Warm and spacious 12-bunk ex-musterers' hut beside the Manuherekia River in the Oteake Conservation Park. Once shared by two pastoral runs - as you can see the boundary fence runs directly through the centre of the hut. Mt St Bathans in the background - 2088m - ZL3/OT-098.
Running FT818 plus portable amplifier putting out 20w when driven at 5w from the Yaesu. The antenna on the 6m SOTA-pole is an 80m EFHW. First call heard here was from OT4A on 40m, resulting in a 5/6 signal report for my reply. 20w to Belgium from a back-country portable setup on a valley floor surrounded by 1700m+ peaks - made my day!
Next call heard was on 80m, a CQ QRP from VK3FSAV, 100km south of the NSW/QLD border. This resulted in a good QSO on 5w each way. 5/3 each direction on a perfectly silent band.
More nights like this one, please!