Nixon Skinner Conservation Park 5CP-165 and VKFF-0923

After leaving Kalamunda I headed back along Hay Flat Road and into Normanville and Yankalilla and then headed north on Main South Road.  My intention was to head home, but I was travelling past the Nixon Skinner Conservation Park 5CP-165 & VKFF-0923, so I decided to pop in there for a quick activation.

I have activated and qualified this park previously.  This would be my third activation of the park.

Nixon Skinner is located about 63 km south of Adelaide and about 4  km south of the town of Myponga.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Nixon Skinner Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Nixon Skinner is only a small park.  It comprises 8 hectares of native vegetation and backs on to the southwestern side of the Myponga Reservoir which provides about 5% of the drinking water for Adelaide.  It is the main source of filtered water for southern metropolitan Adelaide and the southern coast area.

In 1956 Mrs Lucy Eleanor Page, a long-standing and active member of the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia, donated the land.  The park was named in honour of her grandfathers and was the first privately donated reserve to be established in South Australia for the preservation in perpetuity of native plants and animals and for the enjoyment of nature lovers.  It was re-proclaimed on the 27th April 1972 as a Conservation Park.

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The park is home to a number of native orchids including Donkey, Hare, Spider, Mosquito, Duck and Purple Cockatoos.

Birds SA have recorded about 86 native species of bird in the park including Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Crescent Honeyeater, Brown Thornbill, Grey Shrikethrush, Scarlet Robin, Musk Lorikeet, Willie Wagtail, Restless Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler, and Black-capped Sittella.

I parked the 4WD in a small parking area near the access gate.  The gate is locked and vehicular access to the park is not possible.  I walked about 30 metres down the walking trail and set up my station comprising the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole.

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Above:- An aerial shot of the park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

After setting up I headed to 7.144 and asked if the frequency was in use.  A familiar voice came back to advise that the frequency was clear.  It was regular park hunter Peter VK3PF with a beautiful 5/9 signal.  Peter kindly spotted me on parksnpeaks which resulted in a mini pile up soon ensuing.  Wayne VK7NET was second in the log, followed by Deryck VK4FDJL. and then Rob VK4AAC/2.

I logged a total of 29 stations on 40m before callers slowed down.  Not bad considering this was a weekday.  I then saw a spot for Gerard VK2IO/5 come up on 7.150 and it was an opportunistic time for me to head up there to log Gerard Park to Park.  I spoke with Gerard who was in the Martin Washpool Conservation Park VKFF-0907, and I then headed back to 7.144 and called CQ again.

I logged a further 4 stations on 7.144 including Andrei ZL1TM in New Zealand.  But callers dried up very quickly so I headed off the 20m band where I called CQ for around 5 minutes with absolutely no callers.

So it was down with the squid pole and in with the 80m links and off to that band where I made a Park to park contact with Gerard VK2IO/p in the Martin Washpool Conservation Park VKFF-0907.  I then moved up to 3.615 and called CQ.  Rob Vk4AAC/2 answered my CQ call, followed by David VK5PL and then Ken VK2KYO.  Contact number 44 came shortly afterwards, that being with Adrian VK5FANA.

To complete the activation I moved back to 40m where I logged a further 8 stations from VK2, VK3 and VK7.

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I had 52 contacts in the log and it was now 10 deg C and time to pack up and head home.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK7NET
  3. VK4FDJL
  4. VK4AAC/2
  5. VK2VH
  6. VK4RF
  7. VK4HA
  8. VK3PAT
  9. VK3FLCS
  10. VK4FARR
  11. VK2KNV/m
  12. VK3SQ
  13. VK4SMA
  14. VK3FIAN
  15. VK3FRAB
  16. VK2VW
  17. VK2NP
  18. VK7IJ
  19. VK6KJ
  20. VK3JM
  21. VK3ATO
  22. VK3ZMD
  23. VK2HHA
  24. VK4TJ
  25. VK4/AC8WN
  26. VK4/VE6XT
  27. VK2CAF
  28. VK2GGC
  29. VK4CPS
  30. VK2IO/5 (Martin Washpool Conservation Park VKFF-0907)
  31. VK3FMPC
  32. VK2ADB
  33. VK3GB
  34. ZL1TM
  35. VK3VYD
  36. VK7AN
  37. VK2MWK
  38. VK2LT
  39. VK3RU
  40. VK2FF
  41. VK3BCM
  42. VK3IC

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO/5 (Martin Washpool Conservation Park VKFF-0907)
  2. VK4AAC/2
  3. VK2VH
  4. VK5PL
  5. VK2KYO
  6. VK3SQ
  7. VK5AYL
  8. VK5FPKR
  9. VK5BJE
  10. VK5FANA

After packing up I took a bit of a detour home, along Forktree Road admiring some of the beautiful rolling green hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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Above:- Looking south from Forktree Road.

