Activated 21 August 2014
This was my second visit to Mt Emu, the first being a memorable joint activation with Allen VK3HRA on 6 Otober 2013. This time I was solo and working once again promoting our Skike products at the Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia's premier Cross Country ski event.
After checking in to my accomodation at Mt Beauty and setting up our display at the Hoppet registration office, I headed towards Mt Emu for a quick activation. Driving to the summit I parked and loaded myself up with my gear and headed off by foot along the The Eskdale Spur Track in the direction of Mt Yorke. It didn't take long to descend quickly out of the activation zone and I was soon able to turn around and head back up. The weather was kind to me and was unseasonally warm, considering the best ski and snow conditions for many years that the Hopppet entrants were experiencing at Falls Creek. The views over Mt Beauty and the Kiewa Valley and beyond to Mt Buffalo were spectacular.
A solidly constructed wooden picnic table was a new addition to the summit that was not here on the last visit, possibly constructed by hang gliders who launch themselves from the site. I set up my radio on the table and logged 13 contacts over the next 35 minutes on 40 metres, the first being an S2S with Phil VK2JDL/1 on VK1/AC-026.