vk3/ve-154, Mt Lawson, vk3/ve-129, 27 and 28th April 2013

Thanks to those stations that came up on CW and allowed me to qualify two more summits on CW.

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Sign of thing to come

 VK3/VE-154 as expected was a bit of a scrub bash from the road. The first 750m or so I followed the Conic Range lookout track, after that it was the standard issue SOTA wall of green. This was made up with 2m high saplings, fallen timber at trip height and enough vines to bind it all together. Once at the summit there was plenty of space to set up the station.

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View from Conic Lookout

 By comparison Mt Lawson VK3/VE-129 was an easy short walk from the car park/picnic area which had me on top and on air in no time. I was lucky enough to qualify the summit before UTC midnight so for the new day I came up on SSB and like the day before worked my way through the pile up. Thanks to the other two activators that qsy’d to work me and give me my first S2S contact.

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View from Mt Lawson track

This was the first outing for the SSB rig an ILER-40 by EA3GCY http://ea3gcy.blogspot.com.es/ and I was very pleased with its performance.

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Mt Bolga, vk3/ve-175, 7th April 2013

Mt Bolga is around 2km off the Mt Granya road inside the Mt Granya State Park.
There are no marked tracks to the summit so it was Map, Compass and GPS all the
way out and back. 

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Mt Bolga Locals

I parked on the Mt Granya road at an altitude that was close to the height of
the saddle about 300m north of the Mt Bolga summit. This would allow relatively flat
walking but does require more attention to the navigation than simply following
the ridge line out. The bush was quite open and fairly easy going to the saddle,
however from there it was a climb through trackless scrub making it hard work.

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Wall of Green

Whilst the top of the hill is flat it is a mix of tress and rocky outcrops. This
made the set up of the EFHW a bit more challenging. A comfy spot was found
with limited views towards My Granya (vk3/ve-166) and the Georges creek valley.
Conditions were good with all stations receive at s9 and my signal for three out
of four was s7 or better. Once again no joy on 20mx

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View to Mt Granya

Equipment used on this activation was the same as the last two, although I did try out this paddle holder inspired by wg0at efforts. I had also hope to have the ssb rig ready for this trip but it was not to be.

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Paddle Holder for Palm Paddle