Manoora silo VK-MNR5

My fourth silo for 26th April 2023 was the Manoora silo VK-MNR5. Manoora is located about 121 km north of the city of Adelaide.

Above:- Map showing the location of Manoora. Map c/o Google Maps.

In 1841, Scottish sheep pastoralists Edward and William Peter settled in the Manoora district. The township of Manoora is named in honour of another early pastoral station owned by A.W.J. Grant. Manoora is believed to be an aboriginal word meaning spring or water.

Manoora was situated on the Peterborough railway line which serviced the mining town of Burra until the line was closed.  Unfortunately, I was not able to view the old Robertstown railway station as it is obscured by trees and there were a number of signs indicating it was private property. The old railway shed, crane, and water tank were visible.

The Manoora silos are part of Manoora Seeds Pty Ltd, which is located directly opposite the old railway station.

I parked directly opposite the silos and operated from the 4WD. I ran the Icom IC7000, 100 watts, and the Codan 9350 antenna (1.5-metre stainless steel whip). It was great to get some Silo to Silo contacts with Alan VK1AO/VK2MET who was activating silos in New South Wales.

Above:- the activation zone at the Manoora silo. Image c/o SiOTA website.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK1AO/p (SiOTA VK-GNT2, VK-NWH-2)
  2. VK2MET/p (SiOTA VK-GNT2, VK-NWH-2)
  3. VK3PF
  4. VK5MAZ
  5. VK5CZ
  6. VK4SMA
  7. VK5FANA
  8. VK5HS
  9. VK4JM
  10. VK1CHW
  11. VK3DL
  12. VK4KTW

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK1AO/p (SiOTA VK-GNT2, VK-NWH-2)
  2. VK2MET/p (SiOTA VK-GNT2, VK-NWH-2)
  3. VK7AAE
  4. VK6WCA
  5. VK3PF


  1. Wikipedia, 2023, <,_South_Australia>, viewed 16th May 2023.

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