Lashmar Conservation Park 5CP-113 and VKFF-0902

After leaving Pelican Lagoon I continued my drive along the Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island (KI) to my second intended park for the day, the Lashmar Conservation Park 5CP-113 and VKFF-0902.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Lashmar Conservation Park on the Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

As I approached Penneshaw on the Hog Bay Road I was rewarded with some amazing views of Penneshaw, Backstairs Passage, and the South Australian (SA) mainland.  Penneshaw is a little town on the north east coast of KI and is the island’s main ferry port from the island to Cape Jervis on the SA mainland.  Penneshaw was originally known as Hog Bay due to the pigs which were released by French Commander Nicholas Baudin.  It was to eventually be named Penneshaw, which was a combination of the names of Dr. F.W.Pennefather, the private secretary to Governor Jervois, and Flora Louisa Shaw, The Times colonial editor, a visitor to Government House.

One of my various hobbies, includes family history research, and South Australian history in general.  So I couldn’t help but stop briefly at the historic Penneshaw cemetery.  This cemetery contains the graves of numerous pioneers to the island, including George Bates.

Time was marching on, so it was back in the 4WD and then onto the Cape WIlloughby Road.  On the way to the park I spoke to Dennis VK2HHA from the mobile.  He kindly put a post up on Facebook to advise the ever keen hunters that I would be set up in the park shortly.

As I drove along the Cape Willoughby Road I stopped a few times to admire the views across Backstairs Passage over to the SA mainland.



Lashmar Conservation Park soon came into view, as it is well signposted.  Lashmar is located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula and is 3.59 kmin size.  The park was established on 16th September 1993 and includes the Lashmar Lagoon, a home to numerous waterbirds.  The park also adjoins the long sandy beach at Antechamber Bay, which was christened by explorer Matthew Flinders in April 1802 when he wrote in his journal:

“Our soundings were irregular, and some rocky islets being seen without sight of the opening.  I stood in at nine o’clock to look for anchorage at the east end of Kanguroo Island.  Finding no shelter there, we ran a little to leeward into a small bay, which I had observed before dark.  It is called the Ante-chamber’.

And before you pick up the spelling mistake……Kanguroo…..that’s the way Flinders always spelt Kangaroo.

The park was named after the Lashmar family, one of the pioneering families of Kangaroo Island who during the 1850’s held the Antechamber Bay Run.  In 2012 when I attended KI for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) I met Wren Lashmar, a fifth generation Kangaroo Islander.  Wren came out to the lighthouse and was very interested in what we were up to.

I found a small track off Cape Willoughby Road which led into a small clearing.  It was an ideal spot to set up and string out the 20/40/80m linked dipole.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, so I chose the shade of some gum trees.

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

Fittingly, as he had helped me earlier, Dennis VK2HHA was my first contact in the log from Lashmar.  Dennis was 5/9 plus from Albury.  Geoff Vk3SQ at Beechworth was next, followed by Ron VK3MRH and Wodonga, and then Marc VK3OHM.  All had 5/9 or 5/9 plus signals into Lashmar.  As is often the case with park activations, the first 10-15 minutes was quite frenetic, with a mini pile up developing.  Callers were from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK6, and VK7.  Noticably absent was VK5.  All except for Michael VK5FMLO in the southern suburbs of Adelaide who was 5/7 (5/8 received).  It was clear the 40m band was not open for most of the areas of VK5.

The signals coming in from Western Australia, considering the time of the day, were particularly good.  Mike VK6MB was a good 5/7 (5/5 received), Max VK6FN was also 5/7 (5/5 received), and Peter VK6APZ was 5/3 from his mobile (5/3 received).  I made one Park to Park contact during this activation at Lashmar, and that was with Geoff VK4XA who was portable in the Forty Mile Scrub Conservation Park VKFF-0181.

I worked a total of 34 stations and then headed to 20m where I spoke with Rick VK4RF/VK4HA and Mike VK6MB.  Both had good signals to Lashmar, but despite numerous CQ calls, they were my only takers on the 20m band.

So it was off to 80m for me, and first contact there was with Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula.  Michael VK5FMLO then called in, and this was followed by Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG.  Mick was a good 5/7 signal to me, but somebody he was having great difficulty with me.  We perservered for a few minutes until we successfully exchanged signal reports.  Just at the same time that somebody came up and relayed the signal report.  Fortunately, Mick and I had legitimately made the contact.  I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, PLEASE DO NOT RELAY SIGNAL REPORTS.  Doing so, makes the contact invalid.  I suspect the offender was from VK5, as their signal strength was very strong.  Despite me asking them if they would like to come up and make a contact, they declined.  The silence was deafining.  My final contact on 80m was with Gerry VK5NMG at Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula.

I headed back to 40m briefly, working a further 7 stations, making my total QSO count from Lashmar, 49.

Thankyou to the following who spotted me on parksnpeaks, Facebook, Yahoo group, etc.  It really does help.  They included David VK5PL

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2HHA
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK3MRH
  4. VK3OHM
  5. VK3UH
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. VK2NP
  9. VK6MB
  10. VK6FN
  11. VK2EXA
  12. VK4TSB
  13. VK4AAC/3
  14. VK3ZMD
  15. VK4XA/p (Forty Mile Scrub National Park VKFF-0181)
  16. VK3CM/p
  17. BK2IO/m
  18. VK6APZ/m
  19. VK3NXT
  20. VK2XXM
  21. VK2EJW
  22. VK6JON/7
  23. VK3BBB
  24. VK5FMLO
  25. VK2KYO
  26. VK3SFG
  27. VK3PF
  28. VK7CW
  29. VK3ANP
  30. VK3MCK
  31. VK2KJJ
  32. VK3FARO
  33. VK4ARW
  34. VK4HNS
  35. VK4FAAS
  36. VK3KAI
  37. VK3GV
  38. VK2HEW
  39. VK3ELH
  40. VK4FFAB
  41. VK2PDW/m

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK6MB

The following stations were worked on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK5FMLO
  3. VK3GGG
  4. VK3PMG
  5. VK5NMG



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4 thoughts on “Lashmar Conservation Park 5CP-113 and VKFF-0902

  1. Hi Paul, was a difficult contact my end, very rapid qsb, I was hearing the 5, but the second part of the report kept taking a dive at the wrong time. Same happened while you where counting, 1,2,3,4,5….. dropped away fast so a few times was unsure if you’d finished or it was qsb, and finally heard the 7 and thought that can’t be right because it was such a struggle my end, then heard it again followed by a third party relay. If only all those listeners would just call in.
    Anyway, glad you had 80m, especially that day as 40m wasn’t working to me.
    Been a real struggle getting any contacts logged of late where I am, and missed quite a few I haven’t worked before because of poor conditions for short skip. 80m fills that gap nicely if available. I’m looking at antenna options for when I can get back out there, maybe an endfed with tuner and a single counerpoise at roughly the same length as a 40/20 linked dipole and still in an inverted vee, which should tune all hf from 80m up. I think an 80 dipole would be a little difficult to put at at some parks, though it works well from hearing you.

  2. Hi Mick,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my site and leaving a post. It was a good contact on 80m despite the efforts of the other station, who due to their signal strength I suspect to be a VK5. The same thing happened in Pelican Lagoon, again on 80m, only that time I recognised the culprit’s voice who apologised.

    I don’t have a dedicated 80m antenna at home, but I’m going to have to try to rectify that.

    Thanks for all the contacts whilst on KI.



    • Hi Chris,

      Plenty of operating spots to choose from here. Next time I’m going to operate from down on the beach. Hope to hear you up on deck with that new call soon.



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