Penola Conservation Park, VKFF-803

My final park for the 6 days was the Penola Conservation Park which is located about 12 km west of Penola on the northern side of the Robe-Penola Road.  This was another unique park for me for both the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

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

The park was gazetted on the 10th day of September 1970 and covers an area of around 226 hectares.  Vegetation within the park consists of woodland of brown stringybark, river red gums, swamp gum, and rough barked manna gums.  The park contains two large wetland areas including Green Swamp.

I drove into the park along the main track which leads to a beautiful little campground area.  There was a wooden table and benches here which made a perfect shack.  Again for this activation I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and my 40m/20m linked dipole supported on a 7m telescopic squid pole.

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

This time around I started off on 20m.  And I actually found 14.244 free which is quite a rarity.  I started calling CQ and it wasn’t long before this was answered by Brian VK4HBB (5/9 both ways).  Ron VK7VDL from Tasmania followed (again 5/9 both ways), and Tom VK2KF from Kandos then gave me a shout (and again 5/9 both ways).  My next caller was my first DX station for the activation, Al S58AL from Slovenia.  Al spotted me on the DX Cluster and this resulted in quite a few callers from Europe and a handful of VK’s.  Countries worked were VK, Slovenia, Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, France, Czech Republic, and Spain.

After working 24 stations on 20m, I decided to check out 40m.  I called CQ on 7.095 and first taker there was Mick Vk3PMG who is a big follower of WWFF as both a Hunter and Activator.  This was followed by another active park Activator & Hunter, Col VK5HCF.  And as per normal, it wasn’t long before a mini pile up commenced.  I went on to work a total of 29 stations here from VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5.

I then moved back to 20m, and I’m pleased I did.  Because I stumbled across Gerard Vk2IO calling CQ on 14.290 from SOTA peak VK2/ NT-021.  Once I finished working Gerard, Adam VK2YK came up and asked if I could QSY up to 14.310 which I did.  I worked Adam who was a ncie 5/9 signal, and Adam was also kind enough to place me on the DX cluster.  This resulted in a number of calls from both VK and Europe again.  Countries worked this time around were VK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, and Canada.

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I was very pleased with the results of this activation with a total of 73 contacts in the log.  This was another unique WWFF park that I had qualified.

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4HBB
  2. VK7VDL
  3. VK2KF
  4. S58AL
  5. RW6AEW
  6. VK2GKA
  7. DF8WZ
  8. I5FLN
  9. DL2ND
  10. IZ2IHO
  11. HA8TI
  12. DF2RR
  13. VK5BJE
  14. HA5MA
  15. YU1AB
  16. F5OUD
  17. S52KM
  18. OK1XP
  19. RA3PCI
  20. F1BLL
  21. DK0EE
  22. EA7TR
  23. VK7ZGK
  24. VK4MJA
  25. VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ NT-021)
  26. VK2YK
  27. ON4BB
  28. DL4MDO
  29. VK6HAD
  30. VK4HNS
  31. IK2SAV
  32. EA4DTV
  33. IZ5JMZ
  34. IW2NXI
  35. OK2TS
  36. IK1GPG
  37. UT5PI
  38. I8OCA
  39. VE7CV
  40. DL3NDD
  41. HA6OB
  42. DL5MPO
  43. UR7ET
  44. HA0LG

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PMG
  2. VK5HCF
  3. VK5GK
  4. VK5HEL
  5. VK5JK
  6. VK2LX
  7. VK3OF
  8. VK5FANA
  9. VK1AT/3
  10. VK3PF/m
  11. VK5FAJS
  12. VK5BJE
  13. VK5MBD
  14. VK3FSMT/2
  15. VK3DBP
  16. VK3AV
  17. VK3ANL
  18. VK4CPS
  19. VK3CAB
  20. VK3TKK
  21. VK5WG
  22. VK2NP
  23. VK2NNN
  24. VK3FJAE
  25. VK3NBL
  26. VK2SK
  27. VK2QS
  28. VK4GSF
  29. VK5FTVR


National Parks and Wildlife Service-Department of Environment and Planning, 1990, Small Parks of the Lower South East Management Plans

One thought on “Penola Conservation Park, VKFF-803

  1. Reblogged this on VK3HXT / XU7AGA's HAM Radio Blog and commented:
    Many of you may not know Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS), but he is passionate about activating Parks all around Australia, specifically those in his home state of South Australia. Here is one of his recent blog posts, where he talks about his activation of Penola Conservation Park.

    Paul is the Awards Manager for the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award, and the Australian co-ordinator for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program).

    To top it all off, he is a top bloke, and somehow manages to log huge numbers of QSOs per activation, whilst still putting in the effort to have a decent QSO with Amateurs he’s worked before. Additionally, he always takes the time to explain what he is doing and why, and is the guy to talk to if you’re interested in the aforementioned programs.

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