VK5WOW and VI5WOW in parks

The 2017 Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Annual General Meeting & Convention has been and gone.  And along with it, the special calls of VK5WOW and VI5WOW.

As part of the special award which is on offer, a number of park activations as VK5WOW and VI5WOW were undertaken.  I activated 6 Conservation Parks and 1 mill for Mills on the Air as VK5WOW.  And 2 Conservation Parks as VI5WOW.


I used VK5WOW during the following activations:-

  • Scott Creek Conservation Park (16/4/2017) -157 QSOs
  • Cooltong Conservation Park (23/4/2017) – 161 QSOs
  • Monarto Conservation Park (28/4/2017) – 113 QSOs
  • Totness Recreation Park (4/5/2017) – 130 QSOs
  • Nixons Mill Hahndorf (13/5/2017) – 89 QSOs
  • Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park (13/5/2017) – 107 QSOs
  • Mark Oliphant Conservation Park (21/5/2017) – 31 QSOs

Total of 788 QSOs I made as VK5WOW.

I used VI5WOW during the following activations:-

  • Mount George Conservation Park (18/5/2017) – 84 QSOs
  • Mylor Conservation Park (21/5/2017) – 56 QSOs

Total of 140 QSOs I made as VI5WOW.

Total of 928 QSOs I made as VK5WOW and VI5WOW.

David VK5KC used VK5WOW to activate the Murray River National Park, making 11 contacts.  Steve VK5SFA activated the Black Hill Conservation Park as VK5WOW, making 126 QSOs.  This brings the total number of contacts for VK5WOW to 914, with 25 of those being Park to Park contacts.

Peter VK3PF also activated two Conservation Parks in the South East of South Australia, using VI5WOW: Kungari Conservation Park , Lake Hawdon Conservation Park.  Thus adding a further 69 contacts for VI5WOW, bringing the total number of contacts for VI5WOW from parks to 209.  Of those, 3 were Park to Park contacts.

Together, VK5WOW and VI5WOW (whilst operating portable) made a total of 1,123 QSOs from 12 different parks and 1 mill for the Mills on the Air weekend.  Of course many other contacts were made by other operators who were operating from home, using digital modes, etc.

Below is a bar graph showing the VK5WOW/ and VI5WOW/p contacts.

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The vast majority of contacts were into Victoria-VK3 (367), followed by South Australia-VK5 (228) and closely followed by New South Wales-VK2 (198).  Sadly, there were only a small number of DX stations worked.  A breakdown of QSOs can be seen in the bar graph below and the following stats:-

  • VK1 – 25
  • VK2 – 198
  • VK3 – 367
  • VK4 – 175
  • VK5 – 228
  • VK6 – 37
  • VK7 – 55
  • VK8 – 2
  • Japan – 7
  • New Zealand – 13
  • USA – 1
  • Germany – 2
  • England – 1
  • Belgium – 2
  • French Polynesia – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Croatia – 2
  • Finland – 1
  • Italy – 4
  • France – 1

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As a result of the activity from parks VK5WOW has been awarded a handful of awards for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program: the Bronze VKFF Hunter certificate and the Silver VKFF certificate.

VK5WOW also received the global WWFF Hunter 10 certificate for working 10 different WWFF references.

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VK5WOW has also been issued with the WWFF global Park to Park 10 award certificate.


2016 CQ WW DX Contest certificate

I entered into the 2016 CQ WW DX Contest in the SIngle Operator/Low Power/All Bands section, and made a total of 331 contacts.  My claimed score was 130,240 points.  I was the only VK5 to submit a log.

My score was brought down to 124,820 points.  I came 1st in my category in Australia, 5th in Oceania, and 164th in the world.

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Mylor Conservation Park 5CP-156 and VKFF-0785 as VI5WOW

Late on Sunday afternoon (21st May 2017) proceedings had started to slow down a little, and I had a small window of time to head out to a park and operate as VI5WOW before the scheduled 6.00 p.m. BBQ tea at the Hahndorf Oval.  I decided on Mylor Conservation Park 5CP-156 & VKFF-0785, as it is just a short drive from Hahndorf.

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Map showing the location of the Mylor Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Mylor Conservation Park was proclaimed on the 27th day of February 1997.  While most of the land around the park has been cleared for residential and agricultural purposes, the park preserves an important area of remnant bushland.  The park is mostly Open Forest with Candlebark Gum, Brown Stringybark, Messmate Stringybark, Cup Gum, Pink Gum and Manna Gum.  Understory plants include Myrtle Wattle , Spiny Wattle, Narrow-leaf Bitter-pea, Large-leaf Bush-pea and Silver Banskia.

