Saturday, 1 August 2015
Portable Ultralight DXing Session – Punchbowl Reserve Cliff and Talbot Road Lookout - August 2015
Over the past few months I have had limited “hobby time” due to a number of changes in my life, combine this with work, family time and other changes and I have struggled to get out for as many portable sessions as I would have liked. Our winter has been cold and wet so this has also played a part in my lack of portable sessions.
This afternoon I had a few spare hours so at the suggestion of my wife I grabbed my ultralight kit and headed off to the Punchbowl reserve with the idea of setting up in the main reserve area as I have done in the past. When I arrived I decided to take a quick walk up to the waterfall area, we have had some rain in the past day and this waterfall can really get going at times. While standing on the bridge I decided to see if I could find a track up to the cliff face as can be seen in the photo below. I grew up close to this area and know it fairly well but have never looked for a track to the top. As luck would have it one does exist but this is very steep and rough in places, the recent rain had made the ground very wet underfoot and this made for hard going in places with it being very slippery. Once I arrived at the top the track across to the cliff face is easily found, I checked the area and set up on some rocks a little bit back from the edge, the last thing I wanted to do was fall down; the photos below don’t really show just how high these are.
During my session at the cliff face between 15:45 and 17:00 I logged 39 stations; these were a mix of Tasmania, Victorian and some NSW stations. The video below shows some of these loggings. Towards the end of this session the light was starting to fade. I had wanted to stay until dark when the sky wave propagation would kick in but as I had only walked the track once in the day, I only had a small torch with me and my car was at risk of being locked in the car park overnight I packed up and took the track back to the car park. Sadly half way down my carry case slipped off my shoulder and smashed against some rocks, the latch broke clean off and the contents including my radios and accessories went flying, I was able to find them all and only my AR-1733 suffered some minor scratches.
Once I returned to my car I decided to head to the Talbot Road Lookout which is just around the corner, from here I logged another 22 stations as dusk set in to make it a grand total of 61 stations logged between the two locations for the day.
Overall I had a really good time, it was great to get out and about with my ultralight radios, log some stations and enjoy the great outdoors. The Punchbowl Cliff area was a good find and an area I plan to use more in the future, I will need to find another parking location if I wish to stay after dark when the car park is locked.
Walking track to water fall
Bridge over the water way
Waterfall in flood
The steps up to the cliff face
View looking down to the bridge
View from the cliff - looking North East
Talbot Road Lookout
Dusk with the last light of the day
Posted by Paul at 21:23