Scott Conservation Park 5CP-206 and VKFF-0934

On Monday 25th June 2018 I headed to the Scott Conservation Park 5CP- & VKFF-0934 to activate the park using the special call sign of VI70MI.  The special call issued to Commemorate 70 years of ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) for Macquarie Island, which since 1947 have served Australia in the south polar regions.

Scott Conservation Park is about 75 km south of Adelaide and about 7 km north west of Currency Creek.

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

The Scott Conservation Park is 210 hectares in size.  The park was first proclaimed in 1969 and re-proclaimed as Scott Conservation Park on 27th April 1972.  The park is relatively flat and is situated east of the Mount Lofty Ranges.  The park consists of Blue and Pink gum woodlands

The park is a terrific piece of native scrub which is generally surrounded by cleared farming land.  The next largest piece of scrub near Scott is the Cox Scrub Conservation Park.

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Above:- Aerial shot showing the location of the park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Image courtesy of google maps

Birds SA have recorded a total of 148 native bird species at Scott.  This includes Common Bronzewing, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Grey Shrikethrush, Cockatiel, Eastern Rosella, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater,  Restless Flycatcher, Hooded Robin, and Eastern Shriketit.

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

Unfortunately I did not plan this activation very well, and left home without the camera, and secondly with an almost flat mobile phone.  So I was only able to take 3 photos during this trip to Scott.  And I wasn’t able to self post on parksnpeaks and facebook, so I was relying upon the good will of park hunters.

I kicked off the activation by calling CQ on 7.144 which was answered by Geoff VK3SQ, followed by Lee VK3FLJD, and then Nick VK3ANL.  Although it was a weekday I was pleased to have a good flow of callers eager to get the VI70MI callsign in their log.

I managed to log 31 contacts on 40m including two Park to Park contacts, with Bill VK4FW/p in the Sheep Island Conservation Park VKFF-1642, and Allan VK2MG/p in the Bouddi National Park VKFF-0049.  I then lowered the squid pole and inserted the links for the 80m section of the dipole.  I called CQ on 3.610 and thus was answered by Greg VK5GJ with a big 5/9 signal, followed by Hans who was also 5/9 plus.  I was really pleased to log a total of 9 stations on 80m from VK3, VK5 and VK7.

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Above:- My shack for the morning.  A nice setting.

I then headed to 20m and called CQ on 14.310.  First in the log was Greg VK5GJ who had followed me from 80m.  Next was regular park hunter John VK4TJ, who become contact number 44 in the log.  This was followed by Bill VK4FW/p for another Park to Park contact from the Sheep Island Conservation Park.

With 11 stations in the log on 20m, I headed back to 7.144 on 40m where I logged 10 stations.  This included Gerard VK2IO/p on  SOTA peak Mount Walker VK2/ CT-019 and Peter VK3TKK/p in the Conglomerate Gully NCR VKFF-2297.

To complete the activation I headed down to 3.610 and logged Gerard VK2IO/p on his SOTA summit, and then Peter VK3TKK/p for another Park to Park.  Last in the log was Peter VK3PF.

It had been a fun 90 minutes in the park and I had 64 contacts in the log, including five Park to Park contacts.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK3FLJD
  3. VK3ANL
  4. VK3UH
  5. VK5LA
  6. VK4SOE/p
  7. VK4TJ
  8. VK4/AC8WN
  9. VK4/VE6XT
  10. VK3PF
  11. VK5GJ
  12. VK4FW/m
  13. VK2UH
  14. VK7RN
  15. VK2HHA
  16. VK2MOP
  17. VK5MR
  18. VK5BJE
  19. VK4NH
  20. VK4DXA
  21. ZL4TY/VK4
  22. VK3DHW/p
  23. VK3MCM
  24. VK3GGG/p
  25. VK3PMG/p
  26. VK4FW/p (Sheep Island Conservation Park VKFF-1642)
  27. VK2MG/p (Bouddi National Park VKFF-0049)
  28. VK4COA/p
  29. VK1AT
  30. VK2DLR
  31. VK2PKT
  32. VK1MA
  33. VK2IO/p (Mount Walker VK2/ CT-019)
  34. VK2SB
  35. VK3AHR
  36. VK3WAR
  37. VK3TKK/p (Conglomerate Gully NCR VKFF-2297)
  38. ZL1TM
  39. VK2ESG
  40. VK3GMC
  41. VK2XXM

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5GJ
  2. VK5YX
  3. VVK5FANA
  4. VK5BJE
  5. VK3GGG/p
  6. VK3PMG/p
  7. VK5VC
  8. VK7RN
  9. VK5NBQ
  10. VK2IO/p (Mount Walker VK2/ CT-019)
  11. VK3TKK/p (Conglomerate Gully NCR VKFF-2297)
  12. VK3PF

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK5GJ
  2. VK4TJ
  3. VK4/AC8WN
  4. VK4/VE6XT
  5. VK4FW/p (Sheep Island Conservation Park VKFF-1642)
  6. VK1MA
  7. VK2NP
  8. VK4NH
  9. VK4DXA
  10. ZL4TY/VK4
  11. VK3SQ

 

 

References.

Birds SA, 2018, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/scott-conservation-park/>, viewed 25th June 2018

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2011, ‘Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula’.

4 thoughts on “Scott Conservation Park 5CP-206 and VKFF-0934

  1. Hi Paul
    Thanks for the post and the contacts. The walk through Scott Conservation Park is really quite good and the creek-line is surprisingly deep.
    Cheers
    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

    • Hi John,

      I was going to do the walk, but as I had forgotten my camera, I decided to put it off for another day. I read your blog about this park, and it looks like a nice walk.

      Thanks as always for stopping by for a read and leaving a message.

      73,

      Paul VK5PAS.

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