On the way down Macquarie St we were behind a ute with goat in it and we thought this was a good omen for the day!
We drove up the Brooker Hwy out of Hobart toward Launceston and turned off left to Berridale and Collinsvale. Headed to and through Collinsvale and turned off left to the Myrtle Forest walk (sign posted). Headed along the road and park in the Myrtle Forest walk car park.
We walked for 15m along the forestry road to the picnic area. Then it is a steady climb for 15m to the Water Fall. From the water fall it is a reasonably steep climb for about 20m to the turnoff to Collins Bonnet and Collins Cap. Turn right to Collins Cap and head up through the rain forest. You get to the cloud forest level with many Pandanis that were pungent as they were in flower.
Following 30 minutes of steep climb you reach the burnt out section and then the East-West fire trail and walk across to the marked Collins Cap track and continue through the lunar burnt out landscape.
Continue up the track and there are a few very steep climbs. This is where Collins Cap is a little deceptive as you think the first outcrop is the Cap however there are two other rocky outcrops you walk past until you see the real Collins Cap at the back.
A steep climb around the back of the Cap takes you up onto the top and the rock cairn. If the air is clear then the 360 degree views are spectacular.
This was Reuben VK7FREU’s first SOTA activation with an amateur radio licence and he took the 2m handheld up and was eager to start getting some contacts!
I operated HF with my trusty vertical and FT-817. I made 20 contacts – 6x20m, 11x40m and 3x30m contacts. I made my first summit to summit contact with VK2JDL – Thanks Phil. Reuben made 11 contacts on 2m with local amateurs.
Thanks to all amateurs who contacted us.
It was another perfect day in SOTA paradise….HIHI.
73, Justin, VK7TW