Belt Hill Conservation Park 5CP-016 and VKFF-0870

It was now Saturday 23rd March 2019, and day one of the 6th anniversary activation weekend of the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.  Our first intended activation for day was the Belt Hill Conservation Park 5CP-016 & VKFF-0870.  The park is located about 379 km south east of Adelaide, and about 20 km east of the town of Beachport.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Belt Hill Conservation Park in the South East of South Australia.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Prior to heading to the park, Marija and I had breakfast at the Waterfront Cafe at Beachport, enjoying some poached eggs on toast and coffee.  We then headed out of Beachport and stopped briefly to have a look at the monument for the South East Drainage Scheme.  There is a cairn commemorating the commencement in 1863 of drainage construction in the Millicent district.

On our way to the park both Marija and I checked in to the 10AM Net on 7.097 run by Ron VK3AHR.

We drove north along Stuckey Lane and took a dirt track which followed the southern boundary of the park.  This led to another track which took us into the park.

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Above:- track inside the park.

Belt Hill Conservation Park is 10 hectares (25 acres) in size and was established on the 27th April 1972.  It is situated in the locality of Hatherleigh.  In 1971, the land was offered by its owner, A. McArthur of Rendelsham, to the “then National Parks Commission” for “dedication as a Reserve.”  The park consists of Banksia, Blackwood and Golden Wattle.

There are two aboriginal archaeological sites in the park, both located in the dune area.  It is believed that the area supported a substantial aboriginal population as it is elevated, well sheltered and watered, and would have offered many sources of food.

During our visit to the park, we spotted numerous native birds, including Silvereyes and Fantails.  Some of my snaps appear below.

There weren’t any cleared spots in the park, so we set up on the 4WD track in the southern section f the park.  We suspected it was highly unlikely that there would be other visitors to the park.

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Above:- An aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

After setting up I joined the 10am Net on 7.097 and there worked a total of 5 stations.  I then moved up the band to 7.139 and started calling CQ, whilst Marija placed a spot up on parksnpeaks.  John VK3HBG was the first to call in, followed by Geoff VK3SQ and then Peter VK3PF.  I worked a total of 30 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  This included a Park to Park contact with Greg VK5GJ/p who was activating the Thidna Conservation Park 5CP-281 & VKFF-2250.

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Marija then jumped on the mic and called CQ on 7.139.  Dennis VK2HHA was first in the log, followed by Tony VK3XV mobile in VK5, and then Dale VK1POP/2.  Marija worked a total of 17 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5.  This included the following Park to Park contacts;

  • David VK5DG/p – Little Dip Conservation Park 5CP-120 & VKFF-0904
  • Mike VK6MB/3 – Moondarra State Park VKFF-0764

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Marija and I then tuned across the band and found Tom VK5EE/p on 7.130, activating the Big Heath Conservation Park 5CP-018 & VKFF-0792.  We also worked Adrian VK5FANA/p in the Wills Creek Conservation Park 5CP-254 & VKFF-0819.

It was then off to the 80m band, where Marija logged 8 stations, and I logged 13 stations, including the following Park to Park contacts:

  • Peter VK5PET/p – Lawari Conservation Park 5CP-278 & VKFF-1767
  • Adrian VK5FANA/p – Wills Creek Conservation Park 5CP-254 & VKFF-0819
  • Greg VK5GJ/p – Thidna Conservation Park 5CP-281 & VKFF-2250
  • Peter VK5PET – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Ivan VK5HS/p -Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Danny VK5DW/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Peter VK5PE/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Rob VK5TRM/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Dean VK5FDOG/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • Sandy VK5FSGP/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372
  • David VK5FVIN/p – Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372

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I had now qualified the park for the global WWFF program, with 47 contacts in the log.  I moved to 14.310 on the 20m band and called CQ.  Dale VK1POP/2 was first in the log, followed by Dick VK4OP, and then Scott VK4CZ.  I logged 10 stations from VK1, VK2, and VK4.  This included a Park to Park contact with Gerard VK2IO/p who was activating the Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784.  The Over the Horizon Radar was present on 20m once again, being strength 9 and blocking out some of the stations that I was talking with.

Marija and I moved back to the 40m band.  Marija had 26 contacts in the log, and we were hoping she might get close to the 44 required to qualify the park for WWFF.  Within half an hour, Marija had her 44th contact in the log, a QSO with Tom VK5AA/p.  Marija and I logged the following Park to Park contacts:

  • Gerard VK2IO/p –  Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784
  • Tom VK5EE – Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908
  • Col VK5HFC/p – Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908
  • Tom VK5TA/p – Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908
  • Tom VK5AA/p – Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908
  • David VK5PL/p – Marne Valley Conservation Park 5CP-128 & VKFF-0906

To complete the activation, Marija and I tuned across the band, and found Andrew VK5MR/p on 7.165, activating the Heggaton Conservation Park 5CP-089 & VKFF-1037.  It was a great way to complete the activation with a Park to Park contact.

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Marija logged a total of 48 contacts including 18 Park to Park QSOs.

