Mount Bryan, VK5/SE-001, 29th September 2014

View from Mount Bryan: Heysen Trail marker in foreground JCD photo

View from Mount Bryan: Heysen Trail marker in foreground JCD photo

Today we climbed Mount Bryan, VK5/SE-001, 933 metres and ranked 49th highest in the State. It took us just over one and three quarter hours. It is a steep climb, but the view is great. I operated on two bands, 40 and 20 metres and my log is reproduced below. It took a while to find the best access point. I read Paul’s blog (VK5PAS) and we visited the Wild Dog Hotel (simplified name) at Hallett to seek directions. They remembered Paul, but the person who provided the directions was not present. The two persons we spoke to referred us to the the Mini Mart and the owners suggested the Heysen Trail access point on the northern side, but we decided after a look, to travel along Mount Bryan East Road from the township of Mount Bryan, about 16 kilometres to the Southern end Heysen Trail point. (We decided not to walk in from the northern end after being warned about snakes and seeing the long grass in the paddocks through which the Heysen Trail passes. The Trail, on private property here, is located on the fence line). After parking our 4 x 4, loading up our gear, we embarked on what was a hard walk for us and quite steep towards the summit. But I need the exercise. The grass was much shorter here and the path was well worn giving a clear view of what was ahead.

Jenny explored the summit and I enjoyed the operating conditions. Some Victorians suggested I move to 20 metres. And I did! But, I always like to ensure the VK5 chasers have a chance to have a contact first and Larry, VK5LY, kindly spotted me. Conditions on 20 metres were really good into Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. I also enjoyed a contact with Mike, VK6MB, 5 and 8 both ways. Andrew, VK1NAM, gave me 5 and 9: of course he was 5 and 9+ on the FT817.

Heysen Trail Notice & access point

Heysen Trail Notice & access point: Mt Bryan in background

A couple of onlookers!

A couple of onlookers!

Among the big boys! JCD photo

Among the big boys!
JCD photo

Mount Bryan & VK5BJE/P5

Mount Bryan & VK5BJE/P5

Trig Point and memorial

Trig Point and memorial

These blades are big!

These blades are big!

At Mount Bryan township there is a display relating to the Hallett wind-farm which provides sufficient power for 40,000 South Australian homes. A blade from a turbine is on display. There are three such blades for every generator.

Activator Log

Time Call Band Mode Notes
03:01z VK3VBI 7MHz SSB Ron 50k West of Warrnambool
03:06z VK5LY 7MHz SSB Larry
03:10z VK2NSS 7MHz SSB Steve, 50k West of Canberra
03:12z VK5HS 7MHz SSB Ivan
03:17z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Matt
03:19z VK5MCB 7MHz SSB Mike, Port Pirie
03:23z VK5NQP 7MHz SSB David
03:24z VK5WG 7MHz SSB Nev
03:27z VK5IS 7MHz SSB Ian
03:30z VK3BHR 7MHz SSB Phil, Bendigo
03:34z VK5TN/P3 7MHz SSB Robin, at Mildura
03:36z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB Peter
03:40z VK3PF 14MHz SSB Peter
03:42z VK2DAG 14MHz SSB Matt, Central Coast
03:43z VK1NAM 14MHz SSB Andrew
03:46z VK1MA 14MHz SSB Matt
03:48z VK2AFA 14MHz SSB Sam, 30k North of Newcastle
03:49z VK3DET 14MHz SSB Ernie, Ballarat
03:50z VK2TWR 14MHz SSB Rod
03:51z VK3AFW 14MHz SSB Ron
03:51z VK2GAZ 14MHz SSB Garry, Richmond, NSW
03:55z VK2UH 14MHz SSB Andrew, Yass
03:57z VK3AV 14MHz SSB Bernard
04:00z VK2MIK/P2 14MHz SSB Mik, Lighting Ridge
04:02z VK6MB 14MHz SSB Mike
04:04z VK3UH 14MHz SSB Ken
04:07z VK1NAM 14MHz SSB Andrew
Mt Bryan
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