Stanley Conservation Area VKFF-2919

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:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK3SMW
  3. VK2HHA
  4. VK2VH
  5. VK4AAC
  6. VK3PF
  7. VK3VIN
  8. VK7DW
  9. VK7JFD
  10. VK7OT
  11. VK3EJ

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK3SMW
  3. VK2HHA
  4. VK2VH
  5. VK4AAC
  6. VK3PF
  7. VK3VIN
  8. VK7DW
  9. VK7JFD
  10. VK7OT
  11. VK3EJ
  12. VK2MOP
  13. VK2MET
  14. VK1AO
  15. VK3TBR/p (Redbank Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2180)
  16. VK3PF/m
  17. VK7ID
  18. VK3UAO
  19. VK3NDG
  20. VK3FACD
  21. VK3CMC
  22. VK3AMO
  23. VK3SPX
  24. VK1DI
  25. VK5NFT
  26. VK3CAS
  27. VK3YSA
  28. VK2EXA
  29. VK3SH
  30. VK3ZGY
  31. VK3KAI/m
  32. VK3GV/m
  33. VK3ZSC/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  34. VK3HDX
  35. VK2IO
  36. VK3DNQ
  37. VK7AN
  38. VK5AYL
  39. VK5VST

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4TJ
  2. VK4FW
  3. VK8MM
  4. VK2MET
  5. VK1AO
  6. VK2VW
  7. VK2HFI
  8. VK1ARQ
  9. VK2IO
  10. VK4WJW/m

Marija and I then packed up and we headed to our next park, the Tatlows Beach Conservation Area.

References.

  1. Aussie Towns, 2023, <https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/stanley-tas>, viewed 8th January 2023.
  2. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley,_Tasmania>, viewed 8th January 2023.

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