I then turned right onto Reservoir Road, stopping briefly at the Myponga Reservoir lookout.  The Myponga Reservoir was built between 1958-1962 and has a capacity of 5,905 million gallons.

I continued along Reservoir Road where there were some great views of the township of Myponga.  This is an aboriginal word meaning ‘high cliffs’.

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As I continued along Reservoir Road towards Main South Road I enjoyed some great views of the coastline south of Adelaide.

I headed home through Willunga Hill and Meadows.  It had been the end of another great day of park activating.  The activation of Kalamunda had brought my unique park tally as an activator to 300.

 

 

References.

Birds SA, 2019, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/nixon-skinner-conservation-park/>, viewed 17th June 2019

Tourism Yankalilla, 2019, <http://www.yankalilla.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=858&reqUrl=yankalillaTourism/walks&print=1>, viewed 17th June 2019

Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2894

Today (Monday 17th June 2019) the weather had changed dramatically.  Yesterday we had a beautiful sunny day for mid-June.  But today the cloud cover and occasional showers had rolled in.  Despite the weather, I packed the 4WD and headed for a unique park, the Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2894.

The reserve is about 82 km south of the city of Adelaide, and about 6 km south of the town of Yankalilla.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve.  Map courtesy of google maps.

The Kalamunda Native Forest Reserve (MFR) forms part of the Second Valley Forest Reserve on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Together with the Springs Road Native Forest Reserve and the Congeratinga Native Forest Reserve, the 3 NFR’s comprise 250 hectares of native vegetation.  The name Kalamunda comes from the aboriginal words Cala meaning home, and Munnda meaning forest.  Thus Kalamunda means ‘A home in the forest’.

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Above:- An aerial shot showing the location of the reserve.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

The Kalamunda NFR consists of about 83 hectares of native scrub.  It is surrounded by pine plantations and private land which has been cleared for farming purposes.  The reserve preserves remnant native vegetation, 15% or less of which now remains on the Fleurieu.  Kalamunda contains Pink Gum woodland, Rough-bark Manna gum woodland and Messmate Stringybark forest.  The reserve contains a number of native plants which are of high conservation significance including the Nationally vulnerable species Clover glycine.

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I travelled from home to Willunga and then took the Victor Harbor Road and then turned right onto Pages Flat Road to the little town of Myponga.  I then drove south along Main South Road and soon reached the town of Yankalilla.  I then travelled into Normanville and took Hay Flat Road and headed south.  I then turned right onto Maple Lane.

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Above:- the start of Maple Lane.

It wasn’t long and I reached two signs, one which read ‘Dry weather track 4WD only’.  The other read ‘Trespassers will be prosecuted’.  Maple Lane is a government road but I erred on the side of caution and decided not to proceed any further.

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I then headed back to Hay Flat Road and headed south towards Range Road enjoying some of the amazing views of the surrounding countryside on the way.

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Once I reached Range Road I headed west and then turned right onto Springs Road, and then right again onto Mount Hayfield Road.  After a number of kms, I reached Attril Track.  There is no gate here and it appears access is allowed on the track.

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Above:- Attril Track.

It didn’t long and I soon reached the southeastern corner of the park which is adjacent to the pine forest.

There were some great views looking south towards Normanville as I drove along Attril Track.

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Above:- View to the south towards Normanville from Attril Track.

I parked the 4WD and climbed over the fence into the reserve.  I ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

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Above:- Map of the reserve showing my operating spot.  Map courtesy fo Forestry SA.

Before calling CQ I tuned across the band and found Mike VK6MB/3 calling CQ on 7.150 from the Nurmurkah Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2167.  It was a nice way to start the activation with a Park to Park.  Next in the log was Marc VK3OHM/p who was activating the Swan Bay-Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2444.

After speaking with Marc I headed down the band to 7.139 and started calling CQ.  Dennis VK2HHA came back to my call, followed by some of the park regulars, Peter VK3PF, Ken VK2KYO, and then Cliff VK2NP.  Within a few minutes, I had qualified the park for VKFF, with contact number ten being with Adrian VK5FANA.

