The Hump, vk3/ve-019, Mt Buffalo National Park, 21st Sept 2013

With the good weather and the lure of bonus points The Hump was an easy choice for a pleasant day out.

Image

View from the road, The Hump is on the left

This summit is an easy short walk off the road, and when activated whilst there is still snow about a simple matter of following you footsteps back. Unfortunately the snow is a doubled edge sword, because on the way back it had softened up and  a few times I found myself sinking into the drift.

Image

Contacts were all made on 40m this trip and included a Summit to Summit with Tony vk3cat who was out on vk3/vn-004.

 

Image

End Fed Half Wave with The Horn in the background

I can highly recommend The Hump for the SOTA activator, access is easy the views are great plus it also counts towards the Keith Roget National Park Award.

 

Mt Warrenheip and Mt Buninyong, VK3/VC-019 & 018, 15th Sept 2013

These two summits make an easy two summit activation day when visiting Ballarat.

I chose to do Mt Warrenheip first, it may be easier to leave the car at the bottom of the hill and walk up rather than having to walk out and into the activation zone.
I had added a 30m link to the EFHW, this allowed me to use 30mx, which to my joy I made one contact to VK2 on.

It is only a short drive to Mt Buninyong, although I did detour via the local bakery to pick up fresh supplies 🙂

Mt Buninyong has a great picnic area within the activation zone and for the first time ever I had a table and chair to sit at. I ended up with the EFHW running south (fed point to the north) which may have affect performance as I did need to listen a bit harder and had no contacts on either 30 or 20mx.

A great trip with two more summits in my bag, although I need to remember to put the camera in my bag also.