Moana Sands Conservation Park 5CP-136 and VKF-1061

After packing up at Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, Marija and I headed to our second park activation for Saturday 1st July 2017, the Moana Sands Conservation Park 5CP-136 & VKFF-1061.  This was to be a unique park for us as activators for both the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program, and the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

Moana Sands Conservation Park is located about 36 km south of Adelaide.

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Map showing the location of the Moana Sands Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The Moana Sands Conservation Park is about22 ha (54 acres) in size and was established on the 7th November 1985.  It was proclaimed under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 in 1985 for the purpose of conserving a ‘significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site’ associated with the Kaurna people.

The park’s coastal sand dunes are very important in the cultural traditions of the Kaurna people who made their summer camp in the dunes next to Pedlar Creek. Many archaeological artefacts, including burial sites, hearths and shell middens – some dating back more than 6000 years – have been found where the overlying sand has blown away.

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Aerial view showing the park in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.  Image courtesy of Google maps

Moana was originally farming land from 1841. In the 1850s a local landowner lent his name to the beach and it became known as Dodd’s Beach.  In 1855, when shipping was the primary means of cargo transport in the area, the Nashwauk was wrecked on the beach near the Pedler Creek outlet.

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Bricks recovered from the wreck of the Nashwauk.  Image c/o South Australian Maritime Museum.

Due to an increased interest in tourism in the area, in 1927 the land was subdivided by Lake Beach Estate Ltd who held a competition to name the new town.  Mr C.H. Cave won the competition with Moana, which means “blue water” in the Maori language.  The land was divided into blocks of land suitable for holiday homes and wide streets were planned and laid out, but due to the Great Depression in 1929 development of the area was slow.

In the 1950s Moana experienced renewed interest from tourism as the residents of Adelaide enjoyed the freedom and mobility of car ownership – Moana was a pleasant 40 minute drive from Adelaide.

The area was recorded in the 1890’s as “the greatest development of sand dunes of  Gulf St. Vincent” boasting imposing dunes to 80 feet (25 metres); but within 40 years human and animal impact denuded the dunes and erosion demolished their magnificent stature.

The park is home to a large variety of birdlife including the Swamp harrier and the rare Hooded Plover.

We set up on the beach just a little south of Peddler Creek.  We ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 80/40/20m linked dipole supported on the 7m telescopic squid pole.

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Aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Despite it being a beautiful sunny afternoon, it was quite brisk, so there were only about 3 or 4 other vehicles on the beach.

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Marija started off the activation again, calling CQ on 7.140.  First in the log was regular park hunter Geoff VK3SQ, followed by Mr. reliable Rick VK4RF/VK4HA, and then Cliff VK2NP.  Within 7 minutes Marija had her 10 contacts in the log, qualifying the park for VKFF.  Contact number 10 was Allen VK3ARH.  Marija logged a total of 15 stations, before the pile up got the better of her and demanded that I take over on the mic.

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My first station in the log was John VK2YW in Wagga Wagga, followed by Peter VK2NEO and then Mike VK3ZMD.  Unfortunately a G station came up on 7.138, just 2 kc below me, and he was a good 5/7 signal and I experienced a lot of bleedover.  So I decided it was just not worth competing with him and I QSY’d up to 7.144.

I logged a total of 54 stations on 40m, including some European DX, much to my surprise.  Deme EA5IPC from Spain called me in amongst the VK pile up, confirming that sometimes it is very worthwhile listening for stations outside of VK.  You never know who is hearing you.  A few dozen QSOs later I was called by Uwe DL2ND in Germany.  It was quite a thrill to work a bit of DX on 40m from Europe.

I also logged a Park to Park contact with Hans VK6XN in the Greenmount National Park VKFF-0218 who was a good 5/7 signal.  Marija also logged Hans.

I then moved to 14.310 on the 20m band where I logged a total of 7 stations from Hawaii, Italy, Norway, VK2, VK6, and France.  It has been quite slim pickings in recent times with DX on 20m, so it was nice to at least log a handful of overseas stations.  I also logged Hans VK6XN/p on a second band from the Greenmount NP.

I then headed over to 3.610 on the 80m band and started calling CQ on 3.610.  Andrew VK2UH answered my call and reported that my signal was breaking up.  My VSWR was also a little high, but despite checking the BNC connection and the connections in the linked dipole, all appeared okay.  But I decided not to push my luck, and logged just 3 further stations: John VK5BJE, Terry VK5ATN, and Adrian VK5FANA.  Bill VK4FW tried, but we could quite make a valid contact.

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It was now approaching 5.00 p.m. local time and it was time to pack up and head home.  Marija and I had both qualified the park for VKFF, and I had qualified the park for WWFF.  Together we had 82 QSOs in the log.

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Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK4RF
  3. VK4HA
  4. VK2NP
  5. VK3MH/m
  6. Vk7QP
  7. VK5BJE
  8. VK3FOTO/m
  9. VK4AAC/p
  10. VK3ARH
  11. VK3GQ
  12. VK6BSA/m
  13. VK2IO
  14. VK7CW
  15. VK5HS
  16. VK6XN/p (Greenmount National Park VKFF-0218)
  17. VK4NH

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2YW
  2. VK2NEO
  3. VK3ZMD
  4. VK4AAC/p
  5. VK5BJE
  6. VK2XXM
  7. VK3ANL
  8. VK3FT
  9. VK5HS
  10. VK2QK
  11. VK3FTRI
  12. VK7DIK
  13. VK4HNS
  14. VK3NCR
  15. VK2KYO
  16. VK5GJ
  17. VK2JDR
  18. VK4PDX
  19. VK6MAC
  20. VK3KIM/m
  21. VK3FPHG
  22. VK3ZPF
  23. EA5IPC
  24. VK3BBB
  25. VK2HHA
  26. VK7DW
  27. VK2VRC
  28. VK4FMAX
  29. VK4TJ
  30. VK4GSF
  31. VK6HRC
  32. VK2GPT
  33. VK2VX
  34. VK2NP
  35. VK3FSPG
  36. VK3MPR
  37. VK3AWG
  38. VK7FGRA
  39. VK5KLV
  40. VK4FE
  41. VK2IO
  42. VK3HSB
  43. VK2NWB
  44. VK4NH
  45. VK6XN/p (Greenmount National Park VKFF-0218)
  46. VK5FANA
  47. VK3BUS
  48. VK3SQ
  49. VK7HCK
  50. VK4QQ
  51. VK3ZQ
  52. VK7AU
  53. DL2ND
  54. VK3TXB

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. KH6EB
  2. IK4GRO
  3. LB0OG
  4. VK2SR
  5. VK6RC/m
  6. VK6XN/p (Greenmount National Park VKFF-0218)
  7. F5PAU

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK2UH
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK5ATN
  4. VK5FANA

 

References.

Moana Surf Life Saving Club, 2017, <http://moanaslsc.com.au/about-moana/our-community/&gt;, viewed 2nd July 2017

National Parks South Australia, 2017, <https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Fleurieu_Peninsula/moana-sands-conservation-park&gt;, viewed 2nd July 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moana_Sands_Conservation_Park&gt;, viewed 2nd July 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moana,_South_Australia&gt;, viewed 2nd July 2017

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