I logged a total of 21 stations on 40m including 2 further Park to Park contacts: Gerard VK2IO/5 in the Tilley Swamp Conservation Park VKFF-0938 and Peter VK3TKK/p in The Spit Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2452.

I then moved to 3.610 on the 80m band where I logged 9 stations including Gerard VK2IO/5 in the Tilley Swamp Conservation Park VKFF-0938 and Peter VK3TKK/p in The Spit Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2452.

It was time for me to try 20m which had been a poor performer of late.  I logged 4 contacts on 20m, from New South Wales and Queensland.

To wrap up the activation I headed back to 40m for a few final CQ calls.  I logged a further 11 stations including Andrei ZL1TM in New Zealand, and Mike VK6MB/3 activating the Broken-Boosey State Park  VKFF-0752.

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Above:- My shack for the afternoon at Kalamunda.

I had 46 contacts in the log, including 7 Park to Park QSOs, and I had qualified the park for VKFF and WWFF.  I had also beaten the rain which threatened during the activation.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK6MB/3 (Nurmurkah Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2167)
  2. VK3OHM/p (Swan Bay-Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2444)
  3. VK2HHA
  4. VK3PF
  5. VK2KYO
  6. VK2NP
  7. VK4FDJL
  8. VK5IS
  9. VK3FRAB
  10. VK5FANA
  11. VK1HW
  12. VK3SQ
  13. VK4TJ
  14. VK4/AC8WN
  15. VK4/VE6XT
  16. VK2VW
  17. VK5PL
  18. VK2IO/5 (Tilley Swamp Conservation Park VKFF-0938)
  19. VK3TKK/p (The Spit Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2452)
  20. VK3BBB/p
  21. VK2XXM
  22. VK3AHR
  23. VK3KAI
  24. VK3GV
  25. VK4FARR
  26. ZL1TM
  27. VK3AHA
  28. VK3FMPC
  29. VK2UH
  30. VK3UH
  31. VK6MB/3 (Broken-Boosey State Park  VKFF-0752)
  32. VK4SMA

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5CZ
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK5FANA
  4. VK5PL
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK3UFO
  7. VK2IO/5 (Tilley Swamp Conservation Park VKFF-0938)
  8. VK2UH
  9. VK3TKK/p (The Spit Wildlife Reserve VKFF-2452)

I logged the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2UH
  2. VK2VW
  3. VK4TJ
  4. VK4/AC8WN
  5. VK4/VE6XT

 

 

References.

Forestry SA, 2016, ‘Kalamunda, Springs Road & Congeratinga Native Forest Reserves Management Plan’

Cudlee Creek Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2889

Yesterday (Monday 10th June 2019) was quite a nice day with a little bit of sunshine.  And with the next 7 days being predicted to be very wet,  Marija VK5FMAZ and I decided to head out to do a park activation.  We chose the Cudlee Creek Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2889.  This would be a first-time activation of the park.

The park is located about 35 km northeast of the city of Adelaide and about 8km northwest of the town of Lobethal.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Cudlee Creek Native Forest Reserve.  Map courtesy of Google maps.

Marija and I drove out through the towns of Woodside and Lobethal and on to Post Office Road.  We then headed north on Staffords Road and then west on Croft Road.  We soon reached the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve and enjoyed some magnificent views.  However, this is not the reserve.

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Above:- View of Mount Crawford Forest from Croft Road.

We travelled passed the Anderson Hill winery and then turned right into Prankerd Road.  This is a no through road and there is a locked gate (with about 10 padlocks) about 100 metres down the road.  The park is about a 300-400 metre walk down the track to reach the park boundary.  The track is part of the Mawson Trail which stretches for about 900 km, starting at Gorge Road in the Adelaide Hills and finishing at Blinman in the Flinders Ranges.

The Cudlee Creek Native Forest Reserve (NFR) is not to be confused with the Cudlee Creek Conservation Park which is located to the northeast of the reserve.  The Cudlee Creek NFR is about 352 hectares in size and along with the nearby Coralinga NFR forms part of the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve in the Mount Lofty Ranges ‘Adelaide Hills’.

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The reserve consists of various native vegetation including Messmate stringybark, SA Blue gum, Rough-barked manna gum, River red gum, and Candlebark gum.  A number of plants considered to be rare and endangered can be found in the reserve.  Mount Misery is the highest point in the reserve, rising to about 560 metres above sea level near the northern boundary of the reserve.  The Cudlee Creek NFR is bounded to the west by the Montacute Conservation Park, and to the north, it adjoins the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir.  Other boundaries adjoin private property.

