It was now day 14 (Friday 17th November 2017) and time to leave Traralgon. Marija and I had really enjoyed the night before, catching up with the guys from the Gippsland area for dinner. We had no ‘planned’ activations for the day, but due to the thunderstorm at the Morwell National Park the day before, we decided to head back there for another crack and to see if I could pick up my 44 contacts. I need 24 more.
After breakfast we headed back to the Billy Creek carpark area of the park. Marija spotted me on parksnpeaks and I started calling CQ on 7.144. But 5 minutes of calls went unanswered. This was not looking good. I headed down to 3.610 on the 80m band, where Marija again spotted me, and I started calling CQ. This was answered by Peter VK3PF, who knew I was in need of more calls, so he gave me his two additional call signs of VK3KAI and VK3GV. We also arranged to try to make a contact on 2m using my little Yaesu handheld.
Next was Sergio VK3SFG, followed by Brian VK3BBB, Chris VK2SR and finally Allen VK3ARH. All had good 5/7-5/9 signals on the 80m band which was a little bit noisy, with a frying pan type noise.
I then put out a call on 146.500 on the handheld and this was answered by Peter VK3PF who had a great signal from nearby Churchill. Brian VK3BBB tried calling but we were unable to make it.
I then headed to the 40m band and called CQ which was answered by Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula. This was followed by Trevor VK5TW in Adelaide, Cleeve VK2MOR, and then Ivan in the Riverland region. I had a slow, but steady flow of callers, and I soon had contact number 24 in the log, and as a result I had qualified the park. This was a QSO with Peter VK2NN who was mobile. I then spoke with Wayne VK2VRC before calling it quits from Morwell. Thanks to everyone who called and got me over the line.
Before leaving Morwell National Park we did a little bird of bird watching and I managed to snap a few photographs (se below).
I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-
I worked the following stations on 2m FM:-
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
After packing up Marija and I headed to Old Gippstown, Gippsland Heritage Park at Moe, which contains a collection of authentic buildings dating back from the 1840’s to the 1930’s. The site covers about 8 acres and we spent a number of hours here wandering around. We also had lunch here. And it was timed well, as the heavens absolutely opened up with torrential rain, thunder and lightning, as we were having lunch.