Day ten, the Wingan River West Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2231

It was now day 10 (Monday 13th November 2017) of our trip, and our time at Cann River had come to an end.  We had enjoyed ourselves staying here and would recommend the motel.  It is ideally located right next to the hotel, and across the road from the excellent Relics Cafe.  We had planned to activate the Wingan River West Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2231.  The park is located about 475 km east of Melbourne and about 30 km east of Cann River.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Wingan River West NCR.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

I have been unable to find a lot of information on the internet with reference to the Wingan River West Nature Conservation Reserve.  Dingo Creek and Beehive Creek flow into the Wingan River.   The Wingan River is just to the east of the park, and rises below Mount Future, near the Wingan Swamp, north of the Alfred National Park between Cann River and Genoa, and flows generally south through the Croajingolong National Park joined by eight minor tributaries before reaching its mouth with Bass Strait over a distance of around 49 km.  The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal word wangan, meaning “reed bed”

We travelled along Princes Highway until we reached Dingo Creek Track.  It is well signposted from the highway.

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We followed the Dingo Creek Track for a while, which was very narrow and quite overgrown.  We soon reached the intersection of Dingo Creek Track and Beehive Track.  And the Beehive Track is even worse.  We drove down there a short distance until the track became impassable due to the scrub.

We unpacked the gear and walked a short distance down the track and set up amongst a little clearing in the scrub.

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It was quite early in the morning, around 7.30 a.m. but still quite warm already.  I was in the process of setting up when I noticed a large Red-bellied Black snake just 3 feet in front of me.  The snake initially stayed still and then scuttled off into the scrub.  I must say it was a bit off putting.  Although this snake is less venomous than many other snakes, and a bite is not generally fatal, it will still make you very ill.

Marija and I again decided to share the mic until Marija had 10 contacts in the log.  After setting up we started calling CQ on 7.144, which was answered by Rick VK4RF/VK4hA, followed by Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG, and then Steve VK3FSPG/VK3MPR.  This was followed by a Park to Park contact with John VK2AWJ/3 who was activating the nearby Coopracambra National Park VKFF-0113.  John was very low down (5/2), and we were 5/1 to him.  But as our noise floors were so low, we were able to comfortably work each other.

Three QSOs later, and we had our 10 contacts in the log, after a QSO with regular park hunter Cliff VK2NP.  Next was another Park to Park contact, this time with Peter VK3TKK/p who was activating the Organ Pipes National Park VKFF-0627.

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I then continued calling CQ and after around 1 hour and 20 minutes in the park, I had contact number 44 in the log.  That being a QSO with Peter VK3GV.  I logged a total of 49 stations on 40m from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  Despite it being a weekday, I was very happy with the number of callers who called in to get Wingan River West NCR in the log.

I then tried the 80m band, calling CQ on 3.610.  My call was answered by Peter VK3PF, followed by Brian VK3BBB, Ken VK3UH, Sergio VK3SFG, and finally Ray VK3RW.  All had good 5/8-9 signals.

Marija and I then packed up and continued on our way to Mallacoota where we planned to stay for 2 nights.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK3GGG
  4. VK3PMG
  5. VK3FSPG
  6. VK3MPR
  7. VK2AWJ/3 (Coopracambra National Park VKFF-0113)
  8. VK2IO
  9. VK5MRT
  10. VK2NP
  11. VK3TKK/p (Organ Pipes National Park VKFF-0627)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK3GGG
  4. VK3PMG
  5. VK3FSPG
  6. VK3MPR
  7. VK2AWJ/p (Coopracambra National Park VKFF-0113)
  8. VK2IO
  9. VK5MRT
  10. VK2NP
  11. VK3TKK/p (Organ Pipes National Park VKFF-0627)\VK5BJE
  12. VK5KLV
  13. VK5MBD
  14. VK3FOWL
  15. VK3FLCS
  16. VK3JP
  17. VK3CA
  18. VK3PF
  19. VK7JON/m
  20. VK7FOLK/m
  21. VK2HHA
  22. VK5DW
  23. VK5FMWW
  24. VK5YX
  25. VK2MTC
  26. VK3YSP
  27. VK7DX
  28. VK3CM
  29. VK4TJ
  30. VK4/VE6XT
  31. VVK4/AC8WN
  32. VK2JNG
  33. VK3MRH
  34. VK3RW
  35. VK3MKM
  36. VK2SB
  37. VK3ANL
  38. VK3SQ
  39. VK2VW
  40. VK3DNH
  41. VK3MBW/5
  42. VK3KAI
  43. VK3GV
  44. VK2LEE
  45. VK2VKB
  46. VK4RZ
  47. VK3SFG
  48. VK3UH

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK3BBB
  3. VK3UH
  4. VK3SFG
  5. VK3RW

 

References.

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingan_River>, viewed 30th November 2017

Our last park for day nine, the Lind National Park VKFF-0287

Our final activation for the day and our final activation for the 2017 Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Weekend was the Lind National Park VKFF-0287.  This would be our fourth Victorian park activated for this special weekend.  The Lind National Park is located about 431 km east of Melbourne and about 20 km west of Cann River.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Lind National Park.  Map courtesy of google maps

The Lind National Park is 1,370-hectare (3,400-acre) and was established way back in 1926.  The park was recommended by a Crown Lands Investigation Committee to conserve rainforest habitat and was subsequently gazetted, with an area of 1,166 hectares.  In 1988 the park was expanded to 1,365 hectares and a further 5 hectares were added in 1995.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the Lind National Park, with Cann River in the background.  Image courtesy of google maps

The Lind National Park is old growth forest which is relatively untouched since European settlement.  The park has a history of minind activity which is indicated by numerous mine shafts and relics,particularly at Olive Branch mine on the Olive Branch Creek.  A total of 36 species of mammals, 167 of birds, 22 of reptiles and 14 of amphibians have been recorded in the Lind National Park.

We travelled back into Cann River and then west out of town along the Princes Highway until we reached Lind Park Road.  We travelled a short distance and then turned into Euchre Valley Nature Drive.

Despite the fact that various Parks Victoria literature talks about this track being accessible and leading to picnic areas, it certainly doesn’t at the eastern end of the park.  The track was totally overgrown with vegetation and was impassable.

