VI5MARCONI at Scott Creek Conservation Park VKFF-0788

On Sunday morning (16th September 2018) I headed over to Scott Creek in the Adelaide Hills to meet up with John VK5BJE.  We had organised to activate the Scott Creek Conservation Park VKFF-0788, using the special call of VI5MARCONI.

The Scott Creek Conservation Park is about 24 km (by road) south east of Adelaide.  It is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges ‘Adelaide Hills’.

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

This is another park I have activated many times over.  It is also ‘John’s park’.  John lives just a short distance from the park, and his wife Jenny is an active member of the Friends of Scott Creek.  We set up at our normal operating spot, just inside gate 8.

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Above:- Map of the Scott Creek Conservation Park, showing out operating spot.  Map courtesy of DEWNR.

As I had used the call for the past few weeks, John kicked off the activation, by calling CQ on 7.130 on the 40m band.  Marija VK5FMAZ, my wife, was first in the log, with a strong 5/9 signal.  This was followed by Joe VK3MAB, Ken VK3UH and then Peter VK3JRP.  But it was very slow going, with band conditions being very ordinary.  John ended up logging 12 contacts on 40m, before we decided to try the 80m band.

So it was down with the telescopic squid pole, and in with the 80m links, and off to 3.610.  I spotted John on parksnpeaks and the various ‘portable’ Facebook sites.  Again first in the log on the 80m band was Marija VK5FMAZ, followed by Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula, then Ivan VK5HS mobile, and then Trevor VK5TW.  But sadly that was it.  Despite the band being in great shape for local contacts, we had no further callers.

So it was out with the CW key and for John to try his luck on 3.532 on CW.  John called CQ a number of times with no response.  We started to wonder if his signal was getting out.  We then made contact via text message with David VK5KC and arranged to meet him on 3.610.  Whilst chatting to David, we tried CW again, and we were definitely getting out, which was pleasing.

With no further takers, we headed to 7.032 CW and John started calling CQ.  This was answered by Chris VK1CT, followed by Chris VK3QB.  Success.


Above:- John VK5BJE giving me a lesson on CW.

We then moved back to 7.144 SSB and John called CQ.  Keith VK3FMKE was first in the log, followed by Nick VK3ANL, and then Peter VK3PF mobile.  It was about this time that John’s wife Jenny arrived at the park, and whilst John continued to make contacts, I had a chat with Jenny.  John then took a short break to get a drink of water, and whilst doing so I logged Al VK7AN, Lee VK2LEE, and Craig VK3FDRG.  John then took charge of the mic again and logged a further 3 contacts from VK3 and VK7.

I then saw a message on Facebook from Steve VK7CW that he was keen for a CW contact.  So it was back to 7.032 CW where John worked Steve and then Peter VK3PF/p who was activating SOTA peak Mount Phipps VK3/ VG-015.   It was now 12.45 p.m. local time and John decided to head home.  As it was quite a nice day, with the occasional glimpse of the sun through the clouds, I decided to stick around.


Above:- John VK5BJE on air.

I logged a further 11 stations on 40m, including Rob VK4AAC/3 who was activating the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park VKFF-0620 and Peter VK3PF/p on SOTA peak Mount Phipps VK3/ VG-015.  I also logged Alan VK3ALN for his very first QSO.

I then moved to the 20m band and called CQ on 14.315.  This was answered by Gil ZL3GLV in New Zealand, followed by VI4MARCONI.  It was a treat to log the Queensland Marconi station.  We had tried earlier to make contact on 40m but Stu was struggling to hear us.  I logged 3 more stations, from VK2, VK4 and VK6.  This included Brooke VK4RZ who was running just 2 watts, with a good 5/5 signal.

I then tuned across the 20m band and heard Greg VK2GJC chatting to Steve VK4KUS and Alan ZL1ANZ.  After logging these gentlemen, I again tuned across the band and this time found Johnno VK4ALE/p activating the Bunyaville Conservation Park VKFF-1493.

I then moved back to the 40m where I logged a further 21 stations including Peter VK3PF/p who had moved to a new SOTA summit, Mount Birregun VK3/ VT-020.

To complete the activation I returned to the 20m band, joining the ANZA DX Net on 14.183.  I logged 5 stations there from VK4, VK6, VK7, and New Zealand.  Once ethe net closed down I moved up to 14.310 and called CQ.  This was answered by Ben VK6XC.  Then, much to my surprise I was called by Gianluca IK4LZH, Carlo IZ8GNR, Giovanni IZ5JMZ, and then Yoshiro JH7RTQ.  I was really pleased to finally log some long path Europe SSB contacts on 20m whilst portable.  It had been a while.  But they were not the only DX contacts.  I subsequently made contact with Valery UA0ZC and Wolf DK8MZ.

