My fourth planned park for the day (Tuesday 10th July 2018) was the Geegeela Conservation Park 5CP-075 & VKFF-0883. This was to be another unique park for me as an activator.
Geegeela is situated about 298 km south east of Adelaide and about 27 km south of the town of Bordertown.
The Geegeela Conservation Park, which is 858 hectares in size, was established in July 2005. It takes its name from the Hundred of Geegeela which was originally known as the Hundred of Pflaum. However this was changed in 1918 as a result of the anti German sentiment during World War One. Geegeela is derived from the Aboriginal Tjitjila language meaning ‘wallaby’.
The Geegeela Conservation Park is home to numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species. More than 90 species of native bird have been recorded in the park. These include 17 threatened species within South Australia and 29 which have an identified conservation rating within the south east region. The park provides critical habitat for the endangered South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo and Swift Parrot. Other vulnerable listed birdlife includes the Brown Quail, Little Lorikeet, Brolga, Blue Winged Parrot, and the rare Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Blue Faced Honeyeater and Flame Robin.
The park consists of Blue Gum, and River Red Gum woodland. The woodland and shrubland ecosystems found in the park are threatened on both State and National levels.
As I travelled along the Frances Road and then My Mi Mi Road, there were signs warning of kangaroos.
And it didn’t take me long to bump into a few of the locals.
I soon reached the north eastern corner of the park which was well signposted.
A short distance from the NE corner, I found an opened gate and drove along the perimeter track.
I set up about 20 metres from the gate. There was plenty of room to string out the 20/40/80m linked dipole.
Fortunately I had some internet coverage from Geegeela and was able to throw up a self spot on parksnpeaks. I called CQ on 7.144 and this was answered by Adrian VK5FANA, followed by John VK2YW, Gerard VK2JNG mobile, and then John VK4TJ. Contact number 10, with Linda VK7QP, came 7 minutes into the activation. I had qualified the park for the VKFF National program.
The 40m band was in excellent shape, and within 37 minutes I had my 44th contact in the log, with a QSO with Rob VK2TTY. After logging 49 contacts on 40m I moved off to 3.610 on the 80m band, which was also in great shape. I logged 16 stations on 80m from VK2, VK3, VK5, and VK7.
I then put out about 10 or so CQ calls on 14.310 on the 20m band, but had no takers, so with it now being 4.10 p.m. local time, it was time to pack up and move on. I still had a 2 & 1/2 hour drive to get home and I was contemplating activating the Poocher Swamp Game Reserve.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-
National Parks South Australia, 2018, <https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/geegeela-conservation-park>, viewed 12th July 2018
State Library South Australia, 2018, <http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/digitalpubs/placenamesofsouthaustralia/G.pdf>, viewed 12th July 2018