As a result, it was a good place to set up.  There was a nice cleared area to string out the 80/40/20m linked dipole.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot.  Image courtesy of google maps

Marija and I once again shared the mic until Marija had her 10 contacts in the log.  We found the 40m band quite busy, but found 7.139 clear, where we started to put out a few CQ calls.  These were answered by Tony VK3XV/p who was activating the Hattah Kulkyne National Park VKFF-0231 in western Victoria.  Park regular, Rick VK4RF/VK4HA then called in, followed by Allen VK3ARH and then Deryk VK3PAA.  Within 15 minutes we had contact number 10 in the log, a QSO with John VK4TJ.

I then took control of the mic and called CQ, hoping to get my 44 contacts required to qualify the park for WWFF.  The 40m band was in great shape and it was like the old times again, with a mini pile up ensuing.

I logged a total of 60 stations on 40m from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  This included a number of Park to Park contacts as follows:-

  • Peter VK3PF/p at the Mornington Peninsula National Park VKFF-0333
  • Aaron VK1LAJ/p at the Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve VKFF-0850
  • Helen VK7FOLK/p at the Scamander Conservation AreaV KFF-1147
  • Jonathan VK7JON/p at the Scamander Conservation Area VKFF-1147

I also spoke with David VK3IL/p who was activating SOTA summit, Mt Number 3, VK3/ VE-033.

I then tried my luck on 14.310 on the 10m band.  My first caller there was Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG, followed by Steve VK4KUS, Nev VK5WG, and then Hideo JF1SEK in Japan.  I worked a further 5 stations on 20m including Tadashi JA1VRY and Stuie VK8NSB in Darwin.

I then moved to the 80m band where I logged 3 stations: Peter VK3ZPF, Adam VK2YK, and Ian VK1DI.  To complete the activation I put out a few CQ calls on 40m again.  This was answered by John VK5BJE in the Adelaide Hills and then Peter VK2NEO with a very strong signal.  Unfortunately K3EST came up on the frequency and started calling CQ.  He was quite strong, but sadly wasn’t hearing my little signal.  I logged a further 3 stations: David VK5PL, Adrian VK5FANA, and Nan VK2KRN, and decided it was not worth competing with the USA station, so I went QRT for the day.

It had been another very good activation, with a total of 78 stations in the log.  Marija had also qualified the park for KRMNPA and VKFF, and had 16 contacts in the log.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3XV (Hattah Kulkyne National Park VKFF-0231)
  2. VK4RF
  3. VK4HA
  4. VK3ARH
  5. VK3PAA
  6. VK2NEO
  7. VK2XXM
  8. VK3OHM
  9. VK4TJ
  10. VK4/VE6XT
  11. VK4/AC8WN
  12. VK3PF/p (Mornington Peninsula National Park VKFF-0333)
  13. VK3IL/p (SOTA Mt Number 3, VK3/ VE-033)
  14. VK1LAJ/p (Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve VKFF-0850)
  15. VK7FOLK/p (Scamander Conservation AreaVKFF-1147)
  16. VK7JON/p (Scamander Conservation AreaVKFF-1147)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3XV (Hattah Kulkyne National Park VKFF-0231
  2. VK4RF
  3. VK4HA
  4. VK3ARH
  5. VK3PAA
  6. VK2NEO
  7. VK2XXM
  8. VK3OHM
  9. VK4TJ
  10. VK4/VE6XT
  11. VK4/AC8WN
  12. VK3SQ
  13. VK3PF/p (Mornington Peninsula National Park VKFF-0333)
  14. VK7QP
  15. VK3FMKE
  16. VK3RU
  17. VK3KMH
  18. VK3UH
  19. VK7FGRA
  20. VK3NLK
  21. VK3IL/p (SOTA Mt Number 3, VK3/ VE-033)
  22. VK3JP
  23. VK3CA
  24. VK2LEE
  25. VK3FJET
  26. VK3ELH
  27. VK2JNG/m
  28. VK3PI
  29. VK7FRJG
  30. VK3HOT
  31. VK1DI
  32. VK1LAJ/p (Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve VKFF-0850)
  33. VK3SFG
  34. VK5FMWW
  35. VK5NJ
  36. VK2NP
  37. VK2YK
  38. VK4FFAB
  39. VK3MRH
  40. VK5TR
  41. VK3FVKI
  42. VK3MIJ
  43. VK3ZPF
  44. VK1HM
  45. VK3PWG
  46. VK7FOLK/p (Scamander Conservation AreaVKFF-1147)
  47. VK7JON/p (Scamander Conservation AreaVKFF-1147)
  48. VK3FMAA
  49. VK3FMIA
  50. VK3NBL
  51. VK4KUS
  52. VK2HHA
  53. VK3sX
  54. VK3TKK/m
  55. VK4SOE
  56. VK4SMA/p
  57. VK3GGG
  58. VK3PMG
  59. VK2VW
  60. VK4QQ
  61. VK5BJE
  62. VK2NEO
  63. VK5PL
  64. VK5FANA
  65. VK2KRN

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK3GGG
  2. VK3PMG
  3. VK4KUS
  4. VK5WG
  5. JF1SEK
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. JA1VRY
  9. VK5KLV
  10. VK8NSB

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3ZPF
  2. VK2YK
  3. VK1DI

After packing up we headed back into Cann River, only to find the pub shut.  So we ventured over the road to Relics Cafe where I enjoyed a very nice Steak sandwich.

 

References.

Parks Victoria, 1998, ‘Lind and ALfred National Parks Management Plan’

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lind_National_Park>, viewed 30th November 2017

South East Forests National Park VKFF-0458

After leaving the Coopracambra National Park Marija and I decided to go for a drive to the Victorian/New South Wales State border.  It was just a short 15 km drive up the Monaro Highway.  Along the way we decided to do a very quick activation, from the vehicle, of the South East Forests National Park VKFF-0458, which was just over the border in New South Wales.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the South East Forests National Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

The South East Forests National Park is a large park, comprising some 115,177-hectares (284,610-acres).  It was created in 1997 by the amalgamation of Genoa, Tantawangalo, Bemboka, Yowaka and Coolangubra National Parks, all of which had been gazetted in 1994.

