Lowan Conservation Park 5CP-121 and VKFF-1052

I left Ettrick Conservation Park and headed for my next park, the Lowan Conservation Park 5CP-121 and VKFF-1052.  Again this was another park I had activated previously, so this activation would go towards the Boomerang Award and count towards my stats for the 2019 Top Activator.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Lowan Conservation Park.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I travelled along Glenburr Road and then Piggy Back Road and turned left onto Bowhill Road.  It wasn’t long before I reached the intersection with Gribble Bore Road.  There is a cairn here to commemorate the sealing of the Bowhill Road, and an old well and windmill.

I travelled east along Gribble Bore Road and soon reached the park which is well signposted.

The Lowan Conservation Park was established on the 9th day of September 1971 and was formerly known as the Lowan National Park.  The land was purchased by the South Australian State Government on the advice of “the Land Board and National Parks Council” from the owner “who were anxious to see scrub remain on the block.

On the 27th day of April 1972, the park was reconstituted as the Lowan Conservation Park upon the proclamation of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.  On the 2nd day of August 1973, land in section 73 of the Hundred of Bowhill was added to the conservation park.

The park consists of tall open scrubland and open mallee.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 88 species of bird in the park including Common Bronzewing, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, White-winged Chough, Striped Honeyeater, Yellow Thornbill, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Gilbert’s Whistler, Magpie-lark, and Southern Scrub-Robin.

The park takes its name from the endangered Malleefowl which is also known as the Lowan.

I entered the park via one of the open gates on Gribble Bore Road and travelled down the 4WD track.

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I found a small clearing and set up my gear, the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.

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

Once again I had very little if any phone coverage in the park.  I called CQ on 7.144 and within a short period of time, Deryck VK4FDJL came back to my call.  John VK2MOP followed, then Peter VK1JH on his way to a SOTA summit, and then Warren VK7WN/p on Bruny Island.

My first Park to Park for the activation came 13 QSOs into the activation.  It was with Peter VK3PF/p who was activating the Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428.  A few QSOs later I was called by Peter VK1JH who was now on top of his SOTA summit, Tuggeranong Hill VK1/ AC-038.  A few QSOs I had another Park to Park in the log, with a QSO with Rob VK4AAC/3 in the Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978.

I logged a total of 51 QSOs on 40m including three more Park to Park contacts: Ian VK1DI/p in the Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve VKFF-0841; Adam VK2YK/p in the Medowie State Conservation Area VKFF-1349; and David VK2JDS/m in the Sturt National Park VKFF-0470.

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I then headed off to 20m where I logged 8 stations from VK2, VK4, New Zealand, and Canada.  I was very surprised to be called by Marvin VE3VEE in Canada.

It was then off to 80m where I called CQ on 3.610.  Andy VK5LA in the Riverland was first in the log, followed by Marija VK5FMAZ, and then John VK5BJE.  I logged a total of QSOs on 80m including three Park to Park contacts with Ian VK1DI/p in the Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve VKFF-0841; Gerard VK2IO/5 in the Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park VKFF-1755; and Peter VK3PF/p in the Sweetwater Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2200.

To conclude the activation I moved back to 40m.  I now had 68 contacts in the log.  I logged a further 14 stations on 40m including Max IK1GPG in Italy, and two further Park to Parks: Adam VK2YK/p in the Tilligerry State Conservation Area VKFF-1377; and Peter VK3PF/p in the Bull Beef Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2055.

It was now 3.30 p.m. and time to head home.  It had been another great activation, with 82 contacts in the log including 12 Park to Park QSOs.

