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Komata ZL1/MW-066

After spending a week teaching electrical safety in Hawkes Bay to nearly 300 electrical workers I needed to get out and catch some country air and a summit. Komata is a relatively easy 6 point summit located just off the Napier Taihape Rd. I did this one solo so the photos aren’t so crash hot. However I would have no problems taking Emma and the …

ZL1/WL-101 Hawkins Hill

Hawkins Hill was the first summit to be activated when ZL1 came online. Andrew VK3ARR managed this one however only made one contact. Blog here https://vk3arr.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/zl1wl-101-hawkins-hill/. A year and a half later it is my turn. This one is only a 15 minute (if that) walk from the carpark. Follow the signs up to the Brooklyn wind turbine then just keep going. There is a …

ZL1/WL-118 Boulder Hill

Work brought me to Wellington for a few days so I thought I would add some extra time in to experience some of the local summits. Boulder Hill ZL1/WL-118 was first up, on my way through Upper Hutt. Unfortunately the views were obscured by low cloud and fog so the scenic photos are limited. However the walk up was relatively easy with the cool breeze …

Mount KauKau

So we were off on another adventure, this time of the musical variety and a weekend in Wellington catching up with Friends, but of course Warren had plans that meant another summit needed to be ticked off and squeezed into our schedule.  Sometimes we have to wonder where we manage to find the time for all of these hill tops, but it must be possible,  …

Pukerimu

I am fortunate my work brings me into contact with many rural folk. During a site visit preparing for a job, I inquired with the customer who owned the wee hill behind her house. Fortunately for me I was conversing with the owner and she was more than happy to let me access the hill for the purposes of photography and radio experimentation. Last Friday …

Waipuna

On our travels back from Wanganui we decided to call in to Waipuna to collect another summit for the log. It was a good opportunity to have a break from the long drive. This site is used to transmit beacons on 50, 144, 432 and 1296 MHz as well as 3 FM broadcast stations and microwave linking. So RF wise it was pretty busy. Thankfully …

Kauri Mountain

On our last day of the long weekend we thought we would activate Kauri Mountain before heading home. This track is part of the Te Arararoa Trail, or New Zealand’s Trail. However for some reason it does not show on DoC’s file of walking tracks (ftp://public:public@ftp.doc.govt.nz/Public/GIS/KMZ_Files_For_GIS_Software/DOC_Tracks_2017_01_26.kmz). We got our info for this summit from another blog here https://nzfrenzynorth.wordpress.com/c12/ before we set out. At the carpark …