VK5CZ My SOTA Quest

Summits on the Air is an International program which encourages Radio Amateurs to operate from the top of designated summits around the world. I am the current area manager for VK5 SOTA which became active in the SOTA program 01/10/2012. I got so much help from Wayne VK3WAM to map and record the summits for South Australia and prepare the Summit List and local ARM. Because SOTA is now active in vk5 there is not much for me to do but report problems to the MT in the UK.  I spend my time activating Summits On The Air and I have 50 Summits on my list to visit once a year. Recently Hugh VK5NHG has joined me activating summits and He has gained permission to access lots of the summits on our list. My kit includes a KX3  and Link Dipole, or an End Fed Random wire, 53 foot being my favourite end fed antenna with  9 feet of counterpoise wire . I have a You Kits HB-1B QRP 5 band CW only rig and the MT1 You Kits EFRW tuner . My high power rig is a FT 857 by Yaesu it weighs 3 kg and the battery I need to run high power is about 1 kg.

Summits I have been to so far, 205 km of hiking and 12 drive up summits .

Number Summit Name Hike Distance Date of First
Activation
1 VK5/SE-012 (Mt Horrocks) 5 KM 01/Oct/2012
2 VK5/SE-008 (Lagoon Hill) 4 KM 07/Oct/2012
3 VK5/SE-014 (Illawarra Hill) Drive Up 20/Oct/2012
4 VK5/SE-007 (New Campbell Hill) 7 KM 27/Oct/2012
5 VK5/SE-013 (Mt Gawler) Drive Up 29/Jan/2013
6 VK5/SE-015 (Bumbunga Hill) Drive Up 01/Feb/2013
7 VK5/SE-017 (South Hummocks) Drive Up 09/Mar/2013
8 VK5/SE-010 (Tothill Range) 4 KM 31/Mar/2013
9 VK5/NE-010 (Mt Remarkable) 12 KM 16/Apr/2013
10 VK5/SE-001 (Mt Bryan) 2 KM 27/Apr/2013
11 VK5/SE-002 (Mt Cone) Drive Up 19/May/2013
12 VK5/SE-009 (VK5/SE-009) 4 KM 19/May/2013
13 VK5/SE-004 (Brown Hill Range) 1 KM 14/Jun/2013
14 VK5/NE-058 (Mt Nadjuri) 3 KM 15/Jun/2013
15 VK5/NE-055 (The Battery) 11 KM 29/Jun/2013
16 VK5/NE-065 (The Bluff) 8 KM 07/Jul/2013
17 VK5/SE-003 (Hallett Hill) 1 KM 27/Jul/2013
18 VK5/SE-006 (VK5/SE-006) Drive Up 28/Jul/2013
19 VK5/NE-050 (Stokes Hill) Drive Up 10/Aug/2013
20 VK5/NE-068 (Oladdie Hills) 5 KM 10/Aug/2013
21 VK5/NE-051 (Hogshead Hill) 4 KM 11/Aug/2013
22 VK5/NE-049 (Maurice Hill) 1 KM 11/Aug/2013
23 VK5/NE-041 (VK5/NE-041) 11 KM 20/Aug/2013
24 VK5/NE-014 (Mt Brown) 12 KM 21/Aug/2013
25 VK5/NE-089 (Richmond Hill) 5 KM 08/Nov/2013
26 VK5/NE-080 (The Devils Peak)  5 KM 09/Nov/2013
27 VK5/NE-107 (Pualco Range) 4 KM 17/May/2014
28 VK5/NE-047 (Mt Jay South) Drive uP 18/Jun/2014
29 VK5/NE-066 (Waite Hill) 6 KM 26/Jul/2014
30 VK5/NE-028 (The Dutchmans Stern) 13 KM 26/Aug/2014
31 VK5/NE-102 (Waroonee Hill) 6 KM 27/Sep/2014
32 VK5/NE-104 (Karkala Ridge) 4 KM 27/Sep/2014
33 VK5/NE-071 (Oulnina Hill) 2 KM 28/Sep/2014
34 VK5/NE-088 (Coomaroo Hill) 5 KM 11/Oct/2014
35 VK5/NE-034 (Mount Arden) Drive uP 28/Oct/2014
36 VK5/SE-016 (Black Bullock Hill) Drive Up 21/Nov/2014
37 VK5/SE-005 (Mt Lofty) Drive uP 22/Nov/2014
38 VK5/NE-095 (VK5/NE-095) 5 KM 17/May/2015
39 VK5/NE-069 (Eke Hill) 6 KM 27/Jun/2015
40 VK5/NE-043 (Marchant Hill) 10 KM 27/Jun/2015
41 VK5/NE-035 (Black Rock) 2 KM 28/Jun/2015
42 VK5/NE-048 (Depot Hill) 4 KM 28/Jun/2015
43 VK5/NE-031 (VK5/NE-031) 6 KM 01/Aug/2015
44 VK5/NE-013 (Mt Plantagenet) Drive Up 01/Aug/2015
45 VK5/NE-062 (Black Hill) 6 KM 02/Aug/2015
46 VK5/NE-081 (Nackara Hill) 6 KM 11/Sep/2015
47 VK2/RI-025 (Mount Flakney) Drive Up 24/Oct/2015
48 VK5/NE-083 (Mount Benjamin) 5 KM 20/Aug/2016
49 VK5/NE-056 (Prince Hill) 8 KM 18/Nov/2016
50 VK5/NE-098 (Peaked Hill) 4 KM 19/Nov/2016

Mt Bryan BrownHill 2015 016

Typical SOTA shack .

Black Rock 2015 018

We see some special views and countryside from Summits

Mt Bryan BrownHill 2015 002

My vehicle for go anywhere places, Holden Colorado LX .

My Ute 2015 003

Rigs ic 706 for HF ic 2720 for VHF.

Yunta 2015 010

You get to suffer butt rot in some amazing places, air cushion essential kit.

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I Hope you enjoy reading them .

Cheers Ian vk5cz ..

10 comments on “VK5CZ My SOTA Quest

  1. Nice QSO today Ian, and I’ll definitely be looking for you when I make my SOTA debut. It will be the first activation from Okinawa of any summit AFAIK. Steve JS6TMW

  2. Thomas Rapold says:

    Hello om Ian, very glad to meet you last sunday, 27.03.2016. We had a Summit to Summit QSO. I am surprised first contact in SOTA with Australia and this in S2S! CUAGN and good luck Thomas (TOM) / HB9CLT.

  3. vk5bje says:

    Hi Ian
    Those head phones look pretty good. I am looking for a pair (16 ohms impedance) for my MTR three band Mountain Topper which is on the way from the USA. I wonder what they are and how do you find them. There is no volume control with the Mountain Topper and the idea is if a signal is really loud you just move the headphones a bit away from the ears. I wonder whether they are really easy to slide about like that?
    Cheers

    John D
    VK5PF/VK5BJE

  4. kate says:

    G’day Ian, thanks for a great day on Saturday, very enjoyable and I hope there are lots more. I certainly don’t question your sanity, do sometimes question Hugh’s but thats another story, as I think any day out in that country is great and always interesting to hear from where other radio enthusiasts reply. Thanks for including me on your blog. Cheers Kate

    • vk5cz says:

      It was a good time for sure, I am just over half of a goat so bound to be more summits like 120 more activations to go for me then getting Hugh up to Goat will take more after that. This could go on for the rest of out lives.

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