Cobbobonee National Park, VKFF-728

My second park activation for Saturday 15th November, 2014 was the Cobboboonee National Park, VKFF-728, which is located about 360 km west of Melbourne

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Map courtesy of mapcarta

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Map courtesy of mapcarta

Cobboboonee is abut 18,510 hectares in size (45,700 acres) and was proclaimed as a National Park in November, 2008.  Prior to this the area was formerly the Cobboboonee State Forest.  The park has lowland forests, heathlands and wetlands.  The Lower Glenelg National Park is located just to the west of Cobboboonee.  There are a number of walking tracks in the park, including the spectacular 250 km long Great South West Walk.  There is also the Great Cobboboonee Horse Trail.

The Gunditjmara aboriginal people are the Traditional Owners of this land.  I presume that Cobboboonee is aboriginal for something, but I haven’t been able to find out what?

The forest within the park is home to a variety of plants and animals including towering Blackwoods, tree ferns and many small fungi.  Endangered Powerful Owls, Yellow bellied fliders and Kingfishers can be seen.  The park provided habitat for the endangered Long-nosed Potoroo.

Prior to calling CQ, I tuned around the 40m band and found Andrew VK1NAM on 7.090 who was portable on Blackfellows Hill VK2/ SM-033.  More information on Andrew’s activation can be found on his WordPress site at…..

I then found Johnno VK3FMPB calling CQ on 7.095 from the Grampians National Park.  Johnno was my first KRMNPA contact whilst in Lower Glenelg.

After finishing up with Johnno, I tuned up a little higher to 7.105 and located John VK2AWJ who was portable in the Warby Ovens National Park.

I then decided to prop on 7.110 and call CQ.  It wasn’t long before I had a mini pile up going.  First caller was the ever reliable Larry VK5LY from The Riverland, with a booming 5/9 plus signal.  This was followed by Tom VK5FTRG in Mount Gambier, Rod VK5VRB at Meadows, and then Mike VK3XL who was operating portable in the Churchill National Park, VKFF-621.  Mike had a very strong 5/9 signal.  A few contacts later, I was called by Terry VK3UP who was portable in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

About half a dozen contacts down the track, and Phil VK3BHR called in, on the top of Mount Alexander, VK3/ VN-016 (5/9 both ways).

It was starting to get very dark and I could hear the sound of thunder in the background.  Greg VK5ZGY then called in.  He was mobile at Penola in the South East, not all that far away, and advised that there was lightning at Penola.  No doubt that was what I could hear, heading my way.  But fortunately, there was no rain at Cobboboonee for the time being.

A few QSOs later, Ron VK3AFW called in, whilst portable on Arthurs Seat, VK3/ VC-031.  Apparently Ron had bumped in to Nick VK3ANL a little earlier, who had been on the same summit.

And speak of the devil, just 4 QSOs down the log, Nick VK3ANL called in, whilst portable in the Mornington Peninsula National Park, VKFF-333.

I then had a lengthy char with Rob VK2QR who was portable on Mount Lock, VK3/ VE-005, in the Alpine National Park.  Rob was very interested in the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, which I explained to him.

I remained on 7.110 for another 25 minutes, before QSYing and having a tune around the 40m band.  I found Amanda VK3FQSO calling CQ from SOTA summit, West of England Fire Tower, VK3/ VW-016 in the Kara Kara National Park.

I then spoke with Bernard VK2IB who was portable on Mumbulla Mountain VK2/ SC-025.  Bernard’s signal was very weak and he was being clobbered by the static crashes from the thunder storm.  But we managed to make it (3/1 sent and 5/1 received)

I then found Peter VK3PF calling CQ from Mount Ellery VK3/ VG-153, which is located in the Errinundra National Park.  This was one of the last three Victorian National Parks I required to qualify for the Worked all 45 Victorian National Parks certificate for the KRMNPA.  So it was with a fair degree of excitement, when Peter came back to my call.  Some details on Peter’s activation can be found at his WordPress site at…..

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I then went to 7.100 and started calling CQ and was called by Bernard VK3AV at King Lake.  Bernard is a keen SOTA & Parks chaser/hunter.  John VK2AWJ/3 then called in, portable in the Warby Ovens National Park, and this was followed by Hiro VK3EHG who was portable in the Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-556, and then Tony VK3CAT who was portable on Mount Vinegar VK3/ VC-005.

I went on to work a few more stations, but the rain starting coming down quite heavy and it was time to head back to the warmth of the car.

I had a total of 53 contacts in the log.  I was very pleased, as the meant I had again qualified the park for the local and global World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) programs.

The following stations were worked:-

  1. Andrew VK1NAM/2
  2. Johnno VK3FMPB/p
  3. John VK2AWJ/3
  4. Larry VK5LY
  5. Tom VK5FTRG
  6. Rod VK5VRB
  7. Mike VK3XL/p
  8. Tom VK5EE
  9. John VK5BJE
  10. Mick VK3FAFK
  11. Jenny VK3WQ
  12. Terry VK3UP/p
  13. Frank VK2HFS
  14. Roy VK5NRG
  15. Gerhardt VK3HQ
  16. Andrew VK2UH
  17. Ivan VK5HS
  18. Phil VK3BHR/p
  19. Hans VK5YX
  20. Ron VK3JP
  21. Greg VK5ZGY/m
  22. Matt VK1MA
  23. Daniel VK5DF
  24. Brian VK5FMID
  25. Derek VK3XY
  26. Ron VK3AFW/p
  27.  Lesley VK5LOL
  28. John VK3FAVI/m
  29. Ian VK3FD
  30. Nick VK3ANL/p
  31. Rob VK2QR/p
  32. Ian VK3VIN
  33. Peter VK3CFA
  34. Ray VK3NBL
  35. Steve VK7PSJ/m
  36. Charles VK5FBAC
  37. Tim VK5AV
  38. John VK3PXJ/m
  39. Amanda VK3FQSO/p
  40. Bernard VK2IB/p
  41. Peter Vk3PF/p
  42. Bernard VK3AV
  43. John VK2AWJ/3
  44. Hiro VK3EHG/p
  45. Peter VK3TKK
  46. Terry VK3UP/p
  47. VK3CAT/p
  48. Nev VK5WG
  49. VK3FCAT
  50. Barry VK5BW
  51. VK3OB
  52. Winston VK7WH
  53. Owen VK5HOS

After getting back to the car, I worked Terry VK3UP who was portable in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Below is a video of the activation at Cobboboonee National Park…..



Parks Victoria, June 2014, ‘Cobbboboone National Park Visitor Guide’.

Wikipedia, 2014, <;, viewed 29th November 2014

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