Again, MANY THANKS to those who spotted me.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4FDJL
  2. VK2MOP
  3. VK1JH
  4. VK7WN/p
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. VK4NH
  9. VK4DXA
  10. ZL4TY/VK4
  11. VK2HHA
  12. VK2CZ
  13. VK3PF/p (Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428)
  14. VK3MPR
  15. VK1JH/p (Tuggeranong Hill VK1/ AC-038)
  16. VK4SMA
  17. VK2NP
  18. VK2VW
  19. VK4AAC/3 (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  20. VK2VH/2 (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  21. VK2FGJO
  22. VK5LA
  23. Vk3PAT
  24. VK3MCK
  25. VK4FARR
  26. VK5BJE
  27. VK4CZ
  28. VK3MAB
  29. VK2KNV/m
  30. VK2DJP
  31. VK4TJ
  32. VK4/AC8WN
  33. VK4/VE6XT
  34. VK3ANL
  35. VK3ZNK
  36. VK3BHR
  37. VK5FANA
  38. VK3CWF
  39. VK6EA
  40. VK1DI/p (Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve VKFF-0841)
  41. VK2YK/p (Medowie State Conservation Area VKFF-1349)
  42. VK2PKT
  43. VK2ADB
  44. VK3SWV/p
  45. VK5PE
  46. VK2JDS/m (Sturt National Park VKFF-0470)
  47. VK3FLAK/p
  48. VK5IS
  49. VK5CZ
  50. VK3PF/m
  51. VK2KT
  52. VK7AN
  53. VK4MWB
  54. VK7DW/m
  55. VK4FDJL/m
  56. VK2YK/p (Tilligerry State Conservation Area VKFF-1377)
  57. VK3FRC
  58. VK3MKE
  59. IK1GPG
  60. VK4FGZA/2
  61. VK2ESG
  62. VK3MRO/m
  63. VK2QK
  64. VK3PF/p (Bull Beef Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2055)
  65. VK2KJJ

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2VW
  2. VE3VEE
  3. ZL1TM
  4. VK6XN
  5. VK6EA
  6. VK4TJ
  7. VK4/AC8WN
  8. VK4/VE6XT

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5LA
  2. VK5FMAZ
  3. VK5BJE
  4. VK5ZX
  5. VK1DI/p (Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve VKFF-0841)
  6. VK2IO/5 (Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park VKFF-1755)
  7. VK5FANA
  8. VK3SQ
  9. VK3PF/p (Sweetwater Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2200)

 

 

References.

Birds SA, 2019, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/lowan-conservation-park/>, viewed 6th July 2019

Wikipedia, 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowan_Conservation_Park>, viewed 6th July 2019

Ettrick Conservation Park 5CP-267 and VKFF-1029

Today (Saturday 6th July 2019) was a beautiful sunny day ahead of some wet weather coming in from the west.  So I took the opportunity of heading east to activate some Murray Mallee parks.  The first park was to be the Ettrick Conservation Park 5CP-267 & VKFF-1029.  I have activated and qualified this park previously so today’s activation would go towards the Boomerang Award.

The park is located about 110 km east of Adelaide and about 33 km north east of the town of Murray Bridge.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Ettrick Conservation Park in the Murray Mallee.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I left home at around 9.30 a.m. and headed east along the South Eastern Freeway to Murray Bridge.  I then headed north on Burdett Road and stopped briefly to admire some of the views of the Murray River.

I then turned right onto Glenburr Road.  This took me past a number of cropping properties and some old abandoned stone farm buildings.

About 4-5 km along Glenburr Road I reached the junction with Boundary Road.  This is the northwestern corner of the park which is not signposted.  I have mentioned this in previous posts, but do not get some of the surrounding scrub confused with the park and end up on private property.  There is a lot of native vegetation around the park which is not part of the Ettrick Conservation Park.

The Ettrick Conservation Park was established on the 31st day of October 2013 and is about 479 hectares in size.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Ettrick Conservation Park looking north.  The Murray River can be seen to the north of the park.  Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The park takes its name after the Hundred of Ettrick which was proclaimed on 4th May 1893. It was named by Governor Kintore who hailed from Scotland where there is a ‘Parish of Ettrick’ in Selkirk, derived from the Gaelic eadar-dha-eas – ‘between two waterfalls’.

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ABove:- Ninth Earl of Kintore, Governor Kintore.  Image courtesy of adb.anu.edu.au

The park is made up of open mallee with several species of Eucalpyt.  It is also home to one of the few remaining examples of tussock grassland in this part of the Murray Darling Basin.  The park is an important refuge for species such as the Malleefowl and Regent Parrot.

Birds SA have recorded about 65 species of bird in the park including Mallee Ringneck, Galah, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Spotted Pardalote, White-browed Babbler, White-winged Chough, Peaceful Dove, Purple-backed Fairywren, Splendid Fairywren, Grey Butcherbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, and Gilbert’s Whistler.

