Myponga Conservation Park 5CP-157 and VKFF-0921

My final park for the 2019 VK Shires Contest was the Myponga Conservation Park 5CP-157 & VKFF-0921 which is located in the Yankalilla Council area (YD5).

The park is located about 67 km south of Adelaide and about 8 km south of the town of Myponga.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Myponga Conservation Park south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

After leaving Mount Billy I travelled along Hindmarsh Tiers Road and then along Springmount Road and then on to James Track.  I soon reached the park.  Since my last visit, there is now a gate which is unlocked.

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The Myponga Conservation Park is 167 hectares in size and was proclaimed on the 17th February 1997.  It is a hilly park and has several rocky outcrops and waterfalls.  Several habitats exist in the park including Open Forest Over Wet Heaths in the gullies – messmate stringybark and cup gum over prickly tea-tree and heath tea-tree.  Also found is Low Very Open Woodland – cup gum and pink gum over cranberry heath and common fringe-myrtle.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Myponga Conservation Park looking north back towards Adelaide.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

More than 68 species of native bird have been recorded in the park including Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Australian Golden Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Red Wattlebird, Magpie-lark, Jacky Winter, and Hooded Robin.

Myponga which is at the centre of rich grazing and dairy country.  The name Myponga is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘maippunga‘ meaning locality of high cliffs.  Myponga is a sleepy little town with a population of about 550 people.  Many years ago, large gum trees were felled here and prepared for use in the Broken Hill mines.  A cheese factory was also established and its produce was noted for its high quality, much of which was exported.  This is now part of the Farmers Market.  Another worthwhile place to visit is the Smiling Samoyd Brewery.  In the early 1950s uranium was discovered and mining prospects investigated, however, no mines were developed.

The nearby Myponga Reservoir is fed by the Myponga River and other rivers in the Myponga catchment area.  The Reservoir provides about 5% of the water supply for Adelaide.  Construction of the reservoir commenced in 1958 and was completed in 1962.  The total capacity of the reservoir is 26 800 ML.

I set up in my normal operating spot along the Heysen Trail which runs off James Track.  This is beyond the gate and is a shared track for cars and walkers, so take care.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Myponga Conservation Park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The showers had started to set in.  I started off outside of the car, but when the showers become a little heavy I retreated to the 4WD.  I had left it a little late to get to Myponga, with the time now being 0510 UTC (2.40 p.m. local time).  I had just 50 minutes before the finish of the contest.

I first tuned across the band and logged Roy VK3GB.  I then moved down the band and started calling CQ.  My first taker was Tony VK3XV, followed by Cliff VK2NP, and then Mike VK3MKE.

I logged a total of 43 stations on 40m.  This included three Park to Park contacts: Alan VK2MG/4 in the North Pine Dam Nature Refuge VKFF-2876; Peter VK3TKK/p in the Yarck Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2241; and Greg VK4VXX/2 in the Goobang National Park VKFF-0204.

Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to try 20m or 80m.  It was the end of the contest.  I had activated 6 different parks in 6 different shires.  I had logged a total of 310 contacts.  THANKS to everyone who called.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3GB
  2. VK3XV
  3. VK2NP
  4. VK3MKE
  5. VK7JGD
  6. VK4FARR
  7. VK5FANA
  8. VK2IO/5
  9. VK3SQ
  10. VK2VW
  11. VK3ER
  12. VK4FDJL
  13. VK2MG/4 (North Pine Dam Nature Refuge VKFF-2876)
  14. VK4NH
  15. VK3PF
  16. VK3TIN
  17. VK3TKK/p (Yarck Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2241)
  18. VK4TJ
  19. VK3EV
  20. ZL1TM
  21. VK2LX
  22. VK7KT
  23. VK3FRAB
  24. VK5FMAZ
  25. VK3LTL
  26. VK7ALH
  27. VK2GR
  28. VK3ATV
  29. VK2PAW
  30. ZL2AYZ
  31. VK7GH
  32. VK4PHD
  33. VK7LH
  34. VK3MAB
  35. VK2HMV
  36. VK4VXX/2 (Goobang National Park VKFF-0204)
  37. VK4DCM
  38. VK2MT
  39. VK2WTF
  40. VK4VSM
  41. VK2HHA
  42. VK2VU
  43. VK4SMA

 

References.

Australia’s Guide, 2017, <http://www.australias.guide/sa/location/myponga/&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

Birds SA, 2017, <http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/myponga-conservation-park/&gt;, viewed 25th September 2017

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2011, ‘Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula’.

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myponga,_South_Australia&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myponga_Reservoir&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

2 thoughts on “Myponga Conservation Park 5CP-157 and VKFF-0921

  1. Hi Chris,

    I normally head down to the South East over this particular weekend, but this year I stayed home and took part in the VK Shires Contest and had a lot of fun.

    73 mate,

    Paul VK5PAS.

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