After leaving the Fairview Conservation Park, I headed to my next activation, the Vivigani Ardune Conservation Park, situated just north west of the little town of Lucindale. This was another unique park for me for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.
After leaving Fairview I travelled back into Lucindale along Fairview Road. Lucindale is a little town of about 400 people and is situated about 345 km south east of Adelaide. It is best known for hosting the annual South East Field Days, which attracts over 25,000 visitors each March.
After leaving Lucindale I headed out along the Reedy Cfreek-Lucindale Road, and then turned right into Conricks Road. The park is about 4 km up Conricks Road on the left hand side (on the western side of the road). Keep a careful eye out for the park sign with can be located in a paddock which forms part of the park.
On the way to the park I spoke from my mobile, with Alan VK7BO who was on a SOTA peak, The Tump, VK7/ NC-018 (5/9 both ways). I also spoke with Nigel VK5NIG who was portable on SOTA peak Mount Gawler VK5/ SE-013 in the Mount Lofty Ranges (5/9 both ways).
I was unable to find out a lot about this park, which was proclaimed in 2008. John VK5BJE and I spoke about the origins of the name on air. John was my 2nd contact. We believe it may have Latin ties and means something similar to ‘toil hard’. But more research will need to go into that. There is a property called Vivigani just to the south of the park.
Unfortunately this is another park which required some fence jumping. So many South Australian parks are locked up by padlocked gates. This one didn’t have a padlock, but there was a gate which appeared to have not been opened since the medieval times. On the gate was a sign which read ‘Sanctuary’ which appeared to have been there in time immeorial. So I jumped the fence to gain access to park. Be careful of the electric fence!
My first contact in the park was with Nigel VK5NIG who I tracked down after setting up. Nigel was still on Mount Gawler and was calling CQ on 7.105. Nigel was a good 5/9 and I’m pleased he was. I was very saddened to find that I had an S9 noise floor on 40m when I turned on the radio. I’m suspecting that this was a combination of the electric fence and the power lines which run through the paddock.
After speaking with Nigel I headed down to 7.095 and called CQ and this was answered by a number of the park regulars including John VK5BJE, followed by Les VK5KLV, Tony VK5FTVR and Mick VK3PMG. Fortunately all of their signals were above the noise floor. I went on to work a total of 34 stations on 40m in VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7. That included a number of QRP stations including Greg VK5GJ running 5 watts (5/9 both ways), and Peter VK3PF also running just 5 watts (5/7 sent and 5/9 received).
I also worked a few mobile stations which included Rod VK5KFB mobile in the South East, Eugene VK5ZA mobile at Burra in the Mid North, and Dave VK2BDR.
When things slowed down on 40m I headed up to 20m. I called CQ on 14.310 and this was answered by Adam VK2YK who was operating portable in the Hunter Wetlands National Park, VKFF-595 (5/9 both ways). A nice little bonus.
I would have stayed around a bit longer on 20m, but the rain had hit again, and once again it was a hasty retreat from this park.
The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-
- VK5NIG/p (SOTA Mt Gawler VK5/ SE-013)
The following station was worked on 20m SSB:-
- VK2YK (Hunter Wetlands National Park VKFF-595)
Wikipedia, 2015, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucindale,_South_Australia> viewed 11th June 2015