The 2017 VKFF Activation Weekend, our first park, the Morgan Conservation Park VKFF-0911

Our first activation for the 2017 VKFF Activation Weekend was on Saturday morning (25th November 2017) and was the Morgan Conservation Park VKFF-0911.  Marija and I have both activated and qualified this park previously, but it is such a lovely spot, that we chose to come back here for the weekend.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Morgan Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

After breakfast we headed down to the Morgan ferry.  To get to the park we needed to cross the Murray River.  It was another beautiful warm and sunny morning.

Just after getting off the ferry on the Morgan-Cadell Road, we soon reached the park boundary which incorporates the Morgan Lagoon, located either side of the road.

The Morgan Conservation Park is about 376 hectares in size and was first gazetted on the 23rd September 1976 to protect the wetlands with a size of 361 hectares.  On the 4th November 1993 the park was expanded with the addition of 11 more hectares.  The park contains River Red Gum, Red Mallee, Erect Mallee Bluebush, Lignum Open Scrub and Tussock Grassland.

About 147 species of native birds have been recorded in the park including Grey Teal, White-faced Heron, Whistling Kite, Australasian Darter, Whistling Kite, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow Rosella, Noisy Miner, Tree Martin, Blue-billed Duck, Black-shouldered Kite, Australasian Bittern, Whiskered Tern, Striped Honeyeater, Apostlebird, and Zebra Finch.

We turned down a dirt track on the southern side of the Morgan-Cadell Road.  The track was obviously dry during our visit and was in good condition.  But it is quite sandy and I would not recommend trying your luck when it is wet in a conventional vehicle.

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Above:- Map showing the Morgan Conservation Park, and our operating spot.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

We followed the track for a short distance and set up alongside of the southern lagoon, only a few metres away from the waters edge.  As it was a warm morning we erected the awning/annexe of the Toyota Hi Lux, and sat underneath its shade in the deck chairs and the fold up table.

Prior to propping on a frequency and calling CQ, Marija and I had a quick tune across the 40m band to see if there were any other park activators out and about.  It was still qite early, about 9.45 a.m. South Australia local time.  We found Gerard VK2JNG/p on 7.150, who was activating the Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967 in New South Wales.

After logging Gerard we moved down to 7.144 and I started calling CQ.  This was answered by Les VK3FLES, followed by Peter VK3PF/p who was activating SOTA summit VK3/ VT-047 which was in the Avon Wilderness Park VKFF-0942.  There was a lot of bird activity in the park and I was keen to get some photos, so I handed back the mic to Marija who logged Keith VK2PKT and then Angela VK7FAMP/p and her husband Tony VK7LTD/p in the Eaglehawk Bay State Reserve VKFF-1797.  Whilst taking some photos I ran back quickly to log Angela and Tony as well, Park to Park.  Another couple of Park to Parks followed.  This time it was husband and wife team Jonathan VK7JON/p and Helen VK7FOLK/p who were in the Table Cape State Reserve VKFF-1829 in Tasmania.

Marija and I continued to swap the mic, whilst I took photographs.  The band was in good shape and was alive with callers which was great to see.  We worked stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  We made the following further Park to Park contacts before the UTC rollover at 10.30 a.m. South Australian time ….

  • Garry VK2GAZ/p in the Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041
  • Neil VK4HNS/p in the Sundown National Park VKFF-0471
  • Brett VK3FLCS/p in the Axedale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2037
  • Marc VK3OHM/p in the Churchill National Park VKFF-0621

After the UTC rollover the constant flow of callers continued.  We made the following Park to Park contacts on 40m after the UTC rollover…..

  • Garry VK2GAZ/p in the Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041
  • Brett VK3FLCS/p in the Axedale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2037
  • Gerard VK2JNG/p in the Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967
  • Mick VK3PMG/p in the Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147
  • Mick VK3GGG/p in the Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147
  • Neil VK4HNS/p in the Sundown National Park VKFF-0471
  • Nik VK3NLK/p in the Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750

When things slowed down a little we had a tune across the band and worked Ade VK4SOE/p who was activating the Girraween National Park VKFF-0198 in Queensland.

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We then lowered the squid pole and inserted the 80m links and headed to 3.610 where we I worked Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula, John VK5BJE in the Adelaide Hills, and Tony VK5MRT in Strathalbyn.  We alsomade some Park to Park contacts with Mick VK3GGG/VK3PMG in the Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147.  Mick was quite low down to us (3/3), but we made it in the end (thanks to Mick’s patience) exchanging signal reports.