Numerous native birds can be found in the reserve including the vulnerable Yellow-tailed black cockatoo and the White-naped honeyeater

Native mammals found in the reserve include Western grey kangaroo, Koala, Short-beaked echidna, Common ringtail possum, Chocolate wattled bat, and Large Forest bat.

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After parking the 4WD at the gate on Prankerd Road we walked downhill to the reserve, making a few trips back to the vehicle for equipment.  We ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.  Marija’s output power was 10 watts, while I ran 40 watts.

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Above:- Map of the Cudlee Creek Native Forest Reserve showing my operating spot.  Map courtesy of Foresty SA.

I kicked off the activation on 7.140 by asking if the frequency was in use.  The nominal WWFF frequency of 7.144 was not available due to other amateurs having a QSO on 7.146.  Peter VK3PF came back to advise the frequency was clear, and in turn, he became my first contact for the activation.  Deryck VK4FDJL then called in, followed by Geoff VK3SQ, and then Gerard VK2IO/5 who was activating the Piccanninie Ponds Conservation Park VKFF-0927.  Marija also logged Gerard for a Park to Park contact.

Within 7 minutes I had contact number 10 in the log, with the park now qualified for VKFF.  Contact number 10 was with John VK4/VE6XT.  I continued to work a slow but steady flow of callers, but with 33 contacts in the log, callers dried up.

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Marija had returned from a walk along the Mawson Trail, and it was her turn to jump into the operator’s chair whilst I went for a walk.  First to call Marija was Peter VK3PF, followed by Lee VK2LEE, and then Deryck VK4FDJL.  It didn’t take long and Marija had also qualified the park for VKFF with 10 QSOs.  Contact number 10 was with Ray VK4NH.

I went for a walk along the Mawson Trail and enjoyed some of the views in between the trees of the valley on the northern side of the reserve.  I also came across this old rusted frame below.  Not sure exactly what it is from, but it has clearly been there for a long time, as a small gum tree was growing in amongst the frame.

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Once I returned from my walk, I jumped back in to the ‘drivers seat and called CQ again on 7.140.  To my surprise, I was called by Frederic F5USK in France.  This was followed by Rob VK4HAT, Ken VK3ALA, and then Stu VK3STU.  I logged a further 4 stations before heading to the 20m band.

I called CQ on 14.310 for a few minutes with no takers.  This was not looking good.  Ray VK4NH gave me a call, but his signal was very low and unfortunately Ray could not hear me.  I had a quick tune across the 20m band and could only hear one station, ZS3Y on 14.165.  I went back to 14.310 and called CQ again, this time resulting in me logging a total of 12 stations including Stuie VK8NSB in Darwin, and Bert VK6HDY/p activating the Karinji National Park VKFF-0257.  This was Bert’s first park activation and I was Bert’s first ever Park to Park contact.  Interestingly there was a little bit of close-in propagation on 20m with 5 South Australian stations featuring in the log.

It was time to try 80m.  I called CQ on 3.610 and this was answered by Hans VK5YX in the southern suburbs of Adelaide with a big signal.  This was followed by Phil VK5SRP and then John VK5BJE.  I logged a total of 12 stations on 80m from VK2, VK3, and VK5.

To finish off the activation I went back to 40m for one final round of CQ calls.  I logged a further 10 stations from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5 and VK8.  This included Stuie in Darwin for a second band, and Perrin VK3XPT using his Clansman military transceiver.

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I now had 75 contacts in the log and the local time was just after 4.30 p.m.  It was starting to get a bit chilly, so Marija and I packed up and headed home.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO/5 (Piccanninie Ponds Conservation Park VKFF-0927)
  2. VK3PF
  3. VK2LEE
  4. VK4FDJL
  5. VK2PKT
  6. VK4SMA
  7. VK4FARR
  8. VK3SQ
  9. VK3MGM
  10. VK4NH
  11. VK4DXA
  12. ZL4TY/VK4
  13. VK4MHC
  14. VK4ARN
  15. VK4MGL
  16. VK2VW
  17. VK2KJJ
  18. VK3FSPN
  19. VK3NBL

