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Desert Camp Conservation Reserve VKFF-1705

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 05:58 AM PDT
https://vk5pas.org/2018/06/14/desert...rve-vkff-1705/


After packing up at the Aberdour Conservation Park, Marija and I continued
south on the Riddoch Highway.¬* As it was only just after lunch, and the
weather was holding up nicely, we decided to activate the Desert Camp
Conservation Reserve VKFF-1705.¬* The park is located about 235 km south
east of Adelaide and about 17 km north west of the town of Padthaway.

This was to be a unique park for both Marija and I as activators in the
WWFF program.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Desert Camp Conservation Reserve in
the south east region of South Australia.¬* Map courtesy of Location SA Map
Viewer.

The Desert Camp Conservation Reserve is not to be confused the with Desert
Camp Conservation Park.¬* The reserve is the much larger piece of scrub
located on the eastern side of the Riddoch Highway.¬* The Desert Camp
Conservation Park is a small section of Scrub to the east of the Riddoch
Highway, on the Rowney Road West.

Desert Camp Conservation Reserve is 882 hectares in size and was proclaimed
on the 11th November 1993.¬* I have not been able to find out the origin of
the park name, as there is certainly no desert here.
Above:- Aerial view of the Desert Camp Conservation Reserve.¬* Image
courtesy of google maps

About 248 species of native plants have been recorded in the park.¬* Of
these, 17 are considered rare or threatened in the south east, and 10 are
either threatened or rare in South Australia.¬* One species, the Metalic
sun-orchid is considered endangered nationally.

The park comprises Brown stringybark Low Woodland; Pink gum Woodland over a
Mixed Heath; Pink gum Low Woodland over a desert banksia, heath yacca and
heath tree; Open South Australian Blue Gum; Dwarf hakea, dwarf sheoak,
honey myrtle; Coastal white mallee; Broombush, silver broombush Open Heath;
and Mixed Herbland.







The reserve is recorded as being “the largest block of remnant vegetation
in the Hundred of Marcollat‚ÄĚ and which ‚Äúaccounts for over half of the
remaining native vegetation in blocks greater than 25 hectares in that
Hundred.‚Ä̬* It is surrounded by cleared farming land.
Above:- Cleared farming land to the east of the park.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 93 native birds in the park including
Peaceful Dove, Galah, Australian Magpie, Superb Fairywren, New Holland
Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird,¬*Buff-rumped Thornbill, Southern Emuwren, Grey
Butcherbird, White-winged Triller, and Eastern Yellow Robin.

I snapped the photo below of a Whistling Kite, which was perched up high in
a tree in the park.¬* He/she kindly sat there allowing me to snap off some
shots.



The park is easily located, just to the south of the intersection of the
Riddoch Highway and Rowney Road.¬* The park is well signposted.



We continued south on Riddoch Highway, passing Rowney Road and followed a
4WD track into the park, which followed a fenceline.



We drove a few hundred metres along the track and found a clearing which
allowed us to set up the 20/40/80m linked dipole.¬* As the weather was a
little inclement, we rolled out the awning on the Toyota Hi Lux and sat
underneath that in the deck chairs.
Above:- Aerial view showing the Desert Camp Conservaiton Reserve, showing
our operating spot.¬* The dark green area is the adjacent Desert Camp
Conservation Park.¬* Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Marija started off the activation, calling CQ on 7.139 after I had placed a
spot up on the WWFF Australia Facebook page and on parksnpeaks.¬* Gerard
VK2IO/p was first in the log, with a Park to Park contact into the¬*Booti
Booti National Park VKFF-0046.¬* Next in the log was Brett VK2VW, followed
by John VK4TJ.¬* Within 10 minutes Marija had qualified the park for VKFF,
with 10 contacts in the log.¬* Contact number 10 was with Greg VK4VXX/5.

We then swapped the mic and I called CQ on 7.139.¬* Peter VK3PF was first in
the log, followed by Cliff VK2NP and then Andrew VK7DW.¬* Six minutes later
I had contact number 10 in the log, with a QSO with Glenn VK4FARR.¬* After
working Glenn, both Marija and I logged Neil VK4HNS/p who was activating
the¬*Conway National Park VKFF-0110.¬* This was followed by another Park to
Park contact, this time with David VK5HYZ/p in the¬*Ikara-Flinders Ranges
National Park VKFF-0176.





I kept calling CQ on 7.139 and had a steady flow of callers from all across
Australia.¬* This included another Park to Park, this time with Bill VK4FW/p
in the¬*Goat Island Conservation Park VKFF-1549.¬* I ended up logging a total
of 52 stations on 40m from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK7 and New Zealand.¬*
It was nice as always to log Andre ZL1TM who has become a regular VKFF
Hunter.¬* I was also pleased to work Geoff VK3MCM who had only been on air
for around 2 weeks and I was his 4th contact.¬* Welcome to the hobby Geoff.

We then lowered the squid pole and inserted the 80m links and headed to
3.610.¬* ¬*I called CQ and this was answered by Rob VK3FKL who had followed
me down from 40m.¬* Conditions on 80m were brilliant, with absolutely no
noise.¬* I logged 11 stations on 80m from VK2, VK3, VK5 and VK7.

