My fourth and final park of the day was the Warren Conservation Park, located about 60 kms north of Adelaide, and about 5 kms south of Williamstown in the Mount Lofty Ranges. I accessed the park via Watts Gully Road.
Warren Conservation Park is 353 hectares in size, and is characterised by steep country with views over forests, reservoirs, pastures and bushland above the spectacular Warren Gorge. The park which was dedicated in 1966, is most colourful in spring when wattles, banksias, hakeas, heaths and eucalypts are in flower, but its native fauna and wild forests of stringybarks and long-leafed box are always worth a visit. And today was no exception. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful afternoon.
The park has four challenging walking trails, including a section of the long distance Heysen Trail. The tracks are steep and difficult and should be used by experienced bushwalkers only. An excellent walk starts at Watts Gully Road. There is a boardwalk here at the commencement of the walk which bridges a wet area.
The relatively untouched nature is a haven for some of Australia’s rarest animals and provides ideal opportunities for naturalists, birdwatchers and photographers. Over 50 species of birs can be found in the park. There is a wide variety of native animals including Western Grey kangaroos, koalas, Southern Brown bandicoots, and echidnas. There were certainly plenty of kangaroos who were either sunning themselves or feeding out in some of the open areas on nearby hills.
After 40m had slowed down I QSY’d over to 20m. And although it was overly busy, there was still some good signals coming in from Europe. I called quite a few stations but on the majority of occasions I got drowned out by other VK’s & USA stations using a lot more than my measly 5 watts.
But I did manage to get through to Slavko S573DX in Slovenia. He was 5/9 and I got a respectable 5/7 back from him. I then spoke with Jason ZL3JAS in Christchurch. I also received a 5/7 signal report from Jason. Next I spoke with Marcos CT1EHO who was booming in. I received a 5/4 signal report from Marcos. My last DX contact of the day was with Theo OT4A. Theo was a strong 5/9 and I received a 5/7 from Teho. Really quite amazing what you can do with just 5 watts and a simple dipole.
I ended up with a total of 19 QSO’s on 40m SSB & 20m SSB.
The following stations were worked:- Larry VK5LY; Nev VK5WG; Tom VK5EE; Col VK5HCF; Brian VK5FMID; Bernard VK3AMB; Errol VK5FEKH/p; Terry VK3UP; Kevin VK2VKB; Ian VK3FD; Peter VK5ZPG; Doug VK3FJAE; Jim VK2FADV; Paul VK7CC; Don VK5NFB; Slavko S573DX; Jason ZL3JAS; Marcos CT1EHI; and Theo OT4A.
This was the end of a very enjoyable day.