May 2017 trip to VK5

Whilst planning a family trip to Eyre Peninsula I was looking for suitable sota summits to activate.

One summit stood out, the unnamed vk5/sw-039 this summit is located within the Lincoln National Park VKFF 0286, but behind the lock gate that allows access to Memory Cove.


Gate to Memory Cove

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Activating 160m

Andrew VK1AD had posted some VK SOTA stats for the year 2016, looking these it was obvious that no one had activated on 160m in VK.

I made comment about this on the VK SOTA yahoo group, this then turn into a challenge with a weekend selected for 160m activating.

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Radios for Goats


I have used four different radios for my Parks and Summit activation’s.

By far the majority have been done with either of my two KD1JV rigs the MTR and ATS4. Both these rigs run on little power and their compact size makes them quite portable. Batteries are external and if required the ATU is also external. This does make set up a little more time consuming but does provide other advantages such as rig cannot be turn on by accident in the pack, and an external ATU allows the active part of the antenna to be placed a little bit further away from the operator.

ats and mtr

ATS4a and MTR 2 bander

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