SOTA 6m QRP – VK2 to ZL1 2340 km at 5 watts

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Thursday 10 January 2017, Andrew VK1MBE and Andrew VK1AD activating SOTA peak Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015.  Surprising success at working ZL1 on 6m 50.120 MHz at 5 watts QRP SSB, that’s right not CW or digital modes, yep voice mode SSB from SOTA summit Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015 for two ZL1 QSOs over 2340 km (1454 miles).   Mt Budawang is 37 km inland from the Tasman Sea.

My 6m gear:  Yaesu FT-817 at 5 watts, antenna is a homebrew 1/2 wave coaxial vertical supported by a 6 meter telescopic pole at 1137 metres above sea level (ASL)

Here is a link to an audio recording (7 minutes) of two QSOs from Mt Budawang, one after the other at 01115 and 0121 UTC.  The first QSO is with Dave ZK1AKW at Tauranga followed by Warren ZL1AIX near Auckland.   🙂

Special thanks to Andrew VK1MBE for holding the squid pole.   Andrew and I…

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