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK4FDJL
  3. VK3SQ
  4. VK2IO/5 (Piccanninie Ponds Conservation Park VKFF-0927)
  5. VK4NH
  6. VK4DXA
  7. ZL4TY/VK4
  8. VK4TJ
  9. VK4/AC8WN
  10. VK4/VE6XT
  11. VK4SMA
  12. VK2UH
  13. VK3ANL
  14. VK3ZPF
  15. VK3RU
  16. VK5PL
  17. VK3RW
  18. VK4AAC/2
  19. VK2VH
  20. VK2FSAV
  21. VK2VW
  22. Vk5SRP
  23. VK2QK
  24. VK2UXO
  25. ZL1TM
  26. VK2FROD
  27. VK4FARR
  28. VK2NP
  29. VK2CTB/m
  30. VK2LX
  31. VK2LEE
  32. VK2VU
  33. VK3ELH
  34. F5USK
  35. VK4HAT
  36. VK3ALA
  37. VK3STU
  38. VK4FFAB
  39. KJ7AVC/VK4
  40. VK5BJE
  41. VK5NBQ
  42. VK2CZ
  43. VK3FRAB
  44. VK3HRA
  45. VK3XPT/p
  46. VK2PKT
  47. VK3SIM
  48. VK8NSB
  49. VK5WU
  50. VK1VIC
  51. VK2KTG

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4TJ
  2. VK4/AC8QN
  3. VK4/VE6XT
  4. VK6HDY/p (Karinji National Park VKFF-0257)
  5. VK8NSB
  6. VK5BJE
  7. VK4NH
  8. VK4DXA
  9. ZL4TY/VK4
  10. VK5YX
  11. VK5NBQ
  12. VK5SRP

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5YX
  2. VK5SRP
  3. VK5BJE
  4. VK3SQ
  5. VK5KLV
  6. VK5LOL
  7. VK4AAC/2
  8. VK2VH
  9. VK5KKT
  10. VK3MCK
  11. VK5WU
  12. VK3ARH

It was a slow drive home with quite a few kangaroos out and about on the road.

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THANKS to everyone who called and a BIG THANKS to those who took the time to spot us.

 

 

References.

Forestry SA, Sept 2006, ‘Cudlee Creek & Coralinga Native Forest Reserves Management Plan’

Myponga Conservation Park 5CP-157 and VKFF-0921

My final park for the 2019 VK Shires Contest was the Myponga Conservation Park 5CP-157 & VKFF-0921 which is located in the Yankalilla Council area (YD5).

The park is located about 67 km south of Adelaide and about 8 km south of the town of Myponga.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Myponga Conservation Park south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

After leaving Mount Billy I travelled along Hindmarsh Tiers Road and then along Springmount Road and then on to James Track.  I soon reached the park.  Since my last visit, there is now a gate which is unlocked.

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The Myponga Conservation Park is 167 hectares in size and was proclaimed on the 17th February 1997.  It is a hilly park and has several rocky outcrops and waterfalls.  Several habitats exist in the park including Open Forest Over Wet Heaths in the gullies – messmate stringybark and cup gum over prickly tea-tree and heath tea-tree.  Also found is Low Very Open Woodland – cup gum and pink gum over cranberry heath and common fringe-myrtle.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Myponga Conservation Park looking north back towards Adelaide.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

More than 68 species of native bird have been recorded in the park including Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Australian Golden Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Red Wattlebird, Magpie-lark, Jacky Winter, and Hooded Robin.

Myponga which is at the centre of rich grazing and dairy country.  The name Myponga is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘maippunga‘ meaning locality of high cliffs.  Myponga is a sleepy little town with a population of about 550 people.  Many years ago, large gum trees were felled here and prepared for use in the Broken Hill mines.  A cheese factory was also established and its produce was noted for its high quality, much of which was exported.  This is now part of the Farmers Market.  Another worthwhile place to visit is the Smiling Samoyd Brewery.  In the early 1950s uranium was discovered and mining prospects investigated, however, no mines were developed.

The nearby Myponga Reservoir is fed by the Myponga River and other rivers in the Myponga catchment area.  The Reservoir provides about 5% of the water supply for Adelaide.  Construction of the reservoir commenced in 1958 and was completed in 1962.  The total capacity of the reservoir is 26 800 ML.

I set up in my normal operating spot along the Heysen Trail which runs off James Track.  This is beyond the gate and is a shared track for cars and walkers, so take care.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Myponga Conservation Park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

The showers had started to set in.  I started off outside of the car, but when the showers become a little heavy I retreated to the 4WD.  I had left it a little late to get to Myponga, with the time now being 0510 UTC (2.40 p.m. local time).  I had just 50 minutes before the finish of the contest.

I first tuned across the band and logged Roy VK3GB.  I then moved down the band and started calling CQ.  My first taker was Tony VK3XV, followed by Cliff VK2NP, and then Mike VK3MKE.

