Rosny Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-2928

After packing up at East Risdon State Reserve (9th November 2022) we headed to our second park for the day, the Rosny Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-2928.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Rosny Hill Nature Reserve. Map c/o Google maps

The park is located in the Hobart suburb of Rosny on the eastern banks of the River Derwent. Rosny was named by W.A. Bethune, the holder of the original grant on the point, in honour of his ancestor, the Duc de Maximilien de Bethune Sully, of Rosny-sur-Seine near Mantes in France.

Above:- Maximilien de Béthune. Image c/o Wikipedia.

The Rosny Hill Nature Reserve is about 21.4 hectares in size. It encompassed the prominent wooded hill to the south of the Tasman Bridge. The park includes the Rosny Hill Lookout which is well known scenic vantage point. The park contains remnant vegetation which is entirely surrounded by residential subdivision.

The park is within the original homelands of the Oyster Bay people who were once the largest tribe in Tasmania. The band most closely associated with Rosny Hill were the Moomairremener people.

The lookout at Rosny Hill provides spectacular views of the city of Hobart, the Derwent River, Mount Wellington, and the Meehan Range. Residents of Hobart often use the lookout to view special events such as the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and New Years Eve fire works.

We operated from a clearing in the scrub hust down from the main lookout. We ran the Yaesu FT857, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

Above:- An aerial view of the park showing our operating spot. Image c/o Google maps.

We spent a little over an hour in the park and made a total of 66 QSOs. This included a bit of DX on 20m SSB into Italy, Slovak Republic, Marshall Islands, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, and France. It was a great pleasure to work Danny ON4ON on both 40m SSB and 20m SSB.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3TWO/p
  2. VK2YAK
  3. VK4YAK
  4. VK3VIN
  5. Vk2HHA
  6. VK2MET
  7. VK1AO
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK3SQ
  10. VK5PL
  11. VK2IO
  12. VK3TWO/p (Pieman River State Reserve VKFF-1822)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3TWO/7
  2. VK2YAK
  3. VK4YAK
  4. VK3VIN
  5. VK2HHA
  6. VK2MET
  7. VK1AO
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK3SQ
  10. VK5PL
  11. VK2IO
  12. VK7FAMP
  13. VK3NDG/m
  14. VK4TJ
  15. VK4EW
  16. VK4BXX
  17. VK2YK
  18. VK5GA
  19. VK7MOO
  20. VK2EXA
  21. VK4SMA
  22. ZL3MR
  23. VK2LD
  24. VK3MCA
  25. VK3TWO/p (Pieman River State Reserve VKFF-1822)
  26. VK3HJW
  27. VK7AAE
  28. VK2VY
  29. VK7LTD
  30. VK4EMP
  31. VK5HAA
  32. VK3KKP
  33. VK3AMO
  34. VK3TR
  35. VK2WOG
  36. VK3ZPF
  37. ON4ON

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. IW2BNA
  2. IK4IDF
  3. VK7LTD
  4. OM5DP
  5. V73MS
  6. VK7HH
  7. ZL3MR
  8. ZL1TM
  9. IW2NXI
  10. OH1MM
  11. HB9BEV
  12. VK4SMA
  13. ON4ON
  14. F4ILH
  15. VK4MGL
  16. VK4EMP
  17. F1BLL


  1. Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area Management Strategy, August 2011.
  2. Wikipedia, 2022, <,_Tasmania>, viewed 1st January 2023.

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