Waroonee and Karkala Summits.



Hugh and I finally got the chance to get back to Yunta and claim the two summits we missed on the last trip there when it rained heavily and the tracks were closed. Hugh’s wife Kate came this trip also, she is also a good bush walker and enjoys recording native plants and birds in the area. I spent some time walking with her on the way to the summit and I got a wealth of botanical names for all the plants and which bird was singing at the time. I must say I can’t remember much of what she told me but it made me take notice of the different bird calls you can hear if you pay attention. There was a real “pile up”of birds at times mostly smaller ones but we did hear a smaller Falcon and saw a Wedge Tail Eagle cruising over head .

Waroonee Hill was the first summit and we arrived in good time to make the summit close to Spot time .

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This is as far as the track goes so we walk along the bottom edge of this massive rock up lift which is right along the summit and it is probably about a 2 km walk to make the Summit.

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Once you get on the ledge it doesn’t take long to gain altitude and the going is a steady one as the goats make a track to follow some of the way.

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Kate could tell you the names of all the bushes here but I forgot, this cliff must be 80 to 100 m high .

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Hugh checking out the cairn which has some interesting names of people who have been here over many years previous to us first visiting here 3 years ago.

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This trip I used some wire extensions added to the 20/40 link dipole to get on 80m which worked well as I was able to get through to VK5FANA VK5WG and VK5IS on 3.6 mhz at that time of the morning.

On 40m Hugh and I went Tag team on the microphone to make our contacts that way we could each make calls with all the chasers who were about at the time. Most times on these activation’s it is often hard for the second operator to find anyone .

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My Go Pro walking stick, I have been working on getting better at posting video on F B with mixed success. Now that one is in the log off to the next summit we head.

Thanks to all the chasers on 40 and 80 metres.



When we arrived at Yunta that morning I had 215 km on the trip recorder in my Ute and when we got back to Yunta to refuel and head home I had 298 km on my Trip recorder so that works out to be 83 km of travelling on station tracks between summits and we were always on the same property. We did not 4×4 to Karkala this trip it seemed quicker to walk up the side of the hill than take extra time slow going on the rocky track along the ridge to the top.

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Parked the SOTA transporter in the shade and had lunch before heading off on our hike to the top. Those Hella Roo Cookers are great for night driving.

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Up there is the goal and Kate is setting the pace this time, Hugh and I were checking the lines on a track we could see off on the other ridge that may lead to the top. But its a nice day for a walk .

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Setting up Hugh’s gear this time to give it a work out, a very dry rocky summit with Waroonee Hill way off to the south on Hugh’s left shoulder. We are able to use the steel guy support post for the repeater station antenna tower to support the squidy. This repeater was very busy with the Tetalpa Property Jackaroo’s doing a muster on Motor Cycles this weekend keeping in touch about the mobs of sheep and locations around there. They mount remote head UHF radios on the bike and have a vox set up in their helmet and ride and chat at the same time passing logistical information among themselves.

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Good to give the IC 703 a run this time with a steady pile up on 40m we even got good signals into vk5 this time on 40m. Hugh went first this time and made several contacts and when someone spotted us I took on a steady pile up for a total of 9 minutes then it was over.

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Kate questioned our sanity about driving a 500 km round trip for about 30 minutes radio time with a couple bush walks thrown in. The Jury is still out but SOTA fever does funny things to mere mortals.

Thanks everyone from Hugh and I for the contacts this trip.

Regards and thanks for reading my Blog.


CZ ee




Down Under FYBO

Down Under FYBO – Freeze Your Butt Off Contest

Sunday 26th June .




The main purpose of this contest is to encourage portable operations during

cold and possibly wet and windy weather conditions. This is best demonstrated by the

Portable and FYOB  categories attracting a multiplier to reward participants for their

extended efforts.


  1. Dates & Times

1.1. The contest will begin Sunday 26th June 2016 at 01.00hrs UTC.

1.2. The duration of the contest is 5 hours.

1.3. The contest will end at 06.00hrs UTC.


  1. General

2.1. Participation is Limited to Licenced Radio Amateurs .

2.2. All operations are to be in accordance with these simple rules.

2.3. This contest is for single operator stations only.

2.4. Given that operating the transceiver is the primary function in the contest it must

be done by the holder of the amateur radio station licence; any or all secondary

functions may be performed by another person. This includes any task from logging

to getting the coffee.

