Our first activation for Sunday morning (29th March 2015) was the Leven Beach Conservation Park (CP), which is located just north of the little town of Corny Point on the Yorke Peninsula, and about 258 km by road from Adelaide.
Above:- The location of Leven Beach CP. Map courtesy of mapcarta.com
We last activated the Leven Beach CP back in 2013 for the 6 month anniversary of the VK5 Parks Award. For full information on the park and details on that activation, please have a look at…..
Marija and I set up in the same spot as the previous activation which was at the end of Roe Road, on the beachfront. Roe Road runs off the Corny Point Road and travels down passed the shacks to the beach. At the end of Roe Road there is a carpark, with plenty of room to park. You will clearly see the park on your right as you travel down Roe Road.
Above:- Map showing my operating spot. Map courtesy of mapcarta.com
The Leven Beach Conservation Park is 502 hectares in size and was proclaimed in 198. It is a coastal reserve located on Hardwicke Bay, part of the northern coastline on the upper ‘foot’ of Yorke Peninsula. It has a six kilometre beach frontage backed by low cliffs and a hinterland of undulating, vegetated dunes. The park conserves sheoak woodland and provides habitat for a nationally endangered species of butterfly, the Yellowish Sedge-skipper Butterfly.
The operating gear for this activation was the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and the 40m/20m linked dipole. We set up the deck chair and the fold up table on the sand just in front of all the coastal vegetation from the park. It was a beautiful morning weather wise. The ocean (Spencer Gulf) was very flat and calm, and I sat back and watched a few fisherman taking their boats out into the water with their tractors, and heading off for a morning of fishing.
The Europeans were absolutely belting in on 40m with the CQ WW DX Contest, so it was quite difficult to find a clear spot on the 40m band. Finally I found 7.092 clear and put out a CQ call and this was answered by Steve VK3NSC, followed by David VK5KC, John VK5BJE, and then Allen VK3HRA.
My first park to park contact was about 4 QSO’s later and it was with Peter VK5KX who was activating the Hogwash Bend Conservation Park in the Riverland (5/9 both ways).
My next contact was with Doug VK2FMIA who was portable in the Horton Falls National Park in New South Wales. Doug had a nice 5/6 signal on the Yorke Peninusla. Doug has an excellent WordPress site, which can be found at…..
It was pleasing to hear a steady flow of callers from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5, and VK6. And a few QRP callers as well including Peter VK3PF, and Peter VK3TKK. I even managed to get Mike VK6MB in the log on 40m with a nice 5/8 signal (5/6 received).
While I was enjoying the sunshine and on air, Marija took a walk along the beach, and through the park, and had a chat with some of the locals. I had one local approach me who was walking her dog on the beach, and was very curious as to what I was doing.
I also received a call from Yorke Peninsula local and regular park hunter, Richard VK5ZRY, and we arranged to meet at my next park, the Warrenben Conservation Park to do a joint activation. I had spoken with Richard a number of times on the radio, but we had never met in person. So I was looking forward to the ‘eyeball’.
My next park to park contact was with David VK5NQP who was portable in the Whites Dam Conservation Park in the Riverland (5/9 both ways), and then 2 QSOs later I also spoke with Chris VK4FR/5 who was portable on Kangaroo Island in the Kelly Hill Conservation Park (5/9 both ways).
I went on to work a total of 36 stations on 7.092 until things started to slow down, so I then had a quick tune around the band and found Andrew VK1NAM on SOTA peak Mount McDonald, VK1/ AC-048.
I then lowered the squid pole and took out the links and re-erected the squid pole and headed for 14.309 and started calling CQ. This was answered by Mike VK6MB (5/8 both ways), followed by Adam VK2YK, and then Daniel VK6LCK. But that was the end of callers, so I headed back to 40m.
My first contact upon returning to 40m was with Andy VK5AKH who was portable in the Coorong National Park on 7.098 (5/9 both ways). I then found Andrew VK5KET on 7.092 calling CQ from the Penola Conservation Park in the South East (5/9 both ways). And the park to park activity kept rolling on. I next spoke with Greg VK5ZGY in the Kungari Conservation Park in the South East (5/9 both ways) on 7.085.
I put out a few CQ calls on 7.080 and was called by Tom VK5FTRG who was portable in the Gower Conservation Park in the South East (5/9 both ways). A few QSOs later I was called by David VK5HDW who was portable in the Beachport Conservation Park in the South East. There were certainly a lot of activators out and about in the South East of South Australia. The SERG boys are certainly great supporters of the VK5 Parks Award.
My last contact from Leven Beach was with Chris VK4FR/5 who had now moved to the Mount Taylor Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island (5/9 both ways).
It was time to pack up and head off to the Warrenben Conservation Park and meet up with Richard VK5ZRY.
I had a total of 49 contacts in the log from Leven Beach Conservation Park.
The following stations were worked:-
- VK5KX/p (Hogwash Bend Conservation Park)
- VK2FMIA/p (Horton Falls National Park)
- VK5NQP/p (Whites Dam Conservation Park)
- VK4FR/5 (Kelly Hill Conservation Park)
- VK1NAM/p (SOTA VK1/ AC-048)
- VK5AKH/p (Coorong National Park)
- VK5KET/p (Penola Conservation Park)
- VK5ZGY/p (Kungari Conservation Park)
- VK5FTRG/p (Gower Conservation Park)
- VK5NQP/p (Whites Dam Conservation Park)
- VK5HDW/p (Beachport Conservation Park)
- VK4FR/5 (Mount Taylor Conservation Park)
The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-
Department for Environment and Heritage, Management Plan Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula 2009