14032016 – VK3/VC-024 & VK3/VC-019
14032016 – VK3/VC-024 Mt Beckworth & VK3/VC-019 Mt Warrenheip
VK3/VC-024 Mt Beckworth
Local summit. Have kept for harsher days in the past but will keep Bunnyiong for that role this year.
Access is from and walk up. It is a short walk but a good one. Done on the dark and rain previously. I come from Fentons Rd turning int Mountain Creek track to enter Mt Bechworth Scenic Reserve. Turn left following the signs to Manna Gumms. Park the car about 200m before Manna Gumms picnic ground and follow the track heading up.
There is another track from Coutts lane which appears to have 4WD access. I’ll look into next year as came as much for the walk as to play radio.
Today was the best conditions I’ve ever had on Mt Beckworth. Sunny and light wind. Qualified on CW. Bit harder going today. Went to SSB and gained a S2S with VK3YY on VK3/VC-009 and another with VK3MEL Mal on his first SOTA activation on VK3/VC-032. Great to see new activators and on a great day with good conditions.
VK3/VC-019 Mt Warrenheip
I nearly missed Mt Warrenheip last year so decided to pick on the way back from Mt Beckworth. This is not a favourite site of mine. Great access. Close to the Western Hwy and drive up to the summit but this is a noisy site with poor operating positions. Domestic rubbish and weeds from garden waste abound. It is 4 points and 13km away so cant miss.
Qulified on SSB and picked up S2S’s with VK5FO Bob on VK5/SE-005 & VK1DI Ian on VK1/AC-023. Looks like we were all doing local summits.