Due to arrival time at the summit, the only photo taken from this trip can be seen in the cover photo for this entry. Light faded much quicker than we had anticipated and we arrived about half an hour over our expected time, in part due to missing the true summit and having to backtrack about 1km. This was a drive to summit with no … Continue reading Taumatamaire Road
Friday after work we packed a picnic dinner and made our way to the hills of Cambridge, not too far from home. Although Warren was not the first to activate this summit he wanted to get another unique summit for his log, and that he did. The hill is easy to access and you can drive with any vehicle right to the summit point, so … Continue reading Pukemako ZL1/WK-153. Sanatorium Hill
Today’s adventure had two purposes. Ticking off another SOTA activation and amateur repeater maintenance at the Maroanui site. Last year we had ventured to the site and found the 675 repeater needed proper filtering and so that worked in well with managing to get on the air once again for SOTA. We left home mid morning and made the 1.5hr drive to the site, where … Continue reading Repairs and SOTA-ing
After another weekend in Hawkes Bay, this time for the annual Bay MC, One Night Stand Motorbike Rally with Warren and a couple of his friends working the sound station for the event, we had plans for an attempt to tick off a summit on our way homeward bound on Sunday afternoon. At first it seemed that the powers that be were not going to … Continue reading Plan D – Zl1/wk-102
Our last summit ended with a well deserved swim at Pauanui Beach before packing up and making the short drive from Pauanui to Tairua for an earlyish dinner to restock our energy levels and head up to Paku Hill and claim another summit in the activation log. Paku Hill stands high above Tairua and you can follow the road up a good chunk of the … Continue reading PAKU HILL – TAIRUA
When you think Pauanui, you think sandy beaches and surfers, swimming and relaxation. Though as Warren had discovered before joining my family in Whangamata for the last week of the school holidays, Pauanui is also home to Mount Pauanui and that Mountain is another SOTA Summit, one we intended to tick off while in the area. One day out of 4 were set aside for … Continue reading Just a little beachside stroll….yeah right!