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Above:- Map showing the area of the South East Forests National Park in the south eastern corner of New South Wales.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Until around 1968 much of the south eastern corner of New South Wales was vacant crown land consisting of rugged forest known as the Wallagaraugh Wilderness.  At this time a scientific committee which had been appointed by the New South Wales State Government, recommended the area of about 100,00 hectares be protected as a National Park.  However, the Japanese company Harris-Daishowa sought to log the area for woodchips, with most of the land been categorised as State Forest.  Only the Nalbaugh and Nungatta National Parks were declared in what is now South East Forests National Park.

In October 1969 logging commenced, and despite increasing opposition, continued for about 25 years.  During the 1988 election, the Labor State government proposed an 80,000 hectare park as a re-election promise, however they were not re-elected.  A number of protests were held in the area.  It was not until 1994, that under the Fahey Liberal State NSW Government that the Genoa, Tantawangalo, Bemboka Yowaka and Coolangubra national parks came into existence.

Above:- Various newspaper clippings relating to the protests.  Courtesy of Trove.

Combined with the adjoining Coopracambra National Park located in Victoria across the Black-Allan Line, the South East Forests National Park forms one of the largest contiguous areas of high quality wilderness in south-eastern Australia that spans from Bombala in New South Wales to the town of Cann River in Victoria.

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Above:- Aerial view showing the South East Forests National Park.  Image courtesy of google maps

A large amount of native animals can be found in the park including threatened species such as the Smoky Mouse.  The park forms part of the Ulladlla to Merimbula Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International due to its importance for Swift Parrots.

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Above:- Swift Parrot.  Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

We soon reached the New South Wales border and stopped briefly for a photograph at the State border sign.

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We continued a very short distance up the Monaro Highway and soon reached the park on our right, and a park sign of South East Forests.

This is truly magnificent country with scrub and forest as far as the eye can see.

Sadly there is still logging in the area.  The photos below show the stark contrast of the logged countryside compared to the lush forest.

Marija and I drove a short distance down Saddle Flaps Road and found a small dirt track which lead to a clearing.  We operated from the vehicle for this activation, running the Icom IC-7000 and the Codan 9350 self tuning antenna mounted on the rear of the Toyota Hi Lux.

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Above:- Aerial shot showing our operating spot in the South East Forests National Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

We had no internet coverage and were unable to self spot on parksnpeaks or Facebook.  We had a quick tune across the 40m band and found Jonathan VK7JON/p and Helen VK7FOLK/p calling CQ from the Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133, with a good 5/7 signal.  We logged Jonathan and Helen and then headed up the band to 7.144 where we started calling CQ.

Our CQ call was answered by Gerard VK2JNG/p who was in the Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491.  It was terrific to get 3 Park to Park contacts in the log.  This was followed by Adam VK2YK, Winston VK7WH, and then another Park to Park, with Peter VK3PF/p who was activating the Mornington Peninsula National Park VKFF-0333.

Ben VK7BEN/p then gave us a call from the Mount Field National Park VKFF-0347 in Tasmania, and then Colin VK3ZZS/7, and then Neil VK4HNS/p who was in the Knapp Creek Conservation Park VKFF-1574.  Not bad, our 6th Park to Park contact from South East Forests.  Our final caller on 40m was Marc VK3OHM with a strong 5/8 signal.

To complete the activation I moved up to 14.310 on the 20m band and called CQ.  But with no internet coverage and without the ability to spot, I had no callers.

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Marija and I then drove back over the State border, heading to our next activation, the Lind National Park.

Marija and I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK7JON/p (Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133)
  2. VK7FOLK/p (Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133)
  3. VK2JNG/p (Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491)
  4. VK2YK
  5. VK7WH
  6. VK3PF/p (Mornington Peninsula National Park VKFF-0333)
  7. VK7BEN/p (Mount Field National Park VKFF-0347)
  8. VK3ZZS/7
  9. VK4HNS/p (Knapp Creek Conservation Park VKFF-1574)
  10. VK3OHM

 

References.

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_East_Forests_National_Park>, viewed 30th November 2017

Day nine, Coopracambra National Park VKFF-0113

Day nine (Sunday 12th November 2017) had crept up very quickly on us.  We had two activations planned today for the 2017 Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Weekend.  The first being the Coopracambra National Park VKFF-0113, which is located about 473 km east of Melbourne and about 29 km north of Cann River.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Coopracambra National Park.  Map courtesy of google maps.

The Coopracambra National Park is another large park, comprising some 38,800-hectares (96,000-acres), and was established in 1988.  The northern boundary of the park is defined by the Black-Allan Line that marks part of the border between Victoria and New South Wales.  The Monaro Highway defines the park’s western boundary. Within the confines of the park, the Genoa River flows eastwards to the Tasman Sea. T he highest peak in the park is Mount Coopracambra, with an elevation of 1,103 metres (3,619 ft).

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Above:- Map showing the location of the park on the Victorian/New South Wales State border.  Map courtesy of google maps

Combined with the adjoining South East Forests National Park located in New South Wales, the Coopracambra National Park forms one of the largest contiguous areas of high quality wilderness in south-eastern Australia that spans from Bombala in New South Wales to the town of Cann River in Victoria.

Vegetation varies from warm temperate rainforest in the sheltered gullies to open forests of White and Red Stringybark on the ridges, while the riparian zone is dominated by Kanooka and Peppermint. The massive Gippsland Grey Box is particularly striking, with its rough grey trunks contrasting dramatically with snowy white branches. Wildflowers are plentiful in the park, some of which are classified as very significant.

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Above:- Aerial shot showing the Coopracambra National Park.  Image courtesy of google maps

Norman Wakefield (1918-1972), a naturalist, walked the Genoa Gorge and noted the qualities and diversities of native species in the area.  In 1972 he reported the discovery of the oldest known fossill footprints (355 million years old) near the Genoa River.  He made recommendations for the creation of a park, which was to become Coopracambra.

As we had done the morning before, Marija and I headed over to Relics Cafe for a coffee and some breakfast.  We then headed north out of Cann River on the Monaro Highway.  We stopped off briefly to have a look at the old Noorinbee school, which was the first public building for the Cann River residents, built by the local community with voluntary labour and materials in 1898.

We continued north on the Monaro Highway and soon reached the south western corner of the Coopracambra National Park.

Although it is possible to access Cooopracambra National Park from any direction using a network of roads, sections of these roads are only suitable for 4WD vehicles.  We accessed the park via WB Line, the main park track.  WB Line has steep grades and is not recommended for conventional vehicles.  We drove a few kms along the track until we reached Yambulla Track.

