Monarto Conservation Park VKFF-0828

After leaving Mount Lofty we headed east to the Monarto Conservation Park VKFF-0828 hoping to log some more stations using the special VI50IARU3 call sign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of region 3 of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

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As we drove east we could see blue sky which was very promising.  Sadly that didn’t last for long and we soon had a huge downpour of rain.  It wasn’t looking good to be sitting out in the park.

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

Once we got to Monarto the weather had started to clear somewhat, but not enough for me to sit outside of the vehicle.  We set up the 20/40/80 m linked dipole and operating from the comfort of the Toyota Hi Lux.

Our operating location was our normal spot in the carpark off the Ferries McDonald Road.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the Monarto Conservation Park showing our operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

We started off the activation on the 40m band.  First in the log was Bill VK4FW/p who was activating the King Conservation Park VKFF-1572.  After logging Bill we moved down the band to 7.130 and I called CQ.  Andrew VK2UH had followed me down and was logged with a strong 5/9 signal.  Next up was Peter VK3PF, followed by Ray VK3NBL, and then Brett VK2VW.

I logged 40 stations on 40m from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 VK7 and VK8.  This included another Park to Park, this time with Nik VK3NLK/2 in the Murray Valley National Park VKFF-1178.

I then moved to the 20m band and called CQ on 14.310.  Greg VK4VXX/8 had followed me up from 40m, and was first in the log.  Next was Snow VK4FE.  But despite a number of further CQ calls I had no further takers on that band.

So to finish off the activation I called CQ on 3.610 on the 80m band.  I logged 13 calls on that band from VK2, VK3, & VK5.

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I ended up with a total of 55 stations in the log for the activation.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4FW/p (King Conservation Park VKFF-1572)
  2. VK2UH
  3. VK3PF
  4. VK3NBL
  5. VK2VW
  6. VK2IO/m
  7. VK2KEL
  8. VK4NH
  9. VK4DXA
  10. ZL4TY/VK4
  11. VK3NLK/2 (Murray Valley National Park VKFF-1178)
  12. VK2NP
  13. VK4SMA
  14. VK4VXX?8
  15. VK3MDH/m
  16. VK3ZPF
  17. VK5KLV
  18. VK3FMKE
  19. Vk2HPN/m
  20. VK7RN
  21. VK5FMWW
  22. VK4WJW
  23. VK3ANL
  24. VK2KMI
  25. VK3SQ
  26. VK5TRM
  27. VK5FANA
  28. VK3FSPG
  29. VK3MPR
  30. VK3GGG/p
  31. VK3PMG/p
  32. VK4SOE/p
  33. VK4FW/m
  34. VK4TJ
  35. VK2ABN
  36. VK3ARH/m
  37. VK5TS
  38. VK3VAR
  39. VK7FRUS
  40. VK3VGB

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4VXX/8
  2. VK4ME

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK5GJ
  4. VK3GGG/p
  5. VK3PMG/p
  6. VK5FMLO
  7. VK5KC/m
  8. VK3FMKE
  9. VK5MRT
  10. VK3PDG/p
  11. VK2NP
  12. VK3DET
  13. VK3PF

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