Briarty Hill VK3/VC-029

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.

img_20161112_143653From the gate at the entrance to the reserve, it is about 575 metres to the narrow track on the left at S37.73818 E145.49209.

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.

See the map below for the GPS track of the hike.  The highlighted route is the way down from the hill, the lighter deviations show the way taken on the way up.  track-down

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!


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8 Responses to Briarty Hill VK3/VC-029

  1. Andrew VK1AD says:

    Hi Glenn, terrific post and a great read. My son lives in Seville East, not too far from the summit. I struggled to work you which resulted in a unconfirmed QSO. I plan to be in VK3 for Christmas, I hope to have time to activate this peak for the first time. 🙂
    73 Andrew VK1AD

  2. vk3zpf says:

    Great write-up Glenn. Like so many one pointers. Hard work for little reward. There’s not even a view at the top.

  3. A dubious track, 4km walk in, noisy comms tower, no view and a mozzie plague. This is one of those peaks where the effort is not commensurate with the points reward. Good effort Glenn!

  4. vk5bje says:

    Hi Glenn, I enjoyed reading your post. We will all enjoy, or at least learn to tolerate the mosquitoes, because of the wet winter and spring. It makes an activation more like torture!
    John D VK5BJE/VK5PF

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