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There was a nice area here off WB Track where we could park the vehicle and string out the dipole.  Surrounding us was the beautiful forest that is the Coopracambra National Park.

Once we were out of the car we immediately noticed an abundance of native flowers, many of which were very very tiny, but quite spectacular.

We were all set up and ready to go by around 2345 UTC (10.45 a.m. Victorian local time).  As it was before the UTC rollover, we could work stations before and after the UTC rollover, and these would count towards our 44 QSO required for the global World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  We immediately headed to 7.144 once set up and found John VK2AWJ/3 calling CQ from the Errinunda National Park VKFF-0158.  John was quite low to us (4/2), as Errinundra is quite close.  But we were able to successfully log John.  It was a nice way to start the activation with a Park to Park contact.

We then found Joe VK3YSP/p and Julie VK3FOWL/p, operating as VK3SRC/p in the Churchill National Park VKFF-0621, calling CQ on 7.100.  Joe and Julie had a very strong 5/9 signal to Coopracambra.  Next in our log was David VK3IL/p on 7.090, who was activating SOTA summit Mount Stirling VK3/ VE-011.

Marija and I then moved up to 7.095 and started calling CQ.  This was answered by Dennis VK2HHA, followed by Adam VK2YK, and then Roscoe VK3KRH with a booming signal on his beam.  Next in the log was another Park to Park, this time with Rex VK3OF/p who was activating the Lower Goulburn National Park VKFF-0741.  Our 10th contact, qualifying the park for us for VKFF, was Roald VK1RZ.

As Marija now had 10 contacts and had qualified the park for VKFF, she was happy to hand the mic to me.  I continued to call CQ and was pleased to hear that the 40m band was in quite good condition, with stations logged from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK7.  The South Australian stations (VK5) were noticeably absent.  Obviously propagation back over the border on 40m was not working.

A number of Park to Park contacts were logged by both myself and Marija.  They included:-

  • Malcolm VK3OAK/p in the Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296
  • Brett VK3FLCS/p in the Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264
  • Dave VK2ZK/p (VK2JDC/p) in the Turon National Park VKFF-0501
  • Helen VK7FOLK/p in the St Helens Point Conservation Area VKFF-1153
  • David VK3TUN/p in the Heathcote Graytown National Park VKFF-0624
  • Gerard VK2IO/p in the Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014.

I now had 39 stations in the log before the UTC rollover, whilst Marija had 17.

After the UTC rollover I worked a further 16 stations including the following Park to Park contacts:-

  • Gerard VK2IO/p in the Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014.
  • Mark VK4SMA/p in the Morgan Park Conservation Park VKFF-1597
  • Gerard VK2JNG/p in the Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491
  • Nick VK3ANL/p in the Gresswell Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2104

I now had 55 contacts in the log and had qualified the park for the global WWFF program.

Marija then got back on air and started calling CQ, also hoping to get 44 contacts.  Greg VK7FGRA was first in the log, followed by Lee VK2LEE, and then Michael VK3FCMC.  A few QSOs later Marija was called by Phil VK7FILL/p was activating SOTA summit Mount Roland VK7/ NC-003 in Tasmania with a good 5/5 signal.  About 6 QSOs later Marija was called by Brett VK3FLCS/p for another Park to Park after the rollover from the Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264.

But callers soon dried up, so we decided to try the 80m band.  Unfortunately we only made one contact on 80, but it was a Park to Park, with Brett VK3FLCS in the Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264.

We headed back to 40m where we logged Tony VK3VX in the Wyperfeld National Park VKFF-0549 on 7.139.  Marija then propped on 7.150 and logged 8 stations, passing the required 44 QSOs to qualify the park for WWFF.  Marija’s 44th contact was a QSO with Rick VK4RF.

I then decided to have a go on the 20m band.  My first contact there was with Gerard VK2IO/p in the Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014 on 14.310.  I then moved up the band to 14.315 and called CQ.  This was answered by Colin VK4PDX, followed by Rick VK4RF/VK4HA, and then John VK4TJ.  My 5th and final station logged was Nigel VK6NI in Western Australia.

We had a little bit of time up our sleeve so I decided to try propagation on the 15m band.  I called CQ on 21.244 and this was answered by Colin VK4PDX who had followed me from 20m.  Rick VK4RF/VK4HA then called, followed by Tony VK7LTD and finally John VK4TJ.

To complete the activation we had a final tune across the 40m band, logging 3 more Park to Park contacts: Jonathan VK7JON and Helen VK7FOLK in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133, and VK3SRC/p in the Churchill National Park VKFF-0621.  Joe and Julie put one of their young students Ethan on the mic and we had a quick chat to him.

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It was time to head off to our next activation of the day, the Lind National Park.  Marija and I had a total of 120 stations in the log between the two of us, including 43 Park to Park QSOs.  It had been a very successful activation.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2AWJ/p (Errinundra National Park VKFF-0158)
  2. VK3SRC/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  3. VK3FOWL/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  4. VK3YSP/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  5. VK3IL/p (SOTA Mount Stirling VK3/ VE-011)
  6. VK2HHA
  7. VK2YK
  8. VK3KRH
  9. VK3OF/p (Lower Goulburn National Park VKFF-0741)
  10. VK1RZ
  11. VK3OAK/p (Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296)
  12. VK3FLCS/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  13. VK2ZK/p (Turon National Park VKFF-0501)
  14. VK2JDC/p (Turon National Park VKFF-0501)
  15. VK7FOLK/p (St Helens Point Conservation Area VKFF-1153)
  16. VK3TUN/p (Heathcote Graytown National Park VKFF-0624)
  17. VK2IO/p (Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014)

