Mary Seymour Conservation Park

My next planned activation of the day was the Big Heath Conservation Park.  However after leaving Vivigani Ardune, the GPS took me on a merry drive around the South East and I was not able to access Big Heath.  So I headed for one of my other planned activations, the Mary Seymour Conservation Park.  Another unique park for me.

Mary Seymour Conservation Park is situated about 25 km south of Naracoorte in the South East of South Australia.

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Above: Map showing the location of the park.  Map courtesy of

The park was constituted in 1980 and covers an area of around 264 hectares.  The western quarter of Mary Seymour consists of a limestone ridge which supports a low open forest of Brown Stringybark and Pink Gum.  The remainder of the park is a complex wetland system with limestone outcrops.

I accessed the park via Bool Lagoon West Road.  I found a clearing amongst the scrub, and I set up my equipment.

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

I started calling CQ on 7.093 as Adam VK2YK was operating on 7.098.  My first taker was Amanda VK3FQSO with a lovely 5/9 signal.  This was followed by Marc VK3OHM  and then Rob VK4AAC/5 on Kangaroo Island.  It was 1.30 p.m. SA local time and the 40m band was holding up very well, with nice signals.  I worked a total of 27 stations in the park from VK2, VK3, and VK5.

That included a handful of QRP operators, including Greg VK5GJ running 4 watts (5/7 sent and 5/9 received), and Paul VK3DBP running 5 watts (5/9 both ways).  I also worked a number of mobile stations including Greg VK5ZGY, Peter VK3TKK, Terry VK3BMX using a Famparc whip, Mark VK5QI mobile at Truro, and Peter VK3PF.

I was also fortunate that Adam VK2YK had tracked me down and gave me a call from Hunter Wetlands National Park, VKFF-595.

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I only remained in the park for 30 minutes, as I still had 2 planned park activations for the day.  But I was very happy, I had 27 contacts in the log.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3FQSO
  2. VK3OHM
  3. VK4AAC/5 (Kangaroo Island)
  4. VK3PMG
  5. VK5WG/p
  6. VK5HCF
  7. VK5ZAR
  8. VK5KLV
  9. VK5GJ
  10. VK5ZGY/m
  11. VK3TKK/m
  12. VK1AT/3
  13. VK3BMX/m
  14. VK2YK/p (Hunter Wetlands National Park VKFF-595)
  15. VK5QI/m
  16. VK3DBP
  17. VK3PF/m
  18. VK3OF
  19. VK2UH
  20. VK3BHR
  21. VK5JK
  22. VK5BJE
  23. VK5FMID
  24. VK3LPG
  25. VK3FTAD
  26. VK3FARO
  27. VK3FLSS

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