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Category: SOTA

The Desert Road

We decided to tackle ZL1/MW-034 which is on the eastern side of the desert road. Not knowing what we would find we brought all our winter gear to keep warm however the day turned out to be a bright clear day. The puddles were ice but there was no snow on the ground. All the way up we were treated to magnificent views of Ruapehu …

Waipu Forrest Summit

The weather forecast this weekend looked horrible for New Zealand Auckland south, so we decided to make a weekend of it up North. For the first summit we decided to attempt ZL1/NL-039. This is an unnamed summit on the Eastern end of the Brynderwyn ranges. I worked Soren ZL1SKL from here a few months earlier while on ZL1/AK-005 Tamahunga so I was keen to get …

Mount Cameron

Back in Hawkes Bay chasing hills…..The end of the electrical teaching season left us with a free Saturday afternoon to fill and fill it we did.    After a bit of door knocking to gain permission to enter private farm land, it was up another summit we ventured.    Mount Cameron Summit is shared by two land owners on either side.   We had success with the 2nd …

Mount Stuart

  Our second activation on the Monday of Queens Birthday weekend 2018 was Mount Stuart. This is a drive up summit. For this summit the cloud had dissipated and left clear views to the ranges. The air was still very fresh though and there was heavy frost in the shady. The kids enjoyed finding puddle ice and smashing it.     Kyle took a wrong …

Sandymount

With the annual NZART conference being in Mosgeil this year, of course it was yet another perfect opportunity to activate a couple of untouched Otago Summits before we jumped on our plane and headed home. The SOTA presentation at conference was well received and hopefully it may encourage some new SOTAteers in the future. Monday morning bright and early to rendezvous with Kyle ZL2KGF and …

Tamahunga or “Volcanic Son”

Earlier this year we had made a disappointing effort to conquer this summit, however due to rain setting in we had turned back about half way.   The night before had brought heavy consistent rain to the area and the track was becoming boggy underfoot, so with safety in mind we had abandoned ship.   On Anzac day without the usual work obligations stopping a mid week …

Omakere ZL1/HB-113

After lunch myself and Gerard jumped in a 4 wheel drive and headed for Omakere summit. Gerard had kindly arranged access prior in the week. Well wouldnt you know it we had a clean run of farm gates to the summit. They were all open for us. That never happens! Setting up at the summit – we used the trig as our antenna mast, and …