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Takatoriyama JA/HG-252 SOTA

Following on from the previous post, the other close by summit was Takatoriyama.  This one looked very close on the map.  Occasionally, we had seen hikers going past Meagan’s house so it looked like this was the on a popular … Continue reading

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Yokooyama JA/HG-255 SOTA

While on holidays in Japan, we spent a week in Kobe staying at my daughter’s house in Myohoji. After some emails with Toru, JH0CJH, I found that a few close by summits had been added to the SOTA database.  These were Yokooyama … Continue reading

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Mt Halla (Hallasan) HL/JJ-001 SOTA

While on Jeju Island, South Korea, a hike and SOTA activation of Hallasan, HL-JJ-001 was too good to pass up.  Hallasan is the highest summit in South Korea at 1950 m high. Sarah and I made an early start, leaving the … Continue reading

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Quick Trapped 15/20m Dipole

This dipole was a last minute idea.  I am taking a multi-band EFHW and 10/20/15/12/10m switched dipole away to Japan, although the switched dipole takes up a lot of space.  A smaller dedicated 15/20m dipole would be a good idea. In … Continue reading

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FT817 Battery Upgrade

With an overseas trip coming up, thought it was a good idea to upgrade the battery in the FT-817.  I have been using a very tidy solution for nearly 5 years now consisting of a Hobbyking 3 cell 2500 mAh … Continue reading

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Mt Hotham SOTA Weekend

Once again, Brian, VK3MCD hosted a SOTA weekend based at Mt. Hotham.   A ski lodge was our base and we were surrounded by many tempting summits.  Sarah and I left straight after work on Friday night and after a … Continue reading

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BITX40 V3 and Raduino

The latest built up Bitx from HF Signals looked like a bargain too good to pass up.  At only USD 59, you get a built up Bitx 40m metre transceiver with an Si5351a frequency synthesiser for tuning. I ordered it … Continue reading

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