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.
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!
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.
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!
We compared SOTA batteries – LiPo and LiFePO4, log ideas and off-course stories of SOTA activations on the more challenging summits.
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!
(73, Justin, VK7TW)