Wills Creek Conservation Park

My last activation for my 4 days away was the Wills Creek Conservation Park, which is located near the little town of Price, about 132 km from Adelaide, on the Yorke Peninsula.

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Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

The Wills Creek Conservation Park was proclaimed in 2006 and is 1,130 hectares in size.  It is situated at Mangrove Point on the north western shores of Gulf St Vincent.  It is a significant coastal wetland and estuary area supporting mangroves and intertidal habitats.  The park extends south from the township of Port Clinton to the town of Price.

The park consists of mangrove and samphire habitats along the coastal fringe.  Wills and Shag Creeks are known fish nursery areas and as an important habitat for sea birds.

I travelled to the end of the Causeway Road, leading out of Price, and set up at the boatramp on Wills Creek.  It was now very hot.  My temperature gauge showed 38 deg C.  So I quickly set up the gear and sought refuge in a little wood and tin shelter in the carpark, near the Creek.

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map courtesy of mapcarta.com

I called CQ on 7.095 and this was answered by Greg VK5GJ at Meadows, running his normal QRP 5 watts.  Greg’s signal was 5/4 but extremely readable due to the very low noise floor in the park.  My second caller was Brian VK5FMID in Mount Gambier, followed by Nev VK5WG at Crystal Brook, and then Mick VK3FAFK in Stawell in western Victoria.  I went on to work a further 16 stations in VK3 and VK5.

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This was a quick 25 minute activation.  I had a total of 20 contacts in the log.

The following stations were worked:-

  1. Greg VK5GJ (qrp)
  2. Brian VK5FMID
  3. Nev VK5WG
  4. Mick VK3FAFK
  5. Adrian VK5FANA (qrp)
  6. John VK5BJE
  7. Tom VK5EE
  8. Amanda VK3FQSO
  9. Jim VK5JW
  10. David VK5NQP
  11. Tony VK3CAT
  12. Richard VK5ZRY
  13. Fred VK3DAC
  14. Jeff VK5JK
  15. Peter VK3TKK
  16. Ian VK5IS
  17. Steve VK3NSC
  18. Rob VK3ECH
  19. Stan VK3BNJ
  20. John VK5FTCT



Department for Environment and Heritage, 2009, ‘Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula’.

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