Wiljani Conservation Park 5CP-274 and VKFF-1159

My first park for the 2019 VK Shires Contest was the Wiljani Conservation Park 5CP-274 & VKFF-1159, which is located in the Barossa Council area (BA5).  The park is located about 55 km north east of Adelaide.

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I headed out from home at Mount Barker through the towns of Nairne, Charleston, Mount Torrens and then Birdwood.  I then travelled northeast on the Torrens Valley Road and soon entered into the southern part of the Barossa Valley.

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The Barossa Valley is notable as a major wine-producing region and tourist destination.  The Barossa Valley derives its name from the Barossa Range, which was named by Colonel William Light in 1837. Light chose the name in memory of the British victory over the French in the Battle of Barrosa, in which he fought in 1811.  The name “Barossa” was registered in error, due to a clerical error in transcribing the name “Barrosa”.

This part of the southern Barossa consists of rolling green hills with pockets of native scrub and vineyards.

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The Wiljani Conservation Park was gazetted on the 25th February 2016.  Wiljani was a family group of the Peramangk Aboriginal people whose traditional lands are primarily located in the Adelaide Hills.  The lands of the Tarrawatta and Yira-Ruka (Wiljani) extended to the east down as far as Mount Torrens and Mannum.

I have activated the Wiljani Conservation Park on two prior occasions.  Details of those activations can be found at…….

https://vk5pas.org/2016/05/01/wiljani-conservation-park-5cp-274-and-vkff-1159/

https://vk5pas.org/2017/03/18/wiljani-conservation-park-5cp-274-and-vkff-1159-2/

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Above:- An aerial view of the Wiljani Conservation Park.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

 

I accessed the park via Elliotts Boundary Road which runs off Cricks Mill Road which runs north-west out of the town of Mount Pleasant.

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

I ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.  The linked dipole was supported by a 7 metre heavy duty telescopic squid pole.  My power output was 40 watts.

I called CQ contest on 40m.  First in the log was Laurie VK5LJ.  I logged a total of 53 stations on 40m.  This included three New Zealand stations: Bill ZL2AYZ, Andrei ZL1TM, and Gary ZL1WL.  But the big surprise was a call from Frederic F5USK in France who had a big 5/9 signal.  I also logged Peter VK3PF/p who was activating the Won Wron Flora Reserve VKFF-2488.

I then tried 20m, calling CQ on 14.310, but had no callers.  As this was a contest I was unable to self spot on parksnpeaks.

Prior to packing up I headed to the 80m band where I logged a total of 21 stations including Bill ZL2AYZ and Paul ZL1AJY.

It was time for me to head to my next park.  I had a total of 74 stations in the log.

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I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5LJ
  2. VK2FHQQ
  3. VK3EV
  4. VK2VU
  5. VK3XV
  6. VK6QM
  7. VK3TIN
  8. VK4PDX
  9. VK3MKE
  10. VK2UXO
  11. VK3TKK/m
  12. VK4VXX/2
  13. VK2ND
  14. VK7ALH
  15. VK2VIN
  16. VK3ZE
  17. VK3ZMD
  18. VK2MTM
  19. VK3MAB
  20. VK6POP
  21. VK3ERT
  22. VK3WAR
  23. VK6MB/3
  24. VK3MPR
  25. VK4FFKZ
  26. VK3BAP
  27. ZL2AYZ
  28. VK7GH
  29. ZL1TM
  30. VK4CZ
  31. VK3FGDN
  32. VK2YW
  33. VK2NP
  34. VK4SMA
  35. VK2NN
  36. F5USK
  37. VK4FARR
  38. VK4FDJL
  39. VK2PKT
  40. VK4TJ
  41. VK7LH
  42. VK2QK
  43. VK2FAAA
  44. VK3PI
  45. VK3VRO
  46. VK2GLJ
  47. VK3PF (Won Wron Flora Reserve VKFF-2488)
  48. VK3RU
  49. VK4QH
  50. VK3FAIP
  51. VK3CDR
  52. VK4SN
  53. VL2LX
  54. ZL1WL

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK4PDX
  3. VK3XV
  4. VK3BSA
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK3TIN
  7. VK6MB/3
  8. VK3ANL
  9. VK3MKE
  10. VK2YW
  11. VK2IO/5
  12. VK2PAW
  13. VK3ARH
  14. VK3VBC
  15. VK2XJA
  16. VK5NM
  17. VK7JGD
  18. VK2FMEM
  19. VK3EV
  20. ZL2AYZ
  21. ZL1AJY

 

References.

Wikipedia, 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barossa_Valley>, viewed 10th June 2019

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