Last night (Tuesday 28th April 2015) after work I headed over to the Morialta Conservation Park which is situated about 10 km east of Adelaide. I had been kindly asked by Bob VK5FO on behalf of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group to participate in operating from the park with the special call of VI5ANZAC.
Above:- Map showing the location of Morialta CP. Map courtesy of mapcarta.com
Morialta Conservation Park is 533 hectares in size and contains three seasonal waterfalls along Fourth Creek. The first two falls are the grandest, each cascading over sheer quartzite cliffs after rain. The park contains a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas and wombats. For more information on the park, please see…..
The park is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. For more information please see…..
I travelled down towards the end of Moores Road and upon arrival I met up with Bob VK5FO and Gary VK5FGRY who were in the final stages of setting up some antennas. We were on air just after 6.00 p.m. local time, and it was just after getting on air, that Andy VK5AKH also arrived. Very soon after, Ray VK5RR also arrived. Later in the evening Grant VK5GR arrived and operated on 2m and 70cm.
Above:- Map showing our operating spot. Map courtesy of mapcarta.com
We operated for just over 3 hours on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 2m & 70 cm and logged 73 contacts. It was quite slow going on all of the bands, but despite this all signals were quite good. Equipment used were two Elecraft KX3 transceivers and a selection of dipole antennas.
The evening’s activation qualified for both the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.
More details can be found on Bob VK5FO’s site at…..
And also at the AREG site at……
Well done to the VI5ANZAC team, I managed to get in the log on 40m, and I wrote in my log ‘Roy’, but that must have been Ray, so now corrected.
I was very pleased to be asked along by Bob and the crew, considering this was an AREG activation.
Bob VK5FO has some more info & photos up on his WordPress site and there should be even more info up on the AREG website soon.
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Hey Paul, was a pleasure to have you as part of this activation – a good evening out for sure.
Thanks for your photos – and I have written up a blog post as well on http://vk5fo.com
Appreciate the invite. It was a good fun night.
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