Great to be be out activating a SOTA Summit again. At one stage there were ice flakes dropping on the radio.
VK3ARH (Summit-2-Summit) VK3-019 with a total of 539km
Other stations worked: VK3ZPF, VK2IO, VK4JWT, VK4KY, VK7ME, VK4SOE, VK3PF, VK4TJ, VK7DW, VK3CAT, VK4NH, VK4DXA, ZL4TY/VK4, VK1KW
Well it has been very quiet this year for SOTA for me. This only being my second activation for the year. Such a nice day in the Nation’s Capital that it was worth a walk and some exercise. So like the last time in 2017 when I activated Mt Majura it was 4 dogs and a Missus.
Quick activation with VK1KW, VK1AD, VK1ATP and VK1FPHR kindly responding to my call on 146.500. First time worked Peter VK1FPHR.
Interesting note: at the summit of Mt. Majura there is a large metal pipe that most SOTA operators lash their squid pole to there were hundreds of lady beetles. I had never seen so many in one place before.
Well it has been ages since the last SOTA activation. This morning decided to take a quick drive up to Mt Ainslie (VK1/AC-040) whilst on the way to work to see if I could contact Andrew (VK1AD) who was on One Tree Hill (VK1/AC-035) for a Summit-2-Summit (S2S). Very success contact with Andrew 15km as the crow flies.
Other Stations worked
VK1CT – who was bicycle mobile (stationary at time of QSO), VK1MBE, VK1ATP, VK1KW, VK1FXNZ. First QSO with John (VK1FXNZ)
Well after quite a few months after putting up the Nally Tower the project came to a bit of a temporary halt due to competing priorities. e.g. Farm activities such as water and plumbing for cows, fencing and general maintenance.
So with some limited experience with the tractor I thought to give it a go with some earth works. This bit of work took me about 90 minutes to achieve.
As you can see the Nally tower will only be about 5m from the shack.
Here is a picture of my remote controlling via the RemoteRig equipment of the ICOM 706Mk2. The remote kit is sitting on my desk at work today. I managed to test 2metres simplex when VK2NPW (Pete) drove past the farm whilst I was at work.
Whilst the configuration in the instruction manual shows to only port forward to the device on your network (via Internet) I decided to operate the system over an IPSEC tunnel for added security. I was quite surprised how easy it was to configure a set of CISCO SRP 527W Small Business Pro modem routers. You can pick them up now for $15 each and a cheap Aldi sim service.
It has been awhile since my last post and things have been very quite on the radio front. I acquired 48 x 90Ah batteries which included the cabinets they came in. They are all holding a good charge. I have decided to go a 24 volt system which should be 1.5Kw in size. So far I have only wired up the batteries. Whilst it is for my radio shack it is also the test bed for deciding on when we build our new home on the farm we will go full off grid.
After a few months of preparing I now have my Nally tower installed and ready for antennas.
Milo (English Springer Spaniel) checks out the hole.
2100mm deep x 450mm wide
Post looks a little lost in the frame work.
Getting ready for the concrete delivery
Ordered 0.8 cubic metres of 25mpa strength concrete to make sure.
Now for the tidying up
First attempt at concrete work. Doesn’t look too bad.
Clear up the building site. Now for some grass to grow back.
Top section bolted to the flange.
Finished. Doesn’t it look great! Now to tilt it over and put the antennas on.