Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park, VKFF-781

On Sunday 4th April 2015, I headed out to the Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park, which is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges ‘Adelaide Hills’, east of Adelaide.  Kenneth Stirling CP is one of the newly added parks to the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program– VKFF-781.  Although I have activated this park many times previously for the VK5 Parks award, this was the first time I would activate the park for the WWFF program.

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Above: Map showing the location of the Kenneth Stirling CP.  Map courtesy of

This is a very interesting park. Not only because it consists of four completely autonomous sections, but also due to its history.

The park consists of four separate sections:-

  1. Wotton Scrub
  2. Filsell Hill
  3. White Scrub
  4. Burdett Scrub

I have spoken with Bill Filsell from Filsell’s Apples, which has been a family business operated since 1903. The Filsell Hill section is named after the Filsell family.

However, the park in its entirety was named in honour of Kenneth George Stirling.


image courtesy of Graham Churchett

So who was Kenneth ‘Ken’ George Stirling? Well I have been fortunate enough to get in contact with a gentleman called Graham Churchett, who knew Ken, and this is what Graham had to say…..

The Environment Committee was a sub committee of the Town and Country Planning Association composed of the following:

Ron Caldicot, Dr John Coulter, David Strahle, Alwin Clements, Ray Holliday, Miss Erdley, Dr Peter Guldhurst, Ken Stirling, Ralph Middenway, Elise and Gordon Gardner and myself.

This committee was active across a broad spectrum of planning and environmental issues but it was not until money was given anonymously to the committee, and we employed Ron Caldicot as a Project Director, that some monumental changes occurred.

At the time the State Planning Authority was headed by Stewart Heart and sitting on the authority were developers and others who naturally pushed through every approval to further line their pockets at the expense of the environment and common good. The committee pressured the government and Ron was appointed to the Authority and in a short time the rules were changed to exclude those with vested interests. 

With the help of the Natural History Society we brought about the protection of the wedge tail eagle, and Improved planning laws.

In May 1980 tragedy occurred. David Strahle, a gentle, dedicated man and one who worked for a better world suddenly died due to a massive heart attack. We were all stunned, he was only in his 45th year.

In 1973 we were again shocked when Ken Stirling died from a heart attack when jogging by the uni bridge.  He was only 38.

Ken, and all of us for that matter, were appalled at the scarring taking place in the north Flinders by EX Oil and Ken knew more of what was going on as he was employed by two of Australia’s largest mining companies before joining Poseidon’s associate, Samin Ltd, in 1969.

 It was when Poseidon shares  went through the roof that Ken became a millionaire  and  in 1972 Ken resigned from the mining industry and sought a position in the Public Service with the Department for the Environment. A series of applications were rebuffed and some were not even answered and he was bitter at this.

While waiting for something to turn up he gave unpaid service to the Birdwood Mill Museum.

 His benefactions were not known to the Public service and his intense interest in conservation not realised.

 Those who examined his application may have noted with disapproval his association with the mining industry. The irony of it is that but for the mining boom, the entire conservation cause in South Australia would not have prospered without Ken’s personal service and financial help.

It was only after his death we found out that Ken had given money to a variety of organisations and in particular, for Ron’s full time employment as a director, $100.000 was given to set up Radio 5UV University radio employing Keith Conlon. $50,000 was given to State Archives, $200,000 to the Australian Conservation Foundation for the acquisition and establishment of a national park. This park is now rightly known as the Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park.

 Through Ron we achieved so much and it was then that I came to the earnest belief that if the conservation movement was to make any meaningful headway in this cockeyed world, we had to employ key people full time.

I was privileged to have known Ron, David and Ken as friends, all be it that our time together with regard to David and Ken was short. I was saddened to hear the other day that Ron, a man I knew with a mind as sharp as a tack and a gentle manner but one who would stand his ground with great conviction, was now in a home suffering severe dementure.

What can I say other than they are fondly remembered.

Below is part of what the Advertiser columnist, Stewart Cockburn said of Ken Stirling upon his death…..

Ken Stirling was the son of a railway man. He wanted to be a boundary rider on an outback station and, for a while, he became a multimillionaire. He made his money in the mining boom, and gave most of it away. Only since he died, have the benefactions of this humble, intensely private man become known outside his family and a small circle of friends and associates.

I set up in the Wotton Scrub section of the park and ran my Yaesu FT857d and the 40m/20m linked dipole, supported by my 7 metre telescopic squid pole.

