Mt Stanley, vk3/ve126, 15th June 2013

The Queen’s Birthday long weekend had seen a lot of activations and the opportunity for the chasers to gain some big points. A busy weekend like that is always guaranteed to spur on a few activators to get out amongst it, so it was off to Mt Stanley for me.

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Summit

This summit can be reached by road, two wheel drive when the track is dry, and only requires the short walk from the lower picnic area to access the summits activation zone. The actual summit is within a fenced area with signs warning of RF radiation from the adjacent Comms Tower. This was of no concern to me as the ridge continues northwards from the summit and provides plenty of space for antennas.

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View

As to be expected at this time of the year the clear skies whilst providing plenty of sun shine also meant that it would be quite chilly on the summit. My available time frame was a bit limited so I would come on air using CW prior to UTC midnight to qualify the summit and then stay for a short period after to work stations using SSB. I was on site early but when setting up I discovered I had left the BNC adaptor for the CW rig behind so this would be a SSB only activation for me.

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ILER-40, 5Ah 4S LiPo, Voltage Regulator. Seat and log book

In the end I worked 17 stations including one S2S with vk5pas, the ILER-40 performed a treat. So whilst I will be back soon to bag this one using CW I did enjoy the trip and provide some points for the chasers.

2 thoughts on “Mt Stanley, vk3/ve126, 15th June 2013

    • Hi Andy,
      The regulator is quite low-tech, the ssb rig requires 12v whilst the CW rig will happy run on less, and in fact should not transmit with a 12v supply.
      So in the box is a 7812 and a 7809 1A voltage regulators, both have bypass caps fitted and a led is used to provide a load for the unused regulator. As I said it’s quite low-tech and was thrown together for the Mt Lawson trip.
      Prior to that I only had the CW rig, which I run from an “EBay special” It has a single 2Ah LiPo and step up regulator to make 9v, in all a package about the size of a smart phone. Charging is either via a USB connection or the in-built solar panel.
      Warren.

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