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB after the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014)
  2. VK4SMA/p (Morgan Park Conservation Park VKFF-1597)
  3. VK2JNG/p (Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491)
  4. VK3ANL/p (Gresswell Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2104)
  5. VK2YK
  6. VK7FGRA
  7. VK2LEE
  8. VK3FCMC
  9. VK3SFG
  10. VK3UH
  11. VK7FILL/p (SOTA Mount Roland VK7/ NC-003)
  12. VK3ARH
  13. VK2BTC
  14. VK3PYE
  15. VK3OHM
  16. VK2XXM
  17. VK3FLCS/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  18. VK7QP
  19. VK3BHR
  20. VK3XV/p (Wyperfeld National Park VKFF-0549)
  21. VK2QA
  22. VK3MRH
  23. VK2PKT
  24. VK7DW
  25. VK3BNJ
  26. VK4RF
  27. VK4HA
  28. VK3TKK/m
  29. VK7FOLK/p (Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3FLCS/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2AWJ/p (Errinundra National Park VKFF-0158)
  2. VK3SRC/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  3. VK3YSP/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  4. VK3FOWL/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  5. VK3IL/p (SOTA Mount Stirling VK3/ VE-011)
  6. VK2HHA
  7. VK2YK
  8. VK3KRH
  9. VK3OF/p (Lower Goulburn National Park VKFF-0741)
  10. VK1RZ
  11. VK3OAK/p (Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296)
  12. VK3OHM
  13. VK3SQ
  14. VK3FLCS/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  15. VK1MA
  16. VK3GGG
  17. VK3PMG
  18. VK4RF
  19. VK4HA
  20. VK2XXM
  21. VK1AT
  22. VK2MOR
  23. VK2UH
  24. VK1HW
  25. VK3MAB
  26. VK7FRJG
  27. VK2PKT
  28. VK4SJD
  29. VK2ZK/p (Turon National Park VKFF-0501)
  30. VK2JDC/p (Turon National Park VKFF-0501)
  31. VK1DI
  32. VK7FOLK/p (St Helens Point Conservation Area VKFF-1153)
  33. VK2NP
  34. VK2KJJ
  35. VK2YW
  36. VK7KT
  37. VK3TUN/p (Heathcote Graytown National Park VKFF-0624)
  38. VK2IO/p (Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014)

I worked the following stations on 40M after the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014)
  2. VK4SMA/p (Morgan Park Conservation Park VKFF-1597)
  3. VK2ALF/m
  4. VK3FCMC
  5. VK3UH
  6. VK2GAZ
  7. VK2YA
  8. VK1WAT
  9. VK2JNG/p (Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491)
  10. VK2JNG/p (Tooloom National Park VKFF-0491)
  11. VK4TJ
  12. VK7PAL
  13. VK2LEE
  14. VK7RN
  15. VK3ANL/p (Gresswell Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2104)
  16. VK2FADV
  17. VK2YK
  18. VK7FILL/p (SOTA Mount Roland VK7/ NC-003)
  19. VK3FLCS/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  20. VK3XV/p (Wyperfeld National Park VKFF-0549)
  21. VK7JON/p (Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133)
  22. VK7FOLK/p (Bay of Fires Conservation Area VKFF-1133)
  23. VK3SRC/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Wambina Nature Reserve VKFF-2014)
  2. VK4PDX
  3. VK4RF
  4. VK4HA
  5. VK4TJ
  6. VK6NO

I worked the following stations on 15m SSB:-

  1. VK4PDX
  2. VK4RF
  3. VK4HA
  4. VK7LTD
  5. VK4TJ

At the end of the activation we drove back down WB Line to Beehive Falls.  We parked in the carpark and took the walk through the scrub, but were very disappointed with the view of the falls.  The track falls well short of the falls, unless you are prepared to chance your luck and scramble over rocks, which we were not.  There is a better view to be had from the roadway of WB Line.

It was another warm day, but fortunately the only reptile we came across during the day was a small lizard.  No snakes fortunately.

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References.

Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2017, <http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/wakefield-norman-arthur-11933>, viewed 30th November 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coopracambra_National_Park>, viewed 30th November 2017

Croajingolong National Park VKFF-0119

Our second activation for day eight (Saturday 11th November 2017) was the Croajingolong National Park VKFF-0119, which is located about 495 km east of Melbourne, and about 20 km from Cann River.  This was to be a new park for Marija and I for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award (KRMNPA) and the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Croajingolong National Park.  Map courtesy of google maps

After packing up at the Alfred National Park, Marija and I headed south on West Wingan Road towards the coast.  We soon reached the boundary of the Croajingolong National Park.  Marija had checked out the possibility of activating SOTA peak Mount Everard VK3/ VG-151 which is in the park.  But when we reached the track which lead to the summit, there was a locked gate.  The sign on the gate read ‘Seasonal Closure.  Open from 31 Oct’, and it was certainly passed the 31st October, but none the less the gate was locked.  This meant a significant hike along the track to reach the summit, and we decided to leave it for another day.

Croajingolong National Park is a large park, comprising 88,355-hectares (218,330-acre).  The park is about 80 km by 20 km and is linear in shape.  It was established on the 26th April 1979.  The park is bordered on the southern side by the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, the western side by Bemm River and the eastern side by the town of Mallacoota.  The park’s northern boundary comprises dense bushland and low hills.

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Above:- Aerial view of the park.  Courtesy of google maps

Together with the adjoining Nadgee Nature Reserve in New South Wales, the park forms one of only 12 Wold Biosphere areas in Australia.  It was nominated in 1977 by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve due to Croajingolong’s spectacular landscapes and environmental significance.

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Above:- Map showing the Croajingolong National Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

The name Croajingolong derives from the Aboriginal Krauatungalung words galung, meaning “belonging to” and kraua, meaning “east”.  In 1870, Captain James Cook’s first sighting of Australia’s east coast occurred at Point Hicks in what is now the National Park.  By the 1830’s European settlers had commenced to arrive in area and by the 1850’s pastoralists occupied most of the better land in the area.

In the early 1900s two national parks were set aside around Mallacoota and Wingan Inlet, and in 1970 Captain Cook National Park was established at Point Hicks.  These parks combined to form Croajingolong National Park in 1979.

The park is home to nearly 1,000 native plant species including around 90 species of orchids.  A total of native mammal species, 26 reptile species and 306 species of birds have been recorded in the park.  The birds represent about half of Victoria’s and a third of Australia’s total bird species.  Threatened species found in the park include the Ground Parrot, Eastern Bristlebird, Smoky Mouse, Grey‐headed Flying Fox and Australian Fur Seal.

We continued along West Wingan Road until we reached the Wingan Inlet campground which is located in tall Bloodwood forest on the western shore of Wingan Inlet.  The Wingan River rises below Mount Future, near the Wingan Swamp, north of the Alfred National Park between Cann River and Genoa, and flows generally south through the Croajingolong National Park joined by eight minor tributaries before reaching its mouth with Bass Strait, at the Wingan Inlet.

There was a nice cleared area here in amongst the forest, which allowed us to stretch out the 80/40/20m linked dipole.

