09022013 – VK3/VC-007

Activated VK3/VC-007 (Mt Macedon)  9th February 2013.

APRS Yes. Dipole Yes. Seasonal activation N/A

APRS 100022013

Have activated this twice before with one failed activation. 2M has never been a great success. The summit is not on the Melbourne side. Went and had a look from the large cross to ensure walk in was covered. That would be a good spot but very much in the public eye. Went as far north as I could from the summit. There is a clearing there and away from the buildings. No issues with setting up antenna. Able to access VK3RBT,VK3RGL,VK3RWA and VK3RMM with handheld on 2m so simplex is workable. 

Joined by VK3MCD Brian and later VK3PF Peter who setup closer to the top.

12 contacts in all. 5 X S2S activations and 4 X 2m contacts.

Time Call Band Mode Notes
02:40z VK3YY 7MHz SSB GL
02:42z VK3MCD 7MHz SSB Brian
02:44z VK3TCX 7MHz SSB Ian
02:45z VK3MRG 7MHz SSB Marshall R
02:45z VK3BYD 7MHz SSB WJ
02:47z VK5PAS 7MHz SSB Paul
03:07z VK3MCD 144MHz FM Brian
03:10z VK3AFW 144MHz FM Ron at CVRF
03:14z VK2IB/3P 7MHz SSB Bernard
03:20z VK3WAM/P 144MHz FM Wayne A
03:54z VK1NAM/P 7MHz SSB Andrew
04:25z VK3AFW 144MHz FM Ron 

Contacted VK3PF on 40M. We were both in the activation zone so QRP overkill and S2S seams sneaky.

Just got VK3WAM/p on Pretty Sally as driving down hill from car so missed on another S2S but had to leave as already late. 

Good day as meet many people at the radio fest who I have talked to several times over the last 12 months but never physically meet. Believe the stand was fruitful as but we need to generate more interest. 

Allen

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