336
2009-12-10 20:54      7L4IOU      7.040087      -21      0      PM95wr      5      VK4MDX      QH30io      6172      172
2009-12-10 20:48      VK6POP      7.040121      -25      -1      OF88bd      10      VK4MDX      QH30io      3349      73

Categories: Daily News, QRP