Late this afternoon (Sunday 19th July 2020) I activated the Cox Scrub Conservation Reserve VKFF-1701 which is located about 65 km south of Adelaide and about 8 km south of my home QTH, the town of Ashbourne.
I have activated the Reserve on three previous occasions and have well and truly qualified it. However, I decided to revisit the park as it is just a short distance from home. It was to be only my fifth park activation for 2020. A variety of reasons have conspired against me getting out into the field including the bushfires, COVID-19, work commitments, and moving QTH.
The Cox Scrub Conservation Reserve is located on the eastern side of Bull Creek Road (Meadows-to Goolwa Road). It is not to be confused with the Cox Scrub Conservation Park which is much larger in size.
The majority of the adjacent Conservation Park was previously owned by the late Mr. V. COX of Ashbourne, who preserved the area in a natural state for overwintering his honey bees. In 1969 the land was purchased from Mr. COX on the condition that he was allowed to keep bees in the park. This agreement was upheld until he passed away.
The Cox Scrub Conservation Park has an active Friends group who have a good website. It can be located at…….
I set up in my normal operating spot, which was at the end of a 4WD track which runs off Bull Creek Road. I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 30 watts output, and 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.
I kicked off the activation by asking if the frequency, 7.144, was in use. I didn’t even get to start calling CQ, as Peter VK3ZPF came back to advise the frequency was clear. So Peter was first in the log for this activation. This was followed by Tony VK3YV, and then a Park to Park contact with Chris VK1CT/2 in the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve VKFF-0855.
Contact number eleven was another Park to Park, this time with Gerard VK2IO/p who was in the Worimi Regional Park VKFF-1788.
I was about 20 contacts into the activation when I realised that I was transmitting with 10 watts PEP, as my wife Marija VK5FMAZ had previously been using the transceiver at home.
I logged a total of 39 stations on 40m from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7, and New Zealand. I was very pleased to speak with Peter VK6APZ who was mobile, and also Graham VK6ATS who had a 5/9 plus signal.
I then moved to the 80m band where I logged a total of 10 stations from VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5. Thanks to Allen VK3ARH and Peter VK3PF for their second call signs which helped me get over the line with 44 QSOs.
In the end, I logged a total of 49 stations in about 70 minutes. Thanks to everyone who called.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VK1CT/2 (Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve VKFF-0855)
- VK2IO/p (Worimi Regional Park VKFF-1788)
I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-
Wikipedia, 2020, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox_Scrub_Conservation_Park>, viewed 19th July 2020