After packing up at Sandy Creek CP and saying see ya later to Andy VK5AKH, I started heading home through the Adelaide Hills. My wife Marija had told me about another park that I was going to pass on the way home, so I took this as a ‘you have permission to stop in there on the way home‘, which is exactly what I did.
Hale Conservation Park is situated about 60kms north east of Adelaide. It is located a few kms south of the town of Williamstown. Access is via the Mount Pleasant Road. The park has a diverse landscape and steep rocky ridges, and is the home to some of Australia’s more secretive mammals. It conserves the oyster bay cypress pine.
There are some challenging walking trails in the park which provide spectacular views of the South Para Valley and the South Para Reservoir. The trail to the South Para River passes from the highlands to the river crossing while the trail to the north eastern boundary of the park follows the creek line to emerge in grasslands on the outskirts of Williamstown.
When I first arrived at the park, there were 2 other cars in the carpark. I think they were 2 young lovers. But they didn’t hang around for long. The sight of some fella carrying a squid pole into the bush and the sounds of goats bleating (from SOTA Goat), got the better of them, and off they went to a more quiet location !
I set up the Bandhopper 40m/20m dipole on the 7m squid pole, and used my Yaesu FT-817nd with 5 watts. There are plenty of trees here so there were no problems with getting the ends of the legs of the dipole up off the ground.
I had a steady flow of ‘hunters’ who responded to my CQ call, and I ended up with 16 QSO’s, all on 40m. Included one QSO with Lamont in Gisborne in NEW ZEALAND. Really good conditions between the 2 of us, with 5/8 both ways.
It was a great little spot where I was set up and there was quite a bit of natural lightning, as it was almost a full moon. But the cold weather got the better of me, and I headed home to the warmth, and spent there remainder of the evening watching the AFL on the TV.
Stations worked were:-
Hans VK5YX; Ian VK5CZ/m; John VK5FTCT; Nev VK5WG; Rod VK5FTTC; Brian VK3MCD/m; Matt VK1MA; Mark VK3YN; Steve VK3MEG; Michel VK3KVW; Shaun VK5FAKV; Bill VK7SV; Lamont ZL2ALK; Paul VK5FUZZ; Urey VK3ATA; and Roy VK7ROY.