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Above: The Wotton Scrub Section.  Image courtesy of

This was one of the best activations I had experience for a while when it came to working DX.  I started off on 40m first and worked a total of 21 stations in VK3 and VK5.  My first contact was with Nick VK3ANL who was activating the Terrick Terrick National Park, VKFF-630.  Next up I spoke with Hans VK5YX who was portable at Wombaroo in the Murray Mallee.  I then propped on 7.144 and called CQ where my first taker was Nev VK5WG, followed by Richard VK5ZRY, and then Ben VK5BB.

When things slowed down on 40m I headed off to 20m.  Unfortunately I could not get on to 14.244 as there were some European stations working close by.  So I started calling CQ on 14.241 and this was answered by Gerard VK2IO.  What followed was a huge pile up from Europe, the UK & North Ameerica.  The first European caller was Danny ON4VT, followed by Luk ON4BB, Max IK1GPG and then Luciano I5FLN.  The secret to my success was that they spotted me on the DX cluster.

I went on to work a total of 135 stations on 20m in Belgium, Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Netherlands, Ukraine, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Romania, Poland, USA, England, Croatia, Latvia, Canary Islands, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belarus, Austria, Denmark, Alaska, and Finland.  Thankyou to everyone who spotted me on the DX Cluster.

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My last contact on 20m SSB was with Bob VK3SX.  I then headed off to 40m where I called CQ on 7.144 and worked a further 14 stations in VK2, VK3, VK4 VK5 and VK6.  Thanks to Paul VK2HV for getting the ball rolling and spotting me on the DX Cluster.  And also to Rob VK4FFAB.

One of my contacts was with Adam VK2YK who informed me that V6Z in Micronesia was up the band a little and had a great signal.  So I was pretty eager to love off and try my luck.  But Iwas still taking calls from other VK’s so I patiently waited until things slowed down and then tuned up to 7.152 and heard V6Z coming in very well, working split.  But unfortunately by this time he had a large pile up from Japan, the USA, VK & ZL.  I just couldn’t break through.

So I had a tune around the band and found the 7.1653 group and Jim WB2REM.  I called in and worked Jim and five other USA stations.  My signal report ranged from 44 to 57.  Not bad considering I was running 40 watts and a tiny dipole.

I thought I would try my luck one last time with V6Z and this time my persistence paid off.  After about 3 minutes of calling I got through.  I was very happy as this was a new DXCC entity for me on 40m whilst operating portable.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3ANL/p (Terrick Terrick NP)
  2. VK5YX/p
  3. VK5WG
  4. VK5ZRY
  5. VK5BB
  6. VK3FDAP
  7. VK5KLV
  8. VK5FANA
  9. VK3JP
  10. VK5ALX
  11. VK3AX
  12. VK3PF/m
  13. VK3DAC
  14. VK3TKK
  15. VK5ZAR
  16. VK3VT
  17. VK3FSPG
  18. VK5LOL/p
  19. VK5AV
  20. VK3VIN
  21. VK3AV
  22. VK2HV
  23. VK2FDJO
  24. VK3PMG
  25. VK5FLEX
  26. VK3ETC/5
  27. VK3NRG
  28. VK2YK
  29. VK3GFS
  30. VK5KFB
  31. VK4FFAB
  32. VK5AAH
  33. VK6HRC/P
  34. VK4FAAS
  35. VK3HRA
  36. WB2REM
  37. AH6GE
  38. W1RQ
  39. N7MIT
  40. W6PXE
  41. N7SEP
  42. V6Z