I logged a total of 43 stations on 40m.  This included three Park to Park contacts: Alan VK2MG/4 in the North Pine Dam Nature Refuge VKFF-2876; Peter VK3TKK/p in the Yarck Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2241; and Greg VK4VXX/2 in the Goobang National Park VKFF-0204.

Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to try 20m or 80m.  It was the end of the contest.  I had activated 6 different parks in 6 different shires.  I had logged a total of 310 contacts.  THANKS to everyone who called.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3GB
  2. VK3XV
  3. VK2NP
  4. VK3MKE
  5. VK7JGD
  6. VK4FARR
  7. VK5FANA
  8. VK2IO/5
  9. VK3SQ
  10. VK2VW
  11. VK3ER
  12. VK4FDJL
  13. VK2MG/4 (North Pine Dam Nature Refuge VKFF-2876)
  14. VK4NH
  15. VK3PF
  16. VK3TIN
  17. VK3TKK/p (Yarck Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2241)
  18. VK4TJ
  19. VK3EV
  20. ZL1TM
  21. VK2LX
  22. VK7KT
  23. VK3FRAB
  24. VK5FMAZ
  25. VK3LTL
  26. VK7ALH
  27. VK2GR
  28. VK3ATV
  29. VK2PAW
  30. ZL2AYZ
  31. VK7GH
  32. VK4PHD
  33. VK7LH
  34. VK3MAB
  35. VK2HMV
  36. VK4VXX/2 (Goobang National Park VKFF-0204)
  37. VK4DCM
  38. VK2MT
  39. VK2WTF
  40. VK4VSM
  41. VK2HHA
  42. VK2VU
  43. VK4SMA

 

References.

Australia’s Guide, 2017, <http://www.australias.guide/sa/location/myponga/&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

Birds SA, 2017, <http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/myponga-conservation-park/&gt;, viewed 25th September 2017

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2011, ‘Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula’.

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myponga,_South_Australia&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myponga_Reservoir&gt;, viewed 26th September 2017

Mount Billy Conservation Park 5CP-143 and VKFF-0912

My second park and Shire for the day was the Mount Billy Conservation Park 5CP-143 & VKFF-0912 which is located in the Victor Harbor Council area (VH5).

The park is located about 75 km south of Adelaide and about 14 km north of the town of Victor Harbor.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Mount Billy Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

To get to the park after leaving Scott CP, I travelled along Kokoda Road and on to the Goolwa Road.  I then travelled south on the Victor Harbor Road and then turned right onto Pambula Road.  This is beautiful countryside with rolling hills and sea views.

On my way to the park, I experienced irregular showers and it was looking as if I was going to get wet at Mount Billy.

Mount Billy Conservation Park is about 199 hectares in size and represents some of the best preserved mallee and forest, not only on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but also in the entire Mount Lofty Ranges.  Mount Billy summit is located in the southern section of the park, along with the Hindmarsh Valley Reservoir.  Sadly, Mount Billy does not qualify for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.

The park is, as you would suspect, home to a large amount of native wildlife and native birds.  This includes Western Grey kangaroos, the Southern Brown Bandicoot and the endangered Bassian Thrush.

The scrub within the park is very thick and consists of Pink Gum, Blue Gum, Cup Gum, Woodland Sheaok, Banksias, flowering orchids, and ferns.

I set up in the eastern section of the park off Hindmarsh Tiers Road.  Again I ran the Yaesu FT-857d, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.  I waited a few minutes for some showers to clear and then started calling CQ, with the bothy bag close at hand.

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Above:- Aerial view of the Mount Billy Conservation Park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I found a quiet spot on the 40m band and started calling CQ.  First in the log was Catherine VK7GH, followed by Andrew VK3LTL and then Megan VK3TIN.  I logged a total of 44 contacts from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK6, VK7, and New Zealand.  This included three Park to Park contacts: Alan VK2MG/4 in the Kurwongbah Nature Reserve  VKFF-2868; Greg VK4VXX/2 in the Goobang National Park VKFF-0204; and Mark VK4SMA/p in the Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873.

I then moved to the 20m band where I logged a total of 4 stations, all from Queensland, including a Park to Park with Mark VK4SMA/p in the Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873.

To conclude this activation I called CQ on 80m where I logged 6 stations including a Park to Park with Peter VK3TKK/p who was in the Gobur Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2096.

I was now a bit pressed for time, and with 54 contacts in the log, I packed up and headed to the Myponga Conservation Park.

