Today was the Oceania Relay, which I had no plans to participate in. Not that I probably couldn't have been talked into being on a relay team, but I was glad that I wasn't on one. However, I was interested in doing something in addition to the results duties, so I offered to put out the three radio controls and two repeaters (on the hill above each control). After the event, I picked up the units in the reverse order. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the pastures, and even hiking up to the top of the hills. I could tell that I was fitter than I was a week ago even.
Terrain description: Generally rolling open farmland with isolated trees and good visibility, interspersed with hills, marsh, streams, gullies, scrub, native bush, pine forest, rock and taipos (rocky spires).
The repeater above 109.
The superfluous repeater between 109 (the control had been on the antler like wood pile) and the repeater above. One bar is all that is needed! Get over it!
The view towards the 87 hill.
Some sheep for Lailah. There were lots of sheep.
The repeater above 87. Retrieving this one later on was a little scary because the wind was blowing pretty hard.
The event center in the distance from the 87 hill.
Exited the hill from the back way.
After packing up, it was back up the highway to Hastings to stay for the duration.