On Friday afternoon (22nd May 2015) I headed over to the Mylor Conservation Park (CP). I had activated the park twice before, but this would be my first activation under the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program. The Mylor CP was recently added to the WWFF program.
For information on my previous activations, have a look at…..
I set up in my normal spot, just inside the gate off Whitehead Road, which runs off the Strathalbyn Road. The park is very well signposted on the Strathalbyn Road so there are no problems in locating the park.
Above:- My operating spot. Image courtesy of mapcarta.com
I started off on 40m and called CQ on 7.144. It took a few minutes before some of the regulars found me. First up was Mick VK3PMG in western Victoria (5/9 both ways), followed by Paul VK3DBP (5/9 both ways), Peter VK3PF (5/9 both ways), and then Amanda VK3FQSO running just 500 milliwatts (5/8 sent and 5/9 received).
I worked a total of 16 stations on 40m from VK1, VK2, VK3, and VK5, before QSYing to 20m. I could not get on my nominated operating frequency of 14.244 as there were stations either side from Europe. So I headed up to 14.310 and called CQ. After a few calls, I was called by Baden VK7BRY, followed by John VK2EJP and then Adam VK2YK. My fourth contact on 20m was John VK5BJE.
Thanks to Adam VK2YK who spotted me on the DX cluster, as this resulted in the European park hunters finding me. After working John, I was called by a number of European and UK callers. First taker was Danny ON4VT, followed by Axel DL1EBR and then Luciano I5FLN.
After working a total of 36 stations, things slowed down. So I took the opportunity of tuning around the band. I found a very rare DXCC working a pile up on 14.225. It was Bruce ZD7VC on St Helena Island. I had worked Bruce before, from home and also whilst out portable, but I was determined to get Bruce in the log from another park. I persevered for about 20 minutes and finally made contact (5/8 sent and 5/6 received).
Below is a video of how well Bruce was coming in to Mylor CP…..
After working Bruce I quickly went back to 40m to hopefully get Adrian VK5FANA in the log. Adrian had sent me an SMS message asking me if I was going to go back to 40m. I could not get back onto 7.144 as it was occupied by some other stations, so I called CQ a few times on 7.140 and I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the man himself, Adrian. This was followed by another park stalwart, Rob VK4FFAB. Peter VK2NEO who was mobile then called me, followed by another dedicated park hunter, Doug VK2FMIA. My last caller was Leo VK3FLMR mobile.
At 5.30 p.m. (0800 UTC) I packed up my gear and headed home. My son was coming up for tea and to watch the Aussie Rules football with me. This was another successful activation with a total of 58 stations in my log.
The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-
The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-