VK2SRC again operated portable from Vista Point QF69FU, this time covering 6m through to 10ghz.

The team had an extra operator, Kevin VK4UH who made the trip down all the way from North Brisbane to join us and also test the 10GHz path from Vista.

Pat VK2FAAD reports that days were sunny, very cold nights and uncomfortably strong winds during the set-up Friday.

We are hoping for a big score again. Several SARC members worked from home, with VK2ELH and VK2AMT getting big contact numbers.


A club team went out on the weekend to provide communications assistance for the Tenterfield Endurance Riders Club held at Girard State Forest. Present were VK2ACD, VK2AMT, VK2ARD, VK2DLR, VK2FOOD, VK2WSR and partner Julie.

The set up at the ride base had a new antenna arrangement on a very high pole which worked very well, 5×9 plus into the checkpoints despite there being a lot of forest in the way. Ross took a drone pic on Saturday, and a few hours after this there was no spare room at all.

The Saturday was a fine calm day with only 2 shorter rides, but come Sunday and a sometimes vicious cold westerly came in. Getting up at 0200 to cover three longer rides was not a pleasant experience

VK2WSR Jeff and partner Julie traveled from Coonabarabran to take part, and this
was their first time to operate as base.  VK2DLR Duncan took a back seat
and watch as they performed.  Jeff operated the radio with skills
developed on previous enduros and from running SARC nets.  Julie shone
as the tally sheet operator. The tally sheet was usually up to date
within minutes and any errors caused by wrong numbers noted early and
often after an analysis that provided likely solutions.

The organisers were again most grateful for the help of SARC, the event could not go ahead without safety communications from checkpoints.

The set up at ride base, vertical antenna on very tall pole
P aul’s set up at CP3
Lachlan VK2FOOD and rider assistant Sue trying to keep warm at combination checkpoint ! + 2