Coorong NP and the John Moyle Field Day 2015

For the 2015 John Moyle Memorial Field Day Contest I headed down to Parnka Point at the Coorong National Park, about 170 km south east of Adelaide.

The Coorong National Park qualifies for the World Wide Flora and Fauna program (it is VKFF-115) and also qualifies for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

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Map courtesy of wikimapia

The park’s name is thought to be a corruption of the local aboriginal word kurangh, meaning ‘long neck’, which is a reference to the shape of the lagoon system.  The name is also thought to be from the Aboriginal word Coorang, “sand dune”, a reference to the sand dunes that can be seen between the park and the Southern Ocean.

More information on the Coorong National Park can be found at…..

Screenshot 2015-03-23 12.16.48  map courtesy of wikimapia

I drove to the end of Parnka Point and set up in a little shelter shed on the western side of the point.  Parnka Point is  the narrowest part of The Coorong as the water is less than 100 metres wide.  Parnka Point is where the northern and southern lagoons of The Coorong meet each other.  The water at this point is often referred to as Hells Gate.

The northern lagoon is partly fed by the waters of the River Murray, and varies in salinity from brackish to hyper saline.  In contrast the southern lagoon is always hyper saline.  While this narrow channel often appears calm, a change in wind direction or water levels can create treacherous currents through this narrow but deep channel.

Parnka Point was a significant meeting site for the five aboriginal tribes that formed the Ngarrindjeri clan.  Parnka is a Ngarrindjeri word meaning ‘sandy beach’.  As you look out across the lagoon, you can see wooden poles in the seater.  These are the remains of a ferry built last century to access the Younghusband Peninsula.

It was a very beautiful outlook, overlooking the lagoons.  The weather was sensational…..28 degrees C.

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map courtesy of

I took part in the 6 hour section and I managed a total of 238 contacts.  Most of those were on 40m SSB (222), but I did squeeze in 26 on 20m SSB.  Most of the contacts on 20m were with other VK’s, but a few Europeans and Japanese gave me a call, and exchanged numbers.  They were obviously aware of the JMMFD.

For the contest I used my Yaesu FT-857d and 40 watts on 40m and 80 watts on 20m.  The antenna was a 40m/20m linked dipole supported by a 7 metre telescopic squid pole (inverted vee).  The radio was powered by a 44 amp hour power pack(2 x 22 amp hour SLAB batteries) which I topped up with the use of some solar panels.

I used my laptop for this activation and Mike’s VK Contest Log.  But the inverter which I had purchased to connect the laptop to via the power pack, threw off S8 noise.  So I had to take some breaks from the radio, to charge the laptop.

I probably ‘gasbagged’ a bit for the first few hours, telling people a bit about my location and what equipment I was using.  This is what I like about the JMMFD.  You can take it easy or take it very seriously.

At tea time, I sat back and enjoyed the magnficent sunset and a glass or 2 of red with my evening meal.  And then back into it until about 9.00 p.m. SA local time when I packed up and headed home.

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7 thoughts on “Coorong NP and the John Moyle Field Day 2015

  1. Hi Paul
    A great effort from the Coorong NP. I am fairly sure I have been to your operating point but I will surely explore more when next I visit.

    John d

  2. Hi John,

    The Coorong is a very pretty spot. The kids and I camped down at Parnka Point regularly many years ago. Hell, its scary where that time has gone. What I did notice immediately is that the water level has dropped dramatically in that area compared to when Marija and I were there last.

    Pretty pleased with the 238, but I think I gasbagged a bit too much at the start and enjoyed the sunset for a little too long. Had a great time though.



  3. Hi Paul,
    Yet another example of what a great blog should look like. The effort you put into things is mind boggling.
    Thanks Paul.
    Col. VK5HCF

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  5. Thanks for the message Col. To be honest I struggle to find enough hours in the day. I cannot wait until I am retired. Although, I don’t want to wish my life away.



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