Weekends Destination

Weekends Destination

Well I`m off again, this time to several National Parks near my home town. The photo above is of Mt Dowe on the left with the 220 meter tall transmission tower, Mt Kaputar in the middle, 1510 meters above sea level and Mt Lindsey on the right. The photo was taken from a lookout near town, the peaks are 50 kilometers away.

Doing a Radio Contest from the park, the John Moyle Memorial Field Days.The contest is run each year in memory of the late John Moyle who was a long term editor of the Wireless Weekly, (later Radio & Hobbies – later Radio Television & Hobbies) magazine from 1947 until his untimely death in 1960. Serving in the RAAF during WWII, he served with distinction and was responsible for a number of innovative solutions in keeping radio and radar equipment working under wartime operations and difficult working conditions.

The contest is held over 24 hours, the purpose is to encourage portable operation, and to have some fun.

Mt Kaputar is an extinct Shield Volcano, some 22 million years old and responsible for the rich basalt farming land around the area. The mountain was once 1000 meters taller than it is today, vast amounts of soil having been eroded over the eons.

I hope to make many contacts with other Amateur Radio stations this weekend, last time I did this contest it was 413 contacts over the 24 hours, hopefully I will surpass this. No prize money involved, just the reward of participating.

See you all next week.

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