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Above:- Our operating spot at Wingan Inlet campground.  Image courtesy of google maps

As we were unsure on what band conditions were going to be like, Marija and I again decided to share the mic until Marija had 10 contacts in the log, qualifying the park for VKFF.  We headed to 7.144 and called CQ which was answered by Rex VK3OF/p in the Barmah National Park VKFF-0739.  Rex was quite weak (5/3), as we were to him, but as we both had no man made noise in our parks, we were able to work each other very comfortably.  Next up was Scott VK7NWT, followed by Gerard VK2JNG/p.  Gerard advised us that he was at a park, but was just outside the park boundary as he had encountered a locked gate.  This was a shame as we would have loved to have logged Gerard Park to Park from Croajingolong.

A few QSOs later we had another Park Park in the log, a contact with Gerard VK2IO/p who was in the Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986.  Marija’s 10th contact came in the form of another Park to Park, this time with Mark VK4SMA/p who was activating the Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve VKFF-1529.

Marija took a break from the radio, with 10 contacts in the log, and I perservered under some pretty trying band conditions.  I logged Jonathan VK7JON, followed by Jim VK2FADV, and then a Park to Park with Neil VK4HNS/p who was activating the Springbrook National Park VKFF-0463.  But that was when things really dried up on 40m with callers, so I headed to the 80m band.

When I tuned to 3.610 I found Peter VK3ZPF/p there, calling CQ from SOTA summit Mount Donna Buang VK3/ VC-002 in the Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556.  Peter had a strong 5/8 signal.  Each time a Park to Park appeared, Marija also logged the station.  As we had no internet coverage, Peter kindly spotted us on parksnpeaks on 3.605.  We there logged two further Park to Park contacts, with Peter VK3PF/p in the Tarra Bulga National Park VKFF-0480 and Allen VK3ARH who was in the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park VKFF-0620.  Both Peter and Allen were quite low down (5/3) but perfectly readable.

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I then headed to 14.310 on the 20m band where I called CQ on 14.310.  My only taker there was John VK4TJ, who kindly gave me his two other calls of VK4/AC8WN and VK4/VE6XT.  I was very appreciative of this, as the quest to getting 44 contacts during this activation was very hard.

I moved back to 40m where Marija and I logged two further Park to Park contacts, before propping on a frequency and calling CQ.  Those contacts were with Malcolm VK3OAK/p who was in the Mount Richmond National Park VKFF-0361 and Mark VK3OHM/p who was activating the Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0630.

I then moved down to 7.150 and called CQ, which was answered by David VK3TUN/p who was activating the Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630.  I kept calling CQ, with often many minutes of no callers.  But I perservered, having learnt from previous activations, that sometimes you just have to keep calling and calling, and you will eventually fill up your log.

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Above:- Conditions were quite frustrating at times

Two hours into the activation I had contact number 44 in the log, that being a QSO with Doug VK3FJAE.  After Doug, I logged a further 5 stations before deciding to call it a day.  Marija had qualified the park for the KRMNPA and VKFF, while I had also qualifed the park under very difficult conditions for WWFF.

During our activation we had a number of visitors, both human, reptile, and some of our feathered friends.  I had a good chat to a couple of boaties who were about to head out for an afternoon of fishing.  They were very interested in what we were doing and had a listen to some of our contacts.  Birds spotted during our activation included a number of Australian King Parrots who are very identifiable by their bright red head and body.  We also had numerous Superb Fairy Wrens dancing around us during the activation.

We also observed a Lace Monitor.  These reptiles are the second largest monitor in Australia after the Perentie.  They can reach as long as 2.1 metres, and the one we observed was certainly quite large.  There were a number of people camping in the area and it made Marija and I wonder how you would feel if you encountered a Monitor in your tent.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3OF/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  2. VK7NWT
  3. VK2JNG/p
  4. VK2WWV
  5. VK3JP
  6. VK3CA
  7. VK3NSC
  8. VK2IO/p (Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986)
  9. VK4FFAB
  10. VK4SMA/p (Denmark Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-1529)
  11. VK4HNS/p (Springbrook National Park VKFF-0463)
  12. VK3OAK/p (Mount Richmond National Park VKFF-0361)
  13. VK3OHM/p (Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0132)
  14. VK3TUN/p (Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3ZPF/p (SOTA VK3/ VC-002 & Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  2. VK3PF/p (Tarra Bulga National Park VKFF-0480)
  3. VK3ARH/p (Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park VKFF-0620)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3OF/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  2. VK7NWT
  3. VK2JNG/p
  4. VK2WWV
  5. VK3JP
  6. VK3CA
  7. VK3NSC
  8. VK2IO/p (Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986)
  9. VK4SMA/p (Denmark Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-1529)
  10. VK7JON/m
  11. VK2FADV
  12. VK4HNS/p (Springbrook National Park VKFF-0463)
  13. VK3OAK/p (Mount Richmond National Park VKFF-0361)
  14. VK3OHM/p (Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0132)
  15. VK3TUN/p (Terrick Terrick National Park VKFF-0630)
  16. VK7DW
  17. VK3PWG
  18. VK7QP
  19. VK2YK
  20. VK3DHI
  21. VK3LDB
  22. VK5KLV
  23. VK3NLK
  24. VK4PDX
  25. VK3NBL/p
  26. VK2LEE
  27. VK3KRH
  28. VK7WH
  29. VK3ELH
  30. VK3PAT
  31. VK4RF
  32. VK4HA
  33. VK3FSPG
  34. VK3MPR
  35. VK3KTO
  36. VK3CWF
  37. VK2FDRN
  38. VK3FJAE
  39. VK3FLMJ
  40. VK5NRG
  41. VK2SK
  42. VK7AN
  43. VK5GJ

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3ZPF/p (SOTA VK3/ VC-002 & Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  2. VK3PF/p (Tarra Bulga National Park VKFF-0480)
  3. VK3ARH/p (Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park VKFF-0620)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4TJ
  2. VK4/VE6XT
  3. VK4/AC8WN

After packing up Marija and I headed back along West Wingan Road and onto the Princes Highway.  We stopped off at the Drummer Rainforest Walk, which is about 11 km east of Cann River.  Two hundred million years ago, when the climate was much wetter and warmer, dinosaurs roamed through flourishing rainforests.  Only a small percentage of Australia’s original rainforest areas remain, including Drummer.  The walk is around 1 km and takes you through the warm temperate rainforest adjacent to the Thurra River.

