On Friday morning, 26th July 2013, I headed south from home with the intention to activate another 2 parks as part of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.
My first park was the Mount Magnificent Conservation Park, which is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 60 kms south of Adelaide. The park is about 90 hectares in size and was established 1972. It preserves an area of remnant bushland. The major feature of the park is the 380 metre high Mount Magnificent summit.
The Heysen Trail passes through this park which is situated on the eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges. A spur trail through forest takes you to the Mount Magnificent trig point, where you will be graced with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The Heysen trail links this park with the Finniss Conservation Park to the east 9my next activation), and the Kyeema Conservation Park to the northwest (which I have previously activated).
There is plenty of wildlife to be found in the park including a large number of Western Grey kangaroos, and echidnas. There is also a large number of bird varieties.
I parked my car on Mt Magnificent Road, and then walked about 2 kms down the Heysen trail, where I found a large fallen tree, which looked just perfect to use as a chair & desk.
So I set up the 40m dipole on the 7m squid pole, using some gum trees to tie off the ends, and tuned the radio to 7.100 and heard Larry VK5LY who was portable in the Pooginook Conservation Park up in the Riverland. I called Larry who had a great 5/8 signal and I received 5/9 back from him. This was a good start to get a Park to Park contact.
I then moved down the band a bit and heard John VK5BJE on 7.095, who was also operating portable from a park. John was also an excellent 5/8 signal from the Pikes River Conservation Park. My second Park to Park contact for the day, which I was really happy with.
I enjoy working QRP to QRP, and again I ahd a few good low power contacts. Bernard VK3AMB who was using just 4 watts was a terrific 5/8 signal. As was Nev VK5WG from Crystal Brook who was 5/9. Rik VK3KAN who was mobile was also QRP 5 watts and was 5/7.
I ended up with a total of 17 QSO’s on 40m SSB, which I was really pleased with, considering it was a week day.
The following stations were worked:- Larry VK5LY/p; John VK5BJE/p; Tom VK5EE; Ivan VK5HS; Nick VK3ANL; Mal VK3AZZ; Bernard VK3AMB; Brian VK5FMID; Peter VK3PF; Gary VK2DAK; Brian VK3MCD/m; Nev VK5WG; Angus VK2IET; Tony VK3CAT/m; Rik VK3KAN/pedestrian mobile; Tony VK3CTM; and Trevor VK5ATW.