After activating the Montacute Conservation Park, I headed to the Black Hill Conservation Park (CP). It was just a short drive away, as the parks border each other, along Montacute Road. I travelled out of Moores Road and left onto Montacute Road and continued west on Montacute Road, through the gorge which separates the two parks.
Black Hill CP is located about 10 km north east of Adelaide. The park covers an area of 684 hectares and features the low sheoaks which give Black Hill its name. The foliage of the sheoaks gradually matures to a dark rusty, almost black colour, as summer progresses. As you look from the Adelaide Plains, the hills appear to be black in colour. For more information on the park, please have a look at my previous post…..
I set up in a small carpark on the northern side of Montacute Road, near the eastern boundary of the park. It was a quite location, and was situated at the base of the Orchard Track, which leads up into the hills. There was a small creek flowing nearby and large hill faces on both my northern and southern sides.
My first contact was with Brian VK5FMID in Mount Gambier, and this was followed by Norm VK5GI in Willunga. I was then called by Tony VK5FTVR and then Darren VK5DT. My fifth caller was Mark VK5QI who was portable in the Morialta Conservation Park. As you would expect, Mark was very strong, being just a short distance away. After working Greg VK5GJ on his home brew QRP rig, I was called by Chris VK4FR5 who was portable in the Swan Reach Conservation Park.
I was also called by Bob VK5FO, who was on Mount Gawler, VK5/ SE-013, participating in the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.
My second to last contact on 40m was with George VK6FADD. It was a real struggle to pull George through, due to the very severe static crashes. But we did make it. After working my final contact on 40m, Nigel VK5NIG, I lowered the squid pole and removed the links in my dipole, and then tuned around the 20m band. However, there was very little activity, other than some stations calling CQ Contest. I’m not sure which contest was on? My only contact on 20m was with Juan EA5CTE.
After operating for a little over an hour in the park, I had 29 QSOs in the log. Of those, 28 were on 40m SSB and just 1 on 20m SSB. Contacts were into VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5, VK6, & VK7 on 40m, and Spain on 20m.
The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-
Brian VK5FMID; Norm VK5GI; Tony VK5FTVR; Darren VK5DT; Mark VK5QI/p (Morialta CP); Greg VK5GJ; Chris VK4FR/5 (Swan Reach CP); Peter VK3TKK; Ian VK5CZ; Amanda VK3FQSO; Peter VK5KPR; Ian VK3VIN; David VK5NQP; Jim VK2LC/m; Phil VK3BHR; Ian VK3AXF; Ian VK5KKT; Hauke VK1HW; Greg VK7FGGT; Damien VK5FDEC; Chris VK4FR/5 mobile; Paul VK7CC; Ian VK6SKY/p; Bob VK5FO/p S(OTA; Ron VK3JP; Peter VK3ABN; VK6FADD; and Nigel VK5NIG.
The following station was worked on 20m SSB:-
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, 2014, ‘Morialta and Black Hill Conservation Parks‘