Mount Brown Conservation Park

After our activation of The Devils Peak, we continued as a group down the Richman Valley Road for our next activation, which was the Mount Brown Conservation Park.  This park qualifies for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

The Mount Brown Conservation Park is situated about 14 km south of Quorn and about 300 km north of Adelaide.

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

I have activated the park twice before.  The first time was in May 2013, with my wife Marija, when we climbed Mount Brown summit, VK5/ NE-014 which is located in the park.  And the second occasion was in August 2013.  For more information on the park, and details on those activations, please have a look at my previous posts at…..

We accessed a picnic type area in the park oon the western side of the Richman Valley Road.  There is a large rainwater tank and a shelter at this location.

Screenshot 2015-06-24 17.13.50 Above:- Map of the park, showing our operating location.  Map courtesy of

Prior to doing an activating, we had lunch in the park.  It was about 1.00 p.m. local time.

John VK5BJE was keen to try his luck on 30m, so he and David headed down towards the Richman Valley Road and set up there.  I started off on 40m and set up about 100 metres away, and ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and the 40m/20m linked dipole supported on the 7 metre squid pole.

I called CQ on 7.095 and my first taker was Trevor VK5TW (5/9 both ways).  This was followed by Bill VK5MBD at Red Hill, and John VK5FMJC at Crystal Brook.

Mount Brown is not yet a qualifying park for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, so there was no pressure to reach 44 contacts.  But it was pleasing to get a steady flow of callers from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5 in the middle of the day on 40m, all with very good signals.

Each of the Advanced operators that I worked, I advised that John and David were on 30m, and many went up there to work John and David.

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There was only one QRP caller during this activation and that was Alan VK5FAJS at Mount Gambier runnign 5 watts (5/8 sent and 5/9 received).  But I did work a few mobile stations.  They included Craig VK3NCR mobile 5, at Keith in the South East, on his way to Padthaway.  Also Dale Vk5DC who was mobile near Marree in the Far North of South Australia.  And finally Wayne VK2PDW mobile.

It was also very pleasing to speak with John VK5KAF.  I was his first contact on 40 metres for the last 20 years.  His interest in the hobby had just been reignited.

After an hour on air, I had a total of 31 contacts in the log on 40m.  It was time to pack up and head off to the next activation, at The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5TW
  2. VK5MBD
  3. VK5FMJC
  4. VK3AXH
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK3SIG
  7. VK5FAJS
  8. VK5VGC
  9. VK5KGP
  10. VK3PMG
  11. VK5KLV
  12. VK5HCF
  13. VK5FMID
  14. VK5ZK
  15. VK3NCR/5
  16. VK5ZAR
  17. VK5DC/m
  18. VK5FD
  19. VK5JK
  20. VK1AT
  21. VK5KAA
  22. VK2PDW/m
  23. VK5WCC
  24. VK3FOWL
  25. VK5KAF
  26. VK2NP
  27. VK5WF
  28. VK3ZZS/4
  29. VK5NFB
  30. VK4ACL
  31. VK2JNG

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