My third park activation for Tuesday 23rd August 2016 was the Beyeria Conservation Park 5CP-017 and VKFF-1005. This was to be another unique park for me, for both the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program and the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Beyeria Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island. Image courtesy of Protected Planet.
The Beyeria Conservation Park was established on 14th May 1987, and comprised 188 hectares (460 acres). The park is located about 16 kilometres south of Kingscote on the northern edge of the MacGillivray Plain. It was proclaimed a conservation park following requests to the state government by conservation groups and botanists to prevent further land clearing for agriculture in the vicinity, as well as to protect populations of rare plant species. The name of the conservation park is taken from the generic name of one of the plants so protected – the Kangaroo Island Turpentine Bush (Beyeria subtecta).
More information on Beyeria subteca can be found at……
Prior to its acquisition, the park saw repeated burning and clearing, particularly in the northern section.
The park contains a small, seasonally-filled swamp in the south-eastern corner. The vegetation in the park consists of Eucalyptus cneorifolia woodland with Melaleuca uncinata, and Callistemon rugulosus in the swampy area. Apart from the turpentine bush, rare endemic plants in the reserve include Grevillea muricata, Olearia microdisca and Caladenia ovata. The park was alive in flower during my visit.
There was no issue in finding Beyeria. It is well signposted off Willsons Road and clearly has had financial contributions, as there are visitor signs and a nice parking area out the front of the park.
John VK5BJE activated this park back in May 2014. Here is a link to his post on his WordPress site…..
I set up the fold up table and deck chair in the carpark and used a permapine post to secure the squid pole with the assistance of a few octopus straps. After setting up I headed to 7.144 and asked if the frequency was in use. I didn’t even get the chance to call CQ. A pile of hungry park activators were there waiting for me. First cab off the rank was Dennis VK2HHA, followed by Tom VK5EE, Col VK5HCF and then Geoff VK3SGQ. All the usual suspects followed, with terrific signals coming into Beyeria from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, and VK7.
Above:- Aerial shot showing my operating spot in the Beyeria Conservation Park. Image courtesy of Protected Planet.
I was 19 QSOs into the activation, and chatting to Greg VK5GJ who was running QRP 4 watts, when the heavens started to open up. So it was a quick scramble to the 4WD to grab the bothy bag. Fortunately my time under the bothy bag was limited to around 5 minutes, and the showers cleared.
Soon after I started to experience a little bit of QRM from 7.145. I went up 1kc and kindly asked the VK2 guys if they would mind QSYing and they obliging did so.
This particular activation was a good one for acquiring a few more Park to Park (P2P) contacts. The first was with Neil VK4HNS/2 who was in the Koreelah National Park VKFF-0268 (5/8 sent and 5/7 received). Next was Phil VK6ADF/p in the Hassell National Park VKFF-0228, a distance of around 2,500 km (5/5 sent and 5/6 received). But the icing in the cake was yet to come.
After working a total of 50 stations on 40m I lowered the squid pole and removed the links and then headed to 14.310 on 20m. First taker there was Rick VK4RF. Wow, has Rick got dedication. He features in virtually all of my park activations that I’ve conducted in recent times. Steve VK4KUS then called in to say g’day from Hervey Bay, followed by Cliff VK2NP. The DX then started to roll in. First up was DK0EE in Germany, followed by Oliver DK7TX in Dusseldorf, Germany. I worked a total of 21 stations on 20m, but the highlight was working my very good friend Marnix OP7M (who I stayed with whilst in Europe), and also two European P2P contacts.
The first was with my good mate Danny OT4V/p who was portable in Vallei van de Helderbeek ONFF-0296. Danny was quite weak (3/3) but we made it, with Danny giving me a 4/4 signal report from his park in Belgium.
Danny OT4V has a nice WordPress site of all his park activations which can be found at…..
This was followed by a P2P contact with Swa ON5SWA who was portable in Wolvertemse Beemden ONFF-0499. Swa was a little stronger than Danny (5/3) and Swa gave me a 4/4 from his park in Belgium.
So after nearly 90 minutes in the park I had a total of 71 contacts in the log on 20m and 40m, and two memorable P2P contacts into Belgium.
The following stations were worked:-
- VK4HNS/2 (Koreelah National Park VKFF-0268)
- VK6ADF/p (Hassell National Park VKFF-0228)
The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-
- OT4V/p (Vallei van de Helderbeek ONFF-0296)
- ON5SWA/p (Wolvertemse Beemden ONFF-0499).
Thanks to everyone who spotted me, including Rob VK4FFAB.
At the end of the activation I went for a walk around the loop circuit in the park. It’s well worth doing and gives you a good appreciation of the park.
National Parks and Wildlife Service, 1992, Beyeria and Lathami Conservation Parks Management Plan.
Wikipedia, 2016, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyeria_Conservation_Park>, viewed 5th September 2016