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Category: Ham Radio

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 …

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 …

From 2015 and into 2016 on – zl1/wk-188 – Puketarata

As the year ticked over from 2015 to 2016 Warrens adventures with SOTA were not about to go astray just because we were restricted on where we could be.   Warrens work life and a few associated hiccups have meant an extended period on call this holiday season, including having to push back our holiday to the Hawkes Bay, to visit friends and family and of …

In the still of the evening……and into the night…..

We are not quite sure what inspired us to tick off a third summit activation for today.  Perhaps it was Warrens need push the boundaries and squeeze as much into one day as humanly possible or just that no matter what the time of day, he wanted to finish exactly what he said he would do.  So we made our way out to Te Puke, …