After packing up at the Horsnell Gully Conservation Park, I headed for the Giles Conservation Park, which was just a short drive away. The park is located about 10 km east of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty Ranges ‘Adelaide Hills’. I had activated this park in August 2013. For information on the park and the previous activation, please have a look at my previous post….
I operated from the same spot as last year, which was off Woods Hill Road. There is a locked gate here, and the commencement of a section of the famous Heysen Trail. There is also a small parking spot just outside the gate, so you do not have to walk far at all. The park is well sign posted, with a ‘Giles Conservation Park’ sign visible from the road. I used the park sign, to secure my squid pole with an octopus strap.
Again, for this activation, I started off on 40m. I tuned to 7.095 and asked if the frequency was in use. I was immediately greeted by Brian VK5FMID in Mount Gambier. Brian is a real stalwart of the VK5 Parks award and as per usual, had a very nice 5/9 signal coming in from the South East. This was followed by Greg VK5GJ, again using his home brew transceiver, running just 5 watts from Meadows in the southern Adelaide Hills. It was a little later in the afternoon now, and the 40m band had started to come to life. Greg’s signal was a good two S points stronger than in the Horsnell Gully Conservation Park.
Conditions on 40m appeared quite good. There were some static crashes making it a little difficult at times with some of the weaker stations. And there was some European DX on the frequency.
Peter VK3YE was out and about again on the beach, pedestrian mobile. Peter was ankle deep in water, operating with his vertical antenna, and had a good 5/6 signal with just 5 watts. Bernard VK3AV called in again, stationary mobile at Port Franklin in Victoria, operating with his IC7000 and Terlin trap whip. Bernard’s signal had also increased since working him from Horsnell Gully.
After working a total of 27 stations on 40m from VK2, VK3, & VK5, I QSYd to 20m to my nominated frequency of 14.310. However, when I arrived there I found that it was unusable, as there was Over the Horizon Radar there. I tuned down the band to 14.263 and put out multiple CQ calls but had no callers. So I tuned around the band, but found it rather empty. Those signals coming in from Europe were quite low. I heard my friend Marnix OP7M, but his signal was just too low for me to work. However, I did manage to work 2 stations from Spain.
After an hour and twenty minutes in the park, I had a total of 29 contacts in the log. The vast majority of those were on 40m SSB, with just 2 contacts (both being DX) on 20m SSB.
The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-
Brtian VK5FMID; Greg VK5GJ; Les VK5KLD; Rob VK5FRGM/3; Nev VK5WG; Adam VK2YK; Tony VK5FTVR; David VK5NQP; Peter VK3YE/p; Shirley VK5YL; Peter Vk5PET; David VK5HYZ; John VK2AWJ; David VK5KC; Tom VK5FTRG; Jim VK5TR; Matt VK5MLB; Ian VK5CZ; Steve VK5ARC/p; Colin VK3ZZS/p; Matt VK5ZX; Bernard VK3AV/m; Ron VK3JP; Peter VK3PF; Tony VK3CAT; Greg VK5LG; and Peter VK3TKK.
The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-
Juan EA5IDG; and Gustavo EB1IRJ