Update – 012017.
Access restrictions to Mt Difficult (Mt Gar) have been lifted,
The walking track has reopened with modifications. Start from Beehive Falls car park instead of Troopers creek campground (which has closed).
All walkers must lodge a trip intention form at Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre, Halls Gap.
VK3/VW-008 Mt Difficult
|Start: Troopers Creek Campground||Time: Approx. 4-5 hrs return|
|Distance: 8.8 km return||Grade: Hard (elevation: 470m)|
Troopers Creek Campground is located along Roses Gap Road. A hard climb. Continue beyond Tilwinda Falls to the base of cliff overhangs and then weaves through weathered rock formations and boulders to the summit – the highest point in the Northern Grampians. Return via the same route.
Access – WildSight
(March 22nd 2016) Walking track status
Troopers Creek Campground still closed
Proposed Activation of North Hells Gate VK3/VT050, Gentle Annie VK3/VT078, South Hells Gate VK3/VT059
Given Proposch Rd is accessible with a 2WD vehicle during dry condition and is subject to seasonal closures, will leave this trip for Spring.
Road Closures in Bunyip State Park
The Yarra Ranges National Park is a 76,003-hectare national park that is located in Victoria, Australia, approximately 92 kilometres east of Melbourne. There are several SOTA (VC Region) summits in this area. Within the national park, the southern slopes of the Yarra Ranges form the headwaters of the Yarra River and several water catchments for Melbourne’s domestic water supply. Access to large parts of the area is restricted. Bushwalking is restricted to approved recreational sites and trails.
SOTA summits within the catchment area that are accessible on track:
- VK3/VC-005 Mt Vinegar
- VK3/VC-002 Mt Donna Buang
- VK3/VC-003 Mt Ritchie
- VK3/VN-017 Dom Dom
- VK3/VN-030 Mt Strickland
SOTA summits that are in National park so accessible but not on track:
SOTA summits within catchment areas that are not on track and so not accessible without permission:
Public access is restricted in the catchment to protect water supply quality. Given the catchment status there is a need to ensure permission is gained for an activation in this area as not bring discredit to SOTA. SOTA’s stated aims is to encourage outdoor activities. SOTA’s values are consistent with protecting the environment with minimum impact and keeping the protection of resource paramount thus ensuring minimal interference to natural environment.
VK3/VC-004 Mt Observation
|Height:1201m||Cords:55 H 398177 5841501|
Mt Observation is over 900m off-track in an area under the the water catchment zone, between Cumberland Scenic Reserve and the Yarra State Forest.
To quote Wayne (VK3WAM) the VK3 Association Manager “Any activations of this summit will require proof of the right or concession to be present in the activation zone. This would ordinarily be a permit from Melbourne Water. A copy of this documentation would need to be provided to myself as the Association Manager of VK3. In event of a person activating the summit without the appropriate documentation, then firstly, the activator would have acted in such a way to bring the SOTA program into disrepute. Secondly, the SOTA MT will be requested to delete any QSOs recorded by either activators or chasers for the summit, and consider any further action concerning the activator.“
Behind Heasville Summary
VK3/VC-010 Riddell Ridge
|Height:845m||Cords:55H 375482 5829294|
VK3/VC-036 Box’s Hill
|Height:525m||Cords:55H 375113 5832225|
The likely hood of obtaining permission from Melbourne Water is basically 0. I have approached both Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water seeking access. Parks Victoria are willing to listen and even supportive but Melbourne Water appears to have a ‘Deny All’ policy. This is disappointing given the charter to encourage recreational activities and the ability of companies to gain permission to log areas within the catchment. I think a couple of experienced walkers would have less impact then the process of ripping the trees out.
VK3/VC-035 Smiths Hill
|Height:1069m||Cords:55 H 390572 5828833|
Road 14 is the boundary of ‘Cement Creek’ Catchment zone so entry prohibited. Access is permitted down Road 15.
There is a gate just off junction with Road 15 along Road 10.
The map above shows Road 10 weaving through the ‘O’Shannassy River Natural Catchment Area’. You cannot use Road 10 to gain access to the activation zone. There will be off track walking involved here.
VK Autumn SOTA Party on the weekend Saturday/Sunday 7 and 8 March 2015.
This is a Long weekend for VK3 so planning to take advantage of milder weather to hike into the bush and activate remote SOTA summits in Viking Wilderness Area.
VK3BYD Warren and VK3HRA Allen
06032015 00:00 – VK3/VE-103 (VK3/VE-103)
06032015 07:00 – Mt Speculation (VK3/VE-022)
06032015 23:00 – Mt Despair (VK3/VE-043)
07032015 06:00 – The Razor (VK3/VE-044)
07032015 23:00 – The Viking (VK3/VE-037)
08032015 07:00 – Mt Speculation (VK3/VE-022)
09032015 04:00 – Mt Cobbler (VK3/VE-027)
All summits qualifiy for KRMNPA in Alpine NP WWFF ID – VKFF-619
Other known Activity – VK1NAM
The spots have been posted as VK3BYD for 7.032-cw.
We intend to come up on CW first (7.0320) to take advantage of Andrews (VK3JBL) skimmer for spots.
SSB contacts fill follow from 7.090 going up 5khz according to availability.
Looking for S2S and evening DX opportunities.
40m @ 7.032-CW & 7.090-SSB
20m @ 14.062-CW & 14.310-SSB.
10m @ 28.450-SSB
2m @ 146.500-FM
Can’t rely on APRS or having Telco coverage so will carry Spot device for safety.The SPOT device should relay to APRS via positlogger.net. -> VK3HRA APRS
SOTA – VK3/VW VK3/VS
KRMNPA – Grampians National Park
WWFF ID – VKFF-213
There were fires Jan 2014 in this area.
Still road closures;
Mt Difficult Range
Access Denied. TBA
Fire 012015. TBA
14th – 17th November – KRMNPA weekend
15th November is proposed SOTA Mass activation day.
Intend to camp in the Alpine National Intend on the weekend of 15th November 2014 with Rod VK2TWR.
The Cobberas area is in the East Alps Unit of the Alpine National Park, which is in the remote north-east of Victoria adjacent to the Snowy River National Park. The Cobberas Range itself is just south of the NSW border.
This this the furthest I have travelled for SOTA. Will be travelling up Friday the14th picking up National parks on the way and again working through parks on the return trip Monday 17th.
KRMNPA National parks;
Snowy River NP
Saturday 15 November 2014 as the VK SOTA Party mass activation day.
My maps show a track to Mt Cobberas Number 1 summit. It appears this track will be marked.
Plan to be on that one before sunset on Saturday for the DX effort as will have a track to walk back down in dark on.
Camp at Native Dog Flat – Latitude: -36°53’47.4″ Longitude: 148°5’22.2”. The camp includes a toilet, water from the Buchan River and plenty of open space.
Intent to see the equipment used in SOTA its natural environment.
Meet at Kendall’s B (aka the Boys Camp) 9am start Sunday 28th September
Simplex 146.500 FM
APRS – http://aprs.fi/vk3hra-1
Current list of Activations,
Mt Wombat VK3KS
Mt Winstanley VK3HRA
Mt Torbreck VK3YY & VK3JBL (23cm)
Bill Head VK3HRA,VK3IL
Pyramid Hill VK3IL
Procter VN-019 VK3BYD
Mt Strickland – 23cm VK3JBL
There are several in the area. Different levels of access but all requiring hiking. 1K to 5Km each way on tracks.
Snobs Creek Rd – Rubicon State forest VIC.
- Mt Torbreck
- Mt Bullfight
- Pyramid Hill
- Bill Head