Tom, VK5EE and I decided that we would like to get out and activate some parks for Australia day and so we picked the 3 listed here.
As there were vehicles parked in the actual pond area we continued on down to the beach area and parked on the road at the base of the small sand hill which had a “ROAD CLOSED” sign on it. We set up my KX3 and the 40 metre Par end fed as an inverted V held up in the centre by the 7 metre squid pole. Tom was not fussed about operating, (too early in the morning for him?) and so I jumped in. First to answer my call was VK5ZGY but he was that feint that I was unable to complete the contact. NEXT UP WAS VK3EK, Rob who was 59+++ and then slowly but surely the calls came in.
VK7KR, Kevin, VK5HS, Ivan, then VK5TN, robin, (The first local we had been able to hear for nearly an hour), VK7FGGT, Greg, VK5LY, Larry, AX3FDAC/p, Darrin, VK3GYH, Mike, AX3AFW, Ron, VK5FANA, Adrian, VK5BJE, John portable in the Belair N.P., VK5NQP, David, VK1MA, Matt, VK3TKK, Peter, VK7KO, Jerry, VK5WG, Nev, VK5GJ, Greg, AX5PAS, Paul on VK5. SE-016, VK3MRG, Marshall, AX3PF/7, Peter inTasmania,
VK3ZZS/p, Colin, VK3DAC, Fred, VK5ZGY/P, Greg, VK5ZRY, Richard, VK3NCR/2, Craig in Echuca, VK3FQSO, Amanda, VK2UH, Andrew, VK3ARR, Andrew, VK3MAY, David, VK3FOWL, Julie, VK2FBAC, Andy, VK5DF, Daniel, VK3VIN, Ian, VK3ANL, Nick, VK3CMZ, Tony, VK5FTRG, Tom, VK5AV, Tim, VK3MTB, Tim, VK3NCC, Colin, VK3BNJ, Stan, VK3JM, Fred and VK5TN, Robin again.
Tom worked only two stations from this park, AX5BJE, John and AX5PAS/p, Paul on a S.O.T.A. Summit, using the AX5AA call for both.
The sky was completely overcast for all of this activation and we had a breeze coming off the sea on to our backs which was bitterly cold. We were both glad to move on as our teeth were chattering by the time we left. The sun came out and from then on it was a glorious day. (We were actually hot whilst at the next park).
This was an excellent result after a slow start.
Thanks to every one who called and we hope that you enjoyed the day as much as we did.