We headed back to 40m and worked Tony VK3XV/p who was activating the Heathcote-Graytown National Park VKFF-0624.  We then propped on 7.144 and called CQ again, where we logged a number of stations including a further 6 Park to Park contacts…..

  • Brett VK3FLCS/p in the Mount Sugarloaf Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2158
  • Peter VK3PF/p in the Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2199
  • Rob VK4AAC/p in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200
  • Mick VK3PMG/p in the Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047
  • Mick VK3GGG/p in the Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047
  • Ian VK1DI/p in the Mount Pleasant Nature Reserve VKFF-1775

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I then put out a CQ call on 14.310 on the 20m band.  I logged a total of 19 stations there, with my first contact being Hans VK6XN, followed by Phil VK6ADF.  I always enjoy logging the Western Australian stations because it is a long haul to get across there.  I worked the following Park to Park contacts on 20m…..

  • VK4AAC/p in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200
  • Neil VK4HNS/p in the Sundown National Park VKFF-0471
  • Peter VK3PF/p in the Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2199
  • Nik VK3NLK/p in the Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750

We then headed back to 40m and tuned across the band and logged some more Park to Park contacts as follows…..

  • Angela VK7FAMP/p in the Lime Bay State Reserve VKFF-1144
  • Allen VK3ARH/p in the Corindhap Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2070
  • Gerard VK2IO/p on SOTA summit VK2/ CT-032 & Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041
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Above:- Aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot, the town of Morgan, and the Murray River.  Courtesy of google maps 

To complete the activation at Morgan, Marija and I decided to try the 15m band.  We were hoping to work some of the Western Australian stations and perhaps some Queensland Foundation operators.  And we were not to be disappointed, with working both.  We also made the following Park to Park contacts on 15m…..

  • Rob VK4AAC/p in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200
  • Mike VK6MB/p in the Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456
  • Michael VK6MMB/p in the Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456
  • Nik VK3NLK/p in the Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750

It was a great way to wrap up the activation.  Marija had 55 contacts on the log, including 33 Park to Park QSOs.  I had 92 contacts in the log, including 38 Park to Park QSOs.  So between us, we had 147 QSOs, including 71 Park to Park contacts.

Whilst in the park I did quite a bit of bird watching (of the feathered kind), and took the photos below…..

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

  1. VK2JNG/p (Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967)
  2. VK3PF/p (SOTA VK3/ VT-047 & Avon Wilderness Park VKFF-0942)
  3. VK3DAC
  4. VK2PKT
  5. VK7FAMP/p (Eaglehawk Bay State Reserve VKFF-1797)
  6. VK7LTD/p (Eaglehawk Bay State Reserve VKFF-1797)
  7. VK7JON/p (Table Cape State Reserve VKFF-1829)
  8. VK7FOLK/p (Table Cape State Reserve VKFF-1829)
  9. VK2GAZ/p (Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  10. VK2XXM
  11. VK4HNS/p (Sundown National Park VKFF-0471)
  12. VK2IO/m
  13. VK3UH
  14. VK2KNV/m
  15. VK3ZPF
  16. VK3HOT
  17. VK3FLCS/p (Axedale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2037)
  18. VK4NH
  19. VK4DXA
  20. VK2VW
  21. VK4FDJL
  22. VK3OHM/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  23. VK3NLK/m

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

  1. VK3FLJD
  2. VK2GAZ/p (Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  3. VK5JBH
  4. VK4NHH
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK2FANT
  7. VK3FLCS
  8. VK2JNG/p (Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967)
  9. VK3PMG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  10. VK3GGG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  11. VK4HNS/p (Sundown National Park VKFF-0471)
  12. VK3NLK/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  13. VK4SOE/p (Girraween National Park VKFF-0198)
  14. VK3XV/p (Heathcote-Graytown National Park VKFF-0624)
  15. VK5WG
  16. VK3FLCS/p (Mount Sugarloaf Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2158)
  17. VK3PF/p (Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2199)
  18. VK4AAC/p (Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200)
  19. VK3PMG/p (Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047)
  20. VK3GGG/p (Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047)
  21. VK7FAMP/p (Lime Bay State Reserve VKFF-1144)
  22. VK3ARH/p (Corindhap Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2070)
  23. VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ CT-032 & Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3PMG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  2. VK3GGG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)