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO
  2. ON4VT
  3. ON4BB
  4. IK1GPG
  5. I5FLN
  6. VK2YK
  7. DK4RM
  8. IK0OPS
  9. DK8FS
  10. RA3PCI
  11. IK5ORP
  12. DK0EE
  13. F1BLL
  14. DL5EBG
  15. OP7M
  16. ON5JE
  17. PB5X
  18. IK8FIQ
  19. DJ8QP
  20. IK0BGA
  21. UT4EX
  22. EA3MP
  23. DL1EBR
  24. PA3GRM
  25. UW5ZM
  26. HA6NF
  27. EA4DTV
  28. IZ8DFO
  29. S52KM
  30. PA3WB
  31. DL2ND
  32. ON7YZ
  33. OM7OM
  34. F2YT
  35. UR7ET
  36. EA3NW
  37. RX9WN
  38. YO3JW
  39. EA1DR
  40. F5TA
  41. SP6KEP
  42. ON6UQ
  43. HA6OB
  44. UX2KA
  45. KK4TXZ
  46. ON5SWA
  47. IZ2EWR
  48. DL4PT
  49. EA7AK
  50. F5IDJ
  51. IZ5UGP
  52. G0RBD
  53. I3KAN
  54. DL7HU
  55. UA3NM
  56. M1CMR
  57. IZ3QHB
  58. IK8BPY
  59. IZ1GRH
  60. OK1APV
  61. S58AL
  62. 9A2HQ
  63. OM1AX
  64. RC5F
  65. DK8PJ
  66. M6GHM
  67. SP2MPO
  68. EA2KV
  69. UA6NT
  70. IZ5CML
  71. IK3WDI
  72. YL2TQ
  73. I1POR
  74. DL5XU
  75. EA8JK
  76. G3MWV
  77. EA4FZC
  78. HB9TSI
  79. F6BWA
  80. DL6ATM
  81. IZ2IHO
  82. SP8GEY
  83. IZ0PED
  84. IZ1PLH
  85. S58N
  86. CT1AGS
  87. DK2BS
  88. W4REX
  89. IZ1NBX
  90. VK3PF/p (VKFF-758)
  91. VK7NWT
  92. DF8NY
  93. HB9RDE
  94. M0HDX
  95. UA1AKJ
  96. RN3B
  97. UK2PKT
  98. IZ5IOS
  99. OK2BPU
  100. IT9ZVL
  101. S57S
  102. EA3HND
  103. PD1RK
  104. DL4EBC
  105. DG8DBW
  106. IZ1JMN
  107. IZ5YHD
  108. IW2NXI
  109. PD2AD
  110. SP2GWH
  111. IZ8EFD
  112. LX90IARU
  113. IZ8GCE
  114. F4GWG
  115. F6KOP
  116. EU2MM
  117. UR8EW
  118. US2WU
  119. M0WYZ
  120. 9A3KS
  121. OH6RP
  122. IW2ETR
  123. CT1DQV
  124. DL1ASF
  125. F8PRD
  126. SP2ORL
  127. DJ1SD
  128. ON7LX
  129. EA3HSO
  130. EOE1DPS
  131. EA8OT
  132. OZ1W
  133. LX1IQ
  134. G1HPD
  135. DF1YQ
  136. VK2MCB
  137. KL2PM
  138. 2I0FLO
  139. M5AEC
  140. G0WKH
  141. VK3SX

Minlacowie Conservation Park

As we were heading home on Monday 30th March 2015, I managed to talk Marija into us detouring a little bit to activate the Minlacowie Conservation Park, which is located west of Stansbury, to the south east of Minlawton, and about 210 km by road from Adelaide.

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Above: The location of Minlacowie CP.  Map courtesy of

To get to the park we travelled down Rogers Road which runs off the Minlaton-Yorketown Road.  You will know that you are in the correct spot, because the old Minlacowie school is located at this intersection.  It is well worth stopping to have a look.


We set up just off Savage Hut Road.  There are not many options at this park.  There are no carparks and the scrub is extremely thick.  So your only option is operating along the fenceline either off Savage Hut Road or Rogers Road.

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Minlacowie Conservation Park (28.5 hectares; proclaimed in 2008) is located about 13 kilometres west of Stansbury. The park comprises a small patch of remnant mallee/broombush vegetation in very good condition, and conserves a number of significant plant species including the nationally and state vulnerable Winter Spider-orchid (Caladenia brumalis).

This was just a quick activation, whilst we had a late lunch.  My first taker on 7.095 after calling CQ was the ever reliable park hunter, Brian VK5FMID, followed by Wolf VK5WF, Geoff VK5HEL, and then Peter VK2DG.  I went on to work a further 16 stations in VK2, VK3, & VK5.

This included Hauke VK5HW who was mobile in the Barossa Valley, Steve VK3SRB/2 mobile between Albury and Gundagai in New South Wales, and Bob VK5AK who was mobile on Gorge Road at Cudlee Creek.

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After 25 minutes in the park I had a total of 20 contacts in the log.  It was time to hit the road and continue our journey back home to Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.

