My last activation of the day was the Yulti Conservation Park, which is located about 3 km south east of the town of Myponga.
After my activation at Nixon Skinner CP, I drove back into Myponga, and then along James Track and onto Springmount Road, and then onto Trigg Point Road. But I was really struggling to find access to the park. My maps showed Cooper Road leading to the southern side of the park. But in reality, the spot where Cooper Road was showing on the GPS was a farmer’s paddock. Fortunately when I doubled back to that location, a farmer came along in his tractor, and I had a chat with him. He was a sharefarmer with not much local knowledge, so I obtained his boss’s phone number and I called him. After some friendly help and directions, I travelled back towards Myponga along James Track, and I then turned right into Yulte Road. Yulte Road will take you up to the park entrance which is part of the Heysen trail.
Yulti Conservation Park is 41 hectares in size and is a small preserve of habitat representative of the central Fleurieu Peninsula. The park consists of steep, hilly terrain vegetated with open forest of Eucalyptus Baxteri and other vegetation in the valleys. There is also scrub / heath on the ridges and the understorey is typically a dense heath dominated by various plants including the Casuarina species, with Banksia Ornata confined to the ridges. Panoramic views of the surrounding valley and range country can be seen from the high sections of the walk following a section of the Heysen Trail.
Yulti Conservation Park is recorded in various sources with various spellings. Even the Government authorities seem unsure of the spelling. The DEWNR website records the spelling as Yulte, and yet the sign in the park shows the spelling to be Yulti. The road leading to the park is spelt as Yulte. Unfortunately I have not been able to find out the meaning of Yulte or Yulti.
The track leading up to the park was quite rough with plenty of large rocks and numerous washaways, so I drove as far as I could, and then I walked the remainder of the way. Fortunately only a short distance of about 100 metres.
Numerous bird species are found in the park including the Beautiful Firetail finch which has a rump of bright red. My father used to breed these when I was a child. Western Grey Kangaroos are also common in the park.
I strapped the 7 metre squid pole to a Heysen trail sign and ran out the legs of the 40m/20m linked dipole. I made myself comfortable and tuned to 7.100 and there was my faithful ‘Hunter’, Col VK5HCF waiting for me. This was followed by another staunch VK5 Parks supporter, Larry VK5LY. My third contact was with Tim VK5AV, who has also become a recent active Parks Hunter. Colin VK3UBY and his wife Sandra who are also big supporters of the VK5 Parks Award, also called in to say hello.
Conditions on 40m were very variable. And sadly I wasn’t getting a lot of takers, so I tuned across the band and came across Grant VK3HP and a group of gents on 7.095. This included Peter VK3YE who was operating QRP 2 watts, on a beach in Melbourne (5/3 both ways).
After 45 minutes of operating, I had managed 14 QSO’s on 40m SSB into VK2, VK3, & VK5.
The following stations were worked:-
Col VK5HCF; Larry VK5LY; Tim VK5AV; Allen VK3HRA; Peter VK3PF; Grant VK3HP; Ian VK3VIN; Peter VK3YE/p; Scott VK7NWT; Greg VK2FGJW/p; Colin VK3UBY; Sandra VK3LSC; Frank VK3GFS; and Ron VK5MRE.