Anson Bay Reserve Norfolk Island VKFF-0392

On Sunday morning, 29th May 2016 I was tied up in a 3 and 1/2 hour long Post AGM meeting with the other WIA Directors.  So Marija headed off to the Norfolk Island markets with Heath VK3TWO and his wife Monique VK6FMON.    The market is held every Sunday between 8.00 a.m.-11.00 a.m. and features seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, home cooking, craft and souvenir items.  Trent Christian was singing there as well.

During the Board Meeting is was voted that Phil VK2ASD would remain as WIA President and Fred VK3DAC would remain as WIA Vice President (both unopposed).

At the conclusion of the meeting Marija and I had some lunch at the Paradise Hotel and chatted to other amateurs.  We then headed off down to Kingston, as I was hoping to have a look at the Sirius Museum.  I wasn’t even aware until visiting Norfolk Island, that the HMS Sirius (the flagship of the First Fleet) had been wrecked on the reef off the coast off Norfolk adjacent to Kingston way  back in March 1790.  Sadly that museum was closed, but we did visit another one of the museums at Kingston which was extremely interesting.  It was the Pier Store which contains a great collection including objects from the Bounty (a cannon, kettle and ironstone platter).  The collection is contained within the Pier Store, which was originally known as The Beach Store and was built in 1825 as Commissariat at the end of Kingston Pier.

Whilst at Kingston we had a look at the former Parliament building which has been taken up by Norfolk Island residents protesting against changes to the island’s governance.

We then had a look at ‘Bloody Bridge’.  The name is believed to be based on the story of the death of a convict work-gang overseer.  During the construction of the bridge, a work gang of convicts murdered their overseer and walled him up in the bridge.  The next day the replacement overseer saw blood oozing from the mortar of the bridge.


Marija and I then headed for Anson Bay Reserve in the north western corner of the island, for my final play on air on Norfolk Island.  Anson Bay is reputed to be Norfolk’s most spectacular beach, being nestled in to the bottom of one of Norfolk’s many steep cliff faces.  This makes the beach less accessible and more secluded than other beaches on Norfolk Island.  The reserve is 5,54 hectares in size and was dedicated in February 1937 for cable landing, shipping and recreation purposes.  The cliffs here rise about 80 metres above sea level.


Above:- Map showing the location of Anson Bay on Norfolk Island.

During summer, Wedge tailed shearwaters (also called Ghostbirds) form large groups offshore and, at dusk come in to land in their burrows along the cliff edges at Anson Bay.  These are the largest of the tropical shearwaters.  Other birds that frequent the area are White Terns, Little Shearwaters, Red- Tailed Tropicbirds, Scarlet Robins, Golden Whistlers, Norfolk Island Green Parrot, and Norfolk Island Boobook Owl.


Above:- Wedge tailed shearwater.  Image courtesy of

The Pacific Cable Board station at Anson Bay provided the first telegraphic contact between Norfolk Island and the outside world by cable linking Australia and New Zealand to Fiji and North America from 1902.  The Anson Bay cable station at Anson Bay cost over $6,000,000.  Two observation posts were also located in the reserve during the Second World War, to defend against possible lands by enemy forces.

I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 25-30 watts, and the 20m/40m linked dipole for this activation.  The antenna was supported on the 6m telescopic squid pole.  I started off calling CQ on 14.205 and this was immediately answered by Jim VK9PC on Norfolk Island, followed by my good mate John VK5BJE back home in the Adelaide Hills.  Next up was Eric KC7ES in Arizona with a beautiful strong 5/9 signal (5/8 received).  The 20m band was in very good shape and a pile up soon ensued with callers from Australia, USA, Serbia, New Zealand, Croatia, Hawaii, and Canada.

I was very pleased to be able to get at least two Europeans in the log….Branko YU4DX in Serbia and Dragan 9A6W in Croatia.  Both were only a 5/5 to me on Norfolk.  Not the normal very strong 5/9 long path signals that I am used to back on the Australian mainland.  I was also able to make contact with Tony VK3XV who was portable in Leaghur State Park VKFF-0762 in Victoria.  Tony had a beautiful 5/9 signal coming in to Norfolk from his portable station in central Victoria.

I worked a total of 90 stations, at around which time, Luke VK3HJ/9 rolled up on his bicycle.  I booked in to the ANZA DX Net at this stage and worked a total of 7 stations there from VK and USA.  Luke also said g’day to a few stations whilst I took the opportunity of enjoying some cake provided by Marija.  The Over the Horizon Radar had kicked on at 20m by this stage, but didn’t cause any signficant grief.