The following stations were worked:-

  1. VK5FMID
  2. VK5WF
  3. VK5HEL
  4. VK2DG
  5. VK5WG
  6. VK5HCF
  7. VK5HW/m
  8. VK3VEF
  9. VK3SRB/2
  10. VK3FORD
  11. VK5GJ
  12. VK5ZRY
  13. VK5NQP
  14. VK5KLV
  15. VK5AK/m
  16. VK5EE
  17. VK3AS
  18. VK5FANA
  19. VK5LO
  20. VK3OF



Department for Environment and Heritage, Management Plan Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula 2009

Innes National Park VKFF-243, Sunday night

After getting back from our activation at the Point Davenport Conservation Park on Sunday 29th March 2015, I set up directly outside the old Post Office at Inneston in the Innes National Park.  This was just a quick activation before dinner.

Unfortunately it was very noisy due to the ETSA power lines passing through the park to provide power for the acommodation.  But I boxed on and did make a total of 15 contacts including some very memorable QRP contacts.  They included Brian VK7ABY, Adrian VK5FANA, and Tom VK5FTRG.  But the most amazing contact was with Peter VK3YE who was true blue QRP at just 100 milliwatts.  Peter was an amazing 5/7 signal with this 100mw and his home brew transceiver.

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I packed up just as it was getting dark and headed inside for a beautiful meal cooked up by Marija and a nice bottle of red wine from the Clare Valley.


The following stations were worked:-

  1. VK3FDI
  2. VK4FFAB
  3. VK7ABY
  4. VK7VKT
  5. VK2ALH
  6. VK4FLAA
  7. VK3MMX/p
  8. VK3YE (qrp 100mw)
  9. VK5FO/m
  10. VK3FSPG
  11. VK2SOL
  12. VK2FMIA
  13. VK2LKW/m
  14. VK5FANA (qrp)
  15. VK5FTRG (qrp)

Point Davenport Conservation Park

My third activation for Sunday 29th March 2015 was the Point Davenport Conservation Park, which is located south of Port Moorowie on the Yorke Peninsula, and about 250 km by road from Adelaide.

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Above: Location of the Point Davenport Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of

This is not an easy park to access.  Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, it can be extremely frustrating as Marija and I experienced on Saturday.  But with the assistance of Richard VK5ZRY it was a piece of cake.  Fortunately we had permission to access the park via private property, which shortens the trip to the park dramatically.  Otherwise you will need to walk about 3 km along the beach following Sturt Bay.  Even if you do get permission to access the private property, do not even think about trying this in a 2WD.  You will not make it.  You will definitely get bogged, as this is a 4WD track only.

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After entering through the farmers gate we followed a sandy and bumpy track down to a second gate and the start of the park.  We set up just over the fenceline and not far from the ocean (about 500 metres away).  For this activation we used my Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and the 40m/20m linked dipole supported on the 7m squid pole.

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Above: Map showing our operating spot.  Map courtesy of

Point Davenport Conservation Park is 242 hectares in size and was gazetted in 1987.  It is located on a promontory that separates Foul Bay from Sturt Bay, mid-way along the southern coastline of Yorke Peninsula.  It is an area of high biodiversity with a range of habitats including beaches and foredunes, and an estuary that is listed as a nationally important wetland.  The park borders a swamp fringed by Paperbark Tea-trees.

Prior to calling CQ, Richard and I had a tune around the band.  I found Lesley VK5LOL on 7.095 activating the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.  But boy, what a pile up.  Trying to break through was very difficult.  But finally we did it, and had our first contact in the log, a park to park.

I then headed down to 7.090 and started calling CQ and this was answered by a multitude of callers.  So we asked for ‘park to park’ callers first and this resulted in me getting a park to park contact with Col VK5HCF and Tom VK5EE in the Glen Roy Conservation Park in the South East, followed by a park to park with Greg VK5GJ in the Stiptipurus Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Richard and I handed back the mic to each other, each time a park to park caller gave us a shout.

I then asked for QRP stations and this resulted in some great QRP contacts including Tom VK5FTRG on 5 watts from Millicent, Adrian VK5FANA on 2 watts, and Amanda VK3FQSO on 100 milliwatts.

I always try to call for park to park contacts first, followed by QRP, other mobiles and portables, before I work the hoards of callers.  I know from experience that it can be quite a challenge breaking through the pileups when you are mobile or portable.

I then worked a few more park to park contacts.  This time with Keith VK5OQ in the Sandy Creek Conservation Park, followed by Matt VK5MLB activating the Montacute Conservation Park.

