Briarty Hill, VK3/VC-029 is located in the Warramate Flora and Fauna Reserve located near Seville East in Victoria. This was my first visit to Briarty Hill, it’s only worth a point and you do have to work for it!
After parking at the gate on Yarralock Way, its a rather indirect hike to the summit. On the way up, I took the “scenic” route which was about 4km and a rise of about 335 metres.
The return trip was 6.4km and slightly more direct taking a few goat tracks back.
The track didn’t appear to be in regular use, there were a few trees down here and there and some bracken growing over the track.
It was raining very lightly on the way up which was nice to keep the walk cool. We have a mosquito plague at the moment due to the wet spring, and this made operating difficult at the top.
At the top there is a radio tower running from a noisy generator, so I set up just down the road a bit for a bit of quiet.
Despite the warm temperatures, I put on a beany and jacket with hood to protect myself from the mosquitos. The loaded 40m / 20m / 10m End Fed Half Wave was erected on a 7 metre squid pole. The rig used was an Elecraft KX2. 40m was not much good for close in NVIS, although signals from VK2 and VK7 were strong. On 20m ZL2AJ was worked.
I used Peter, VK3ZPF’s Portalog app for logging and found it to be very mozzie proof!
After about an hour, the gear was packed up and I left for the car via a more direct route!