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4HH
  2. VK7GH
  3. VK3LTL
  4. VK3TIN
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK3AHR
  7. VK3MAB
  8. VK6POP
  9. ZL2AYZ
  10. VK3XV
  11. VK2NP
  12. VK7FJFD
  13. VK6YTS
  14. VK3MHZ
  15. VK3ER
  16. VK3PF
  17. VK3SQ
  18. VK4FBOL
  19. ZL1TM
  20. VK2LX
  21. VK7KEV
  22. VK4TJ
  23. VK2MG/4 (Kurwongbah Nature Reserve  VKFF-2868)
  24. VK3ATO
  25. VK4VXX/2 (Goobang National Park VKFF-0204)
  26. VK4FDJL
  27. VK3ZNK
  28. VK6XN
  29. VK2VW
  30. VK4RF
  31. VK4HA
  32. VK7JGD
  33. VK3PDC
  34. VK2JNA
  35. VK7NET
  36. VK4CZ
  37. VK6TWJ/2
  38. VK3NBL
  39. VK2ADB
  40. VK4CPS
  41. VK5FMAZ
  42. VK4SMA/p (Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873)
  43. VK2UXO
  44. VK3GB

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4TJ
  2. VK4SMA (Mount Crosby Weir Nature Refuge VKFF-2873)
  3. VK4PDX
  4. VK4MGL

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK5FMAZ
  3. VK3TKK/p (Gobur Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2096)
  4. VK5FANA
  5. VK5PL
  6. VK3PF

 

 

Scott Conservation Park 5CP-206 and VKFF-0934

My first park and Shire activation for Sunday 9th June 2019 was the Scott Conservation Park 5CP-206 & VKFF-0934 which is located in the Alexandrina Council area (AX5).

The park is located about 76 km south of Adelaide and about 4 km north west of Currency Creek.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Scott Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

The Scott Conservation Park is 210 hectares in size.  The park was first proclaimed in 1969 and re-proclaimed as Scott Conservation Park on 27th April 1972.  The park is relatively flat and is situated east of the Mount Lofty Ranges.  The park consists of Blue and Pink gum woodlands.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Scott Conservation Park looking towards Victor Harbor.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 148 native bird species at Scott.  This includes Common Bronzewing, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Grey Shrike-thrush, Cockatiel, Eastern Rosella, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater,  Restless Flycatcher, Hooded Robin, and Eastern Shrike-tit.

Upon leaving home the weather was not looking good.  The Adelaide Hills were experiencing occasional light showers and they continued as I reached the Fleurieu Peninsula.

I accessed the park via Gould Road which runs off the Alexandrina Road (Strathalbyn – Goolwa Road).  I parked the car in the small car parking area and walked a short distance down an access track.

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Above:- An aerial shot of the Scott Conservation Park showing my operating spot in the northern section of the park.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

I was still getting the occasional very light shower after setting up, so I had the bothy bag ready.  You can see the bright orange bothy bag in the photograph below.

I found a clear spot on 40m and started calling CQ contest.  First in the log was Brian VK4VAZ, followed by Angus VK2SB, and then Ken VK7DY.  My sixth contact was with Andrew VK1DA/2 who was activating SOTA summit Mount Marulan VK2/ ST-039.

It was pleasing to have a steady flow of callers and reasonably good band conditions.  It was just a shame about the shower activity.

I logged a total of 36 stations on 40m including two Park to Park contacts: Rob VK4SYD/p in the Samford Conservation Park VKFF-1639, and Angela VK7FAMP/p in the Cape Deslacs Nature Reserve

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I then moved to the 20m band where I logged a total of 4 stations, three from Queensland, and one from New South Wales.  But it was very slow going, as I was unable to self spot on parksnpeaks.

I then moved down to the 80m band and logged just 2 stations, Marija VK5FMAZ and Hans VK5YX.  Again it was very slow going on that band and there is no doubt that the inability to spot reduced the number of regular callers.

To conclude the activation I moved back to 40m where I logged 7 contacts including two further Park to Park contacts: Linda VK7QP/2 in the Ulandra Nature Reserve VKFF-2009, and Alan VK2MG/4 in the Kurwongbah Nature Reserve VKFF-2868.

I had 49 contacts in the log and it was time to move to my next park, the Mount Billy Conservation Park.

