Hayden VK7HH asked me if I would like to accompany him for his first SOTA activation to Collins Cap and I jumped at the chance. The weather was forecast to be 30 degrees C so, we started early!
It was great to see the further regrowth of the blue gums, fagus and other vegetation in the burnt out areas that were quite obvious on the last activations in 2014 & 2015.
We walked up the Myrtle Forest track and across the fire trail and then up to Collins Cap.
Hayden started on 2m handheld with local amateurs and the author started on 40m and quickly got seven contacts.
Hayden then moved to HF and after a slow start made many HF contacts including a Summit to Summit with VK2VRO.
This was the first outing for the author’s IC-705 in it’s new 3D printed case and it performed well and was comfortable with it being put into the backpack and not worrying about damage to the knobs and touch screen.
Hayden VK7HH runs a very successful YouTube Channel – Ham Radio DX and his video of the activation can be found at: Ham Radio DX First SOTA Activation
Thanks to all who contacted Hayden and myself for a successful maiden SOTA activation for Hayden.