After packing up at the Coorong National Park, I continued south east on the Princes Highway heading towards my next park, which was the Martin Washpool Conservation Park.
In September last year I had activated this park, which has a rather macabre history. The park was named after Malachi Martin, who was a convicted murderer. It was so named after the pool in which he washed the blood from himself after committing murder. For more information on the park and my previous activation, have a look at …..
Map courtesy of Mapcarta
I set up in exactly the same spot as last year which was at the end of Salt Creek Road. Access to the park is via a closed but unlocked gate at this location. And as per last year, this park was absolutely alive with honeyeaters and wattlebirds, as many of the native trees and shrubs were in flower.
I used the park sign to attach my squid pole to, with the assistance of some octopus straps. There is a track heading off to the south along the eastern boundary of the park, but I have never ventured up there, as the track is very sandy and boggy. It would certainly not be passable in a conventional vehicle. From looking at maps, this track takes you right down to the water in the park, which is fed by the Tilley Swamp Drain.
My first contact was with Greg VK5ZGY, who I was looking forward to meeting at Mount Gambier. Greg and his wife Gabbie are very keen park activators and hunters. Next up was Nev VK5WG from Crystal Brook with his normal enormous signal, and then Greg VK5GJ who has become a regular park hunter. This was followed by Nigel VK5NIG and John VK5BJE. A steady flow of callers followed from VK2, VK3 and VK5.
Peter VK3PAH called in again, from his mobile, making this his 2nd park contact for the day. Peter was using an Alinco DX70 and a whip and had a beautiful 5/8 signal. I managed to get Col in the log again, using the special call of VI50CONV. My only QRP contact was with Simon VK3SMC who was running his FT-817 and 5 watts into an end fed antenna at Bonnydoon near Lake Eildon. Another mobile station that called in was Rod VK5KFB who was mobile on his way down to the SERG convention.
After 45 minutes in the park, it was time to pull stumps again and head off to the Messent Conservation Park, just a few km away. I had a total of 20 contacts in the log.
The following stations were worked:
Greg VK5ZGY; Nev VK5WG; Greg VK5GJ; Nigel VK5NIG; John VK5BJE; Tony VK5FTVR; Dennis VK5HH; Peter VK3PAH/mobile; Amanda VK3FQSO; Col VI50CONV; Simon VK3SMC/p; Tom VK2KF; Norm VK5GI; Hans VK5YX; Larry VK5LY; Albert VK3KLB; John VK2AWJ; Rod VK5KFB/mobile; Brian VK5FMID; and Col VK5HCF.