After working a total of 21 stations, Richard and I swapped over, and Richard jumped into the ‘driver’s seat’ and made multiple contacts.

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While Richard was operating, we continued to swap the mic over, each time a park to park opportunity presented itself.  This resulted in me working a further 6 park activators.  The first was with Arno VK5ZAR activating the unique Fort Glanville Conservation Park, followed by Steve VK5SFA on the Woodforde Track in the Morialta Conservation Park.  Working Steve was a pleasant surprise, and he was not one of the activators on the activation spreadsheet.  I then spoke with Tony VK5ZAI in Jip Jip Rocks Conservation Park, then Andrew VK5MR in the Hopkins Creek Conservation Park running his little X1M QRP transceiver, and then Greg VK5ZGY in the Furner Conservation Park in the South East.

Richard then took a break and I worked a further 7 stations on 40m, including another park to park contact with Andrew VK5MR who had moved to the Red Banks Conservation Park.

Richard and I then decided we would have a crack at 20m hoping to get some of the VK6 fellas in the log.  My first contact there was with Con VK2KON, and then much to our surprise, I was called by DK4RM in Germany (5/9 sent and 5/7 received).  Next taker was Mike VK6MB, followed by Wil DL8MX and finally Adam VK2YK.

But time was marching on, and we decided to pack up and go for a walk down to the beach and view the Gulf St Vincent and the beautiful coastline of the lower Yorke Peninsula.  I had a total of 38 contacts in the log.

Many thanks to Richard for getting us in to Point Davenport.  It was great to meet Richard in person and do a couple of activations together including the rare Point Davenport CP.  This is only the second time this park has been activated.  It is difficult to find if you don’t know what to look for, and of course you need permission first to cross the farmer’s property.

After leaving Point Davenport, Marija I drove back to Inneston via the South Coast Road, stopping off a number of times to enjoy the spectacular views.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5LOL/p (Hallett Cove Conservation Park)
  2. VK5HCF/p (Glen Roy Conservation Park)
  3. VK5EE/p (Glen Roy Conservation Park)
  4. VK3OF
  5. VK5GJ/p (Stiptipurus Conservation Park)
  6. VK5FTRG
  7. VK5FANA
  8. VK3FQSO
  9. VK5OQ/p (Sandy Creek Conservation Park)
  10. VK5MLB/p (Montacute Conservation Park)
  11. VK3ARR
  12. VK5JK
  13. VK5LSB
  14. VK3PF
  15. VK3PMG
  16. VK2YK
  17. VK5FMID
  18. VK5BJE
  19. VK3DAC
  20. VK5NIG
  21. VK3JP
  22. VK5ZAR/p (Fort Glanville Conservation Park)
  23. VK5SFA/p (Morialta Conservation Park)
  24. VK5ZAI/p (Jip Jip Rocks Conservation Park)
  25. VK5MR/p (Hopkins Creek Conservation Park)
  26. VK5ZGY/p (Furner Conservation Park)
  27. VK5KLV
  28. VK5NQP
  29. VK5FCHM
  30. VK5MR/p (Red Banks Conservation Park)
  31. VK5FGAZ
  32. VK5FO/m
  33. VK4SD/2

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2KON
  2. DK4RM
  3. VK6MB
  4. DL8MX
  5. VK2YK



Department for Environment and Heritage, Management Plan Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula 2009

Warrenben Conservation Park, VKFF-818

Our second activation for Sunday (29th March 2015) was the Warrenben Conservation Park, which is located about 260 km by road from Adelaide.

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Above: Location of Warrenben CP.  Map courtesy of

This was another park that Marija and I had visited and activated during the 6 month anniversary of the VK5 Parks Award.  For information on the park and details of that activation, including a video, please have a look at…..

After leaving Leven Beach we headed south along the Hundred Line Road, and then turned right onto Ilfracombe Road.  We set up in the scrub off Ilfracombe Road.  This is a very different park to Leven Beach.  Warrenben is very dry, rocky and typical mallee scrub.  Certainly not as picturesque as the beach setting at Leven Beach.

