Kyeema Conservation Park VKFF-0826

Our first park for Sunday 27th November 2022 and day two of the 2022 VKFF Activation Weekend, was the Kyeema Conservation Park VKFF-0826.

Kyeema is about 53 km south (by road) of the city of Adelaide.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Kyeema Conservation Park. Map c/o Google maps.

I have activated Kyeema Conservation Park seven times previously, the first being in 2014.

The park is located on the northern side of Woodgate Hill Road, between Brookman Road and Blackfellows Creek Road. The Heysen Trail passes through the park.

Above:- An aerial view of the park showing the park’s boundaries. Image c/o Google Earth.

The Kyeema Conservation Park is about 347 hectares in size. On the 12th day of November 1964, the park was proclaimed as a Wildlife Reserve. On the 3rd day of August 1967, the park was proclaimed as the Kyeema National Park. On the 27th day of April 1972, it was reconstituted as the Kyeema Conservation Park. On the 4th day of April 1972,

The land which is now the Kyeema Conservation Park was used as a labour prison reserve. It was originally known as the Kyeema Afforestation Camp, then the Kyeema Prison Camp. It operated between October 1932 and 1959 when it was replaced by the Cadell Training Centre in the Riverland region of South Australia.

Above:- Article from The Advertiser, Tue 6 Sep 1932. Image c/o Trove.

The park mainly consists of Messmate Stringybark, Pink Gum, Cup Gum and a diverse range of understorey plants.

Above:- An aerial view of the Kyeema Conservation Park. Image c/o Google maps.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 84 different bird species in the park. This includes Superb Fairywren, Striated Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, White-browed Scrubwren, Crescent Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, and Grey Shrike-thrush.

Native mammals found in the park include the rare Southern Brown Bandicoot, the Australian Swamp Rat, and Western Grey Kangaroo.

In February 1983, the park was destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires. In the years after the bushfire, local school students replanted the park. In the first three years a total of 20,000 seedlings were planted in an area now officially known as The Childrens Forest.

Above: Article from the Victor Harbour Times, Wed 28 Sep 1983. Image c/o Trove.

We set up in the cleared area adjacent to the car park on Woodgate Hill Road. We ran the Yaesu FT857, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.

Marija and I made a total of 130 QSOs, including 58 Park to Park contacts.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  2. VK4YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  3. VK2OKR/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  4. VK2AUS/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  5. VK4FDJL/p (Boyne Island Conservation Park VKFF-1485)
  6. VK3PF
  7. VK2EXA
  8. VK4NH
  9. VK4DXA
  10. VK5HAA
  11. VK4MUD
  12. VK4FW/p (Police Paddock Conservation Park VKFF-1632)
  13. VK8MM/p (Police Paddock Conservation Park VKFF-1632)
  14. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  15. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  16. VK2MET/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  17. VK1AO/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  18. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  19. VK4EMP/p (Crows Nest National Park VKFF-0121)
  20. VK3VIN
  21. VK2VH
  22. VK4AAC
  23. VK5HS
  24. VK5FANA

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  2. VK4YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  3. VK2OKR/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  4. VK2AUS/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  5. VK2HQ/p (Killalea Regional Park VKFF-3196)
  6. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  7. VK3UAO
  8. VK2MET/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  9. VK1AO/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  10. VK3BEZ/p (Herb Guyatt Flora Reserve VKFF-2329)
  11. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  12. VK3GJG/p (Kurth Kiln Regional Park VKFF-0971)

Marija worked the following stations on 20m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  2. VK5HAA
  3. VK3GJG/p (Kurth Kiln Regional Park VKFF-0971)
  4. VK7LTD
  5. VK7XX
  6. VK4KLA
  7. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  8. VK2LP
  9. VK2EMS
  10. VK7HBR
  11. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  12. VK2VW
  13. VK2HFI

Marija worked the following stations on 20m SSB after the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK7XX
  2. VK7CEJ
  3. VK2VW
  4. VK2HFI
  5. VK5BJE
  6. VK5HAA
  7. VK4TJ
  8. VK2LP
  9. VK2EMS
  10. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  11. VK2PKT

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2OKR/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  2. VK2AUS/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  3. VK2YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  4. VK4YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  5. VK4FDJL/p (Boyne Island Conservation Park VKFF-1485)
  6. VK3PF
  7. VK2EXA
  8. VK4NH
  9. VK4DXA
  10. VK5HAA
  11. VK4MUD
  12. VK4FW/p (Police Paddock Conservation Park VKFF-1632)
  13. VK8MM/p (Police Paddock Conservation Park VKFF-1632)
  14. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  15. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  16. VK2MET/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  17. VK1AO/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  18. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  19. VK4EMP/p (Crows Nest National Park VKFF-0121)
  20. VK3VIN
  21. VK2VH
  22. VK4AAC
  23. VK5HS
  24. VK5FANA

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB after the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2YAk/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  2. VK4YAK/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  3. VK2OKR/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  4. VK2AUS/p (Glenrock State Conservation Area VKFF-1319)
  5. VK2HQ/p (Killalea Regional Park VKFF-3196)
  6. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  7. VK3UAO
  8. VK2MET/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  9. VK1AO/p (Worimi National Park VKFF-0614)
  10. VK5BJE
  11. VK3BEZ/p (Herb Guyatt Flora Reserve VKFF-2329)
  12. VK3BBB/5
  13. VK2CCP/5
  14. VK2EXA
  15. VK3AMO
  16. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  17. VK3DJC
  18. VK3UH
  19. VK3GJG/p (Kurth Kiln Regional Park VKFF-0971)
  20. VK7EE
  21. VK2LEE

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB before the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Comleroy Flora Reserve VKFF-3209)
  2. VK5HAA
  3. VK3GJGp (Kurth Kiln Regional Park VKFF-0971)
  4. VK7LTD
  5. VK7XX
  6. VK4KLA
  7. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  8. VK2LP
  9. VK2EMS
  10. VK7HBR
  11. VK3OAK/p (Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2185)
  12. VK2VW
  13. VK2HFI
  14. VK7CEJ

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB after the UTC rollover:-

  1. VK7CEJ
  2. VK7XX
  3. VK2VW
  4. VK2HFI
  5. VK5BJE
  6. VK5HAA
  7. VK4TJ
  8. VK2LP
  9. VK2EMS
  10. VK4SMA/p (Mount Binga National Park VKFF-0694)
  11. VK2PKT

Marija and I then packed up and we headed to our next park, the Mount Magnificent Conservation Park.

References.

  1. Birds SA, 2023, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/kyeema-conservation-park/>, viewed 10th January 2023.
  2. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyeema_Conservation_Park>, viewed 10th January 2023.

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