Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park

My final activation for Friday 5th June, 2015 was the Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park, which is situated midway between Adelaide and Melbourne.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the park.  Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park adjoins the basin of the adjacent Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, which is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia.  The seasonal wetland areas of Bool Lagoon and Hacks Lagoon are home to a wide range of wildlife and provides essential drought refuge for numerous rare and endangered bird species.  In fact, over 150 species of birds visit the area.  A number of birds visit the park during Summer, including Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, who fly thousands of kms to be at Bool and Hacks Lagoons.  Brolgas are perhaps the most spectacular of all of the birds that can be found here.

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Above:- Map showing Bool and Hacks Lagoons.  Image courtesy of DEWNR

The area is recognised under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a Wetland of International Importance.  It is protected under the Japan/Australia and China/Australia Migratory Bird Agreement due to the importance of the area as a summer refuge for migratory wading birds.

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Above:- Map showing my operating spot.  Map courtesy of mapcarta.com

The 40m band was very busy below 7.100 so I found 7.115 clear and started calling CQ.  My first taker was John VK5BJE, followed by Col VK5HCF in Mount Gambier, and then Jim VK5TR.  The band started off very good, with great signals from eastern Australia.  But this didn’t last long.  The band dropped out very quickly to VK3.  However, the band remained open to southern Australia and the remainder of eastern Australia.

I worked a number of QRP stations including Gerard VK2JNG who was portable, Greg VK5GJ again running just 4 watts, Peter VK3PF running 5 watts, Mark VK7MK running 2.5 watts, Andrew VK1NAM running 5 watts, Alan VK2AJG running 5 watts, Nev VK5WG running 5 watts, and Adrian on the Yorke Peninsula running 5 watts.

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I remained in the park until just before 0800 UTC (5.30 p.m.) and watched a magnificent sunset.  I managed a total of 32 contacts on 40m SSB into VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7,

The following stations were worked:-

  1. VK5BJE
  2. VK5HCF
  3. VK5TR
  4. VK3AXF
  5. VK3FEUG
  6. VK3AV
  7. VK4AAC/5 (Kangaroo Island)
  8. VK5JK
  9. VK5LSB
  10. VK2JNG/p
  11. VK5GJ
  12. VK3PF
  13. VK3DBP
  14. VK7MK
  15. VK1NAM
  16. VK2AJG
  17. VK3OHM
  18. VK5ZAR
  19. VK5NQP
  20. VK2NP
  21. VK3FBI
  22. VK5KLV
  23. VK3FQSO
  24. VK3OF
  25. VK5KPR
  26. VK5WG
  27. VK7LTD
  28. VK4FBMW
  29. VK4FAAS
  30. VK5FANA
  31. VK7VEK
  32. VK4RZ



Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2010, Bool Lagoon Game Reserve and Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park brochure.

National Parks South Australia, 2015, <http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/Bool_Lagoon_Hacks_Lagoon&gt;, viewed 11th June 105.

2 thoughts on “Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park

  1. Howdy Chris,

    There are some really great parks down in the South East. Maybe we could do a Park DXpedition down that way later in the year when the weather fines up.



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