After having a bit of a chat to Luke, he cycled off back to the QTH of VK9NT.  I moved to 14.210 and called CQ and this was answered by Brian VK3UCD, followed by Ivan VK5HS, then Simon VK3SIM, and then Ian VE7SCC in Canada.  I worked a total of 38 stations on 14.210 from VK, Canada, Japan, Russia, and Italy.  It was good to get Max IK1GPG in the log,  Max is a regular WWFF hunter and although not strong (5/3) was very readable.  I was also pleased to work Mark VK4XW who advised that I was his first contact into Norfolk Island.

When things slowed down I tuned across the band and found VI9ANZAC on 14.244 being operated by Chris VK3QB/9 at Puppies Point.  We had a Fish fry planned at Puppies Point that evening at 5.30 p.m. and that was rapidly approaching.  But the band was in very good shape and it was very difficult to go QRT.  After working Chris I went back to 14.310 and worked a further 10 stations in VK and Japan.  This included QSOs with Nigel VK5NIG/p and Stuart VK5STU/p, who were both portable on SOTA peak Mount Gawler VK5/ SE-013 (5/6 sent and 5/7 received).

Time was marching on, so I decided to try 40m for a short time and then head off to the Fish Fry.  That never occurred.  I was swamped with a big pile up on 7.144 from Australia, New Zealand and the Canary Islands, and I could not get away.  Marija drove up to Puppies Point and socialised for a while and kindly brought me back a meal which I tried to consume whilst working the pile up.

I eventually decided to hit the switch.  It was now 7.00 p.m. and the mosquitos were biting.  I had a total of 216 contacts in the log.

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK9PC (Norfolk Island)
  2. VK5BJE
  3. KC7ES
  4. VK5HCF
  5. VK2HEW
  6. VK5SFA
  7. VK5TRM
  8. VK3ANL
  9. VK7VJ
  10. VK3TWO/9 (Norfolk Island)
  11. VK6JON/5
  12. VK3SQ
  13. YU4DX
  14. VK3EKA
  15. VK2MI
  16. VK7BC
  17. VK2YW
  18. VK3BNJ
  19. ZL2TZE
  20. K5FG
  21. VK2BOB
  22. VK3ARH
  23. VK3MRG
  24. VK2HDX
  25. 9A6W
  26. VK2YK
  27. VK2NSS
  28. VK3KYF
  29. VK4TD
  30. VK5AV
  31. VK6WE
  32. VK4WJW
  33. VE3VEE
  34. VK3NCC mobile
  35. VK3YE
  36. VK6IA
  37. VK3MBW
  38. VK2RD
  39. VK2MOR
  40. K6DDX
  41. VK2HV
  42. K7ABV
  43. VK7ROY
  44. VK3TCT
  45. KH6UEA
  46. VK2LAD
  47. VK5XY
  48. VK6NU
  49. VK7KJL
  50. VK3JLS
  51. VK7LCW
  52. VK2WJD
  53. VK4HG
  54. VK4ATH
  55. WI6Q
  56. W7QHZ
  57. VK3XV/p (VKFF-0762)
  58. WD8JQN
  59. VK3SC
  60. VK4DV
  61. N9RJM
  62. VK5NRG
  63. VK3FI
  64. VK2HTM
  65. VK3BMO
  66. VK3BY
  67. VK3DQ
  68. VK3VG
  69. VK5KDK
  70. VK5STU
  71. W4RP
  72. VK2BIT mobile
  73. VK2HOT
  74. VK7QP
  75. VK5FG
  76. VK2ND
  77. VK4HMR
  78. VK5TW
  79. JH1FTL
  80. VK4CC
  81. VK3RH
  82. VK4XCS
  83. VK4SWE
  84. K5FG
  85. VK5NJ
  86. K4JP
  87. VK3UCD
  88. VK5HS
  89. VK3SIM
  90. VE7SCC
  91. VK5JN
  92. VK4SMA
  93. VE7CV
  94. VK3TKK
  95. VK4HNS
  96. VK4JAA
  97. VK3BF
  98. VK2ZHE
  99. VK2QN
  100. VK6WC
  101. VK1OO
  102. JH5PXJ
  103. VK3MNZ
  104. VK2CPC
  105. JH1DRF
  106. UA0ZC
  107. VK7NWT
  108. IK1GPG
  109. JH1AJT
  110. JF2TOG
  111. JI2FBG
  112. VK2BTC
  113. JA1DCK
  114. VK2SOL
  115. VK5KBJ/4
  116. JH4CPC
  117. JH1XYB
  118. JO1ALS
  119. JH3IMR
  120. JR1WJM
  121. VK3GJM
  122. VK4MWG
  123. VK2DON
  124. VK5HEL
  125. JH1VPB
  126. VK4XW
  127. VK2EJP
  128. VK3BFR
  129. VI9ANZAC (Norfolk Island)
  130. VK2GKA
  131. VK2AAH
  132. VK4YS
  133. JH7WER
  134. VK4MKB
  135. JA1CGB
  136. VK3MCK
  137. VK5NIG/p (SOTA VK5/ SE-013)
  138. VK5STU/p (SOTA VK5/ SE-013)
  139. VK4NJB

