What the heck has Marilyn Monroe got to do with Radio and Communications?
A very good question to ask.
With Nan being a NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) member, I could not ignore the invitation to nip up to Bendigo to view the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition held at the Bendigo Art Gallery. We have been to most of the similar events held here and they have been a good day out with the exhibition followed by lunch.
We had an early start from home, the weather was inclement but arrived with some time to spare in Bendigo prior to the 10:00 am opening. Being able to pre-purchase tickets for a nominated time certainly helps avoid the queues. At an earlier event, we had spent some hours queued up in the hot sun waiting to get in. Lessons have been learnt!
Anyway, we enjoyed the exhibition. Turns out Marilyn was no dummy when it comes to business and marketing. She was also a tiny woman going by her dress size. Lots of sound and movie clips on offer including “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend”
We had a stroll through the shops and noted that it seemed quieter than previous times and a number of shops were closed or gone completely.Lunch was had at a cafe across the road. Nan & I have been together for too long as, again, we both independently ordered the same meal! Over lunch, the rain bucketed down. Not looking promising for the afternoon’s activities?
VK3/VN-016, Mt Alexander – 741m, 4 Points
Located to the east of the Calder Fwy on the way home, it was but a slight deviation – made longer by some road works on McIvor road requiring a detour via Harcourt. The approach was straightforward along Joseph Young Drive to a T intersection where you turn right to reach the summit just a short distance away. There is a well constructed stone cairn at the summit but I elected to activate from near the T intersection as it would be a bit more out of the way and possibly RF quieter?
The activation zone looks quite vast and the south Trig point would also be inside the zone.
Also, noticed lots of moss & lichen on the road on the way up. Looks like it is cold in winter and also slippery! No problems this time in the mighty VW Caddy.
Commencing the ascent, we could not see the summit for the clouds. The rain had stopped but I was prepared to use the new Bothy Bag.
Mountains are this cats best friends!
Phone coverage Excellent
RF noise – none to speak of.
Drive up summit and lots of places to activate from.
|04:11z||ZL1BYZ||14MHz||CW||John 599, 599 great sig|
|04:13z||RM7KW||14MHz||CW||Victor 559, 579 Russia|
|04:14z||VK7CW||14MHz||CW||Steve 349, 449|
|04:19z||ZL3CC||14MHz||CW||Andrew 559, 589|
|04:24z||US7QQ||14MHz||CW||Alex 339, 339 Ukraine|
|04:27z||RA6LO||14MHz||CW||Pavel 549, 569 Russia|
|04:32z||VK2IO||10MHz||CW||Gerard 579, 559|
|04:35z||VK3ARH||10MHz||CW||Allen 539, 579|
|04:38z||VK2UH||10MHz||CW||Andrew 329, 329 Tnx|
|04:41z||VK5CZ||10MHz||CW||Ian 579, 559 solid|
|04:43z||VK5LJ||10MHz||CW||Laurie 599, 599|
|04:45z||VK3PF||7MHz||CW||Peter 579, 579|
|04:47z||VK3BYD||7MHz||CW||Warren 579, 599|
|04:51z||VK1MA||7MHz||SSB||Matt 5×9, 58|
|04:52z||VK5WG||7MHz||SSB||Nev 5×9, 57|
|04:53z||VK3FPSR/M||7MHz||SSB||Peter 5×5, 52|
|04:53z||VK3FQSO||7MHz||SSB||Amanda 5×5, 52|
|04:54z||VK3FIRM||7MHz||SSB||Mike 5×9, 58|
|04:55z||VK2EXA||7MHz||SSB||Greg 5×8, 56|
|04:56z||VK3SQ||7MHz||SSB||Geoff 5×9, 59|
A slightly different method of operation this time. First checked out the band propagation then tried 20 metres first. Scored well with my first east European chasers plus ZL & VK7.
Followed this up with some further afield (plus local) VK contacts before hitting the usual 40 meter hustings.
Quite happy with the results in about an hours worth of activation time.Packed up and proceeded back to the Calder Fwy near Elphinstone.
Only hiccup was the traffic through King St in Melbourne CBD. This seems to be a worsening problem with even the off ramps from the Westgate Fwy (if taking the Bolte Bridge or Western Ring Rd / Geelong Fwy) presenting major traffic congestion at most times.