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2019 UTC Rollover

31122019 – VK3/VN-001 Mt Torbreck

01012020 – VK3/VC-006 Mt St Leonard in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park

01012020 – VK3/VC-038 Archer Lookout in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park

In VK, ZL and JA we have UTC rollover late morning (11am EAST). This means double activator points can be claimed for activation as the UTC rollover is for a new year.

Chasers can always claim double points for activations spanning UTC rollover but this annual event is a bonus for activators. This year not all chasers were in a position to participate. VK1 activation were off the table given the conditions and sites being closed.VK2 had limited access for similar reasons. VK3 was fast becoming limited with the fires to the east.  Here id a view of VK3 three days later. As you can see the east of VK3 is now off the table.

FireOverview

This map clearly show an inadequacy in the current system. I’m not going into the current politics as this is not the place (but it is the time to discuss the implications of climate change and the f#*% T!#*# we have ‘leading’ us) but the map is of VK3

VK2FireMap

and this is the view of VK2. You have to go to two separate sites for a view. I don’t think the fires will respect the state boundaries, just saying.

Update – 032020- Bushfire.io integrates information from:

Anyway, talking with Andrew before Xmas we decided on Mt Torbreck. Its a good summit. On the edge of reasonable day trip and neither of us had activated this year. We watched the conditions and after committing to cancelling should conditions dictate to our wives, took off nice and early for UTC fun. We were well clear of the fires and also not in a position to hinder access or require assistance.

Watching the spots on the drive up and saw ZL up and working. They are a head of us and working locals as we could not hear from the car.

31122019 – VK3/VN-001 Mt Torbreck

We went down the Hume and cut across through Alexandra to turn down Eildon-Jamieson road. Arrived at Barnwell Plains on time and with excellent conditions.

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View from VK3/VN-001 east

Its a clean 2km walk up to the summit from the car park. We arrived comfortably and setup the end fed across the cairn. On air by 10:30 and started working the S2S pre UTC.

The smoke haze was two ridge lines away. Did not want to be any closer. Ended up with 24 contacts from ZL, VK7, VK5, VK4, VK3 and VK2. Again nothing from VK1 as they were they were dealing with smoke and fires.

21 S2S contacts across 11 unique sites. The day was proceeding as per plan except for my lunch as still in the fridge at home. After eating half of Andrews lunch knocking over a bag of snakes we packed to collect more summits on the way home.

Typically in when in the area I would pickup VK3/VN-005,VK3/VN-002 and possibly VK3/VN-004 but that was not the plan as they are off Snobs creek road we came in down  Eildon-Jamieson road. Will come back during the year for these three but come down Snobs Creek road.

From here we were targeting Archer Lookout and Mt St Leonard as intended to head home via Healesville. The ‘plan’ was to turn into Monda Road (opposite Dom Dom Road) from the Maroondah Highway. This was not a good plan was we hit a locked gate 200M from highway. So instead decided to reverse the plan and come in St Leonards and again follow Monda Road to Archer Lookout.

01012020 – VK3/VC-006 Mt St Leonard in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park

This summit has a reputation for RF noise and also attracting crowds. We decided to go for a HT VHF based activation of the summit. We could hear VK3ZPF on the drive up so made contact once in the carpark and so he would wait for a S2S. Still took HF station but the goal was a HT based quick operation. Once qualified (VHF S2S with VK3ZPF then 5 contacts from a UHF net) trekked back does the k or so to the car and headed up Monda Road to Archer Lookout. This is a AWD track. Its a great track for Subie given the tyres and suspension but I would not call it a 2WD track only due to the use of large course rocks for the road and a handful of ruts. 2WD in summer but you will need to consider the conditions as you may need to get out in a hurry.

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VK3ARR with 2M Jpole on VK3/VC-038

01012020 – VK3/VC-038 Archer Lookout in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park

This is a new summit as added to VK3 November this year. It took an hour to get down and on site then was surprising hard work to qualify.

It was late. Well not that late but consider we all up early for UTC activations not surprised as to the quite bands. Andrew setup up 2M to secure a S2S with VKJ3ANL on VK3/VC-018 and we then turned to 20M to secure 3 more contacts with ZL, VK4 and VK5.

Once qualified we packed up and headed out as still had a couple of hours drive to be home late for tea.

A good day. Ended up with 4 summits qualified with for 24 S2S (13 unique).

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HF antenna on Archer Lookout.