2nd year anniversary VK5 Parks Award

The weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015, was the special activation weekend for the 2nd anniversary of the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

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Marija and I headed out to the Yorke Peninsula, west of Adelaide.  We stayed 3 nights (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in the old Post office at Inneston in the Innes National Park, right down the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula.  We highly recommend this accommodation, which is run by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

Screenshot 2015-04-06 22.15.47 Above: – Location of Innes NP.  Image courtesy of mapcarta.com

Inneston is an old gypsum mining town and is now a ‘ghost town’.  However DEWNR have renovated a number of the old buildings, including the post office which is where we stayed.  Inneston is a very interesting place, and I will put up a separate blog all about Inneston.

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I activated the following parks…..

Friday 27th

  • Innes National Park – 69 contacts

Saturday 28th

  • Carribie Conservation Park – 54 contacts
  • Innes National Park – 72 contacts

Sunday 29th

  • Leven Beach Conservation Park – 49 contacts
  • Warrenben Conservation Park – 29 contacts
  • Point Davenport Conservation Park – 38 contacts
  • Innes National Park – 15 contacts

Monday 30th

  • Minlacowie Conservation Park – 20 contacts

I am still awaiting some more facts and figures from some activators, but at this stage here are some preliminary stats for the weekend:

  • total of 41 activators ventured out
  • total of 111 parks activated
  • 81 unique parks (in other words different parks)
  • over 3,000 QSOs.

This exceeds the 98 park activations from last year’s, 1st anniversary weekend.

I would like to personally thank all of the activators, and especially to Tony VK3VTH and Tim VK3MTB who crossed the border into South Australia and conducted multiple activations here in VK5.

And also thank you to all the park hunters.