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5FUZZ
  2. VK5BC
  3. VK4YS
  4. VK4ME
  5. VK2HOT
  6. VK5LDM
  7. VK3FIRM
  8. VK4GSF
  9. VK4SMA
  10. VK2NWB
  11. VK4NJB
  12. VK3HSR
  13. VK5SFA
  14. VK4RF
  15. VK4HA
  16. VK7DX
  17. VK3SIM
  18. VK3ANL
  19. VK4XW
  20. VK2JAZ
  21. VK3TKK
  22. VK7FVDN
  23. VK2NN
  24. VK3BY
  25. VK3FI
  26. VK2KTT
  27. ZL3WPK
  28. VK3FPSR
  29. VK3ZMD
  30. VK3UCD
  31. VK4NKL
  32. VK7NAL/4
  33. VK2TTP
  34. VK2BTC
  35. ZL3ADT
  36. EA8CER
  37. VK3BSG
  38. VK2FQSL
  39. VK2ABT
  40. VK4XAC
  41. VK4FAAS
  42. VK3SOT
  43. VK5FANA
  44. VK3MCK
  45. VK5FVSV
  46. VK3FADM
  47. VK3DJ
  48. VK2FWAY
  49. VK3ZD
  50. VK7MHZ
  51. VK2QN
  52. VK4BRT
  53. VK2AJG
  54. VK4PQ
  55. VK5FDEC
  56. VK4JPA
  57. VK4AJB
  58. VK3RV
  59. VK3WQ
  60. ZL1ANZ
  61. VK4QS
  62. VK4YLU
  63. VK1HW
  64. VK4OK
  65. VK2FOUZ
  66. VK2YK
  67. VK5MAS
  68. VK3KN
  69. ZL2TZE
  70. VK3FSPG
  71. VK7MBD
  72. VK2SI mobile
  73. VK2AAF
  74. VK2SR
  75. VK5UR
  76. VK4FSCC
  77. VK2FINE

Here is a short video of some of my contacts from Anson Bay…….

After packing up we headed down to Puppies Point and caught up with all the stragglers, including Trent Christian, Heath VK3TWO, and some of the VK9NT crew before heading back to the Paradise Hotel.


Above:- with Trent Christian (ex VK9 Norfolk Island and VP6 Pitcairn Island)

Here is a video put together by Nigel VK5NIG and Stuart VK5STU of our contact whilst they were on Mount Gawler summit for SOTA.


Edgecombe; J, 1999, ‘Norfolk Island-South PAcific.  Island of history and many delights’.

Norfolk Island Parks & Foretsy Service, 2003, Plan of Management Anson Bay

Wikipedia, 2016, <;, viewed 3rd June 2016

6 thoughts on “Anson Bay Reserve Norfolk Island VKFF-0392

  1. Hi Paul, another interesting post with fantastic pictures. The sky looks blue! Not much of an observation on my park but for some of the time you were away we had grey skies and plenty of rain!

    John D

    • Hi John,

      We were pretty lucky with the weather. Even when it rained, it was humid. Fortunately the weather did not inhibit any of our activities on the island. Thanks for all the calls whilst I was over there.



  2. Thanks for putting this on your page, excellent description of our time on the Island and so many contacts too! 73 Andrew VK6AS

    • Hi Chris,

      Being on an island for IOTA and in a VKFF reference, and a separate DXCC entity certainly helps. If only I could have run a little more power and had the wire in the air amongst the pines.



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