On Sunday, 9th March 2014, the first VK5 SOTA & Parks symposium was held at the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society clubrooms. And Larry VK5LY from Renmark in the Riverland, was one of the guest speakers. So it had been arranged that Larry and his lovely wife Di, would be guests at our house on Saturday & Sunday nights.
Larry & Di arrived at home on Saturday afternoon, and while the girls went shopping, Larry & I headed back out again to Belair National Park (I had been there earlier in the day). Larry had not activated this park before and was looking to qualify it for both the VK5 Parks Award and for WWFF.
This time I headed for Sheoak Road at Crafers, which is a higher part of park, and we entered the park at Waverley Lodge. Larry and I walked down the track a short distance and set up in the bush under some large gum trees. It was a warm day, approaching 35 degrees C. We used my 40m/20m linked dipole and Yaesu FT-817 on the 5 watt setting.
Because I had activated the park earlier in the day, I sat back and relaxed in the deck chair in the shade, while Larry played on the radio. Larry’s first contact with with Gerry VK5NMG at beautiful Moonta Bay. This was followed by Richard VK5ZRY near Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsula. Richard told us that he would head over to the Ramsay-Way Conservation Park, just a short distance from home and give us a call. In fact, Richard advised that he had previously owned the land that this Conservation Park is located on, but had sold it to the Government to be declared as a CP.
I found this to be really interesting, with Richard explaining to us some history of the park. I had activated Ramsay-Way CP last year for the VK5 Parks anniversary weekend.
Again, the band seemed to be in very good shape, but it was hard going to fill out the log with very little activity. Larry & I spent about an hour in the park and managed to get 11 contacts. Anyway, we were happy with this. We had achieved a park to Park with Richard, and Larry had got his quota of 10 QSO’s, so he had qualified the park for the VKFF award. We decided to head over to nearby Mount Lofty summit and Cleland Conservation Park.
The following stations were worked:-
Gerry VK5NMG; Richard VK5ZRY; Ian VK5IS; David VK5LSB; David VK5KC; Peter VK5KPR; Andy VK5LA; Ron VK5VH; Richard Vk5ZRY/p; and Nigel VK5NIG.