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I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4VAZ
  2. VK2SB
  3. VK7DY
  4. VK3EV
  5. VK3ER
  6. VK1DA/2 (SOTA Mount Marulan VK2/ ST-019)
  7. VK7GH
  8. VK3MKE
  9. VK7FJFD
  10. VK2LX
  11. VK2PAW
  12. VK3IH
  13. VK3MRG
  14. VK3MDH
  15. VK2NP
  16. VK2FMIA
  17. VK3XV
  18. VK3PF
  19. VK2GR
  20. VK4FDJL
  21. VK3JP
  22. VK4RF
  23. VK4HA
  24. VK4SYD/p (Samford Conservation Park VKFF-1639)
  25. VK5AYL
  26. VK4HH
  27. VK4RZ
  28. VK3LTL
  29. VK7ALH
  30. VK3ZPF
  31. VK3EIR
  32. VK3SQ
  33. VK7JGD
  34. VK3KIX
  35. VK4TJ
  36. VK7FAMP/p (Cape Deslacs Nature Reserve VKFF-2930)
  37. VK7QP/2 (Ulandra Nature Reserve VKFF-2009)
  38. VK7LH
  39. VK3ANL
  40. VK2MG/4 (Kurwongbah Nature Reserve VKFF-2868)
  41. VK2HMV
  42. VK2MIX
  43. VK2TTL

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4HH
  2. VK4SYD/p (Samford Conservation Park VKFF-1639)
  3. VK4TJ
  4. VK2TTL

I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK5YX

 

References.

Birds SA, 2018, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/scott-conservation-park/>, viewed 25th June 2018

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 2011, ‘Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula’.

Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754

My final park for Saturday 8th June 2019 was the Totness Recreation Park VKFF-1754, which is situated in the Mount Barker District Council area (MB5).  The park is located about 40 km east of Adelaide.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Totness Recreation Park in the Adelaide Hills.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

The Totness Recreation Park is 41 hectares (101 acres) in size and was established in 1970.  It is divided into two sections by the busy South Eastern Freeway (the main highway between Adelaide and Melbourne).  The northern section consists of 9 hectares (22 acres) of scrub and a dam.  The southern section comprises 32 hectares (79 acres) of scrub.  The park is surrounded by rural properties which are primarily used for grazing.

The park consists of Messmate Stringybark and Manna Gum woodlands, which at one time prior to European colonisation were common throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges.  More than 180 native plants species have been recorded within the park.  Plant species of conservation significance recorded within the park include the state rare Manna Gum and the regionally rare Spider Orchid.

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Above:- Aerial shot of the Totness Recreation Park on either side of the South Eastern Freeway.  Image courtesy of Google maps.

I set up in my normal operating spot off Haines Fire Track.

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Above:- An aerial view of the Totness Recreation Park showing my operating spot.  Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

Once again for this activation, I commenced by calling CQ on the 80m band.  First in the log was my ever reliable wife Marija VK5FMAZ.  This was followed by VK6MIL, VK5PL and VK2GR.

The 80m band seemed to be in very good shape.  There was absolutely no man-made noise on the band from within the park, and the static crashes on the band were quite low.

I logged a total of 42 stations on 80m from VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7, and New Zealand.  It was nice to log Andrei ZL1TM and Bill ZL2AYZ in New Zealand.  I also spoke with Perrin VK3XPT using his military Clansman transceiver.

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I then moved to the 40m band and called CQ.  Sadly I logged just the one station there, Steve VK4VCO.  As this was a contest I was unable to self spot on parksnpeaks which normally results in a number of calls.

It was starting to get mighty cold in the park, with the temperature having dropped to 6 deg C.  It was now just after 1200 UTC (9.30 p.m. local time).

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I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK5FMAZ
  2. VK6MIL
  3. VK5PL
  4. VK2GR
  5. VK6OZ
  6. VK3YE
  7. VK6WB
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK3MKE
  10. VK7GH
  11. VK7JGD
  12. VK5FANA
  13. VK3ANL
  14. VK4SMA
  15. VK2NP
  16. ZL1TM
  17. VK3XPT
  18. VK5LJ
  19. VK2DEK
  20. VK4ATH
  21. VK3ARH
  22. ZL2AYZ
  23. VK3TIN
  24. VK3LTL
  25. VK6MB/3
  26. VK6XN
  27. VK2WGW
  28. VK4XAC
  29. VK6POP
  30. VK5AYL
  31. VK3XV
  32. VK2YW
  33. VK3TJS
  34. VK5HEL
  35. VK2LEE
  36. VK3VEF
  37. VK3CWM
  38. VK2VU
  39. VK2WY
  40. VK5VGC
  41. VK4FAAF
  42. VK3GB

I worked the following station on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4VCO

 

References

Government of South Australia, 2007, ‘Totness Recreation Park Management Plan’