To complete the activation I called CQ on 14.310 on the 20m band, but sadly
only logged 1 station there, Cliff VK2NP.



It was time to pack up and head off to Mount Gambier.¬*¬*Desert Camp was
another successful activation, with a total of 76 contacts between the 2 of
us, including 7 Park to Park contacts.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

VK2IO/p (Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046)
VK2VW
VK4TJ
VK3SQ
VK3HOT
VK4CZ
VK3PF
VK7DW
VK2KYO
VK4VXX/5
VK4HNS/p (Conway National Park VKFF-0110)
VK5HYZ/p (VKFF-0176)


I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

VK2IO/p (Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046)
VK3PF
VK2NP
VK7DW
VK4CZ
VK2KYO
VK4VXX/5
VK7ME
VK3SQ
VK4FARR
VK4HNS/p (Conway National Park VKFF-0110)
VK5HYZ/p (Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park VKFF-0176)
VK2FOUZ
VK3GGG/p
VK3PMG/p
VK3ANL
VK2HHA
VK2STO/p
VK2SMS/p
VK3OHM
VK2GKA
VK3FKAR
VK3FNQS
VK3VHF
VK3VFO
VK4FE
VK3MCM
VK3ZZS/7
VK2QK
VK4FW/p (Goat Island Conservation Park VKFF-1549)
VK4FDJL
VK2ARL
VK2VOO
VK5WG
VK2WE
VK3ANP
VK3ATO
VK5KLV
VK1AT
VK3ZIG/m
VK7FRJG
VK3FLJD
VK2LEE
VK3ZMD
VK5CZ
VK4TJ
VK2WR
VK2KDP/m
VK3FKL
VK7TZ
ZL1TM


I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

VK3FKL
VK5MRE
VK5PL
VK4AAC/5
VK3SQ
VK3PF
VK5CZ
VK7TZ
VK3PAT
VK2HHA
VK5BJE


I worked the following station on 20m SSB:-

VK2NP


We had missed the predicted wet weather, but that did not last.¬* We had
timed our activations well, as not long after getting mobile, the heavens
really opened up.¬* We arrived at Mount Gambier at around 5.00 p.m. and
booked into our accomodation, the Motel Mount Gambier.¬* After freshening up
we headed out for tea at the Mount Gambier Hotel.









References.

Birds SA, 2018,
https://birdssa.asn.au/location/desert-camp-conservation-reserve/, viewed
14th June 2018.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 1997, Desert Camp
Conservation Reserve Management Plan.


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Aberdour Conservation Park 5CP-001 and VKFF-0994

Posted: 14 Jun 2018 04:41 AM PDT
https://vk5pas.org/2018/06/14/aberdo...ark-vkff-0994/


Last Friday (8th June 2018) Marija VK5FMAZ and I had an early start from
home, heading to the south east of South Australia.¬* Our intended
destination was Mount Gambier, to attend the South East Radio Groups annual
convention.

Marija and I had hoped to activate some parks over the weekend, but had not
made any firm plans and had not added any alerts on parksnpeaks, as we were
not sure what the weather was going to do.

We left home at around 8.30 a.m. and had a 400 km drive ahead of us, taking
us through the Murray Mallee and on to the beautiful Coonawarra wine
growing region.
Above:- Map showing our route to Mount Gambier.¬* Map courtesy of Plot a
route.

Our first stop was the little town of Cookes Plains.¬* Dont blink as you
will miss it.¬* There isnt much here, but I had never detoured off the
highway into Cookes Plains previously, so we decided to have a sneak peak.¬*
It was named after pastoralists James and Archie Cooke and was originally a
private subdivision.¬*¬*Cooke Plains boundaries now also include the former
government town of¬*Bedford¬*which was surveyed in August 1871 and declared
ceased to exist on 28 April 1960.

There is a beautiful old hall in Cookes Plains, along with a monument to
commemorate the construction of the first patented concrete filled railway
wheel stone roller, used to break down rough limestone ground into arable
cropping land.





We then stopped off at our usual coffee stop, the Coonalpyn Silo Cafe.¬* I
enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and an egg and bacon roll.¬* We were soon on the
road again, travelling through Culburra, Tintinara and on to Keith.¬* We
then turned off the Dukes Highway, onto the Riddoch Highway.¬* The highway
is named after John Riddoch, the first white settler landholder and
vigneron in Coonawarra.

As we drove south we decided to activate the Aberdour Conservation Park
VKFF-0994 which is situated about 35 km south of Keith, on the corner of
Cannawigara Road and Nankivell Road.
Above:- Map showing the location of the Aberdour Conservation Park.¬* Map
courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I had activated the Aberdour Conservation Park back in June 2016 but had to
cut the activation short because of poor weather, and had only got 28
contacts in the log.¬* So although having qualified the park for VKFF, I was
16 QSOs short of the required 44 to qualify the park for the global WWFF
program.¬* So I was hoping to pick up those during this activation to
qualify the park.

