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Taumatamaire Road

Due to arrival time at the summit, the only photo taken from this trip can be seen in the cover photo for this entry.    Light faded much quicker than we had anticipated and we arrived about half an hour over our expected time, in part due to missing the true summit and having to backtrack about 1km.  This was a drive to summit with no …

Repairs and SOTA-ing

Today’s adventure had two purposes.  Ticking off another SOTA activation and amateur repeater maintenance at the Maroanui site.  Last year we had ventured to the site and found the 675 repeater needed proper filtering and so that worked in well with managing to get on the air once again for SOTA. We left home mid morning and made the 1.5hr drive to the site, where …

Plan D – Zl1/wk-102

After another weekend in Hawkes Bay, this time for the annual Bay MC, One Night Stand Motorbike Rally with Warren and a couple of his friends working the sound station for the event, we had plans for an attempt to tick off a summit on our way homeward bound on Sunday afternoon.    At first it seemed that the powers that be were not going to …

PAKU HILL – TAIRUA

Our last summit ended with a well deserved swim at Pauanui Beach before packing up and making the short drive from Pauanui to Tairua for an earlyish dinner to restock our energy levels and head up to Paku Hill and claim another summit in the activation log.   Paku Hill stands high above Tairua and you can follow the road up a good chunk of the …

Just a little beachside stroll….yeah right!

When you think Pauanui, you think sandy beaches and surfers, swimming and relaxation.   Though as Warren had discovered before joining my family in Whangamata for the last week of the school holidays, Pauanui is also home to Mount Pauanui and that Mountain is another SOTA Summit, one we intended to tick off while in the area.   One day out of 4 were set aside for …

Mount Eden – Another region under our belts

Today we were in Auckland for a delayed family Christmas outing with Warren’s work to the Auckland Zoo.   Warren took the opportunity of course to slip in and get another summit under his belt and in his log.   While Warren is not the first to activate Mt Eden for ZL SOTA, this was a first for him all the same.    Andrew VK3ARR  activated Mt Eden …

Blood, Sweat and Tears – Tackling the highest summit in Hawkes Bay

10 points awaited Warren, with a 3.30am wakeup – planning a sunrise hike with kids in tow didn’t quite work as planned.   Warren’s cousin Olivia was to join us for the hike today but we never did cross paths in the end, she was up and down well ahead of us, although we are pretty sure we saw her going up on another track. We …

At the end of another day – Waipoapoa Summit

January 7th we ventured out for some holiday down time at Waimaramara beach as a family.   After fish and chips at the local shop we headed for the countryside to squeeze in a SOTA summit activation.  Warren couldnt let a day’s chance pass him by and he had prepared himself for the chance and made contact with the land owner to gain permission to access …