My last activation of the weekend was the Newland Head Conservation Park, which is situated about 91 km south of Adelaide, and about 10 km south west of the seaside tourist town of Victor Harbor (where I once lived many years ago).
The approach to the park as you travel south along Dennis Road, is quite impressive. There are very good views of beautiful Waitpinga Beach and the roaring waves of the Southern Ocean. You also get a very good view of the Waitpinga Creek which flows out to the ocean.
Marija and I unpacked the gear from the car and walked down to the beach. There is a boardwalk and stairs leading down to the beach. I had activated Newland Head CP last year, but the weather was too unkind to head down onto the beach. But today was a beautiful sunny day with a fairly calm breeze, so I decided to head down to the beach itself. I set up the fold up table and deck chair facing the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean. I initially felt a bit silly as I was the only person on the beach with a squid / fishing pole, that wasn’t trying to catch fish.
Prior to calling CQ, I wanted to try to get a few of the other park activators in the log, so I went for a bit of a hunt across the 40m band. My first contact was with Col VK5HCF who was portable in the Big Heath Conservation Park, down in the south east of South Australia. I then worked David VK5NQP who was portable in the Porter Scrub Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills, and then Andy VK5LA who was portable in the Murray River National Park.
I then found Peter VK3PF who was portable on SOTA peak Mount Lookout, VK3/ VT-030. And before propping on a frequency, I spoke with Richard VK5ZRY who was portable in the Leven Beach Conservation Park on the Yorke Peninsula.
I found 7.110 clear, so I put out a CQ call, and was called by Arno VK5ZAR who was portable in the Horsnell Gully Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills. A steady flow of Park Hunters followed including a number of park activators and Peter VK3ZPF who was portable on SOTA peak, VK3/ VC-037. Park to Park contacts included ANdy VK5ARG in The Knoll Conservation Park, Steve VK5AIM at Martindale Hall Conservation Park, Andrew VK5MR in Mokota Conservation Park, Gary VK5FTRG in Moritalta Conservation Park, Larry VK5LY in Bakara Conservation Park, Andrew VK5KET in Ewens Ponds Conservation Park, Andy VK5ARG in Belair National Park, Col VK5HCF in the Glenroy Conservation Park, Richard VK5ZRY in Carribee Conservation Park, and Andy VK5ARG in Marino Conservation Park.
After operating on 40m for about 90 minutes, I decided to go and have a listen on 20m. But I was sadly disappointed when I got there, to find the band very busy with eastern European contesters. It didn’t sound like a great afternoon to be operating 40 watts on 20m. However I found a clear frequency and put out a CQ call, and was immediately called by Grom VK6NUT. But I hadn’t even been there for 1 minute, when UT7E from the Ukraine came on the frequency and started calling CQ Contest. His signal was so strong that it tidally drowned out From. I QSYd down about 10kc hoping that Grom would find me and sure enough he did, and we could complete our QSO.
The frequency remained clear and I managed to work Colin VK2CSW, Bernard VK2IB/3, Kevin M0DAD pedestrian mobile, Zenik SP5INQ, Phil 2E0EDX mobile, Alex R1NA, and VK4GCQ.
It was starting to get a bit late in the afternoon, and we still had an hour’s drive back home, with the prospect of work in the morning. So sadly, I packed up the gear, and we made our way back home to Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. I ended up with 62 contacts.
After a very enjoyable 2 hours of operating on the beach, I had a total of 61 contacts on 40m ssb and 20m ssb.
The following stations were worked:-
Col VK5HCF/p; David VK5NQP/p; Andy VK5LA/p; Peter VK3PF/p; Richard VK5ZRY/p; Arno VK5ZAR/p; Tim VK5AV; Peter VK3ZPF/p; John VK5BJE; Andy VK5ARG/p; Steve VK5AIM/p; Greg VK5ZGY/p; Andrew VK5MR/p; Tom VK5FTRG; Amanda VK3FQSO; Gary VK5FGRY/p; Brian VK5FMID; Rod VK5VRB; John VK2AWJ; Larry VK5LY/p; Shaun VK5FAKV; Wolf VK5WF; Andrew VK5KET/p; Steve VK5AIM/p; Bernard VK3AMB; Adam VK2YK; Dave VK3VCE; Nick VK3ANL; Keith VK5FEKH; Ted VK3HHK; Chris VK4FR/5; Keith VK3FT; Patrick VK5MPJ; Ben VK5BB; Paul VK5NE; Alan VK3OA; Glen VK3GMC; Ray VK3NBL; Andy VK5ARG/p; Peter VK5KX; Les VK5KLD; Colin VK3UBY; Tony VK3CAT; Michael VK5ZEA; Greg VK5GJ; Ian VK3VIN; Sandy VK3LSB; Clive VK3FCMR; Peter VK7LCW; Tom VK5FTRG/m; Col VK5HCF/p; Richard VK5ZRY/p; Andy VK5ARG/p; Grom VK6NUT; Colin VK23CSW; Bernard VK2IB/p; Kevin M0DAD/pm; Zenek SP5INQ; Phil 2E0EDD/pm; Alex R1NA; VK4GCQ.
More photos of this activation can be found in the Photos section of the VK5 Parks Award Yahoo group at…..