Activation date 27 Sep 2014
I had planned to activate this summit and VK1/AC-027 in the same day. So after I finished AC-026 I drove the short drive to the Honeysuckle car park. Put the pack on and started out to the summit.
I started this at just before 10 am and I got some nice pictures of the wildlife grazing in the warm morning sun.
I made my way down one of the tracks and took a picture of AC-027. It looks pretty steep and quite high as well.
I ended up going to the water tanks that has been mentioned by VK1NAM Andrew. This was my first mistake. I had planned taking Andrew’s track back from the summit and I was going to use that to go to the summit. Well the night before I changed it back to Andrew’s original path up, ouch. The going was very slow and difficult. To make matters worse I came very close to standing on a black snake. Got to say that got the heart rate going just a little too much.
When I did eventually get to the activation zone I was able to setup quite well. I got a call from VK1MA to see if I was about. He was able to provide a spot for me and let me know where VK2WMP was.
I could also hear VK1FAAS (Simon) calling on 2m. I called back but I was not heard by him. I also made contact with VK1NAM (Andrew) on the handheld for a 2m contact.
Matt spotted my for my activation and the pileup started. I had 3 S2S contacts, VK2WMP, VK1FASS, and VK1DI. I was being affected by some QSB but most reports were very good.
I started my pack up and managed to break my squid pole, not happy but these things happen. I took Andrew’s advise about the best way to head back down. I took the path I should have used and I had a much better time coming back down. There is some thick regrowth but this was not as bad as the climb in.