Spring Mount Conservation Park 5CP-219 and VKFF-0789

Saturday just gone (2nd June 2018) was another lovely day for this time of the year.  So I packed the 4WD and headed down to the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, hoping to activate the Gum Tree Gully Conservation Park.  I have never activated this park previously and have tried to access it previously without success.  And I was to be disappointed again this time around.  I drove down Hammond Road and spoke with one of the land owners and I found that access gates to the park from this road was now locked.  I obtained the actual farmers name and tried to make contact them without success.  So there is more work to be done before I can get into this park.

So option number two was the Spring Mount Conservation Park 5CP-219 & VKFF-0789.  I have activated this park previously, but it is such a beautiful park I decided to head back there.

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

The Spring Mount Conservation Park is 279 hectares in size and is located about 15 km south east of the town of Myponga.  Sections 633 and 715 of the park were first proclaimed on the 3rd February 1966 as Spring Mount Wild-Life Reserve.  The reserve was re-proclaimed on 27th April 1972 as Spring Mount Conservation Park.  Additions were made to the park on 13th September 1973 and 17th October 2013.

The park is mostly Open Forest of Brown Stringybark and Messmate Stringybark with understorey plants including Myrtle Wattle, Beaked Hakea, and Yacca.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Spring Mount Conservation Park, looking west.  Image courtesy of google maps.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 90 species of native bird in the park including Adelaide Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Yellow-tailed Black cockatoo, Superb Fairywren, Crescent Honeyeater, Grey Shrikethrush, Grey Fantail, Scarlet Robin, Brush Bronzewing, Sacred Kingfisher, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Bassian Thrush, and Beautiful Firetail.

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Each time I visit the park I always see a lot of Western Grey kangaroos.  And I wasn’t disappointed on this visit.  They were in abundance.

I drove along Mount Alma Road and enjoyed some great views of the surrounding countryside.

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Above:- Typical Fleurieu Peninsula countryside.

I then along Strangways Road and set up along a walking track at gate 10.  I ran the Yaesu FT-897, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole and the 1/2 wave 15m dipole for this activation.

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Above:- Aerial view of the park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

My first contact was a Park to Park contact, with a QSO with Rob VK4AAC/3 in the Buckley Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2054.  Rob was calling CQ on 7.144.  I then moved down the band to 7130 and started calling CQ.  Phil VK3MB came back to my CQ call, followed by Shaun VK3VLY/p and then Gerard VK2IO.  The 40m band was in quite good condition and I had a steady flow of callers.  Contact number 12 was Peter VK3PF/p who was activating SOTA summit VK3/ VE-168.  Contact number 32 was with Mike VK4DX/p activating IOTA OC-137.

I logged a total of 36 stations before I headed to the 80m band, hoping to get some of the local South Australian amateurs in the log.  My wife Marija VK5FMAZ had sent me an SMS message telling me she was listening on 40m but was unable to hear me.

First in the log on 80m was Adrian VK5FANA who was 5/9 plus.  Adrian gave me a 5/9 plus 30 signal report.  Next up was Marija VK5FMAZ and then Greg VK5GJ who was running QRP.  Rob VK4AAC/3 then called in for another Park to Park from the Buckley Nature Conservation Reserve.  My fifth and final caller on 80m was Peter VK3ZPF.

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Above:- my shack for the afternoon

I then headed to the 20m band and found John VK6NU/p calling CQ from SOTA peak VK6/ SW-042.  John was a strong 5/8 signal and he reciprocated with a 5/8 for me.  I headed up to 14.315 and called CQ, and called CQ, and called CQ.  But sadly no takers.  This was a little disappointing as the band was definitely open to Western Australia.

I then lowered down the squid pole and put up the 1/2 wave 15m dipole and started calling CQ on 21.245, but sadly I had no takers.  So I tuned across the band and found Ken JA2GPR calling CQ.  Ken was 5/8 and gave me a 5/6 signal report.

I then headed back to 40m and logged a further 10 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK7 and New Zealand.  Regular park hunter Andrei ZL1TM made it into my log once again.  I was also called by Gar ZL3SV who was a super strong signal.  Gary advised I was peaking 20/9 to Nelson on the top of the South Island of New Zealand.  But, that was all due to Gary’s antenna, a 2,000 foot long (640 metre) centre feed sloper.

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Above:- View of my operating position on the edge of the walking track

To finish off the activation I headed back to 80m as I had seen a spot pop up for Peter VK3PF/p who was on 3.615 activating SOTA peak VK3/ VE-163.  After logging Peter I moved down to 3.610 and logged a further 6 stations from VK2, VK3, and VK5.

It was time to pack up and make the 1 hour journey back home.  I had a total of 60 contacts in the log.  It was slow going on the way home as the sun was just starting to set and as a result the roos were out in great numbers.

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Above:- One of the other road users

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4AAC/3 (Buckley Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2054)
  2. VK3MB
  3. VK3VLY/p
  4. VK2IO
  5. VK3CWF
  6. VK2LEE
  7. VK7QP
  8. VK3FRC
  9. VK3FLES
  10. VK2PKT
  11. VK3PAT
  12. VK3PF/p (SOTA VK3/ VE-168)
  13. VK3MPR
  14. VK3ZPF
  15. VK7KR
  16. VK6KRC
  17. VK4SMA
  18. VK6XN
  19. VK4NH
  20. VK4DXA
  21. ZL4TY/VK4
  22. VK3ZZS/7
  23. VK4TJ
  24. VK3ANL
  25. VK4FDJL
  26. VK1NP
  27. ZL1TM
  28. VK3FRAB
  29. VK3SQ
  30. VK2JXA
  31. Vk7FRJG
  32. VK4DX/p (IOTA OC-137)
  33. VK2APL
  34. VK2YK
  35. VK3EI
  36. VK2KYO
  37. VK7JON
  38. VK4FW
  39. VK7ME
  40. VK4VXX/5
  41. VK8PAT
  42. VK7DW
  43. ZL3SV
  44. VK4MDZ
  45. VK2ZK
  46. VK2MCG

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK5FMAZ
  3. VK5GJ
  4. VK4AAC/3 (Buckley Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2054)
  5. VK3PF/p (SOTA VK3/ VE-163)
  6. VK5BJE
  7. VK3KWB
  8. VK3UH
  9. VK2NP
  10. VK3SQ
  11. VK3ARH

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK6NU/p (SOTA VK6/ SW-042)

I worked the following stations on 15m SSB:-

  1. JA2GPR

 

References.

Birds SA, 2018, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/spring-mount-conservation-park/>, viewed 4th June 2018.

4 thoughts on “Spring Mount Conservation Park 5CP-219 and VKFF-0789

  1. Hi Paul
    Glad to see the Yaesu 897D is still working well. I am just a ‘teeny weeny’ bit sorry I sold mine pre-loved 897D. However, the 857D is a better size. I am pleased to be in your log.
    73
    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

    • Hi John,

      I need to tinker a bit with the audio. A few people commented that it was a bit tinny.

      You really have to get down to this park some time. It is a ripper, with some nice walking trails through the forest.

      73,

      Paul VK5PAS.

    • Hi Chris,

      I haven’t had much success on 15m of late. I had my first CW QSO the other night with Bill VK4FW (whilst I was at home and he was in a park). So once I am a little more confident I will take the paddle out with me.

      Cheers,

      Paul VK5PAS.

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