During our walk we were lucky enough to spot a few Gippsland Water Dragons, a large lizard, measuring up to 80 cm.  They are good swimmers and often dive into the water when disturbed.  They can remain submerged for around 30 minutes.

We then headed back into Cann River and again went to the Cann River Hotel for dinner, and then enjoyed a quite night back in the motel room.

 

References.

Oz Animals, 2017, <http://www.ozanimals.com/Reptile/Gippsland-Water-Dragon/Physignathus/lesueurii%20howittii.html>, viewed 30th November 2017

Parks Victoria, ‘Croajingolong National Park Visitor Guide’.

Parks Victoria, 2017, <http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/croajingolong-national-park>, viewed 30th November 2017

State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2005, ‘Drummer Rainforest Walk, Forest Notes’

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croajingolong_National_Park>, viewed 30th November 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingan_River>, viewed 30th November 2017

Day eight and Alfred National Park VKFF-0618, the first activation for the 2017 KRMNPA Weekend.

It was now day eight (Saturday 11th November 2017) of our trip, and the first day of our 4 planned park activations for the 2017 Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Weekend.  Our first park of the day was to be the Alfred National Park VKFF-0618 which is located about 466 km east of Melbourne, and about 20 km east of Cann River.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Alfred National Park.  Map courtesy of google maps

Before heading to the park Marija and I enjoyed a very nice breakfast and a coffee at Relics Cafe at Cann River.  The egg and bacon roll was a great start to the day.  We then headed out of Cann River, east on the Princes Highway.

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Research the night before showed that there were no tracks as such in the Alfred National Park, so we turned right onto West Wingan Road following the western boundary of the park.  We then turned left onto Soda Creek Track.  We drove down Soda Creek Track and set up in amongst the scrub near Allen Creek Track.  The Alfred National Park Visitor Guide actually states:

“there is little opportunity for visitors to stop and enjoy the park due to the risk posed by high speed traffic” (referring to the Princes Highway).

Apparently 30 years ago, the Princes Highway was windy and gravel and allowed for easy stopping and a view of the park.  However, the highway is now sealed and the high speed of vehicles on the highway, no longer allows people to stop to admire the park.

Alfred National Park is 3,050-hectare (7,500-acre) in size and was established back on 23rd December 1925, prior to a National Parks Act or any ranger service.  The park preserves examples of warm temperate rainforest, particularly the jungle of Mount Drummer.  The park is of national significance, and many of the vegetation communities within the park contain species of flora and fauna that are uncommon or rare in Victoria.  It was named after the then Minister for Lands and Water Supply, Alfred Downard.

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Above:- Aerial View of the Alfred National Park.  The cleared green area is Cann River.  Image courtesy of google maps

The rainforest community consists of a closed canopy of Lilly Pilly with numerous lianas, ferns and epiphytes. The wet sclerophyll forest of Alfred National Park is dominated by Messmate, Mountain Grey Gum and Blue Gum. The understorey features Soft Tree-fern, Austral Mulberry, Hazel Pomaderris and Gippsland Waratah and many species of fern.  The park is particularly known for occurrence of four varieties of tree ferns and of epiphytic orchids such as the Orange-blossom orchid and the Rock orchid.  There are 16 flora species in the park that are considered threatened in Victoria.

Much of the park was devastated as a result of the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.  It had a dramatic effect on much of the vegetation and landscape, but the park has certainly recovered well.

A large amount of native flora can be found in the park including Spot-tailed Quoll, Common Bent-wing Bat, Powerful Owl and Sooty Owl.  A total of 36 species of mammals, 167 of birds, 22 of reptiles and 14 of amphibians have been recorded.  The park is home to an amazing bird, the Lyrebird.  The video below shows some of the amazing sounds that this bird replicates.

On our way to the park we booked in to the Riverland Radio Club Net on 7.115 on the 40m band.  The 40m band appeared to have stabilised a bit over the past few days, with signals being quite good.  It was a promising sign that today’s activation would be fruitful.

After we set up Marija and I again booked in to the Riverland Net where we logged a total of 6 stations from VK2 and VK5.  We then tuned across the band to see if we could find any other park activators and it wasn’t long before we did.  We found Peter VK3ZPF/p on 7.139 calling CQ from the Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625.  We then worked Matt VK4FMHT/p who was activating the King Island Conservation Park VKFF-1573.

We then headed to 7.150 and started calling CQ.  This was answered by Ian VK5IS in the Mid North of South Australia, followed by Adam VK2YK, and then Garry VK2GAZ.  Signals from New South Wales were very strong.  Adam was our contact number 1o, thus qualifying the park for the VKFF program.  Marija then decided to take a breather and have a walk around the park.

I continued on, calling CQ on 7.150 and logging a total of 45 stations before the UTC rollover (11.00 a.m. Victorian local time).  Contact number 44, qualifying the park for me for the global WWFF program, was a QSO with Rod VK7FRJG in Hobart who was 5/9.  Rod uses a home brew Moxon rectangle as an antenna, and always has a brilliant signal.  Contact number 45 was another Park to Park contact, this time with Rex VK3OF/p who was in the Barmah National Park VKFF-0739.  Marija was quick to log Rex as well.

Once I had my 44 contacts in the log I convinced Marija to get back on the mic.  It was now just after the UTC rollover.  Marija called CQ and that was answered by Cliff VK2NP, followed by Nan VK2KRN who was running QRP, and then Mark VK4SMA/p who was activating the Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve VKFF-1529.  A few QSOs later we had another Park to Park in the log, Malcolm VK3OAK/p who was in the Mount Eccles National Park VKFF-0345.

Marija logged a further 5 stations and callers started to slow down.  So we took the opportunity of tuning across the band in the hope that we would pick up some more Park to Park contacts.  It wasn’t long and we found Tony VK3XV/p on 7.144 who was activating the Kara Kara National Park VKFF-0629.

Marija and I then decided to check out the 80m band.   We headed to 3.605 and started calling CQ and we soon had another Park to Park in the log, with a contact with Peter VK3ZPF/p who was in the Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625.  This was followed by Peter VK3PF/p who was activating the Morwell National Park VKFF-0626.  Two further stations were logged, Geoff VK3SQ at Beechworth and Ian VK1DI in Canberra.