My last contact of the day was with Greg VK4VXX/6 who was activating the Murujuga National Park VKFF-1226.  I was a nice way to finish the activation, with a Park to Park contact.

With 91 contacts in the log, and the local time now being 3.30 p.m., I packed up and headed home.  It had been a fun time, and my last day with the special call of VI5MARCONI.  I would like to thank Fred VK3DAC for allowing me use of the call.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK3MAB
  3. VK3UH
  4. VK3JRP
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK2IO
  7. VK4AAC/3
  8. VK3QB
  9. VK4CZ
  10. VK4GSF
  11. VK2UXO
  12. VK2PKT
  13. VK3FMKE
  14. VK3ANL
  15. VK3PF/m
  16. VK5MR
  17. VK2KYO
  18. VK7AN
  19. VK2LEE
  20. VK3FDRG
  21. VK7GN
  22. VK3MB
  23. VK7QP
  24. VK3AWG
  25. VK3SIM
  26. VK4AAC/3 (Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park VKFF-0620)
  27. VK3PF/p (SOTA Mount Phipps VK3/ VG-015)
  28. VK6XC
  29. VK3ALN
  30. VK3YB
  31. VK3LTL
  32. VK3CNW
  33. VK3NXT
  34. VK5MJ/4
  35. VK3GRK/m
  36. VK3UP
  37. VK3CKC/m
  38. VK3HJA/p
  39. VK2MNR
  40. VK2XXM
  41. VK2VW
  42. VK2IO
  43. VK2YK
  44. VK3HKV
  45. VK3HD
  46. VK3BNJ
  47. VK3ZD
  48. VK7FRJG
  49. VK3PTL
  50. VK3FMKE
  51. VK3PF/p (SOTA Mount Birregun VK3/ VT-020)
  52. VK3FSPG
  53. VK3MPR
  54. VK3CWF
  55. VK2HMV

The following stations were worked on 40m CW:-

  1. VK1CT
  2. VK3QB
  3. VK7CW
  4. VK3PF/p (SOTA Mount Phipps VK3/ VG-015)

The following stations were worked on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK5HS/m
  4. VK5TW
  5. VK5KC

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. ZL3GLV
  3. VK4SDD
  4. VK2EAT/p
  5. VK6YTS/p
  6. VK4RZ
  7. VK2GJC
  8. VK4KUS
  9. ZL1ANZ
  10. VK4ALE/p (Bunyaville Conservation Park VKFF-1493)
  11. VK4XCS
  12. ZL4QJ
  13. VK6NTE
  14. VK7XX
  15. ZL1ANF
  16. VK6XC
  17. IK4LZH
  18. IZ8GNR
  19. IZ5JMZ
  20. JH7RTQ
  21. VK4HNS
  22. VK5BJE
  23. UA0ZC
  24. VK4SJ
  25. DK8MZ
  26. VK7QP
  27. VK4VXX/6 (Murujuga National Park VKFF-1226)


8 thoughts on “VI5MARCONI at Scott Creek Conservation Park VKFF-0788

  1. Congratulations Paul! For the nice activation together with John, as well as for your wonderful reports and the blog!

    I have a question about the antenna on the last picture in this report; is it a regular dipole? For which of the bands and at what height?

    73, good luck and cul! de Rumen/LZ2AF (SOTA, WWFF … activator)

    • Hi Rumen,

      The antenna is a linked dipole for 20, 40, & 80m. It is inverted vee configuration, 7m at the apex. I use a 7 metre heavy duty telescopic squid pole to get it up into the air.


      Paul VK5PAS.

  2. Hi Paul

    Congrats a great effort.

    I just ordered my Zippy8.4amp hr battery so should help to get portable in near future.

    Off to Mannum in the van for the week end and will put the vertical up so let’s know if you are on the air.

    Best wishes


    SIG 2

    Tony Green VK5FBIC

    Home 08 8265 0513

    Mobile 0412 811 818


  3. Hi Paul
    Thanks for the opportunity to have some fun with VI5MARCONI. It was great. And as for a CW lesson, well that is a little bit of an exaggeration!
    I feared a pile-up! Anyway, I was glad all was relatively orderly. I am pleased to have contributed a respectable number of contacts for the final score or 91. I was confident enough to come up as VK5PF in the Riverland and enjoy the contacts, including, again, VK7CW.
    John D

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