Clinton Conservation Park VKFF-813

Our first activation for the trip to the north of South Australia, was the Clinton Conservation Park, VKFF-813, which is located about 100 km north of Adelaide.

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

I have activated Clinton Conservation Park previously…..back in February 2015, and June 2013.  However, the park was recently added to the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, so I was seeking 44 contacts to qualify the park.

The Clinton Conservation Park was established in 1972, and is 1,923 hectares in size.  It is a boomerang shaped park, which is situated at the northern extremity of Gulf St Vincent.  It stretches around the top of the Gulf from just north of Port Wakefield, around to the little town of Port Clinton on the Yorke Peninsula.  The park comprises an expanse of mainly low-lying, coastal-fringe habitats, with mangroves and samphire communities, and extensive tracts of intertidal mudflats.  It is an important refuge as a fish nursery and a significant site for migratory wading birds.

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

I set up in the same spot as my activation earlier in the year, which is at the end of a dirt track on the western side of the Yorke Highway.  The track continues on from a parking bay off the Highway.

This was a typical park activation for me….I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and the 40m/20m linked dipole supported on the 7 metre squid pole.  The weather was a little inclement.  It was quite chilly and there was the occasional shower.

Prior to calling CQ I tuned around the 40m band and found Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP operating on 7.100 from SOTA peak, Mount Hickey, VK3/ VN-015.  Julie and Joe were my first contacts from Clinton and had terrific 5/9 signals coming into the Yorke Peninsula.  I then headed down to 7.095 where I started calling CQ.  Greg VK5GJ at Meadows in the Adelaide Hills was the first responder.  This was followed by Adrian VK5FANA running QRP 5 watts from Arthurton on the Yorke Peninsula, just 50km south of my operating location.  Not surprising that Adrian was a very strong 5/9.  My next caller was from another part of South Australia.  This time the South East, about 600 km away.  It was Alan VK5FAJS with a nice 5/9 signal.

My 10th caller was from the other end of Australia.  It was Rob VK4FFAB north west of Brisbane in Queensland.  Rob was not all that strong (5/3), but he was perfectly readable as there was no man made noise at all on the frequency.

Again, for this activation, it was great to get some QRP callers in the log.  Amanda VK3FQSO called in quite early in the activation running just 500 milliwatts and was a genuine 5/7 signal.  I also spoke with Col VK5HCF at Mount Gambier (5/9 both ways), Ian VK5IS in the Mid North (5/9 both ways), Nick VK3ANL running 5 watts (5/8 sent and 5/9 received), and Bill VK5MBD at Red Hill also running 5 watts (5/9 both ways).

And a number of mobile stations also called me.  They included Terry VK3UP mobile at Buninyong (5/9 both ways), Mark VK5QI mobile on his way to Aztronics to spend some money, Greg VK5ZGY mobile in the South East (5/8 both ways), Tony VK3AN/mobile 5 at Burra in the Mid North, Ron VK3VBI, and Theo VK5MTM.

It was also nice to get Barry VK5BW in the log, operating VK5BAR from the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS) shack at Blackwood.  Barry was using the club’s new Anan SDR transceiver.

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During our activation, we had a car towing a trailer drive down towards us.  A gentleman hopped out and had a close look.  We soon realised that the pidgeon contained pidgeons.  After a short time the fella then hopped in his car and drove off into the nearby parking bay and released dozens of homing pidgeons.  The man then drove off.  Not sure where the pidgeons were headed to?

After working a total of 53 stations on 40m, I lowered the squid pole and removed the links in the dipole, so I could operate on 20m.  I headed up to 14.310 and started calling CQ and this was soon answered by Andrew VK2UH who had a lovely 5/9 signal.  This was followed by Cliff VK2NP, Peter VK3PRF and then Max VK6FN in Manjimup (5/9 sent and 5/7 received).  Chris VK4FR then gave me a shout from Townsville, running just 10 watts (5/6 sent and 5/7 received).  I went on to work a further 9 stations on 20m from VK1, VK2, VK5, VK6, VK7, and VK8.  Great representation from all across Australia, including Greg VK8GM in Alice Springs who was very strong.  I was also competing with a YV5 from Venezuela who was also on the frequency.

Unfortunately time and the weather were conspiring against me, and it was time for Marija and I to get back on the road and continue our journey north.  After an hour and twenty minutes in the park, I had a total of 67 contacts in the log.  I was happy man…I had qualified the park for WWFF.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3FOWL/p (SOTA VK3/ VN-015)
  2. VK3YSP/p (SOTA VK3/ VN-015)
  3. VK5GJ
  4. VK5FANA
  5. VK5FAJS
  6. VK5JK
  7. VK5FMID
  8. VK3FQSO
  9. VK5HCF
  10. VK4FFAB
  11. VK5IS
  12. VK3ANL
  13. VK5MBD
  14. VK3UP/m
  15. VK5FMJC
  16. VK5NQP
  17. VK3NBV
  18. VK5FD
  19. VK3OF
  20. VK4AAC/5
  21. VK5QI/m
  22. VK2XXM
  23. VK3XPT
  24. VK3CAB
  25. VK5KFB
  26. VK5ZGY/m
  27. VK1NAM
  28. VK3MEG
  29. VK2HV
  30. VK5BAR
  31. VK3PRF
  32. VK3HRA
  33. VK1DI
  34. VK3AN/5
  35. VK1AT
  36. VK5LDM
  37. VK5FLEX
  38. VK5FTRG
  39. VK6FN
  40. VK3VKT
  41. VK5ZAI
  42. VK2NP
  43. VK5TD
  44. VK5LY
  45. VK2IO
  46. VK7MK
  47. VK3VBI/m
  48. VK3VIN
  49. VK2GKA
  50. VK3MAT
  51. VK3PI
  52. VK2NEO
  53. VK5MTM/m

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2UH
  2. VK2NP
  3. VK3PRF
  4. VK6FN
  5. VK4FR
  6. VK2GKA
  7. VK1DI
  8. VK7MK
  9. VK5LG
  10. VK2KTT
  11. VK8GM
  12. VK6BSA
  13. VK1NAM
  14. VK2IO


Department for Environment and Heritage, 2009, ‘Mainland Conservation Parks of Yorke Peninsula’.

2 thoughts on “Clinton Conservation Park VKFF-813

  1. Well done mate. Sorry couldn’t get to have a QSO with you this time and we may need to get up that way soon. Looks like a good spot. Good to see a lot of regulars still coming up and saying g’day. Some of us have to work thought! 73 to you and Marija. Nig.

    • No problems at all Nigel. Clinton CP is quite a nice park, particularly if you can set up on a nice sunny day down near the water. There are a lot of mangroves to negotiate though.

      The trip up north was a lot of fun.

      Best wishes,


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