My second park and Shire for the day was the Mount Billy Conservation Park 5CP-143 & VKFF-0912 which is located in the Victor Harbor Council area (VH5).
The park is located about 75 km south of Adelaide and about 14 km north of the town of Victor Harbor.
To get to the park after leaving Scott CP, I travelled along Kokoda Road and on to the Goolwa Road. I then travelled south on the Victor Harbor Road and then turned right onto Pambula Road. This is beautiful countryside with rolling hills and sea views.
On my way to the park, I experienced irregular showers and it was looking as if I was going to get wet at Mount Billy.
Mount Billy Conservation Park is about 199 hectares in size and represents some of the best preserved mallee and forest, not only on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but also in the entire Mount Lofty Ranges. Mount Billy summit is located in the southern section of the park, along with the Hindmarsh Valley Reservoir. Sadly, Mount Billy does not qualify for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.
The park is, as you would suspect, home to a large amount of native wildlife and native birds. This includes Western Grey kangaroos, the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the endangered Bassian Thrush.
The scrub within the park is very thick and consists of Pink Gum, Blue Gum, Cup Gum, Woodland Sheaok, Banksias, flowering orchids, and ferns.
I set up in the eastern section of the park off Hindmarsh Tiers Road. Again I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation. I waited a few minutes for some showers to clear and then started calling CQ, with the bothy bag close at hand.
I found a quiet spot on the 40m band and started calling CQ. First in the log was Catherine VK7GH, followed by Andrew VK3LTL and then Megan VK3TIN. I logged a total of 44 contacts from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK6, VK7, and New Zealand. This included three Park to Park contacts: Alan VK2MG/4 in the Kurwongbah Nature Reserve VKFF-2868; Greg VK4VXX/2 in the Goobang National Park VKFF-0204; and Mark VK4SMA/p in the Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873.
I then moved to the 20m band where I logged a total of 4 stations, all from Queensland, including a Park to Park with Mark VK4SMA/p in the Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873.
To conclude this activation I called CQ on 80m where I logged 6 stations including a Park to Park with Peter VK3TKK/p who was in the Gobur Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2096.
I was now a bit pressed for time, and with 54 contacts in the log, I packed up and headed to the Myponga Conservation Park.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VK2MG/4 (Kurwongbah Nature Reserve VKFF-2868)
- VK4VXX/2 (Goobang National Park VKFF-0204)
- VK4SMA/p (Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873)
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
- VK4SMA (Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873)
I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-
- VK3TKK/p (Gobur Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2096)