Illawarra Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2111

Our final park for 20th November 2022 was the Illawarra Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2111. The park is located in western Victoria near Stawell, about 243 km northwest of Melbourne.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Illawarra Nature Conservation Reserve. Map c/o google maps.

Prior to heading to the park we booked in to our accomodation in Stawell.

We then drove the short distance out to the park. The Illawarra Nature Conservation Reserve covers an area of about 600 hectares.

The critically endangered Swift parrot can be located in the park.

We set up in a clearing amongst the scrub off Commercial Road. As it was raining on and off, we operated from the 4WD for this activation, running the Yaesu FT857, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.

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

Marija made the following QSOs on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4HAT
  2. VK4SMA
  3. VK4TJ
  4. VK6AB
  5. VK4NH
  6. VK4DXA
  7. ZL4NVW
  8. VK6NU
  9. VK6JK
  10. VK3VEK
  11. VK4MUD
  12. VK4FW
  13. VK8MM
  14. VK2IO/p (Windsor Downs Nature Reserve VKFF-2020)

I made the following QSOs on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4HAT
  2. VK4SMA
  3. IK4IDF
  4. HA4FB
  5. VK4TJ
  6. VK6AB
  7. VK4NH
  8. VK4DXA
  9. ZL4NVW
  10. SP5INQ
  11. VK6NU
  12. IW2NXI
  13. UT5ZC
  14. VK6JK
  15. ZL3MR
  16. VK3VEK
  17. VK4MUD
  18. VK4FW
  19. VK8MM

I made the following QSOs on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3AHR
  2. VK3ZPF
  3. VK7XX
  4. VK5BJE
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK3DL
  7. VK3PF/m
  8. VK5MSA
  9. KG5CIK
  10. VK4FW
  11. VK8MM
  12. VK2YAK
  13. VK4YAK
  14. VK2IO/p (Windsor Downs Nature Reserve VKFF-2020)
  15. VK3VIN
  16. VK3GJG
  17. VK5FANA
  18. VK5KLV
  19. VK4NH
  20. VK4DXA
  21. VK2GMC
  22. VK2MET
  23. VK1AO
  24. VK5AYL
  25. VK3ZK
  26. VK3CWF
  27. VK3UAO
  28. VK2YK
  29. VK5GA
  30. VK3ACZ
  31. VK7PSJ
  32. VK3ANL
  33. VK3UH
  34. VK1DI
  35. VK4HMI
  36. VK4EW
  37. VK4HAT
  38. VK4MUD
  39. VK4TVR/m
  40. VK1HF

We packed up and headed back to Stawell and purchased Fish N Chips and went back to our motel room for the evening.

References.

  1. Bonzle, 2023, <http://www.bonzle.com/c/a?a=p&p=58774&cmd=sp>, viewed 9th January 2023.
  2. SWIFFT, 2023, <https://www.swifft.net.au/cb_pages/sp_swift_parrot.php>, viewed 9th January 2023.

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