Marija worked the following stations on 15m SSB:-

  1. VK4FDJL
  2. VK6AY
  3. VK4AAC/p (Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200)
  4. VK6FSEA
  5. VK6MB/p (Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456)
  6. VK6MMB/p (Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456)
  7. VK3NLK/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)

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

  1. VK2JNG/p (Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967)
  2. VK3FLES
  3. VK3PF/p (SOTA VK3/ VT-047 & Avon Wilderness Park VKFF-0942)
  4. VK7FAMP/p (Eaglehawk Bay State Reserve VKFF-1797)
  5. VK7LTD/p (Eaglehawk Bay State Reserve VKFF-1797)
  6. VK7FOLK/p (Table Cape State Reserve VKFF-1829)
  7. VK7JON/p (Table Cape State Reserve VKFF-1829)
  8. VK4HNS/p (Sundown National Park VKFF-0471)
  9. VK2GAZ/p (Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  10. VK2YA/p (Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  11. VK1WAT/2 (Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  12. VK3FLCS/p (Axedale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2037)
  13. VK3OHM/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)

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

  1. VK3FLCS/p (Axedale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2037)
  2. VK2HHA
  3. VK2JNG/p (Moore Park Nature Reserve VKFF-1967)
  4. VK3PMG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  5. VK3GGG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. VK2YK
  9. VK4HNS/p (Sundown National Park VKFF-0471)
  10. VK3SQ
  11. VK2UH
  12. VK3NLK/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  13. VK4SOE/p (Girraween National Park VKFF-0198)
  14. VK3XV/p (Heathcote-Graytown National Park VKFF-0624)
  15. VK3RW
  16. VK5GJ
  17. VK5GI
  18. VK5WG
  19. VK2WG
  20. VK2YW
  21. VK3UH
  22. VK3MB
  23. VK2NP/p
  24. VK5FANA
  25. VK3BBB
  26. VK2DSG
  27. VK3MRH
  28. VK3FLCS/p (Mount Sugarloaf Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2158)
  29. VK3PF/p (Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2199)
  30. VK5HS
  31. VK5ATN
  32. VK4AAC/p (Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200)
  33. VK5KLV
  34. VK3YSP
  35. VK3PMG/p (Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047)
  36. VK3GGG/p (Big Tottington Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2047)
  37. VK5MRT
  38. VK5IS
  39. VK5KBJ
  40. VK5NRG
  41. VK5BJE
  42. VK3KIX
  43. VK7FGRA
  44. VK7DW
  45. VK6XN
  46. VK1DI/p (Mount Pleasant Nature Reserve VKFF-1775)
  47. VK7FAMP/p (Lime Bay State Reserve VKFF-1144)
  48. VK3ARH/p (Corindhap Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2070)
  49. VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ CT-032 & Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK3PMG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  4. VK3GGG/p (Mount Bolangum Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2147)
  5. VK5MRT

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK6XN
  2. VK6ADF
  3. VK4AAC/p (Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200)
  4. VK2XXM
  5. VK4RF
  6. VK4HA
  7. VK4HNS/p (Sundown National Park VKFF-0471)
  8. VK4GSF
  9. VK3PF/p (Swallow Lagoon Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2199)
  10. VK4TJ
  11. VK2MNM
  12. VK6NI
  13. VK3SQ
  14. VK7PLR
  15. VK3DAC
  16. VK3NLK/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  17. VK3MAB
  18. VK6EA
  19. VK2GKA

I worked the following stations on 15m SSB:-

  • VK4AAC/p (Glasshouse Mountains National Park VKFF-0200)
  • VK4FDJL
  • VK6MB/p (Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456)
  • VK6MMB/p (Walpole-Normalup Inlets Marine Park VKFF-1456)
  • VK3NLK/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  • VK6AY

 

References.

Birds SA, 2017, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/morgan-conservation-park/>, viewed 3rd December 2017

2 thoughts on “The 2017 VKFF Activation Weekend, our first park, the Morgan Conservation Park VKFF-0911

  1. G’day John,

    There was certainly a lot of park activity on the band. Lots of Park to Park contacts.

    And it was a beaut spot right alongside of the Morgan Lagoons, with lots of opportunities in the park for some good bird photos, until it got hot.

    Cheers,

    Paul VK5PAS

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