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Aerial shot of the Mylor Conservation Park, with Adelaide in the background.  Image courtesy of Google maps

The park takes its name from the nearby small town of Mylor which was proclaimed in 1891 by Acting Governor of South Australia, Sit James Boucaut who named it after his Cornish birthplace.


Sir James Penn Boucat (1831-1916).  Image courtesy of Wikipedia

There is a 2.3 km track winding through the park which is rated as ‘challenging’ and will take you around 2 hours to complete.

The park is home to a large amount of native wildlife including Western Grey kangaroos.  More than 50 species of bird have been recorded in the park including Adelaide Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Grey Fantail, and the Australian Golden Whistler.

I set up in my normal operating spot off Whitehead Road and Centre Track which is part of the Heysen Trail.

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Aerial shot of the Mylor Conservation Park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts and the 80/40/20m linked dipole for this activation.  I was set up and ready to go by just after 0710 UTC (4.40 p.m. South Australian local time).  I had around 60 minutes of on air time before I needed to pack up.

My first contact was on 7.144 on the 40m band with Steve VK4QQ.  This was followed by Phil VK3GTS, Cliff VK2NP, Gerard VK2IO and then Colin VK4PDX.  All had good strong signals ranging from 5/8-9.  The band appeared to be in pretty good shape.

I had contact number 10 in the log in around 9 minutes, this being with Matt VK3FORD.  Contact number 44, with Ian VK1DI, was reached in around 45 minutes.  I worked a total of 52 stations on 40m from VK2, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, and VK7, including a Park to Park contact with Nikolas VK3NLK who was operating portable in the Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978.

To finish off the activation I headed to 3.610 on the 80m band where I logged just 4 stations from VK3, VK5 and VK7.  Sadly I was really pushing for time and needed to go QRT.

So in around one hour in the park I had logged a total of 56 stations.  Hopefully I gave people another good contact towards the special 2017 AGM/Convention Award.


I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4QQ
  2. VK3GTS
  3. VK2NP
  4. VK2IO
  5. VK4PDX
  6. VK4SMA
  7. VK4KX
  8. VK3FPSR
  9. VK3SX
  10. VK3FORD
  11. VK3AWG
  12. VK5NJ
  13. VK2YW
  14. VK4DA
  15. VK5HDW
  16. VK5FMAZ
  17. VK5XD
  18. VK7DIK
  19. VK4HNS
  20. VK3LPG
  21. VK2NSS
  22. VK2QR
  23. VK2SWL
  24. VK4FMAX
  25. VK6NU
  26. VK6MAC/m
  27. VK7ZGK
  28. VK4BX
  29. VK3BL
  30. VK4TJ
  31. VK2FKDM
  32. VK7EV
  33. VK2FOUZ
  34. VK2BY/p
  35. VK5GY/m
  36. VK5NFT/m
  37. VK7FRJG
  38. VK3BKT
  39. VK4JWT
  40. VK3MAB
  41. VK1HW
  42. VK6EA/p
  43. VK4HDY
  44. VK1DI
  45. VK3YV
  46. VK2SK
  47. VK3NLK/p (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  48. VK2TMC
  49. VK5GJ
  50. VK2LEZ
  51. VK2LMT
  52. VK4NHH

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5GJ
  2. VK5GY/m
  3. VK3LDB
  4. VK7CW


Birds SA, 2017, <http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/mylor-conservation-park/&gt;, viewed 26th May 2017

National Parks South Australia, 2017, <https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/mylor-conservation-park&gt;, viewed 26th May 2017

Display at Hahndorf Oval

After packing up at Mark Oliphant Conservation Park I headed back to the Hahndorf Oval, where with the assistance of Chris VK5FR we set up a small display table promoting WWFF and the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.  This was as part of the Come and Try Day for the 2017 WIA AGM/Convention.


At the parks display table

We had a number of transceivers on display including the Yaesu FT-857d, Elecraft KX3, and the Yaesu FT-817nd.  Also numerous power sources, squid poles, antennas, and other surplus equipment.  Our WWFF & VK5 Parks Award handouts diminished as the afternoon went on.


Robbie VK5FRSM & Tony VK5ZAI at the display

Many thanks to Chris VK5FR for lending a hand, and thanks to those who stopped by for a chat and showed interest in the display.