2.5. Holders of more than one call sign MUST use only ONE call sign for the duration of

the contest.

2.6. Fully automated operation is not permitted.

2.7. Computers may be used for logging purposes and CW / data communications.


  1. Categories

3.1. Home Station

3.1.1. The registered Home location of an amateur radio call sign.

3.1.2. Fixed Clubroom stations can join in the Home Station section.


3.2. Portable Station

3.2.1. Any portable station operating independent from mains power supply.

3.2.2. The portable station must be self-sufficient and use independent antenna systems not mobile whips fixed to campers or caravans.

3.2.3. Portable locations can include structures such as park benches, shelters, campers and caravans.


3.3. FYBO Station

3.3.1. A FYBO station needs to operate totally portable and independent from the above infrastructure of the other sections.

3.3.2. A “carried in” Tent or Boffy bag or Ground Sheet is considered OK to protect persons and equipment taking part in this category.


  1. Permitted Bands and Emission and Contact Modes

4.1. Taking into account any exceptions listed below, any station-to-station contact

using any band or any emission mode permitted by the amateur radio licence is


4.2. EXCEPTION #1 – The IARU agreement does not allow the use of the 10, 18 and

24MHz bands for contesting purposes.

4.3. EXCEPTION #2 – Only Station-to-Station simplex contact using any natural

propagation method is permitted. The use of repeater, duplex, transponder or

satellite operations is not permitted.

4.4. EXCEPTION #3 – The use of the 2200 and 630 metre bands is not permitted.



  1. Contacts

5.1. On all bands, repeat contacts can be made providing 1 hour has passed since the first or previous QSO.

It does not allow immediate contacts using a different mode on the same band.

5.2. Suggested calls:

“CQ Contest”, “CQ FYBO”, “CQ FYBO Contest”. FYBO is pronounced “fibe-oh”.

5.3. A valid exchange consists of RS(T) followed by a 3 digit contact number and State you situation being Home, Portable or FYBO

5.3.1. The first contact number to be 001 and each successive contact to be given

the next incrementing number e.g. 002, 003, 004 ….. to ….. 999.


  1. Scoring

6.1. CONTACTS – One point per contact regardless of the mode.

6.2. MULTIPLIERS – After calculating the above total contacts add on the total minutes you operated in the 5 hour period, then multiply that tally by the number of repeat hourly QSO’s .

6.3. OPERATING PERIOD – Total is 5 hours or 300 minutes but if you break for more than 60 minutes within that time span it would be considered you stopped taking part.

6.4. STOPPED OPERATING –  The last logged time before 60 minutes break between a QSO would be considered your last minute in time to use as a Score.

6.5. EXAMPLE LOG SCORE – 20 different stations worked, plus amount of minutes to participate 300 multiply by number of duplicate QSO’s. Let’s say you worked 15 of the 20 contacts at least 3 times as duplicates your final mutiplyer would be 45.

6.6 FINGERS CROSSED – 20 + 300 x 45 =







  1. Submitting your log

7.1. All logs are to be received by the contest Manager no later than 14 days after the

end of the contest.

7.2. Electronic Logs

7.2.1. Use of electronics logging is accepted. Files exported as text (.txt) files are preferred

7.2.2. Electronic loggers print a summary of the results including your claimed

7.2.3. Send logs email attached to vk5czqrp@gmail.com

You will receive an acknowledgement when receipt of the log has

been confirmed.

7.3. Paper Logs

7.3.1. Calculate your claimed score using the header provided and post to FYBO

W.I. Northeast

PO Box 144

Clare 5453


  1. Contest Results

8.1. Results will be published 60 days after the close of the contest at

My word press blog site


  1. Contest

10.2. The Down Under  FYBO Contest coordinator Ian VK5CZ invites as many as possible to take part and hopefully enjoy themselves .

10.3. The FYBO Contest Managers and Coordinators thank all participants for their

interest in the FYBO Contest.