Dudley Conservation Park 5CP-058 and VKFF-0809

My second park for the day (Monday 22nd August 2016) was the Dudley Conservation Park 5CP-058 and VKFF-0809, which is about 30 minute drive from the Simpson Conservation Park.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Dudley Conservation Park on the Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Dudley Conservation Park was established on the 1st January 1970 and is 1,768 hectares (4,370 acres) in size.  It was dedicated in 1970 to conserve Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee.  The conservation park lies on the Dudley Peninsula on the eastern end of Kangaroo Island, about 10 km south-east of American River and 12 km south-west of Penneshaw.


The Dudley Peninsula was originally known as Presquila Gallissoniere and also as the MacDonnell Peninsula from 1857 to 1986.  The first reported European name for the Dudley Peninsula is “Presquila Gallissoniere” which was given by the Baudin expedition.  In 1857 it was named  the “MacDonnell Peninsula” by William Bloomfield Douglas after Richard Graves MacDonnell, the sixth governor or South Australia.  In 1986, the peninsula was  renamed as the Dudley Peninsula.  The Hundred of Dudley had been proclaimed on 13th August 1874 by Governor Anthony Musgrave.  The hundred is reported as being named by Governor Musgrave after his father-in-law,  Sir David Dudley Field, who was an American jurist.  Musgrave had married Field’s daughter, Jeannie Lucinda Field.

Above:- Governor & Lady Musgrave.  Images courtesy of Bonzle and Wikipedia

The conservation park’s vegetation is mostly an open scrub of Eucalyptus diversifolia and E. rugosa, with E. cneorifolia, the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee for which the park was dedicated.

Sadly, the weather had turned, and the sunshine had disappeared and had been replaced by quite heavy showers.  I was hoping it was going to clear by the time I reached Dudley, but it hadn’t so I sat in the 4WD for a few minutes until the shower activity had cleared.  I turned off the Hog Bay Road and then travelled south along Sandhurst Road until I found a clearing in the scrub and this is where I set up.  Fortunately the blue sky made a welcome re-appearance.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the Dudley Conservation Park, showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

My first contact in Dudley was with Mick VK3GGG on 7.144, followed by Tom VK5EE in the south east of SA, and then David VK5PL in the Barossa Valley.  Despite it being a weekday, there was a steady flow of park hunters from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, and VK7.  Greg VK5GJ at Meadows in the Adelaide Hills running his usual 4 watts called in with a beautiful strong 5/8 signal.  I was very surprised to work Craig VK6VCK on 40m at this time of the day with such a strong signal from his mobile.  Craig was 5/5 to me and he reciprocated with a 5/3 signal for me over in Western Australia.

The 40m band was in good condition and there was absolutely no noise in Dudley, so it was a pleasure to be on air.  I experienced a little bit of QRM at one stage from a ZL3 in New Zealand who came up just 1 kc below me on 7.143.  But I think he was politely asked to QSY by some of the hunters.

Three Park to Park contacts were to be logged for this activation.  The first was with Marc VK3OHM/1 who was on SOTA peak Black Mountain VK1/ AC-042 in VKFF-0834.  This was followed by a QSO with Neil VK4HNS/p who was in the Bald Rock National Park VKFF-0011.  And finally with Rob VK4AAC/3 in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park VKFF-0954.

After working a total of 44 stations on 40m (and having qualified the park for WWFF) I headed off to 20m where I worked Rick VK4RF/VK4HA and then Mike VK6MB on 14.310.  Signals were strong, but despite many CQ calls, I had no further takers on 20m.  A few final calls were put out on 80m but again, no bites there.  Unfortunately I could not self spot on parksnpeaks as there was no mobile phone coverage at my location.

I was happy with a total of 47 contacts in the log, and it was off to my final park of the day, Parndarna Conservation Park.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3GGG
  2. VK3PMG
  3. VK5EE
  4. VK5PL
  5. VK3FOTO/m
  6. VK5FDEC
  7. VK5GJ
  8. VK5KLV
  9. VK2NP
  10. VK3SQ
  11. VK2HHA
  12. VK2KYO
  13. VK3BBB
  14. VK2IO
  15. VK3PF
  16. VK7CW
  17. VK5ZGY/m
  18. VK4AAC/3
  19. VK3FSPG
  20. VK5DJ
  21. VK3MLU
  22. VK5FANA
  23. VK3MRH
  24. VK3MCK
  25. VK3FOWL/p
  26. VK3FMLO
  27. VK2SK
  28. VK6VCK/m
  29. VK4FBMW
  30. VK5AFZ
  31. VK5VRB
  32. VK4RF
  33. VK4HA
  34. VK2GKA
  35. VK3CBP
  36. VK3OHM/1 (VKFF-0834 & VK1/AC-042)
  37. VK4HNS/p (VKFF-0011)
  38. VK4AAC/3 (VKFF-0954)
  39. VK3NE
  40. VK3ZMD
  41. VK3PAT
  42. VK4TSB
  43. VK2FMJW
  44. VK3SRC

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK6MB



Wikipedia, 2016, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Conservation_Park&gt;, viewed 17th August 2016

Wikipedia, 2016, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Peninsula&gt;, viewed 3rd September 2016

Simpson Conservation Park 5CP-213 and VKFF-1098

Monday morning (22nd August 2016) was spent packing up at the Cape Willoughby lighthouse after a very enjoyable three nights there, amongst great company, for another International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event.  It was quite a chilly morning on Monday, but getting up was worth it, to view the amazing sunrise.