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I then moved to the 20m band and called CQ on 14.310.  This was answered by Lee VK2LEE, John VK5BJE, and then Peter VK5KX.  I logged a further 3 stations on 20m from VK2, VK4, and VK5.

We then moved back to 40m.  Marija needed a further 16 contacts to qualify the park for 44, so she commenced calling CQ which was answered by Michael VK3FCMC, followed by Gerard VK2IO/p who was activating the Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986, and then Lee VK2LEE.  Marija was then called by Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG who was activating the Budj Bim National Park VKFF-0345.

Marija soon had her 44 in the log, a contact with Les VK3FLES.  Our final contact at Alfred was another Park to Park, this time with Marc VK3OHM/p who was in the Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0132.  Marija had qualified the park, with 46 contacts, and I had also qualified the park with 64 contacts.  It was time to pack up and head off to our next park, the Croajinolong National Park.

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Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5BRL
  2. VK5MJ
  3. VK2PKT
  4. VK5DW
  5. VK5MRE
  6. VK2SK
  7. VK3ZPF/p (Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625)
  8. VK4FMHT/p (King Island Conservation Park VKFF-1573)
  9. VK5IS
  10. VK2YK
  11. VK3OF/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  12. VK2NP
  13. VK2KRN
  14. VK4SMA/p (Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve VKFF-1529)
  15. VK7JON/m
  16. VK7FOLK/m
  17. VK2FRKO/p
  18. VK2SLB
  19. VK3OAK/p (Mount Eccles National Park VKFF-0345)
  20. VK2BTC
  21. VK2IO/m
  22. VK7FRJG
  23. VK7EI
  24. VK7DX
  25. VK3XV/p (Kara Kara National Park VKFF-0629)
  26. VK3FCMC
  27. VK2IO/p (Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986)
  28. VK2LEE
  29. VK3PMG/p (Budj Bim National Park VKFF-0345)
  30. VK3GGG/p (Budj Bim National Park VKFF-0345)
  31. VK3FHCT
  32. VK3MRG/p
  33. VK4TJ
  34. VK4/AC8WN
  35. VK4/VE6XT
  36. VK5KLV
  37. VK3HKV
  38. VK3EJS
  39. VK3JDA
  40. VK2MOR
  41. VK3FLES
  42. VK3UH
  43. VK3OHM/p (Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0132)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3ZPF/p (Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625)
  2. VK3PF/p (Morwell National Park VKFF-0626)
  3. VK1DI

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5BRL
  2. VK5MJ
  3. VK2PKT
  4. VK5DW
  5. VK5MRE
  6. VK2SK
  7. VK3ZPF/p (Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625)
  8. VK4FMHT/p (King Island Conservation Park VKFF-1573)
  9. VK5IS
  10. VK2YK
  11. VK2GAZ
  12. VK2YA
  13. VK1WAT
  14. VK4RF
  15. VK4HA
  16. VK3TUN
  17. VK2VW
  18. VK2FOUZ
  19. VK2IPK
  20. VK2FXRR
  21. VK2FADV
  22. VK4TJ
  23. VK4/VE6XT
  24. VK4/AC8WN
  25. VK7FGRA
  26. VK4FDJL
  27. VK3NSC
  28. VK2WWV
  29. VK2JNG/m
  30. VK3PWG
  31. VK5KLV
  32. VK2GIB
  33. VK7ZGK
  34. VK3FAHS/p
  35. VK2KT
  36. VK7FOLK/m
  37. VK2QA
  38. VK7MPR
  39. VK1AT
  40. VK1DI
  41. VK2AJG
  42. VK2ZGH
  43. VK2FHIT
  44. VK7FRJG
  45. VK3OF/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  46. VK4SMA/p (Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve VKFF-1529)
  47. VK7JON/m
  48. VK3OAK/p (Mount Eccles National Park VKFF-0345)
  49. VK3XV/p (Kara Kara National Park VKFF-0629)
  50. VK2IO/p (Prospect Nature Reserve VKFF-1986)
  51. VK3FHCT
  52. VK3PMG/p (Budj Bim National Park VKFF-0345)
  53. VK3GGG/p (Budj Bim National Park VKFF-0345)
  54. VK3OHM/p (Dandenong Ranges National Park VKFF-0132)

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3ZPF/p (Lake Eildon National Park VKFF-0625)
  2. VK3PF/p (Morwell National Park VKFF-0626)
  3. VK3SQ
  4. VK1DI

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2LEE
  2. VK5BKE
  3. VK5KX
  4. VK4ANI/p
  5. VK4LMB
  6. VK5WG

 

References.

Parks Victoria, 2012, ‘Alfred National Park Visitor Guide’.

Parks Victoria, 1998, ‘Lind and Alfred National Parks Management Plan’.

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_National_Park>, viewed 30th November 2017

An evening at Lind National Park VKFF-0287

After tea at the Cann River Hotel I decided to head down the road to do a quick activation of the Lind National Park VKFF-0287.  Marija and I were intending to activate Lind on Sunday, but I was a little concerned about the way band conditions had been on our trip, and thought I would add a few contacts for this park.   It was also Friday night, and of course the 7130 DX Net and I knew that Bill W1OW, who books in to the net, is a very keen park hunter.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Lind National Park.  Map courtesy of google maps

It was a short 15 km drive down the Princes Highway from Cann River, and I reached the south eastern corner of the park.  I travelled a short distance down Lind Park Road and pulled the vehicle into a clearing in amongst the scrub.  I decided not to worry about stringing out the dipole for this activation, but rather operate from the vehicle using the Icom IC-7000 and the Codan 9350 self tuning antenna.

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I booked in to the 7130 DX Net, but there so much interference from an Indonesian station on the same frequency, that I booked out 15 minutes after checking in, with just 2 contacts in the log, Mal VK5MJ and Peter VK2STO in Lightning Ridge.

I then put out a few CQ calls on 7.144, but my only taker there was Mark VK5QI, so I moved down to 3.605 on the 80m band.  There I logged Nik VK3NLK, followed by Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG, and finally Peter VK3PF/VK3KAI.  I had 8 contacts in the log.  I then headed back to the motel room at Cann River.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5MJ
  2. VK2STO
  3. VK5QI

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3NLK
  2. VK3GGG
  3. VK3PMG
  4. VK3PF
  5. VK3KAI