I logged a total of 62 contacts including 21 Park to Park QSOs.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2HHA
  2. VK3XV/5
  3. VK1POP/2
  4. VK2PKT
  5. VK4NH
  6. VK4DXA
  7. ZL4TY/VK4
  8. VK3NXT
  9. VK5KLV
  10. VK5DG/p (Little Dip Conservation Park 5CP-120 & VKFF-0904)
  11. VK3MPR
  12. VK2LEE
  13. VK3ANL
  14. VK6MB/3 (Moondarra State Park VKFF-0764)
  15. VK3SQ
  16. VK3ZPF
  17. VK3AHR
  18. VK5FANA/p (Wills Creek Conservation Park 5CP-254 & VKFF-0819)
  19. VK3PF/m
  20. VK3MKE
  21. VK3IRM
  22. VK5CZ
  23. VK2IO/p (Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784)
  24. VK4CZ
  25. VK2FAAA
  26. VK4TJ
  27. VK4/AC8WN
  28. VK4/VE6XT
  29. VK2ND
  30. VK2KYO
  31. VK2EXA
  32. VK7EK
  33. VK5EE/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  34. VK5HCF/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  35. VK5TA/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  36. VK5AA (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  37. VK2UH
  38. VK5PL/p (Marne Valley Conservation Park 5CP-128 & VKFF-0906)
  39. VK5MR/p (Heggaton Conservation Park 5CP-089 & VKFF-1037)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5PET/p (Lawari Conservation Park 5CP-278 & VKFF-1767)
  2. VK5HS/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  3. VK5DW/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  4. VK5PE/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  5. VK5TRM/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  6. VK5FDOG/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  7. VK5FSGP/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  8. VK5FVIN/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3AHR
  2. VK7EK
  3. VK3PTE
  4. VK3KHS
  5. VK2ASS
  6. VK3HBG
  7. VK3SQ
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK7EE
  10. VK4FDJL
  11. VK4NH
  12. VK4DXA
  13. ZL4TY/VK4
  14. VK3SQ
  15. VK4HNS
  16. VK4TJ
  17. VK4/AC8WN
  18. VK4/VE6XT
  19. VK5FLEA/p (SOTA VK5/ SE-016)
  20. VK5GJ/p (Thidna Conservation Park 5CP-281 & VKFF-2250)
  21. VK3PF
  22. VK2MTC
  23. VK2IO
  24. VK2EXA
  25. VK1POP/2
  26. VK3ZPF
  27. VK2KNV/m
  28. VK3XV/5
  29. VK3NXT
  30. VK2HHA
  31. VK5DG/p (Little Dip Conservation Park 5CP-120 & VKFF-0904)
  32. VK6MB/3 (Moondarra State Park VKFF-0764)
  33. VK5EE/p (Big Heath Conservation Park 5CP-018 & VKFF-0792)
  34. VK5FANA/p (Wills Creek Conservation Park 5CP-254 & VKFF-0819)
  35. VK5HCF/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  36. VK5EE/p (Mary Seymour Conservation Park 5CP-131 & VKFF-0908)
  37. VK5PL/p (Marne Valley Conservation Park 5CP-128 & VKFF-0906)
  38. VK3XPT/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  39. VK5MR/p (Heggaton Conservation Park 5CP-089 & VKFF-1037)

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5PET/p (Lawari Conservation Park 5CP-278 & VKFF-1767
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK5FANA/p (Wills Creek Conservation Park 5CP-254 & VKFF-0819)
  4. VK5WU
  5. VK5HS/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  6. VK5DW/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  7. VK5PE/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  8. VK5GJ/p (Thidna Conservation Park 5CP-281 & VKFF-2250)
  9. VK5TRM/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  10. VK5FDOG/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  11. VK5AYL
  12. VK5FSGP/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)
  13. VK5FVIN/p (Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK1POP/2
  2. VK4OP
  3. VK4CZ
  4. VK2IO/p (Rouse Hill Regional Park VKFF-2784)
  5. VK2BY
  6. VK2NMC
  7. VK4NH
  8. VK4DXA
  9. ZL4TY/VK4
  10. VK1DI

We then headed to the Beachport Conservation Park.  Just after leaving Belt Hill I logged Andrew VK5MR/p who was in the Heggaton Conservation Park VKFF-1037.

 

References.

National Parks and Wildlife Service, 1990, ‘Small Parks of the Lower South East Management Plans’.

Wikipedia, 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_Hill_Conservation_Park>, viewed 29th March 2019

2 thoughts on “Belt Hill Conservation Park 5CP-016 and VKFF-0870

  1. Hi Paul and Marija
    A most successful activation for you both and I am pleased to be in the log on 80 metres. Another generous citizen leaving land to the people of the State which is really good.
    73
    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5FMAZ

  2. Hi John,

    This is only a small park, but once you’re inside, it feels as though you are in a much larger piece of scrub. This was the first time we had visited this park. You are right, in that we are lucky there are people who are prepared to leave land for the use of the people.

    73,

    Paul VK5PAS.

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