If you follow the main track through the park it will bring you to an old abandoned farmhouse which I suspect was the original homestead on the property before it was acquired by the South Australian Government as a park.

I travelled along a 4WD track which led into the park via a gateway (minus the gate) on Glenburr Road.  I found a clearing in amongst the scrub and set up my station comprising the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.  I ran about 30 watts for this activation.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the park showing my operating spot. Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I had very little phone coverage in the park so had a lot of difficulty in trying to self-post on parksnpeaks.  I called CQ on 7.144 and this was almost immediately answered by Hans VK5YX with a big signal from the southern suburbs of Adelaide.  I had forgotten to write down the park reference so Hans kindly looked it up for me.  Geoff VK3SQ and Brett VK2VW followed and I was informed that Rob VK4AAC/3 was down on 80m in a park.  So it was down with the squid pole and in with the 80m sections of the antenna and off to 3.640.  I logged Rob who was activating the Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978.

I then headed back to 7.144 on 40m and found that there was quite a pile up waiting for me.  I logged Lee VK2LEE, followed by Mike VK6MB/2 in the Kemendok National Park VKFF-1174.  About 8 QSOs later Rob VK4AAC/3 gave me a shout for a Park to Park on a different band.

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Within an hour I had 44 contacts in the log, with QSO number 44 being with Peter VK2FPAR.  A few QSOs after Pete I had my fifth Park to Park QSO in the log with a contact with Peter VK3PF/p who was activating the Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428.

I logged a total of 49 stations on 40m before heading over to the 20m band.  I called CQ and this was answered by Scott VK4CZ with a lovely 5/9 signal, although the pesky Over the Horizon Radar was present on 20m once again.  Hans VK6XN then gave me a shout followed by Ian VK6EA who has become a regular park hunter of late.

I logged 12 stations on 20m and then headed down to 3.610 on 80m.  As I had no internet coverage I was hoping there may be someone on that frequency monitoring.  And fortunately, there was.  John VK5BJE was first in the log, followed by Peter VK3PF/p in the Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428, and finally Gerard VK2IO/5.

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I had 64 contacts in the log in a little under 90 minutes and it was time to pack up and head off to my next park the Lowan Conservation Park.

A BIG THANKS to those who took the time to spot me during this activation.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5YX
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK2VW
  4. VK2LEE
  5. VK6MB/2 (Kemendok National Park VKFF-1174)
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. VK1MA
  9. VK3MCK
  10. VK2HHA
  11. VK2PKT
  12. VK5BJE
  13. VK4AAC/3 (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  14. VK2VH/3 (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  15. VK2NP
  16. VK2YK
  17. VK4NH
  18. VK4DXA
  19. ZL4TY/VK4
  20. VK4CZ
  21. VK4FARR
  22. VK2FADV
  23. VK4HNS
  24. VK4TJ
  25. VK4/AC8WN
  26. VK4/VE6XT
  27. VK3MPR
  28. VK2MJW
  29. VK4HAT
  30. VK1AT
  31. VK2CTG
  32. VK7FJFD
  33. VK6EA
  34. VK3XPT
  35. VK3CM
  36. VK3AHR
  37. VK7FEAT/m
  38. VK4MWB
  39. VK2XXM
  40. VK7NSS
  41. VK2MOR
  42. VK3ZNK
  43. VK2FPAR
  44. VK4FDJL
  45. VK3PF/p (Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428)
  46. VK7FRJG
  47. VK3LTL
  48. VK7VZ

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK4AAC/3 (Tocumwal Regional Park VKFF-0978)
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK3PF/p (Rokeby Flora Reserve VKFF-2428)
  4. VK2IO/5

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4CZ
  2. VK6XN
  3. VK6EA
  4. VK2LEE
  5. VK2NP
  6. VK4NH
  7. VK4DXA
  8. ZL4TY/VK4
  9. ZL1TM
  10. VK4TJ
  11. VK4/AC8WN
  12. VK4/VE6XT

 

 

References.

Birds SA, 2019, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/ettrick-conservation-park/>, viewed 6th July 2019

State Library of South Australia, 2019, <http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/digitalpubs/placenamesofsouthaustralia/>, viewed 6th July 2019

Wikipedia, 2019, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettrick_Conservation_Park>, viewed 6th July 2019