Opening 4.01.03

What an impressive morning!! Worked into 4 states. Being VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5.

All up I was able to access 31 Repeaters(!!!) from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5. I will list them all here to give those interested an idea of the wide coverage area involved. At least half the repeaters would have reached at least S9+40db. Not all areas were received at the same time but most were.
VK1 - Mt. Ginini
VK2 - Wagga    Griffith    Cooma    Wagga North    Yarrawonga   
VK3 - Shepparton    Corryong    Ballarat    Goulburn Valley    Wodonga    Charlton    Bright    Ararat    Bendigo    Macedon    Otway Ranges    Bendigo Experimental    Alexandra    Mt Anakie    Montpelier    Grampians    Warrnambool    Mt Baw Baw    Olinda    Swan Hill   
VK5 - Mt Gambier    Naracoorte    Lobethal    Barossa Valley    Elizabeth
144.530 VK3RGL Geelong was S4 around 2000z
144.550 VK5RSE Mt Gambier was S3 around 2000z
 I copied a weak signal from 144.568 VK6REP Esperance at 1954z which is 20 mins after Geoff VK3FIQ reported hearing it.
Simplex FM-
Eventually after people emerged from sleep and contacts were made.
VK3FIQ Geoff and VK3MLZ Stew at Ararat 5/6 & 5/4 respectively.
Vk3AEF Jim Portable near Nhill and VK3BG Ed at Tocumwal, both in the Ross Hull contest got an extra contact.
Vk3XCD Ian at Mt Bogong.