Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mt Toorongo Range VK3/VT-026 SOTA

Saturday looked like a good day to get out with sunny conditions although strong winds.  Mt. Toorongo seemed one to try, so I asked Peter, VK3PF and Wayne VK3WAM for some directions and expected road conditions as they had previously … Continue reading

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Victorian Forest Explorer Maps into Androzic

The following steps describe how to convert a Victorian Forest Explorer map (Australia) into Androzic navigator for Android. 1. Firstly download and install the Img2Ozf utility.  Use the older version 2.08, later ones wont work. 2. Download and install Aussie Explorer for … Continue reading


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Androzic Navigator

Have been using Androzic navigator for Android for the past four months or so for SOTA mountain navigation.  Offline maps can be created from online maps such as Open Cycle Map using the Ozimapper app. Androzic runs on a Google … Continue reading

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SOTA 144MHz Amplifier

The FT-817 has a power out of around 5 watts, probably not quite enough for some Aircraft Enhancement propagation which has been a recent topic on SOTA.    I have been looking around for a fairly simple way to get … Continue reading

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North Hells Gate VK3/VT050, Gentle Annie VK3/VT078, South Hells Gate VK3/VT059

Rik, VK3KAN had planned a 4 summit SOTA activation for the 13th April and called on Friday to see if I would be interested in coming along.  I was in Sydney and due home late on Friday but certainly would … Continue reading

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1000 SOTA Chaser Award

Last weekend my SOTA chaser tally reached 1000 points! The recent SOTA activity from the ACT guys have really accelerated the number activations over the last couple of months. Thanks to all of the activations for the contacts over the … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinegar VK3-VC005 SOTA

Looked like Easter Monday was going to be quiet on SOTA after all the activity over the past couple of days, so Mt. Vinegar looked like a good one to do.  The walk is about 5km from the Acheron Way … Continue reading

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