After lunch (18th November 2022) we activated the Stanley Conservation Area VKFF-2919.
Above:- An aerial view showing the boundaries of the Stanley Conservation Area. Image c/o Google Earth.
The Stanley Conservation Area is a small piece of coastal bushland and beach just to the south of the town of Stanley.
Above:- An aerial view of the Stanley Conservation Area and its close proximity to the town. Image c/o Google maps.
The park is named after the town of Stanley, which in turn was named in honour of Edward Smith-Stanley, who at the time was the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. He later became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on three occasions.
Above:- Edward Smith-Stanley. Image c/o Wikipedia.
The area around Stanley was originally known as Circular Head.. The Van Dieman’s Land Company was granted land in the Stanley area in 1825. In October 1826 employees of the company from England settled in the Stanley area. By 1827 a port had opened and the first school was built in 1841. Stanley officially became a town in 1842.
In 1936 a submarine telephone cable was built between Stanley and Apollo Bay in Victoria. This provided the first telephone to Tasmania from the mainland of Australia.
Above:- 1936 Australian stamp re the cable to Tasmania. Image c/o Wikipedia.
It appeared that you could access the beach via 4WD but there was a sensitive bird breeding area sign, so we decided not to drive along the beach.
We operated from the vehicle adjacent to the Stanley Golf Cub. We ran the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole, supported on the 7 metre heavy duty squid pole, in an inverted v configuration.
Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VK3TBR/p (Redbank Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2180)
- VK3ZSC/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
Marija and I then packed up and we headed to our next park, the Tatlows Beach Conservation Area.