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.
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.
ATS4a and MTR 2 bander
I always had an interest in small portable radio’s
During the early 80’s I obtained a photocopy of a 1972 QST article by Wes Heywood W7ZOI of his Mountaineer CW transceiver, this unit was a crystal locked transmitter with a tuneable DC receiver.
QST August 1972
When the boss called to tell me I was off to Tassie (VK7) the first thing I did use the Local Sites Tool on Parks and Peaks to check the SOTA and WWFF opportunities.
A two day seven summit trip in the Victorian Alps.
Left, unnamed (vk3/ve-023) Right, The Twins (vk3/ve-017)
I had notice that a number of summits sat on or near the Australian Alpine Walking Track.
In particular, Mt Speculation, Mt Despair, The Razor, and The Viking. Also nearby were Mt Cobbler and the un-named summit VK3/VE-103.
I had the opportunity to slip in a SOTA activation on a trip to Wagga Wagga, after seeking some local knowledge I selected Galore Hill.
Turn Off on Narrandra Lockhart Road