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

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