Mt Dom Dom VK3/VN-017

For access to Mt Dom Dom, I followed Rik, VK3KAN’s directions.  Heading away from Melbourne on the Maroondah Hwy, turn right at Dom Dom saddle in the Black Spur into the picnic ground.   Driving through the picnic ground, I took Road 8 which became Mt Dom Dom Rd.  After parking as per Rik’s recommendation, I kept  to the eastern side of the clearing and following the bulldozer tracks (that are getting overgrown now) and once at the highest point, followed some tracks that came and went in the direction of the summit.  Somehow I missed the other bulldozer track that followed the contour around.

Antenna

Antenna

Once at the top, I found a clearing and set up the good old EFHW antenna and came up on 40m.  17 contacts were made including a summit to summit with Tony, VK3CAT on Federation Range.  On 12m Tony was very strong and after some calling, made contact with VK6MB in Perth.  On 12m, I just used the 40m EFHW with a T1 tuner on it again instead of erecting the 12m EFHW.

Summit

Summit

Returning to the car I tried to find the bulldozer track to the south west of the summit, but maybe I didn’t go far enough.  I found a patchy track that took me roughly south east which was near enough.  Instead of continuing in that direction to the bulldozer track on the edge of the clearing, I followed another track in the direction of the road below.  See Androzic plot.  It would be a tough walk if the area had not been logged, although the undergrowth has grown some since then.

Looking back just down from summit

Looking back just down from summit

The weather was great, with sun most of the time.  The Androzic plot below has Rik’s waypoints loaded.  There is a point on the left side of the screen on the road where the spoon drains start.  From this point to the parking spot, a little ground clearance is needed.  Just below the red arrow you can see where I had to leave the overgrown bulldozer track I was on and head a little east to the bulldozer  track that walked up on.

The road up to the point previously mentioned is a good condition 2wd road although a bit narrow.

Androzic return path

Androzic return path

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