VK3/VN-029 (Federation Range)
WWFF Yarra Ranges National Park (VKFF-0556)
Rare photo of Andrew activating in VK.
We walked in the ‘WILD HORSES Festival’. Was not expected or a issue but did create a problem as access to the Lake Mountain site was restricted so we had to park 2kms down the road. The additional 2kms was on the road ,in the heat it was all up hill. Fornatually we didn’t have to walk as jumped on the hippy buss and was dropped off on the site. That was an experience in itself.
The walk to Federation Range is straight forward as long as you start on the correct track (Royston Trail) Its a clear walk with consistent climb following the ski tracks through the old site and Andrew didn’t get too far ahead of me. Got on site and setup in time to secure S2S with VK3BYD and VK3PF. Comfortably qualified on CW leaving the SSB contacts to Andrew. The end fed worked a treat. I had performed some much needed maintaince as the end connector was fraying (using Araldite to enclose it) and adding addition wire as had to cut down after a serious tangle incident on Mt William. Added a length of yellow wire to the end to also increase visibility.
With 40m of wire and the 49:1 matcher the tuner in the KX gives all band support. Setup high and clear 40m returned 1:1 swr without requiring tuning.
We walked back to the carpark and kept going not waiting for the bus as down hill and had allready decided to drop the proposed second summit. Had to walk on the edge so as to avoid walking in the blistering road tar.
Good day in great conditions. Happy to grab this summit before the heat settles in as is not a spot you would want to be in should there be fires.