Second park for day twelve, the Bannerton Flora and Fauna Reserve VKFF-2261

After packing up at Lakes Powell & Carpul, we drove a short distance west along the Hattah-Robinvale Road and reached our next park, the Bannerton Flora & Fauna Reserve VKFF-2261. The park is located about 14 km south of Robinvale.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Bannerton Flora & Fauna Reserve. Map c/o Protected Planet.

We found that the park was well signposted on the Hattah-Robinvale Road. This was to be a first time activation of the park by myself and Marija, and only the second time the park had been activated for the World Wide Flora Fauna program (Mike VK6MB in 2019).

Bannerton Flora & Fauna Reserve is a relatively small park, comprising about 2.0 km² of mallee scrub. It is located on the southern side of the Hattah-Robinvale Road and on the eastern and western side of the Robinvale-Sea Lake Road.

Above:- The boundaries of the Bannerton Flora & Fauna Reserve. Image c/o Protected Planet.

The park takes its name from the locality of Bannerton. The Post office at Bannerton was opened in February 1924 as Banner. It was renamed Tol Tol in 1924 and then Bannerton in 1926. It closed in 1974.

To our great pleasure, band conditions on 40m were much better during this activation compared to our earlier park activation. First in the log was Ron VK3AHR, followed by Geoff VK3SQ, and then Greg VK4BXX. It took just7 minutes for contact number 10, a QSO with Nigel VK5NIG who was portable at the Buy and Sell in Adelaide for the North East Radio Club.

I logged 28 contacts before swapping operator positions with Marija. Marija’s first contact was with Peter Vk3PF. Contact number ten was with Steve VK5KSW on the Yorke Peninsula.

Marija logged a total of 30 stations and was satisfied that she had qualified the park for VKFF, so we swapped chairs once again.

I logged a further 23 stations on 40m. Contact number 44 was with Rob VK4AAC/2.

We decided at this point to pack up and try to squeeze in another 2 parks, and stay one night at Renmark on the way home.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK4HNS
  3. VK3SQ
  4. VK4VCE
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK2YK/5
  7. VK5GA
  8. VK2HHA
  9. VK5STU
  10. VK5KSW
  11. VK5AYL
  12. VK2PKT
  13. VK5CZ/m
  14. VK5BJE
  15. VK4FDJL
  16. VK3FRC
  17. VK2IO/m
  18. VK7QP
  19. VK2KYO
  20. VK2VK
  21. VK2LAX
  22. VK3ALA/p
  23. VK2BYF
  24. VK3AHR
  25. VK3MPR
  26. VK7ME
  27. VK3CRG
  28. VK5KLV
  29. VK4SYD
  30. VK3CJN

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3AHR
  2. VK3SQ
  3. VK4BXX
  4. VK4/NN3Z
  5. VK5CZ/m
  6. VK2HHA
  7. VK3MCK
  8. VK4HMI
  9. VK5STU/p
  10. VK5NIG/p
  11. VK3PF
  12. VK4SMA
  13. VK4HNS
  14. VK2VK
  15. VK4CZ
  16. VK5FANA
  17. VK2VW
  18. VK2HFI
  19. VK4FDJL
  20. VK2LAX
  21. VK5HS
  22. VK2MET
  23. VK2KYO
  24. VK5IS
  25. VK2YK/5
  26. VK5GA/m
  27. VK3TKK/m
  28. VK3MPR
  29. VK3CRG
  30. VK4SYD
  31. VK5WU
  32. VK3AWA
  33. VK5GY
  34. VK2DJP
  35. VK7VZ
  36. VK3ZLT
  37. VK5KSW
  38. VK5WG
  39. VK7DIK
  40. VK1DI
  41. VK2BYF
  42. VK7JFD
  43. VK2VH
  44. VK4AAC/2
  45. VK3CWF
  46. VK2IJS
  47. VK2FWFT
  48. VK2LEG
  49. VK5KKT
  50. VK4VCE
  51. VK3OHM

References.

Protected Planet, 2021, <https://www.protectedplanet.net/314712>, viewed 13th May 2021.

Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannerton,_Victoria>, viewed 13th May 2021.

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