Dimboola silo VK-DMA3

Our sixth silo for Monday 21st November 2022 was the Dimboola silo VK-DMA3. Dimboola is located in western Victoria about 337 km north west of the city of Melbourne.

Above:- Map showing the location of Dimboola in western Victoria. Map c/o Google maps.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers the Dimboola area was occupied by the Wotjobaluk aboriginal people. In 1852 it is believed there were about 1,200 Wotjobaluk people living in the area.

In 1846 the first station in the district was established by Horatio Ellerman and George Shaw. By 1859 the area was known as ‘Nine Creeks’ due to the numerous nearby branches of the Wimmera River. In 1862 a town site was surveyed. Dimboola was gazetted and proclaimed in 1863. The Post office still called Nine Creeks at this time.

Dimboola is a Singhalese word (‘Dimbula’) meaning ‘land of figs’. This was because the surveyor of Dimboola was John George Winchester Wilmot (b. 1830. d. 1895) who had been a pioneering coffee planter in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon).

The Dimboola silo is a large complex and is located between Upper Region Street and Hindmarsh Street in the heart of Dimboola.

We operated from Upper Region Street directly opposite the silo. It was a little noisy on the 40m band due to us being in the heart of town. We ran the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the Codan 9350 self tuning antenna for this activation.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Dimboola silo and the activation zone. Image c/o SiOTA website.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK2MET
  3. VK1AO

Marija worked the following station on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK2MET
  3. VK1AO

I worked the following station on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO

References.

  1. Aussie Towns, 2023, <https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/dimboola-vic>, viewed 9th January 2023.
  2. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._G._W._Wilmot>, viewed 9th January 2023.

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