Deep Creek Conservation Park 5CP-054 and VKFF-0780

Once we got home to the homestead, I set up the equipment outside again and headed to 14.310 on 20m and called CQ.  As we had no internet coverage, I was just hoping that someone would come across my signal.  It didn’t take long and I was called by Ozren 9A7W in Croatia.  Ozren’s signal was not overly strong but we successfully exchanged 5/5 signal reports.  Next was Chris VK4BX, followed by Sasa 9A3NM in Croatia.

This was followed by a handful of Europeans from France, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, and just 2 Australians from VK8 and VK6.


It was a pretty cool evening, only 13 deg C, so I was rugged up with my beanie and jacket.   It was a much cooler evening compared to the night earlier.  Marija was kind enough to bring my tea outside to me, and I took a break, while Marija called CQ on 7.144.  Steve VK4QQ was her first caller, followed by Simon VK3FSLG and then Ian VK1DI.  Marija logged a total of 24 stations from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK7, and New Zealand.  This included Allan VK3ARH who was on SOTA peak Mount Beckworth VK3/ VC-024 and Gary VK5FGRY who was portable in the Morialta Conservation Park 5CP-142 & VKFF-0783.  Marija was also very pleased to have her second contact into New Zealand, with Oliver ZL1XS.


After finishing tea and lighting the slow combustion heater, I started calling CQ on 7.144.  It was getting too cold for Marija, and she retreated indoors to the fire.  My CQ was answered by Marshall VK3MRG who was camping on the banks of the Upper Yarra.  This was followed by Damien VK3FRAB, and then much to my surprise, Lubos KP2AD in the American Virgin Islands.  Lubos was booming in at 5/9 plus and gave me a 5/5 which I was very happy with.   I quickly summoned Marija outside and asked Lubos if he would be so kind to listen out for Marija.  He agreed and I would the power back down to 10 watts PEP.  Much to our amazement Lubos came back with a 4/4 signal report for Marija.  We were both very excited as this was a new DXCC entity for Marija.

I went on to work a total of 32 stations on 7.144 from VK2, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7, Virgin Islands, New Zealand, and USA.  This included Bill VK4FW who was portable in the Mount Walsh National Park VKFF-0363, Peter VK3PF/p who was portable on SOTA peak VK3/ VW-007, Steve VK3SN who was portable in the Mount Buffalo National Park VKFF-0339, and Gerard VK2IO was portable on SOTA peak Broken Back Range VK2/ HU-054.  I was also very pleased to work Clive ZL4CJR who was operating portable from the Fjordland National Park ZLFF-0004.  Clive and I had quite a lengthy chat.

I then headed to 7.130 as I had been informed that Pedro NP4A in Puerto Rico was very loud and was working VK.  He certainly had quite a pile up going, and thanks to Mike VK2BXE who advised Pedro to have a listen out for me, I logged Pedro 5/9 both ways.

I then headed down to 3.610 on the 80m band and started calling CQ.  The Over the Horizon radar was choofing away in the background, but it didn’t take long and I had my first caller, Chris VK3YUN.  This was followed by Mark VK6BSA who had a terrific 5/9 signal.  I worked a further 6 stations from VK3, VK4, VK6, and VK7, including Tony who was on top of SOTA peak Mount Mitchell VK3/ VN-012.

I then headed back to 40m and I tuned across the band.  I heard Alberto P29LL with a huge pile up from North America.  I then heard Bill W1ZY calling CQ from Rhode Island.  He wasn’t so busy and we had a short chat, exchanging signal reports 5/9 sent and 5/7 received).  Bill was quite amazed with my operating conditions.

I then called CQ on 7.155 and worked 7 stations, including Mark AF6TC in California USA and Oliver ZL1XS, before going QRT for the evening.

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. 9A7W
  2. VK4BX
  3. 9A3NM
  4. F1BLL
  5. SP5INQ
  6. IK4LZH
  7. S52KM
  8. OM7OM
  9. VK8RD
  10. VK6AHR
  11. IZ1ERW

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3MRG/p
  2. VK3FRAB
  3. KP2AD
  4. VK5FANA
  5. VK1MTS
  6. VK3VG
  7. VK2GPT
  8. VK2LDN
  9. VK3NU
  10. VK4FW/p (Mount Walsh National Park VKFF-0363)
  11. VK3PF/p (Near Boroka Lookout VK3/VW-007)
  12. VK4GSF
  13. VK3SN/p (Mount Buffalo National Park VKFF-0339)
  14. VK2XQX
  15. VK2IO/p (SOTA Broken Back Range VK2/ HU-054)
  16. VK6FCAO/p
  17. VK3HBG
  18. VK1FC
  19. VK7ALB
  20. VK7VZ/p
  21. ZL4QT
  22. VK3ANL
  24. KN7D
  25. VK1HW
  26. VK2SR
  27. VK2HHA
  28. VK7PSJ
  29. VK7PAL
  30. VK2IAN
  31. ZL4CJR/p (Fjordland National Park ZLFF-0004)
  32. NP4A
  33. W1SY
  34. VK2ZIW
  35. AF6TC
  36. VK6NTE
  37. VK1AL/2
  38. VK2XXM
  39. ZL1XS
  40. VK2IWU

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3YUN
  2. VK6BSA
  3. VK7PRN
  4. VK3ZIP
  5. VK4GSF
  6. VK3CAT/p (SOTA Mount Mitchell VK3/ VN-012)
  7. VK6HRC
  8. VK3PAT

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4QQ
  2. VK3FSLG
  3. VK1DI
  4. VK2GPT
  5. VK2LDN
  6. VK2ND
  7. VK3ARH (SOTA Mount Beckworth VK3/ VC-024)
  8. VK3MMX
  9. VK4NH
  10. VK4FLJT
  11. VK3FSPG
  12. VK3MPR
  13. VK5FGRY/p (Morialta Conservation Park 5CP-142 & VKFF-0783)
  14. VK3ANL
  15. VK3LBW
  16. VK3NGD
  17. VK7FEAT/m
  18. VK3FCMC
  19. VK3FRAB
  20. VK2FSAV
  21. VK3LPG
  22. ZL1XS
  23. VK2YW
  24. VK3MRG/p
  25. KP2AD
  26. VK4FW/p (Mount Walsh National Park VKFF-0363)

4 thoughts on “Deep Creek Conservation Park 5CP-054 and VKFF-0780

  1. Hi Paul,
    Another first class effort from you. Very nice, (as usual) write up, and a logbook full of exotic contacts. Congratulations to Marija on her effort as well, particularly with the DX part.
    Thanks for another great weekend mate.

    • Hi Col,

      Lubos KP2AD was a real bonus for us both. The US Virgin Islands was a new DXCC entity for us both whilst operating portable. Lubos gave Marija a 4/4 which is not bad with her 10 watts.



  2. Hi Paul, Congratulations to you and Marija. You both had some wonderful contacts. I am sorry I wasn’t on the air. May be next year? I am trying to get myself in shape for a trip just after Easter. I am keeping my fingers crossed!
    I enjoyed your photos and the homestead looks great.

    John D

    • Hi John,

      The homestead was great, although a little too large for just Marija and I. The other 2 cottages were already booked out so we weren’t left with an option.

      We were extremely pleased to log Lubos in the American Virgin Islands. That was a real bonus.



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