VK5WOW at Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828

Yesterday afternoon/evening (Friday 28th April 2017) I ventured out to the Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 & VKFF-0828, using the special call of VK5WOW.

All contacts with VK5WOW count towards the 2017 WIA AGM & Convention Award.  More details can be found at…..

http://www.wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/agm2017/

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This was the third time I have used VK5WOW.  More times as an activator than I have logged the station unfortunately, due to close in propagation being non existant when others have used the call.

Monarto Conservation Park is just a short 20 minute drive down the South Eastern Freeway for me.  The park is situated about 62 km east of Adelaide, and 30 km east of my home.

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Map showing the location of the Monarto Conservation Park, east of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

I have activated Monarto Conservation Park many times in the past.  For information on those activations and more information on the park, please see my previous posts at…..

https://vk5pas.org/2016/10/16/2016-vkff-team-championship-and-monarto-cp-vkff-0828/

https://vk5pas.org/2015/04/27/monarto-conservation-park-vkff-828/

https://vk5pas.org/2015/01/31/monarto-cp-and-the-2nd-activation-afternoon/

https://vk5pas.org/2014/12/04/monarto-conservation-park-3/

https://vk5pas.org/2014/05/18/monarto-conservation-park-2/

https://vk5pas.org/2013/06/01/monarto-conservation-park/

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Aerial shot showing the park with reference to my home QTH, 20 minutes down the road.  Image courtesy of Google maps

I activated the park from my normal spot, the carpark in the north western corner of the park.  I ran my normal portable station for this activation, consisting of the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts output, and the 80/40/20 m linked dipole, inverted vee, supported on the 7m heavy duty telescopic squid pole.

It was a dull and overcast afternoon with the temperature being 19 deg C.  There were some dark clouds in the sky but no forecast of rain.

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Aerial shot of the park, showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

I started off on 7.134 on the 40m band.  I could not get onto my nominated operating frequency of 7.144 as there was an EA5 operating there.  Although he was a good strong 5/8 signal, sadly he was unable to hear me.   My first contact was a Park to Park contact with Greg VK4VXX/2 in the Sturt National Park VKFF-0470.  You can always count on some amateurs giving you a shout during an activation, and Rick VK4RF/VK4HA is one of those.  Rick was next in my log with his normal strong 5/9 signal.  I worked 11 contacts into VK2, VK3, VK5 and VK7, and was then asked to QSY as I was causing interference to a European net on 7.137.

I QSYd up the band to 7.170.  It was very hard to find a clear frequency on 40m, with good signals from VK and Europe.  The first station logged on 7.170 was Brett VK2VW.  This was followed by Danny ON4VT in Belgium who was calling in amongst the VK’s.  Danny had a good 5/5 signal and gave me a 4/4 into Belgium.  I went on to work a total of 26 stations on 7.170 from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK7 and Belgium.  This included Gerard VK2IO/p, Park to Park, who was in Karuah National Park VKFF-0596.  I was pleased that a handful of VK5’s appeared in the log, with close in propagation (within 50 km) possible.

I then headed off to 14.310 on the 20m band where I logged 14 stations including a little bit of DX from France, Czech Republic, Italy, and England.  Long path conditions into Europe were less than ideal.  I also had three Park to Park contacts: Gerard VK2IP/p in the Karuah National Park VKFF-0596; Neil VK4HNS/p in the Connondale National Park VKFF-0109; and Simon VK6MSC who was on SOTA peak VK6/ SW-036 in the Helena National Park VKFF-0645.

I then headed back to 7.170 on 40m where I logged a further 22 stations from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7, VK8, and the USA.  This included my good wife Marija VK5FMAZ who had just arrived home from work, and Mark AF6TC in California USA.  Mark was to be my only North American contact for the activation.

I was also called by Simon VK6MSC, for a second band, on SOTA peak VK6/ SW-036 in the Helena National Park VKFF-0645.  It’s always nice to log Western Australian stations.  Here in Australia we take these sort of contacts for granted as local contacts.  Although for me this is a distance of around 2,500 km.

It was now approaching 6.00 p.m. local time and it was almost dark, so I decided to try 80m again.  This time I logged 22 stations on 80m, from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK8.  I was pleased to log my mate Greg VK8GM in Alice Springs who was a strong 5/9.  I also made contact with Gerard VK2IO, for a third band, who was in Karuah National Park VKFF-0596.

