Geegeela Conservation Park 5CP-075 and VKFF-0883

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.

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

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’.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Geegeela Conservation Park.  Image courtesy of google maps

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.

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And it didn’t take me long to bump into a few of the locals.

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I soon reached the north eastern corner of the park which was well signposted.

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A short distance from the NE corner, I found an opened gate and drove along the perimeter track.

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I set up about 20 metres from the gate.  There was plenty of room to string out the 20/40/80m linked dipole.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Geegeela Conservation Park, showing my operating spot in the north eastern corner of the park.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

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:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK2YW
  3. VK2JNG/p
  4. VK4TJ
  5. VK4/AC8WN
  6. VK4/VE6XT
  7. VK1XP/m
  8. VK4HNS
  9. VK2NP
  10. VK7QP
  11. VK4FE
  12. VK4RF
  13. VK4HA
  14. VK2IO
  15. VK7LCW
  16. VK4NH
  17. VK4DXA
  18. ZL4TY/VK4
  19. VK4FDJL
  20. VK1FMGG
  21. VK4FFAB
  22. VK4RG
  23. VK2UXO
  24. VK3PF
  25. VK2QR
  26. VK7JON
  27. VK2VW
  28. VK3UH
  29. VK7GG
  30. VK7FOLK
  31. VK2HRX
  32. VK3BBB
  33. VK2OQ/m
  34. VK1HW
  35. VK3SQ
  36. VK2KJJ
  37. VK6FARB
  38. VK6XN
  39. VK4FARR
  40. VK2YX
  41. VK3LBW
  42. VK2SWL
  43. VK2TTY
  44. VK3TTY
  45. VK3QJ/2
  46. VK2KYO
  47. VK3AHR
  48. VK5KLV
  49. VK6AV/4

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK2JNG/m
  2. VK3GGG
  3. VK3PMG
  4. VK2KJJ
  5. VK2HHA
  6. VK3SQ
  7. VK2NP
  8. VK7GG
  9. VK5KBF
  10. VK5BJE
  11. VK3PF
  12. VK5DW
  13. VK5PL
  14. VK3AHR
  15. VK6PCT/3
  16. VK4FDJL

 

References.

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

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