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ZL4NVW  -->  Subject: Boundary Stream Hut - QRP portable

ZL4NVW updated in ZL4NVW on 2020-03-21 15:50

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!
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