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Spring Creek Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2193

Posted: 08 Dec 2018 03:37 AM PST
https://vk5pas.org/2018/12/08/spring...rve-vkff-2193/


After leaving Costerfield, Marija and I continued east on the
Heathcote-Nagambie Road, until we reached the Graytown-Rushworth Road.┬* We
turned left here, heading for the Spring Creek Nature Conservation Reserve
VKFF-2193.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Spring Creek Nature Conservation
Reserve.┬* Map courtesy of Protected Planet

The Spring Creek Nature Conservation Reserve (NCR) is located within the
Heathcote Graytown National Park, so if you intend to activate this park,
you will need to ensure that you are within the boundaries of the Reserve.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Spring Creek NCR, surrounded by the
Heathcote-Graytown National Park.┬* Map courtesy of google maps.

The Spring Creek NCR is about 401 hectares in size.┬* It includes the former
Rushworth-Heathcote State Forest, the Mount Black Flora Reserve, and other
Crown land.┬* The park takes its name from Spring Creek, an intermittent
stream which rises from the Mount Black area and flows south through the
reserve, and eventually into the Goulburn River.

Together with the Heathcote Graytown National Park, and the adjacent
forestsed area, the Spring Creek Nature Conservation Reserve form the most
extensive tract of Box-Ironbark forest in Victoria.┬* It is one of only six
known Victorian localities in which the endangered Crimson Spider-orchid
occurs.





The forest protects critical habitat for a number of rare species including
the Powerful Owl, Swift Parrot, Brush-tailed Phascogale and Bibrons Toadlet
(images below courtesy of Wikipedia).







We travelled a few hundred metres down Bailieston Road, to ensure that we
were inside the park boundaries.┬* There were no signs for the park.



We pulled up on the side of the road.┬* Again, for this activation I
operated from the vehicle, as we were a little short of time.┬* Equipment
used was the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts and the Codan 930 antenna.
Above:- Aerial shot of the Spring Creek NCR, showing our operating spot.┬*
Image courtesy of Protected Planet.

I used 7.150 again for this activation, asking if the frequency was in use
before I called CQ.┬* VK7VDL came back to me to advise that the frequency
was clear, and as a result he was first in the log.┬* This was followed by
Ray VK4NH, Danny VK5DW, and then Nick VK3ANL.┬* Contact number 10 came 7
minutes into the activation, with a QSO with Scott VK4CZ.

I worked a further 5 stations before going QRT and heading off to the next
park.┬* I had qualified the park for VKFF, with 15 contacts in the log.┬*
Again, as we were pressed for time, Marija did not activate Spring Creek.



I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

VK7VDL
VK4NH
VK4DXA
ZL4TY/VK4
VK5DW
VK3ANL
VK5FANA
VK3ALN/p
VK2YK
VK4CZ
VK5LA
VK2MZ
VK2PEZ
VK2ZEP
VK5FMWW






References.

Parks Victoria, 2008, Heathcote-Graytown National Park and Spring Creek
Nature Conservation Reserve Management Plan.


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Costerfield Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2071

Posted: 08 Dec 2018 03:01 AM PST
https://vk5pas.org/2018/12/08/coster...rve-vkff-2071/


After leaving Mount Ida, Marija and I travelled east on the Heathcote-North
Costerfield Road, and into the little town of Costerfield, a former gold
mining locality.

In 1861 there were a number of discoveries of gold and antimony in the
area.┬* I had never heard of antimony until now.┬* Antimony is a lustrous
silvery, bluish white┬*solid┬*that is very brittle and has a flaky
texture.┬*┬*Antimony┬*alloys are also┬*used┬*in batteries, low friction metals,
type metal and cable sheathing, among other products.┬*Antimony┬*compounds
are┬*used┬*to make flame-proofing materials, paints, ceramic enamels, glass
and pottery. The ancient Egyptians┬*used antimony, in the form of stibnite,
for black eye make-up.
Above:- Antimony.┬* c/o Wikipedia

The town of Costerfield was named after two of the four discoveries in the
area, Peniston and Alan Coster, Edwin Field and Mr. Youle during the
1860s.┬*┬*The Costerfield Gold and Antimony Company worked the area for
several years, sinking shafts to over 150 metres by 1874.

In 1862, an Anglican school was opened in Costerfield.┬* In 1875 a
government school was opened.┬* ┬*In 1903 the┬*Australian handbook┬*described
Costerfield as follows:



At their peak, the Costerfield antimony mines employed about 700 men, and
produced 92% of Victorias antimony.┬* The mine was most extensively active
for two periods: 1860-1883, and 1904-1925.┬* Small scale production took
place during the period 1934-1950.┬* Mining continues today, undertaken by
Mandalay Resources.

Today, the Costerfield Gold and Antimony Mining Precinct is listed on the
Victorian Heritage Database.

We left Costerfield and took the Heathcote-Nagambie Road, and soon reached
the Costerfield Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2071, which we decided to
activate very quickly from the vehicle.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Costerfield Nature Conservation
Reserve.┬* Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

The Costerfield Nature Conservation Reserve is about 40 acres in size.┬*
Again, there was very little I could find on this park.┬* The Parks Victoria
website only has a map of the park, and no further information.



We pulled off the main road near Parfrey Road and operated from the
vehicle.┬* For this activation I ran the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the
Codan 9350 self tuning antenna on the back of the Toyota Hi Lux.
Above:- An aerial view of the Costerfield NCR, showing our operating spot.┬*
Image courtesy of Parks Victoria.

I started calling CQ on 7.150 and Ray VK4NH was the first to make it into
the log.┬* This was followed by Nick VK3ANL, Grant VK2LX, and then Andy
VK5LA.┬* I had the park qualified for VKFF within 6 minutes, with contact
number 10 being a QSO with Alan VK3ALN/p at Rye.

I ended up logging a total of 17 stations on 40m from VK2, VK3, VK4, and
VK5.



As we were pushed for time, we did not operate on 80m or 20m, and Marija
did not activate this park.┬* It is one which we will have to come back to,
to get my 44 QSOs and for Marija to qualify as well.┬* Thanks to everyone
who called during this quick activation from the vehicle.





References.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018,
https://www.britannica.com/science/antimony, viewed 8th December 2018

Mandalay Resources, 2018,
https://www.mandalayresources.com/properties/costerfield/, viewed 8th
December 2018

Victorian Places, 2018, https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/costerfield,
viewed 8th December 2018

Wikipedia, 2018, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimony, viewed 8th
December 2018



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