Our final park activation for 2nd November 2022 was the Wye River State Reserve VKFF-1841. The park is located about 23 km north west of Swansea.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Wye River State Reserve. Map c/o Google maps
The Wye River State Reserve was created to protect forest communities and threatened flora species. Wye River is predominantly dry sclerophyll forest with some areas of wet eucalypt forest and in the north areas of Oyster Bay pine forest.
Above:- An aerial view of the Wye River State Reserve. Image c/o Google Earth.
The Reserve which comprises the former Bluemans Creek State Reserve and Wye River Bluemans Creek State Reserve, was proclaimed on the 31st day of May 2000. The area of the Wye River State Reserve which was formerly Bluemans Creek State Reserve is listed on the Register of the National Estate in Tasmania.
We operated from the Bluemans Creek roadside stop area on the Lake Leake Highway. Equipment used was the Yaesu FT857d, 40 watts output and the 20/40/80m linked dipole, inverted vee, supported on a 7 metre heavy duty telescopic squid pole.
I enjoyed a nice little opening on the 20m band, long path into Europe, working Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Romania, Germany, and Greece.
Marija made the following QSOs on 40m SSB:-
I made the following QSOs on 40m SSB:-
I made the following QSOs on 20m SSB:-
Unfortunately we had to conclude the activation, even with callers still calling, due to us needing to get to our accomodation. It was nearly 6.00 p.m.
We headed in to the little town of Swansea and checked in to our accomodation at the Swansea Beach Chalets.
Below are some of the views of the bay and the coastline from where we were staying.
The town of Swansea is situated on the east coast of Tasmania on the north west shore of Great Oyster Bay and overlooks Frecinet National Park. The town was established in 1821 and was named Swansea by George Meredith, a Welshman who settled in the area, after Swansea in Wales.
There are a number of historic buildings in the town including Morris’ General Store which was built in 1838, and Schouten House which was built in 1845.
After freshening up we headed out for dinner at the Saltshaker Restaurant in Swansea, enjoying some of the local seafood.