My third park for the day was the Bangham Conservation Park 5CP-009 & VKFF-0869, which is located about 304 km south east of Adelaide and about 34 km south east of the town of Bordertown. Again, this was to be another unique park for me as an activator.
The Bangham Conservation Park is a large park, comprising 869 hectares. In 1971 the land was offered to the South Australian State Government for conservation purposes. At the time it consisted of 6.76 square kilometres of “native scrub” and 1.25 square kilometres of “cleared land” with the majority of the latter occupying its south-east corner.
There was a subsequent study which revealed that the land was used by the endangered Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. This made the land “particularly suitable for conservation purposes”. Bangham was first proclaimed on the 22nd November 1973, with further land being added on 18th February 2010. A Government survey of 1908 described the area as having the ‘greater part undulating white sand, with stringybark, buck honeysuckle, heath, yacca with a few pines’ and supporting ‘little grass’, and considered to be ‘inferior pasture’.
Three major associations located in the park are: South Australian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) open forest – woodland; River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis) – in areas subject to inundation; and Brown Stringybark (E. baxteri) open forest – low open forest.
The park takes its name from the nearby area of Bangham. Edward Bangham had land in the area in the 1840’s. The Bangham Hall opened in 1953 and can still be found on the Frances Road.
Birds SA have recorded a total of 135 species of native birds in the park including Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Little Corella, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-fronted Chat, Crested Bellbird, Hooded Robin, and Grey-crowned Babbler.
I turned into the park off the Frances Road and travelled down a sandy 4WD track which then took me to the northern boundary of the park.
I pulled the Hi Lux off to the side of the track and set up ‘the shack’ comprising the Yaesu FT-857d (set at 40 watts output) and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.
Once I had set up I headed to 7.144 and found Alan VK2MG/p calling CQ from the Tuggerah State Conservation Area VKFF-1383. After logging Alan, Park to Park, I moved down the band to 7.135 and called CQ. Unfortunately I had no internet coverage and was hoping that someone would find me. Fortunately Peter VK3PF did. I then logged Peter VK7LCW, Adrian VK5FANA, and Gerard VK2JNG mobile.
Contact number 10 was a QSO with Brett VK2VW, nine minutes into the activation. I logged 33 stations on 40m from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 and VK7. I then moved to 3.610 on the 80m band and logged 11 stations from VK2, VK3, and VK5. This included Andrew VK1DA/3 who was activating SOTA summit Goonmirk Rocks VK3/ VG-048 in the Errinundra National Park VKFF-0158. Contact number 44 was Geoff VK3SQ.
I then QSYd to the 20m band and called CQ on 14.310. First in the log on that band was Ray VK4NH, followed by John VK4TJ and Rob VK4SYD.
I had qualified the park, with 49 contacts in the log, and time to head to my fourth park, the Geegeela Conservation Park.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VK2MG/p (Tuggerah State Conservation Area VKFF-1383)
I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-
- VK1DA/3 (Goonmirk Rocks VK3/ VG-048 & Errinundra National Park VKFF-0158)
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
Birds SA, 2018, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/bangham-conservation-park/>, viewed
State Library South Australia, 2018, <http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/digitalpubs/placenamesofsouthaustralia/>, viewed
Wikipedia, 2018, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangham_Conservation_Park>, viewed