30012016 – VK3/VW-012,VK3/VW-020 & VK3/VW-022
Trip around North Grampians picking up a couple of summits that I had not yet activated.
This is Mt Difficult Range from VK3/VW-012. These are the summits that I really want however as access is still restricted due to the fires 2015 I will instead pick the final ones in the area. This will make a for a tidy association and adds to the complete score.
Drove down the western and turned into Roses Gap road. Turned into Pohlners Road then a case of finding the closest place to park. Walked straight across a flat area that has recently burnt. If your planning on activating this summit then now its the time to do it. Once the regrowth comes back it will be interesting. The final 200m is across rocks and up. The rocks would be a challenge in the rain but not today. Looking for shade. Found a great operating spot in shade with a log for the squid pole and clear run with the antenna Nth/Sth.
Setup using end fed and FT817. Called on 7.032 for a while before going over to SSB. Final contact as CW S2S with VK2IO on VK2/HU-047.
Qualified and moved on to Mt Zero down Pohlners Road.
Mt Zero had been on the list several times. Always a fallback summit.
Access is easy. Follow signs to the picnic ground. Follow the yellow triangles on the walking track for ~30 minutes and you are there. The summit is quite tight and busy with walkers as this is a popular spot. I had to climb rocks to position antenna to ensure not annoying the other users.
S2S with VK3WE on VK3/VG-127. Qualified so time to move on as Mt Arapilies was not coming to me.
Back onto Western Hwy to Horsham and across on the to Mt Arapiiles. Another summit that had been on radar for a while.
Drove up to the car park for the fire lookup. Setup on the rocks out of the way. Storms coming from VK5 so a case of qualify and get back on the road home. Didn’t qualify the park for VKFF so will be back.