Inaugural VK7 SOTA dinner – 31 January 2014

31 January 2015 was a Saturday and the night saw the inaugural VK7 SOTA dinner at the Cascade Hotel, South Hobart. We had eight people along with special quest Peter Freeman VK3PF/7 and a big thank you to all who came along.

The crew at the SOTA Dinner

The crew at the SOTA Dinner

With Peter and Justin VK7TW walking into the hotel with large back-packs and squid poles we got a few interesting looks from the pub patrons!

Rex VK7MO, Warren VK7FEET and Tom VK7TL checking out the linked dipole

Rex VK7MO, Warren VK7FEET and Tom VK7TL checking out the linked dipole

We started with a great dinner and drinks and then a show and tell with Peter starting with his 7m carbon fibre squid pole that fits into his backpack and is very light.

VK3PF/7 2m yagi from a squid pole

VK3PF/7 2m yagi from a squid pole

Peter then showed another squid pole that extends out and using the upper sections of the squid pole with some strategic holes drilled in it and aluminium welding rod elements forming a 2m six element yagi. This all fold down and into the squid pole apart from the matching box on the driven element, very neat!

VK3PF's 2m SOTA Squid Pole Yagi

VK3PF’s 2m SOTA Squid Pole Yagi

We compared SOTA batteries – LiPo and LiFePO4, log ideas and off-course stories of SOTA activations on the more challenging summits.

Comparing LiPo and LiFePO4 SOTA batteries.

Comparing LiPo and LiFePO4 SOTA batteries.

After obligatory photos we left with tummies full and inspired.

Thanks to Peter VK3PF/7 for being in Hobart on Saturday night and many thanks to all who came along to the dinner. I hope you are all inspired for some SOTAing!

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(73, Justin, VK7TW)

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2 Responses to Inaugural VK7 SOTA dinner – 31 January 2014

  1. vk5bje says:

    HI Justin
    You have set a high standard for your inaugural SOTA dinner. The ‘show and tell’ looked great. I wish I could have been there!
    Cheers

    John D
    VK5BJE

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  2. vk3pf says:

    Justin,
    It was a terrific gathering – thanks for organising the event.
    The 2 m Yagi is actually 6 elements on a boom of about 2 m length – it uses the second and third last sections of a 7 m HD squid pole, leaving the remaining mast sections (except for the smallest section) to make a 4 m mast to hold the Yagi.
    I will get around to writing it up on my blog sometime soon.
    I carted it around in the car for the Tassie trip, but did not carry it up to a summit to use!
    Cheers,
    Peter VK3PF

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