Off to Nepal on 02 May 2014 so will be walking up Mt Buninyong with a full pack on Saturdays for the exercise and to verify equipment.
This is not the only training i’m doing but involves a loaded pack and in boots which is not a good look at the gym.This summit is nice and close so not spending all my money on petrol.
The walk for Bunnyiong is 1.1Km with 130m raise from the carpark off Blackberry Ln. Need more so will start further down road next week
Have acquired a HB-1B from eBay with internal battery. This is the drive I will be carrying on the Nepal trek. The FT817 is too heavy. Need the practice on CW activations
22022014 – SSB 5 CW 0
First CW activation was not a great success. Looking to test equipment and glad I did.
Had to pickup son in town and in my haste to play CW I didn’t qualified Mt Buninyong. 5 contacts on SSB but split over UTC. No issues will pickup later.
Called for 20 minutes on 7.025. My SMS alerts did not come up so a issue there.
Saw the alert for VK3CAT on 7.032 so went there. I could hear Tony ok. Called several times with no response.
Not sure operating radio correctly it could be the operator.
Will try again next Thursday on SOTA CW net (8:30pm on 7.045) to verify operation.
Took a longer route this time,
1:30hr for 5.2km
No CW as I left the paddle on my desk.
Walking into town then up the mountain. Getting the distance and gradient looking for.
Note the double peak at 8km mark. Two trips up the fire tower. View towards Mt Cole from fire tower,
29022014 – 12Kg in pack
We did the course backward this time,
includes a 30m stop for coffee and cake.
three trips up the tower this time. View to Mt Warrienheip.
050420104 12Kg 14Km,
3.5 trips up tower,
Clear views today,
13042014 – 16.8Km 15Kg 5 trips up tower,