Poocher Swamp Game Reserve VKFF-1741

After leaving the Geegeela Conservation Park I decided to do a quick activation at the Poocher Swamp Game Reserve VKFF-1741.  This would be my 5th park for the day, and another unique park for me as an activator.

Poocher Swamp is about 271 km south east of Adelaide, and about 8 km west of the town of Bordertown.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Poocher Swamp Game Reserve in the south east of South Australia.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

This was to be a quick activation, as it was now 5.30 p.m. and I had a 2 & 1/2 hour drive ahead of me.  As I drove towards the park I enjoyed a magnificent sunset.


The Poocher Swamp Game Reserve is 77 hectares in size  and was proclaimed on 14th November 1985, with additional land added on 16th March 1989.  During the late 1950’s, a number of levee banks were constructed in the swamp to impound water and attract bird life.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Poocher Swamp Game Reserve.  Image courtesy of google maps

Over many years, the impoundment of water has caused the inundation of the River Red Gums in the reserve, and as a result many have died.  However regrowth is occurring at the upper limits of the floor waters and at the Tatiara Creek entrance to the swamp.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 85 bird species in the park including Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Black-tailed Nativehen, Galah, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian Magpie, White-plumed Honeyeater, Magpielark, Australian Pelican, Royal Spoonbill, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, New Holland Honeyeater, and Rufous Songlark

Unfortunately I was very short of time, so I only spent a few short minutes having a look at the park.  I didn’t even get the time to walk down to the actual swamp in the reserve.  I set up just inside the gate leading into the reserve.

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Above:- Aerial view of Poocher Swamp showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Once I had set up it was almost dark, so I decided to kick off the activation on the 80m band.  I self spotted on parksnpeaks and called CQ on 3.610 and this was answered by Adrian VK5FANA.  This was followed by Gerard VK2IO, Compton VK2HRX, and then Peter VK3PF.  Contact number 10, qualifying the park for me for VKFF, was a QSO with Bill VI50IARU3 in the Calliope Conservation Park VKFF-1499, just 9 minutes into the activation.

I logged a total of 26 stations on 80m from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5.  Unfortunately callers then dried up, so I headed off to 7.144 on 40m.  First in the log there was Ray VK4NH.  After working 11 stations, Bill VI50IARU3 gave me a shout, and remained on the frequency with me, working the hunters, giving them 2 parks at the same time.

Contact number 44 was a QSO with Gerard VK2IO, who was struggling to hear me.  We moved frequency 3 times as Gerard was suffering from noise, but we eventually made it.  At just after 6.30 p.m. local time I had 46 contacts in the log after an hour in the park, which really amazed me.  Time to pack up and hit the road.

THANKYOU to everyone who called me during my 5 activations.  And a BIG THANKYOU to those who took the time to spot me, as I had no internet coverage at some of the parks.

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FANA
  2. VK2IO
  3. VK2HRX
  4. VK3PF
  5. VK2LEE
  6. VK4TJ
  7. VK4/AC8WN
  8. VK4/VE6XT
  9. VK5DW
  10. VI50IARU3 (Calliope Conservation Park VKFF-1499)
  11. VK4FW (Calliope Conservation Park VKFF-1499)
  12. VK1DI
  13. VK5KLV
  14. VK2FPEZ
  15. VK5FMAZ
  16. VK5HS
  17. VK3GGG
  18. VK3PMG
  19. VK5BJE
  20. VK2NP
  21. VK3AJA
  22. VK2KJJ
  23. VK3BFR
  24. VK5SFA
  25. VK4FFAB
  26. VK4HNS

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4NH
  2. VK4DXA
  3. ZL4TY/VK4
  4. VK4HNS
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK4FFAB
  7. VK4FARR
  8. VK2NP
  9. Vk4TJ
  10. VK4/AC8WN
  11. VK4/VE6XT
  12. VI50IARU3 (Calliope Conservation Park VKFF-1499)
  13. VK4FW (Calliope Conservation Park VKFF-1499)
  14. VK5FMAZ
  15. VK4SYD
  16. VK2FOUZ
  17. VK2FPEZ
  18. VK2IO
  19. VK5/ZL2OPB
  20. VK2YX



Birds SA, 2018, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/poocher-swamp-game-reserve/>, viewed 12th July 2018

2 thoughts on “Poocher Swamp Game Reserve VKFF-1741

  1. G’day Chris,

    It was a long, but very enjoyable day. Unfortunately it was a lightning trip, so I didn’t really get the opportunity of exploring these parks.


    Paul VK5PAS.

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