Category Archives: SOTA

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 … Continue reading

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Yet Another EFHW Matcher

While on the lookout for a more compact housing for the End Fed Half Wave matcher, I came across this perfectly sized enclosure at Altronics (Hammond 1551).  At 50mm x 35mm x 20mm, it is just right to hold the FT-82-43 core, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Elecraft KX2 Transceiver for SOTA

After some time getting used to operating the new Elecraft KX2, it was time to take it out on a SOTA activation.   With a break in the weather, Federation Range, VK3/VN-029 looked like a good choice as it qualifies … Continue reading

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New SOTA Rig

The new Elecraft KX2 arrived last week.  So far it looks like just the thing for SOTA activations.  A battery pack was not ordered for it, so one was constructed from 3 x 18650 2500mAh cells with a protective polyfuse. … Continue reading

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Castle Hill VK4/NH-136 Last Minute Activation 1 Point

Castle Hill is a small hill close to the Townsville city centre in North Queensland.  It was about 5:30pm when the opportunity presented itself for a quick activation.  I had the FT-817, an end fed for 40/20/10m and the RHM8B … Continue reading

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HF1 QRP Transceiver Project

(This project is on hold indefinitely) This project is based around the recent HF1 QRP transceiver by Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE. The transceiver is an interesting SSB design with wide tuning range from 0-30MHz and should cover several amateur bands.  The schematic for … Continue reading

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Light weight SOTA Stations

Here are two lightweight SOTA stations recently put together.  The SSB station has been used, although the CW one is still waiting for the right opportunity!  (running out of excuses here). The SSB station uses the home brew 40m transceiver, … Continue reading

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