I was on the road from Cape Willoughby at around 10.00 a.m. and on my way to my first of three planned park activations for the day, the Simpson Conservation Park 5CP-213 and VKFF-1098.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Simpson Conservation Park at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

With a touch of sadness I left the lighthouse, travelling along the Cape Willoughby Road until I reached Wilson River Road and started to head west.  I passed Lashmar Lagoon, stopping for a short photo opportunity with the various birdlife around the Lagoon.  Birds observed included Australian Shelducks, Glossy Ibis, Black Swans, and galahs.

Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the reception on my mobile phone (with Optus) to drop out, so my directions to the park dropped out on the phone.  Many thanks to a friendly local who pointed me in the right direction.  I turned onto Mouth Flat Road near the Wilson River ruins, and headed south.  At this time of the year (particularly after all the rain), I would suggest that this is not a track to take if you have a conventional vehicle.  It was quite boggy in patches with the occasional water patch over the track.  I continued along Mouth Flat Road for a short distance until I reached Black Point Road.  It wasn’t long before the park came into view on my left.

I continued until I reached Simpson Track, and this is where I turned left.  This part of the track is definitely 4WD only.  There was a distinct lack of options on where to set up, as there were no cleared areas on either side of the track and nowhere to pull off the track.  In the end, I pulled the Hi Lux as far off the track as possible, and set up in the scrub just off the track.


Above:- the Simpson Track in the park.

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Above:- Map showing my operating spot in the Simpson Conservation Park.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

Simpson Conservation Park is 977 hectares (2,410 acres) in size and is located on the Dudley Peninsula at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island.  The park is around  13 kilometres south of Penneshaw.  The park was proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 in August 2010 from Crown land previously protected as a conservation reserve.  The park was initially created on 9th October 1986 as a reserve.

The park was named after Stamford Walles ‘Tiger’ Simpson, a WW1 veteran of aboriginal heritage.  More information on ‘Tiger’ can be found at…..





Above:- ‘Tiger’ Simpson in uniform.  Image courtesy of State Library of SA.

The park was alive with flowering shrubs during my visit.

For this activation I ran out the 20/40/80m linked dipole which I supported on the 7m heavy duty squid pole from Haverfords.  Transceiver used was the Yaesu FT-857d set at 40 watts output.  I was all set up and ready to go by just after 11.00 a.m. South Australian local time.  I commenced calling CQ on 7.144 and a mini pile up immediately commenced.  Number one in the log was Ron VK3MRH, followed by Les VK5KLV and then Brenton VK3CM.  The 40m band was in pretty good shape with all signals being 5/7-5/9 in strength.

Callers from Victoria (VK3) were all 5/9 with the New South Welshman (VK2) being 5/7-9 in strength.  The Queensland stations (VK4) including Jay VK4JK and Rick VK4RF were very strong 5/9’s.  It was nice to get Mike VK5FVSV in the log.  Mike was mobile from Cape Willoughby lighthouse on his way to Penneshaw.  Only one QSO was logged and that was with Nick VK3FNCE who was running just 3 watts and was a solid 5/9 to me.  I also logged Marc VK3OHM who was activating SOTA peak Mount Stromlo VK1/ AC-043.

I worked a total of 29 contacts on 40m, before lowering the squid pole and inserting the links so that I could operate on the 80m band.  The weather was holding off beautifully and I was also fortunate in that I hadn’t experienced any traffic along Simpson Track.  After re-erecting the squid pole I called on 3.610 and this was answered by Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula who was a good 5/9.  Sadly Adrian was my only taker, despite Adrian putting a call out on the Lochiel repeater that I was on 80m.

I then moved over to 20m and worked a total of 5 stations from VK2, VK4, and VK6.  This included Ian VK2/GW0VML who was portable at the Yamba lighthouse.  The Over the Horizon Radar was certainly very strong and wide on the 20m band.  It was strength 7 and ranged from around 14.185 all the way to 14.350 and beyond.  I then moved back to 40m where I worked a further 19 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5.  This included Mark VK3FOTO who was mobile in NSW and about to the cross over in VK3 over the border.  And also Colin VK3NCC/4 who was in ND4 for the VK Shires Award.

Time was marching along and it was now 12.30 p.m. SA local time, so it was time to pack up and head off to my next park, Dudley Conservation Park.  I had a total of 54 stations in the log and a unique Conservation Park for me to add to my activator list.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3MRH
  2. VK5KLV
  3. VK3CM
  4. VK3PF
  5. VK3FOWL
  6. VK3SRC
  7. VK3SQ
  8. VK4AAC/3
  9. VK3GGG
  10. VK3PMG
  11. VK2IO
  12. VK2NP
  13. VK2HHA
  14. VK5FVSV/m
  15. VK6WE/p
  16. VK7NWT
  17. VK3VEF
  18. VK6MB
  19. VK2HEW
  20. VK3FNCE
  21. VK3ELH
  22. VK3TKK
  23. VK4JK
  24. VK3OHM (SOTA VK1/ AC-043)
  25. VK3DAZ
  26. VK2WG
  27. VK2KJJ
  28. VK4RF
  29. VK4HA
  30. VK3KAI
  31. VK3GV
  32. VK3BBB
  33. VK5FANA
  34. VK3FOWL/p
  35. VK5PL
  36. VK5YX
  37. VK2KYO
  38. VK5KIK
  39. VK5LOL
  40. VK5FMLO
  41. VK3MCK
  42. VK3FOTO/2
  43. VK3FJET
  44. VK5VRB
  45. VK3NCC/4
  46. VK5FMID
  47. VK3MCX
  48. VK4RZ

The following stations were worked on 80m SSB:-

  1. Adrian VK5FANA

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK6MB
  4. VK4TJ
  5. VK2/GWoVML/p (Yamba lighthouse)



State Library of South Australia, 2016, <http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=890&c=43855&gt;, viewed 3rd September 2016

Wikipedia, 2016, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpson_Conservation_Park&gt;, viewed 17th August 2016