Hyde Hill VK3/VC-008

After returning from an overseas trip, the SOTA bug was biting, so at short notice I planned to head to Hyde Hill.   The weather was looking reasonable and Hyde Hill at 902 metres should be clear of snow.

I followed the access notes from VK3WAM and VK3ZPF mentioned on the summit reference.  After leaving the Yarra Junction – Noojee Rd (C425) at the Ada tree turn off, the good condition unsealed road ( Big Creek Rd.) takes you within 400 metres of the summit.  As Peter, VK3ZPF had noted, near the intersection of Big Creek Rd and Black Sands Rd., a logging operation had cleared most of the bush between the road and the summit.  I parked near this junction and walked in the direction of the summit.
The logged area is covered with burnt logs, creating a real boggy mess after all the rains lately.

The highest point at the logged clearing seems to be just in the activation zone, it is a few metres inside the 880 metre contour according to the DSE based Ozi Explorer maps in Androzic.  The summit is at 902 metres.
hyde-hill-nav

See waypoint 21 in the screen capture.

Just to be sure, I took the squid pole off my pack and did a little scrub bashing towards the summit.  The undergrowth is quite thick and going is slow.  The squid pole was tied to a couple of branches and the end fed half wave was erected.  It was a challenge to get the dipole ends out in the thick scrub and just as I was about to go on air, a large piece of bark fell down and landed over the antenna.

Was on air about 0053 UTC and made 26 contacts in all, most on 40m.  I tried 12 metres and had a summit to summit with Tony, VK3CAT on Mt. Gordon.  Bernard, VK3AMB also came up on 12, but it was tough going, we finally exchanged reports in the end.  I was only running the 40m EFHW with a T1 tuner, so it would not have been working too well.

Setup

Setup

Summit to summits also included Allen, VK3HRA on VE-230, Ian, VK1DI on AC-025 and Al, VK1RX and Andrew, VK1NAM on AC029.  Unfortunately, I didn’t check the alerts list or would have stayed a bit longer for VK3KAB and others that came up soon after.

See photos of the area below:

Looking out from edge of clearing

Looking out from edge of clearing

Antenna

Antenna

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Looking towards the road from clearing top

Burned mess

Burned mess

Total trip fuel economy was 6.6l/100km.

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6 Responses to Hyde Hill VK3/VC-008

  1. Pingback: Two summits Sunday 24 km hike – 25 August 2013 | VK1NAM Summits on the Air

  2. Hi Glenn
    Thanks for waiting on the summit for Al and I to set up on VK1/AC-029. Great to make the 40m S2S contact. Enjoyed reading about your activation and the operating conditions on the summit.
    73
    Andrew, VK1NAM

  3. vk3yy says:

    Hi Andrew, was terrific to make the S2S, it was a much easier activation on my side, only a short walk… almost felt guilty 🙂

  4. vk5pas says:

    Hi Glenn,
    Nice to have got you in the log. You had a really nice signal here, so that falling bark couldn’t have done any harm. Thanks for sharing your experiences on the summit.
    Best 73,
    Paul,
    VK5PAS.

  5. Ian VK1DI says:

    Good making a S2S contact with you Glenn from VK1/AC-025 Mt Tennent. You were a nice strong signal.

    73 In VK1DI

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