Lagoon Hill SOTA Activation

2016-01-23 13.02.23

Great little summit this one with a very hard climb for the last few hundred metres to the top, but I have to first follow the fence line to reach the easement to the summit, put the hat on backwards and head for the clouds. In this case the weather was good so no clouds today but an ankle burner just the same.

2016-01-23 13.03.50

It takes about an hour from the ute to the top.

2016-01-23 13.41.49

Thick bush and rocks all the way no real path .

2016-01-23 14.04.50

Finally made it to the top with good band conditions on 40m, with the RD contest in full swing for the final hour of their contest. I made several contacts with stations on 40m ssb and swapped reports with SOTA chasers and RD contesters, there was no alternative the band was just too busy to find a quiet frequency on either ssb or cw . The RD swap was easy just RST and number of years licenced which for me is 36 years.

2016-01-23 15.06.06

This was my shack for the activation with nice sunshine and very calm wind conditions, I made a S2S with ZL3CC on 20m ssb along with ZL2AJ and a cw qso with ZL1BYZ .

2016-01-23 15.28.12

Working the pile up and getting some vitamin B as well.

2016-01-23 16.00.35

My last view on the way down before the real decent starts .

Thanks to the chasers

Cheers from Ian vk5cz

CZ e e

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