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Above: My operating spot.  Map courtesy of

Warrenben Conservation Park is a large reserve comprising 4,065 hectares, which was gazetted in 1972.  Together with nearby Innes National Park, it conserves a substantial proportion of the natural habitat remaining on southern Yorke Peninsula.  The park comprises an area of undulating limestone plains and low, stabilised dunes that remain well vegetated with mallee and tea-tree scrub and some sheoak woodlands.  It provides habitat for a number of threatened species including the nationally and state vulnerable Annual Candles, state rare Goldsack’s Leek-orchid , and the nationally and state vulnerable Malleefowl and Western Whipbird.

Prior to calling CQ I had a look around the band and found Tony VK3VTH/5 calling CQ on 7.105 from the Flinders Ranges National Park in the Far North of South Australia.  Tony had a beautiful 5/9 and was my first contact from Warrenben.  I then found the dyamic duo from the South East, Tom VK5EE and Col VK5HCF on 7.100 in the Mary Seymour Conservation Park in the SOuth East.  Again, beautiful 5/9 signals all the way to the Yorke Peninsula.

I then headed off to 7.095 and started calling CQ and this was immediately answered by Arno VK5ZAR, followed by Adrian VK5FANA, and then Tony VK5ZAI who was portable in Jip Jip Rocks Conservation Park in the South East.  Following my contact with Tony I had another park to park contact, this time with Tom VK5FTRG who was activating the Gower Conservation Park.  And then a few contacts later I was called by Andrew VK5KET who was portable in the Calectasia Conservation Park.

I worked a further Richard arrived at the park.  Richard had taken a punt that we would set up, on Ilfracombe Road and he was right.  After our introductions and a chat, and a look at my portable set up, it was time for Richard to jump into the operating chair and make some contacts.  But not before Richard offered to take us to the Point Davenport Conservation Park after our activation here at Warrenben.  I jumped at this opportunity after our failed attempt of yesterday.

Whilst Richard was operating he was called by Peter VK5FLEX who at first was a little cryptic, but we eventually got it out of Peter that he was bogged in the Peebinga Conservation Park in the Mallee near the South Australian/Victorian border.  This is quite a remote location and Peter had no mobile phone coverage.  So for the next 90 minutes I made a number of phone calls on Peter’s behalf, with Richard relaying information back to Peter via the radio.  Finally, we secured the assistance of a mate of Peter, to head out to Peebinga and pull Peter out.  I am pleased to report that Peter was pulled out of his bog and made it home safely that night.  It proved the power of amateur radio when other forms of communication fail.

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After we had helped out Peter, Richard continued on working some more stations, and then it was my time to hop back into the operating chair again.  I was hoping to get my 44 contacts for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, but the day was now getting on.  I worked a further 15 stations, including 1 SOTA activator, and four VK5 park to park contacts.

My first contact after jumping back on the mic was with Tony VK3CAT who was on SOTA peak, The Knobs, VK3/  VE-040.  My park to park contacts were with David VK5NQP portable in the Brookfield Conservation Park, Gordon VK5GY portable in the Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park, Tim VK3MTB portable in the Little Dip Conservation Park, and Peter VK5FLEX portable in the Peebinga Conservation Park.  Peter decided, ‘well why not get a park to park while I’m waiting to get pulled out’.

Unfortunately I did not reach the 44 contacts.  But I did get a total of 29 contacts in the log.  I will be revisiting Warrenben another day for the remaining 15 contacts to reach the 44.

Off to Point Davenport Conservation Park.  I was excited.

The following stations were worked:-

  1. VK3VTH/5 (Flinders Ranges National Park)
  2. VK5EE/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park)
  3. VK5HCF/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park)
  4. VK5ZAR
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK5ZAI/p (Jip Jip Rocks Conservation Park)
  7. VK5FTRG/p (Gower Conservation Park)
  8. VK5TD
  9. VK5KET/p (Calectasia Conservation Park)
  10. VK3OF
  11. VK3DAC
  12. VK5BGN
  13. VK5SFA
  14. VK3PMG
  15. VK3CAT/p (SOTA The Knob)
  16. VK3PF
  17. VK5NQP/p (Brookfield Conservation Park)
  18. VK5NIG
  19. VK5KC
  20. VK5JK
  21. VK5LSB
  22. VK5GY/p (Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park)
  23. VK3AVm
  24. VK3MTB/5 (Little DIp Conservation Park)
  25. VK3TKK
  26. VK5FLEX/p (Peebinga Conservation Park)
  27. VK3HRA
  28. VK5BB/p

The following station was worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK6MB


Department for Environment and Heritage, Management Plan Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula 2009