Aberdour Conservation Park is about 145 hectares in size and comprised
Hundred of Willalooka, Sections 7 and 80.¬* Section 7 comprises 131 hectares
of native bush.¬* While the southern section of the park, Section 80
comprises 14 hectares of native bush.

The park name is derived from Aberdour Homestead which is located to the
west of the conservation park on the east side of the¬*Riddoch Highway.

The park is dominated by three main landforms: Coastal Mallee; Yellow
Mallee; and Pink Gum.¬* The endangered Jumping Jack Wattle can be found in
the park.






The Nankivell family made a gift¬*of 131 hectares¬*and this was¬*proclaimed as
a park on the 28th February 1991.¬* ¬*The remaining 14 hectares was added on
16th February 2006. This smaller section was previously a Stone Reserve
under the control of the Tatiara District Council.

There has been extensive clearing of the land surrounding the park for
farming purposes.¬* The park preserves an area of remnant vegetation typical
of undulating dune and limestone country.
Above:- Cleared farming land on the western side of the park.

Birds SA have recorded a total of 7 native species of bird in the park
including¬*Galah, Red-rumped Parrot, Superb Fairywren, New Holland
Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Purple-gaped Honeyeater,¬*Cockatiel,
Purple-backed Fairywren, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Striated Thornbill, and
Black-faced Cuckooshrike.
Above:- Aerial shot showing the Aberdour Conservation Park.¬* The red star
indicates our operating spot.¬* Image courtesy of google maps

Marija and I drove down Cannawigara Road from the Riddoch Highway and we
soon reached the south western corner of the park.¬* There is a park sign at
this location and a 4WD track which travels south-north, following the
western boundary of the park.
Above:- at the south western corner of the park.

We continued along Cannawigara Road and then turned left onto Nankivell
Road following the eastern boundary of the park.¬* We then turned left onto
the 4WD track which follows the northern boundary of the park, and found a
clearing and set up there.¬* We ran the Yaesu FT-857d and the 20/40/80m
linked dipole for this activation.
Above:- Aerial shot of the park showing our operating spot in the northern
section of the park.¬* Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

I kicked off the activation by calling CQ on 7.144 which was answered by
Brett VK2VW who kindly spotted me on parksnpeaks.¬* Within 13 minutes I had
10 contacts in the log, with contact number 10 being Peter VK3PF.



I logged a total of 28 contacts on 40m before Marija and I decided to try
80m.¬* Band conditions on 40m had been quite good, with contacts logged from
VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK7.¬* Clearly there was no close in propagation,
with no South Australian stations logged.

I logged 4 stations on 3.610 on 80m, from VK2 and VK3.¬* This included a
Park to Park contact with Gerard VK2IO/p on SOTA peak VK2/ MN-216 in
the¬*Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046.



Marija then jumped into the operators seat and logged 5 stations on 80m
including a Park to Park with Gerard VK2IO/p.¬* Despite conditions being
quite good on 80m and some self spots on parksnpeaks we had no further
callers on 80m.

We then headed back to 40m where Marija called CQ on 7.144, logging 5
stations from VK2, VK3, VK5 & VK7.¬* Marija had now qualified the park for
the VKFF program, with contact number 10 being with Jonathan VK7JON.

I then put out some calls on 14.310 on the 20m band, which was answered by
Scott VK4CZ, and then Gerard VK2IO/p for another Park to Park.¬* But they
were my only 2 callers.

It was now approaching 12.15 p.m. and we still had a way to go to get to
Mount Gambier, so we packed up and hit the road once again.



We had a little surprise during the activation, with a visit from Alan
VK5ZLT, who it turns out owns the land on the northern side of the park.¬*
Alan had said he had heard someone calling CQ and had followed our voices
from his property to our operating spot.
Above:- with Alan VK5ZLT

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

VK3UH
VK2VW
VK5FANA
VK2HHA
VK7JON


Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ MN-216 & Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046)
VK3GGG/p
VK3PMG/p
VK5GJ
VK3SQ


I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

VK2VW
VK4CZ
VK2XSE/m
VK2KNV/m
VK7JON
VK2LEE
VK2HHA
VK7OT
VK1AT
VK3PF
VK2PKT
VK3ANL
VK1FTRK
VK4TJ
VK4/AC8WN
VK4/VE6XT
VK3ARH
VK7FGRA
VK4FE
Vk2VK
VK2ZVG
VK4KX
VK4UMS
VK3SQ
VK2MTC
VK3CM
VK2RP/m
VK2BDR/m


I worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

VK3GGG/p
VK3PMG/p
VK3SQ
VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ MN-216 & Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046)


I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

VK4CZ
VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ MN-216 & Booti Booti National Park VKFF-0046)






References.

Birds SA, 2018,
https://birdssa.asn.au/location/aberdour-conservation-park/, viewed 12th
June 2018

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 1997, Aberouder
Conservation Park Management Plan

Wikipedia, 2018,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberdour_Conservation_Park, viewed 12th
June 2018

Wikipedia, 2018,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooke_Plains,_South_Australia, viewed 13th
June 2018



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