Activated 21 September 2014
This was my second activation of Mt Vinegar with much better weather this time around compared with my first activation of this summit back on 2 June 2013.
A small group of EMDRC members led by Andrew VK3BQ activated nearby Mt Donna Buang VK3/VC-002 as a club SOTA activity so I decided to drop in to see them on the way. After socializing with the group andmaking one personal S2S contact with Mitch VK3XDM on Pyramid Hill VK3/VN-005, I set off along The Acheron Way to the intersection of Mt Vinegar Rd. I parked here and continued by foot to the summit. Once I had some elevation and within a few hundred metres of the summit I was able to make patchy simplex communications with the group on Mt Donna Buang on 2 metres with the handheld but I was still not within my activation zone. By this stage they had packed up their BBQ and the HF gear and were getting ready to head home so I quickly made my way to the summit and logged them,Andrew VK3KIS, Andrew VK3BQ and Greg VK3ND before setting up my HF gear.
As soon as the FT-817 was set up, my first contact on 40 metres was an S2S with Rod VK2TWR on VK2/ST-020 and then worked a steady stream of chasers until my last contact with Amanda VK3FQSO. All up, not a bad activation with a total of 25 contacts logged.