16072014 – VK3/VC-002
VK3/VC-002 Mt Donna Buang
WWFF ID – VKFF-556 In – Yarra Ranges
NP Award – KRMNPA In – Yarra Ranges
Shires – Metropolitan Yarra Ranges (S)
This year we have had some of the best snow falls for many years. The weather forecast was for another front coming through Thursday for another cold weekend with snow down to 700m. I had a window of oppurtunity so decided to pickup the closest summit that qualifies for the sessional bonus – VK3/VC-002 Mt Donna Buang.
Mt Donna Buang Rd is open to the lower car park which the GPS makes at 1221m, so parked there and walked the 200m to the summit.
Patchy snow and wind but nothing like the last couple of activations so setup and started calling. The band was very quite. No response until I sent a spot to SotaWatch. Not surprising as this was a afternoon midweek activation and there was no notice. With a spot qualified the summit comfortably in 10 minutes on 40m.
There is a call not on the list as they acknowledged my signal report incorrectly. I called to correct but they had moved on. For a contact to qualify you need to accurately exchange signal reports which this exchange did not. Not to worry. Once qualified I made a couple of calls on 2M with no response so packed up and headed home just in time for the peak hour traffic.
This was a straight forward operation. Welcome change to my last couple of activations.