As it was nearly 7.00 p.m. local time, I headed back to 40m for the commencement of the 7130 DX Net.  Sadly, band conditions on 40m were less than ideal, and Roy VK7ROY the net control was struggling to hear me.  I made just 6 contacts on the net into VK2, VK6, New Zealand and French Polynesia.

I decided to give 80m one last go before packing up and heading home for dinner.  I called CQ on 3.610 and this was answered by Bill VK4FW, followed by Danny VK4SD/2, and then Zorro VK3ZIP.  Next up was John VK3TCT who was in London in the UK, and was operating remote from his home station in Mildura Victoria.  I logged a further 7 stations, and despite numerous CQ calls I had no further takers.  The temperature was now down to 10 deg C and it was well and truly time to pack up and head home for something to eat.

I had a total of 113 contacts in the log and another successful park activation using VK5WOW, considering pretty average band conditions.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4VXX/2 (Sturt National Park VKFF-0470)
  2. VK4RF
  3. VK4HA
  4. VK2NEO
  5. VK3GGG
  6. VK3PMG
  7. VK5FAKV
  8. VK5ST
  9. VK7VDL
  10. VK2QR
  11. VK2SWL
  12. VK2BN
  13. ON4VT
  14. VK5GI
  15. VK4PDX
  16. VK5KLD
  17. VK5PET
  18. VK3PAT
  19. VK5KLV
  20. VK3ARH
  21. VK2NP
  22. VK7CW
  23. VK3FORD
  24. VK5FMLO
  25. VK3MCK
  26. VK3VKT/m
  27. VK3GMC
  28. VK4TJ
  29. VK2IO/p (Karuah National Park VKFF-0596)
  30. VK4ARW
  31. VK3FOWL
  32. VK3SRC
  33. VK3ZMD
  34. VK5HS
  35. VK5FANA
  36. VK4FW
  37. VK3VEF
  38. VK3YSP
  39. VK5FMAZ
  40. VK4FMAX
  41. VK7ZGK
  42. VK7JON
  43. VK2ZH
  44. VK7VZ/p
  45. VK1AD
  46. VK3FRAB
  47. VK4KUS
  48. VK7DW
  49. VK6MSC/p (SOTA VK6/ SW-036 & Helena National Park VKFF-0645)
  50. VK6QM
  51. AF6TC
  52. VK7FOLK
  53. VK3ZD
  54. VK3NCC/8
  55. VK4FAAJ
  56. VK3HKK
  57. VK7VDS
  58. VK4FAID
  59. VK4GMH
  60. ZL2ASH
  61. VK7ROY
  62. VK6VZZ/m
  63. FO5JV
  64. VK6WB
  65. VK2NED

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK5YX
  2. F4FEP
  3. VK6MAC/p
  4. OK2TS
  5. IK2ZJN
  6. IK8FIQ
  7. IU3FBL
  8. VK2IO/p (Karuah National Park VKFF-0596)
  9. VK4RZ
  10. VK4HNS/p (Connondale National Park VKFF-0109)
  11. VK6MSC/p (SOTA VK6/ SW-036 & Helena National Park VKFF-0645)
  12. VK2ZH
  13. F1BLL
  14. M5JON

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3FQ
  2. VK5FMLO
  3. VK4ZD
  4. VK3ANL
  5. VK5KLV
  6. VK5ST
  7. VK4MAX
  8. VK4DI
  9. VK8GM
  10. VK5FANA
  11. VK5FMWW
  12. VK2NED
  13. VK3PKY
  14. VK5FWMT
  15. VK3FLAK
  16. VK4RZ
  17. VK3FPHG
  18. VK2IO/p (Karuah National Park VKFF-0596)
  19. VK3ERW
  20. VK3LDB
  21. VK5ALR
  22. VK1DI
  23. VK3PAT
  24. VK4FW
  25. VK4SD/2
  26. VK3ZIP
  27. VK3TCT
  28. VK5FRSM
  29. VK6VCK/p
  30. VK4QS
  31. VK6VET
  32. VK6VNZ
  33. VK2NCS
  34. VK2NEO

2 thoughts on “VK5WOW at Monarto Conservation Park 5CP-138 and VKFF-0828

    • Hi Chris,

      I’ve looked back at some of my park activations when the WWFF program and the VK5 Parks Award program commenced, and the number of QSOs logged now during an activation compared to back then is really quite amazing. The parks programs have become very popular.

      73,

      Paul VK5PAS.

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