Telford Scrub Conservation Park 5CP-226 and VKFF-0805 and the VK Shires Contest

After leaving the SERG Convention, Marija and I decided to head out to the Telford Scrub Conservation Park 5CP-226 & VKFF-0805 for a few hours for the VK Shires Contest which had commenced at 0600 UTC that day (3.30 p.m. South Australian local time).  Telford Scrub is just 15 km north of Mount Gambier, just off the Riddoch Highway.

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Map showing the location of the Telford Scrub Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Telford Scrub is 175 hectares in size and was first proclaimed on 12th March 1987.  The park features a 100 metre long boardwalk which takes you along the forest canopy about 4 metres off the ground.  There are various interpretive signs along the way.

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Aerial shot, showing the park, with Mount Gambier in the background.  Image courtesy of Google maps

The park supports four major vegetation types:  Brown Stringybark open woodland, Brown Stringybark/Rough-barked Manna Gum open woodland, Swamp Gum open woodland; and low open shrubland.  More than 20 species of native orchid can be found in the park.

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About 117 species of bird have been recorded in the park including the Crimson Rosella, Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, White-browned Scrubwomen, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Satin Flycatcher, and Southern Boobook.  During our visit, a vehicle arrived in the carpark.  It was a gentleman about to head off on a night walk through the park to photograph owls and Tawny Fromouths.  It is truly amazing who you meet when you visit these parks.

A large amount of native wildlife can be found in the park including Western Grey kangaroos and koalas.The vulnerable Southern Brown Bandicoot and the endangered Sugar Glider can also be found.

Below is a great video of a Sugar Glider in flight.

Marija and I set up in the carpark off Grundys Lane.  We were all set up and ready to go by around 0710 UTC (4.40 p.m. South Australian local time).

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Aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot in the southern section of the park.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

There was plenty of room here to string out the 80/40/20m linked dipole.


Telford Scrub is located in the District Council of Grant (GD5 for the VK Shires Contest).  It is quite strange how it works down in the South East.  The town of Mount Gambier comes under the City of Mount Gambier Council, whilst the land around it is the District Council of Grant.

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Map showing the Grant Council area surrounding the town of Mount Gambier, and our operating spot at Telford Scrub.

I started off on 7.115 on the 40m band.  The band was quite busy with stations calling ‘CQ Contest’.  My first station worked was Andrew VK2UH, followed by Geoff VK3SQ, and then Hans VK6XN who was operating portable in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park VKFF-1454.  I logged a total of 52 stations including another Park to Park contact, this time with Phil VK6ADF/p who was in Lesueur National Park VKFF-0285.


The 40m band had slowed a little, so I headed to the 80m band.  We found Tony VK3XV/p calling CQ on 3.610 from the Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630.  We both logged Tony, and I then moved down to 3.605 and started calling ‘CQ Contest’.  I logged 12 stations before swapping the mic with Marija.

Marija wasn’t real keen on the contesting, but wanted to qualify the park with 10 QSOs for the VKFF program.  She soon reached that total in around 10 minutes, with contact number 10 being Michael VK3LM.


I then took charge of the mic again and logged an additional 15 stations on 80m including Bill ZL2AYZ in Blenhiem in New Zealand.  Marija and I swapped the mic so she could log our good friend Ivan VK5HS when he called in, and also Bill in New Zealand.  To finish off the activation, Marija logged a handful of stations after tuning across the 80m band.

Marija had a total of 15 stations in the log from VK2, VK3, VK5, and New Zealand, all on the 80m band.  I had a total of 80 stations in the log on the 40m and 80m bands.  It was time to head back into Mount Gambier for some dinner, with the local time being just after 7.00 p.m. local time.

I had logged 61 different shires for the contest:

  1. AC2
  2. AC5
  3. BB3
  4. BC3
  5. BL2
  6. BN4
  7. BU7
  8. CB2
  9. CK2
  10. CN2
  11. CO6
  12. CS3
  13. CW6
  14. DG4
  15. DN6
  16. FC3
  17. FC4
  18. GB3
  19. GD5
  20. GG3
  21. GS7
  22. HC7
  23. HI2
  24. IP4
  25. IS3
  26. KH7
  27. KY2
  28. LC3
  29. LE2
  30. LS3
  31. LV4
  32. MD5
  33. MG3
  34. MM3
  35. MO3
  36. MP3
  37. MZ3
  38. NA2
  39. NC2
  40. NS3
  41. OC5
  42. QP2
  43. RP5
  44. RM6
  45. RX5
  46. SB4
  47. SG3
  48. UA2
  49. UH2
  50. UL2
  51. WD2
  52. WH3
  53. WO2
  54. WR3
  55. WV2
  56. WW2
  57. WW7
  58. WY3
  59. YP5
  60. YV2
  61. YV3

We headed to Fasta Pasta, and while Marija was inside ordering, I made a total of 6 contacts on 40m and 80m from the vehicle.  This time in the Mount Gambier Council area (MG5 for the VK Shires Contest).

We then headed back to the motel room for dinner.

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3XV/p (Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630)
  2. VK3GH
  3. VK3FSLG
  4. VK5FANA
  5. VK3FAAJ
  6. VK3SQ
  7. VK3ER
  8. VK3WMM/p
  9. VK3PF
  10. VK3LM
  11. VK5HS
  12. ZL2AYZ
  13. VK3C
  14. VK5KBJ
  15. VK2YW/p

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2UH
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK6XN/p (Shoalwater Islands Marine Park VKFF-1454)
  4. VK2NEO
  5. VK2KDP
  6. VK4QQ
  7. VK2BBQ/p
  8. VK2KJJ
  9. VK2KT
  10. VK5FANA
  11. ZL2AYZ
  12. VK2TCL
  13. VK4NH
  14. VK3OHM
  15. VK2LEE
  16. VK2YW/p
  17. VK7JGD
  18. VK4FMAX
  19. VK3PI
  20. VK2SR
  21. VK5KPR
  22. VK5NJ
  23. VK2MTM
  24. VK2VVV
  25. VK2NSS
  26. VK3GYH/p
  27. VK7ZGK
  28. VK3NLK
  29. VK3ARH
  30. VK3MRG
  31. VK3TNL
  32. VK2PHL
  33. VK2PAW
  34. VK3GC
  35. VK4FE
  36. VK7JON
  37. VK3FPSR
  38. VK2ND
  39. VK3JP
  40. VK2NSW
  41. VK2MT/p
  42. VK6ADF/p (Lesueur National Park VKFF-0285)
  43. VK7DW
  44. VK3GTS
  45. VK2QH
  46. VK3WMM/p
  47. VK2QK
  48. VK6FBOS
  49. VK2VOL
  50. VK4SMA
  51. VK5MR
  52. VK2GGA

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3XV/p (Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630)
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK5KBJ
  4. VK2YW/p
  5. VK2BFC
  6. VK3LDB
  7. VK3VKT
  8. VK5FANA
  9. VK3WMM/p
  10. VK3LM/p
  11. VK2ARL
  12. VK7GG
  13. VK2GGA
  14. VK3PF
  15. VK3GH
  16. VK5PO
  17. VK5HS
  18. VK3OHM
  19. VK3LM/p
  20. VK3CWF
  21. VK3FSPG
  22. VK3NXT
  23. VK3GC
  24. VK6VCK/p
  25. VK3CWM
  26. ZL2AYZ
  27. VK3ER
  28. VK4QH



Birds SA, 2017, <;, viewed 13th June 2017

National Parks South Australia, 2017, <;, viewed 13th June 2017

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