Spring Mount Conservation Park VKFF-0789

After packing up at Myponga, we headed further south to one of my favourite parks, the Spring Mount Conservation Park VKFF-0789.

The park is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula about 76 km south of the city of Adelaide.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Spring Mount CP. Map c/o Google maps.

I have activated Spring Mount on three prior occasions, the first time in 2017.

The Spring Mount Conservation Park is about 279 hectares in size and is located south of Springmount Road and on the western and eastern side of Mount Alma Road which dissects the park.

Above:- Aerial shot of the Spring Mount Conservation Park. Image c/o google maps.

Spring Mount first acquired protected area status on the 3rd day of February 1966 as the Spring Mount wild-life reserve. On the 27th day of April 1972 the wild-life reserve was reconstituted as the Spring Mount Conservation Park.  Additions were made to the park on the 13th day of September 1973, and on the 17th day of October 2013.

The park consists predominantly of Open Forest of Brown Stringybark and Messmate Stringybark with various understorey plants including Myrtle Wattle, Beaked Hakea, and Yacca.

Birds SA have recorded 90 species of bird in the park including Adelaide Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Crescent Honeyeater, Grey Shrikethrush, Grey Fantail, and Scarlet Robin.

During our visit to the park we observed Yellow-tailed Black cockatoos, echidnas, and Western Grey kangaroos.

Marija and I set up in the carpark on Mount Alma Road.

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

We ran the Yaesu FT857, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK1DI/p (Kowen Escarpment Nature Reserve VKFF-3182)
  2. VK3PI/p (Ironbark Road Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2113)
  3. VK3ANL/p (Greswell Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2104)
  4. VK2IO/p SOTA VK2/ CT-032 & Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  5. VK3BEZ/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  6. VK3MCA/p (Brisbane Ranges National Park VKFF-0055)
  7. VK3APJ/p (Ararat Hills Regional Park VKFF-0958)
  8. VK2YK/p (Sandy Creek Conservation Park VKFF-0933)
  9. VK3OAK/p (Black Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2048)
  10. VK3DL/p (Coradjil Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2069)
  11. VK2TER/p (Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve VKFF-2013)
  12. VK4MUD/p (Geham National Park VKFF-0679)
  13. VK3TUN/p (Gowar Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2099)
  14. VK5DG/p (Gowar Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2099)
  15. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  16. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  17. VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  18. VK3VIN
  19. VK2VW
  20. VK2HFI
  21. VK3AMO
  22. VK3NDG
  23. VK3FACD
  24. VK3LOC
  25. VK3DAC
  26. VK3MCA/p (Werribee Gorge State Park VKFF-0775)
  27. VK3FRC
  28. VK4HMI
  29. VK3KMA
  30. VK3ZD
  31. VK4EMP/p (Ravensbourne National Park VKFF-0427)
  32. VK2VH
  33. VK4AAC
  34. VK4KLA
  35. VK4FW/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)
  36. VK8MM/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)
  37. VK4NH
  38. VK4DXA
  39. VK3CJN
  40. VK3DJC
  41. VK4SYD

Marija worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4EMP/p (Ravensbourne National Park VKFF-0427)
  2. VK4FW/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659 VKFF-1659)
  3. VK8MM/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659 VKFF-1659)
  4. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  5. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5BJE
  2. VK5FANA

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK1DI/p (Kowen Escarpment Nature Reserve VKFF-3182)
  2. VK3BBB
  3. VK2CCP
  4. VK3PI/p (Ironbark Road Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2113)
  5. VK3ANL/p (Greswell Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2104)
  6. VK2IO/p SOTA VK2/ CT-032 & Blue Mountains National Park VKFF-0041)
  7. VK3BEZ/p (Traralgon South Flora Reserve VKFF-2465)
  8. VK3MCA/p (Brisbane Ranges National Park VKFF-0055)
  9. VK3APJ/p (Ararat Hills Regional Park VKFF-0958)
  10. VK2YK/p (Sandy Creek Conservation Park VKFF-0933)
  11. VK3LSR
  12. VK5FANA
  13. VK3OAK/p (Black Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2048)
  14. VK3VIN
  15. VK4KLA
  16. VK3DL/p (Coradjil Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2069)
  17. VK2LEE
  18. VK5PL
  19. VK2TER/p (Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve VKFF-2013)
  20. VK4MUD/p (Geham National Park VKFF-0679)
  21. VK3BCM
  22. VK3TUN/p (Gowar Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2099)
  23. VK5DG/p (Gowar Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2099)
  24. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  25. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  26. VK3ZPF/p (Churchill National Park VKFF-0621)
  27. VK2VW
  28. VK2HFI
  29. VK3MCA/p (Werribee Gorge State Park VKFF-0775)
  30. VK4FW/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)
  31. VK8MM/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4KLA
  2. VK4EMP/p (Ravensbourne National Park VKFF-0427)
  3. VK4FW/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)
  4. VK8MM/p (Tinana Island Conservation Park VKFF-1659)
  5. VK4NH
  6. VK4DXA
  7. VK3OAK/p (Black Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2048)
  8. VK5HW
  9. VK7XX
  10. ZL1TM
  11. VK2TER/p (Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserv VKFF-2013)
  12. VK4MUD/p (Geham National Park VKFF-0679)
  13. VK7ZR
  14. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  15. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5BJE
  2. VK5FANA

With 96 QSOs in the log, including 54 Park to Park contacts, it was time for us to pack up and head to our fourth and final park for the day.

References.

  1. Birds Sa, 2023, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/spring-mount-conservation-park/>, viewed 10th January 2023.
  2. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Mount_Conservation_Park>, viewed 10th January 2023.

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