A weekend away in the Riverland

Marija VK5FMAZ and I, are now home after our trip to the Riverland region of South Australia, to attend the Riverland Radio Club’s annual gathering at the historic Overland Corner Hotel.
 
On the way up to Renmark on Friday afternoon, Marija and I activated the Billiatt Wilderness Protection Area VKFF-1685. Band conditions were very tough, but we both qualified the park for VKFF and made a total of 30 contacts.
 
Bright and early on Saturday morning, we were out at Overland Corner, enjoying breakfast, and then the remainder of the day’s festivities and a meal and a few ales in the pub’s garden. Steve VK5SFA delivered a presentation on magnetic loop antennas, whilst Grant VK5GR spoke about Islands on the Air (IOTA).
 
It was a great day as always, and for a small club, the Riverland Radio Club certainly put on a great show, which we can highly recommend.
 
Late on Saturday afternoon, Marija and I activated the Loch Luna Game Reserve VKFF-1723 and made a total of 65 contacts.
 
On Saturday evening, a group of us headed out for dinner at the Mallee Fowl Restaurant, enjoying a great meal and plenty of laughs.
 
On Sunday morning, Ivan VK5HS, Peter VK5PE, Marija, and I headed downstream in Ivan’s boat and activated the Bulyong Island section of the Murray River National Park 5NP-016 & VKFF-0372 (this section only accessible by boat). We all qualified the park.
 
After lunch, Marija and I headed for home, stopping off at the Moorook Game Reserve VKFF-1729, where I made a total of 47 QSOs.
 
I will add more info and photos here in the coming week.

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