On 10th May, 2013, I activated the Mount George Conservation Park, which is located in the ‘Adelaide Hills’ Mount Lofty Ranges, about 21 kms east of Adelaide.
I have lived in the hills for about 25 years and have driven passed this park probably thousands of times, but have only ever visited it about 2-3 times. And after spending an enjoyable couple of hours there yesterday, I am going to visit there more often. It is a beautiful park with access via Mount George Road.
When I left home from Mount Barker in the hills which is only 20kms away from the park, I could see the huge plume of smoke from the nearby Cherryville bushfire. The park is about 7 kms south of the fire, but the smell of smoke was really strong in the air.
As per usual, I set up the Yaesu FT-817nd, and my BandHopper 40m/20m linked dipole on the 7m squid pole.
I ended up with 10 QSO’s on 40m and 20m. Conditions were a bit of a struggle, probably due to the time of the day.
QSO’s with the following:- Ray VK3NBL; Dave VK3ADM/m; Col VK5HCF; Victor VK2KVH; Alan VK5FADP; Dave VK3VCE; Graham VK5JD; Mike VK5MCB; Lyn VK4SWE; & John VK4LJ.
An enjoyable time in this park. And I left with a few unexpected additions…..some scratches to the car. A fella was walking his dog (a blue heeler) through the park and when they returned the dog mistook my car for theirs, and decided to jump up into my car through the open drivers window. Lesson learnt ! Never leave your car window down.