This morning (Thursday 17th July, 2013), I headed out to the Cudlee Creek Conservation Park, which is about 33 kms north from my home in the Mount Lofty Ranges ‘Adelaide Hills’.
The weather was supposed to be turning really bad during the afternoon, but the morning appeared really good. In fact at home it was bathed in sunshine. But I could see the weather coming in from the west and the rain radar showed that there was some really heavy rain activity over on the Yorke Peninsula.
So I quickly made an entry on the VK5 Parks Yahoo site, packed up the gear and headed north.
The Cudlee Creek Conservation Park was established in 1971. It is located on Gorge Road, about 3 kms beyond the Cudlee Creek Caravan Park and Restaurant, and about 1 km passed the Country Fire Service (CFS) station.
The little town of Cudlee Creek, which was established in 1838, is a picturesque little settlement next to the Cudlee Creek on the scenic route between Lobethal, Lenswood and Gumeracha. One of the attractions in the town is the Gorge Wildlife Park which is among one of the most comprehensive collections of privately owned animals and birds in Australia.
The Aboriginal meaning for “Cudlee” is believed to be “wild dog crossing”.
The Cudlee Creek Conservation Park is home to a variety of birds and native animals who live in the woodlands on the steep hillsides. The park contains no visitor facilities or amenities. Adelaide’s main river, the River Torrens, passes through the park. Red Gum woodland along the river valley and Blue Gum with Manna Gum open forests are conserved in the park.
I set up my gear, a Yaesu FT-817 and my 40m dipole supported by a 7m squid pole, and put out a call on 7.100 on 40m. My first QSO of the day was with Larry VK5LY, who had a booming signal from the Riverland.
The river was flowing well after last night’s heavy rainfall up here in the Mount Lofty Ranges. But the good thing was that there was no rain, and although the weather was coming in rapidly from the west, I was in a fairly sheltered area down by the river, so the wind was a lot less.
I ended up with 8 QSO’s on 40m SSB into VK3 & VK5.
The following stations were worked:- Larry VK5LY; Ron VK3AFW; Robin VK5TN; John VK5DJ; Andy VK5LA; Grant VK5VGC; Albert VK3KLB; and Tim VK5ML.