Monarto Conservation Park

On Tuesday night (2nd December 2014) I arrived home from work to find no internet coverage from my ISP and then no power.  So I packed up the radio gear and headed for the Monarto Conservation Park, which is about 65 km east of Adelaide.

Screenshot 2014-12-04 22.23.54

Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

I have activated the Monarto Conservation Park previously (on 2 occasions).  Please have a look at my previous posts for more information on those activations, and also for information on the park itself.

https://vk5pas.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/monarto-conservation-park/

https://vk5pas.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/monarto-conservation-park-2/

I set up in the same spot as the last 2 occasions, which was the carpark on the eastern side of the park.  There is plenty of room here to string out a dipole, and stay out of the bush and of course all of the associated nasties that like living in the bush and come out on hot evenings (which this was).  I set up my fold up table and deck chair, and the Yaesu FT450, 40 watts and the 40m/20m linked dipole.

Screenshot 2014-12-04 22.23.34

Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

It was a warm evening, but there were showers coming in from the west and there was lots of storm activity.  So the static crashes on 40m were S9 plus at times.  I placed a CQ call on 7.095 and was immediately greeted by Andrew VK2UH who had a great 5/9 signal coming in from New South Wales.  Andrew was defeating the static crashes without any problems.  After a bit of a chinwag with Andrew I was called by regular park hunter, Tom VK5EE in Mount Gambier, and then Damien VK5FDEC running 10 watts from his new Yaesu FT857.  My fourth contact was Rob VK4FFAB.  It was a struggle to get Rob’s call but we got there in the end.  Rob was a 3/4, simply because of the static crashes.  If they were not there, I would have received Rob perfectly, as there was certainly no man made noise in the park.  Thanks for your perseverance Rob.

I had a steady flow of callers during the 90 minutes that I was set up in the park.  The band was in very good condition and it was a real shame about the static crashes.  I had callers from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, and VK7.  Almost all of the States and Territories were represented.

And here is where all the noise was coming from…..

Screenshot 2014-12-02 23.07.26

Image courtesy of http://www.weatherzone.com.au

Screenshot 2014-12-02 23.08.47

Image courtesy of http://www.weatherzone.com.au

Fortunately the rain stayed away.  I had a few light sprinkles, but it remained a very warm evening.  By the time I packed up at about 8.15 p.m. the sun was setting and I was rewarded with a spectacular sunset.  And I was still in a t-shirt.

The signals coming in from VK5 during this activation were outstanding.  Peter VK5NAQ, Charlie VK5KDK, Hans VK5YX, Nev VK5WG, John VK5FMJC, Ian VK5IS, Arno VK5ZAR, and Roger VK5NWE were all 20/9 to 30/9 in signal strength.

A few QRP callers gave me a shout.  They were Kevin VK7HKN running 5 watts from his Yaesu FT-817, and Eric VK3FMSC also running 5 watts.  And Ken VK3TKQ who was mobile at Mount Evelyn, had a beautiful 5/9 signal into Monarto.

But the strongest signal of the activation was reserved for Roger VK4YB near Caboolture in Queensland.  Roger was 40/9 to me, and his 2 element beam was working an absolute treat. What a signal!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

This was a very enjoyable activation despite the QRN.  It is very evident from this activation and other evening activations that I have done, that the 40m band opens up beautifully to all parts of Australia at this time.  So why not try an evening park activation and work all of Australia.

I had a total of 28 contacts during this activation.

The following stations were worked:-

  1. Andrew VK2UH
  2. Tom VK5EE
  3. Damien VK5FDEC
  4. Rob VK4FFAB
  5. Ken VK3TKQ/m
  6. Peter VK5NAQ
  7. Lee VK2LEE
  8. Kevin VK7HKN
  9. Charlie VK5KDK
  10. Greg VK7FGGT
  11. Hans VK5YX
  12. Ian VK3AXF
  13. Nick VK2DX
  14. Nev VK5WG
  15. Andrew VK1NAM
  16. Mark VK7MK
  17. Ian VK3FIAN
  18. John VK5FMJC
  19. Ian VK5IS
  20. Roger VK4YB
  21. Col VK5FCDL
  22. Arno VK5ZAR
  23. Phil VK3BHR
  24. Ian VK5CZ
  25. Eric VK3FMSC
  26. Jess VK6JES
  27. Roger VK5NWE
  28. Nick VK3FCCK

3 thoughts on “Monarto Conservation Park

    • Hi Rob,

      It was certainly hard going with the very loud static crashes. Normally I would have been able to hear you very well. At least we were able to make it, and I appreciate your persistance as well.

      Best 73,

      Paul,
      VK5PAS

  1. Pingback: VK5WOW at Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828 | vk5pas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s