Tom, VK5EE and I had decided to activate this park on the Saturday of the VKFF activation weekend as it was close to Mt. Gambier and therefore an easy one to do as a short afternoon activation.
After travelling South from the Mount on the Glenelg River Road, (also called Punt Road or “The Nelson Road”), we passed through the tiny hamlet of Caveton and turned left onto Sea Coast Road. We followed this past the Devil’s Hole sinkhole on the left and then the quarry on our right. We turned right at the next opportunity. This road runs into the Northern boundary of the Park. We turned left and followed the track along the boundary for about a kilometre and then turned into the park at the Butterfly Walk entrance.
As it was a Friends of the Parks weekend we expected to see quite a few people there but, apart from a portable toilet, we had the place to ourselves.
After setting up Tom started our activation off. At first he thought the KX3 had died as he was not getting any power out. After a bit of head scratching I remembered that I had been playing with the voice recorder feature on this amazing little device and so after changing a couple of settings we were in business at 10 watts.
Conditions were quite good with a bit of QSB but the contacts flowed quite well. Tom and I swapped positions a few times to allow stretching the legs or wandering about taking photo’s of the wildlife. I don’t have a copy of Toms log but I worked the following callers.
Adrian, VK5FANA in Bird Island C.P. VKFF-0871
Paul, VK5PAS in Scott C.P. VKFF-0934.
Greg, VK5ZGY in Canunda N.P. VKFF-0075
Rob, VK4AAC/5 in Little Dip C.P. VKFF-0904.
Allen, VK3HRA in Hepburn R.P. VKFF-0968.
Cliff, VK2NP/2 in Sea Acres N.P. VKFF-0606.
Mick, VK3PMG in Gunbower N.P. VKFF-0740.
Ian, VK1DI in Goorooyarra N.R. VKFF-0841.
Giles, VK5GK/5 in Mt. George C.P. VKFF-0784. (His first ever Park.)
Greg, VK5GJ/5 in Cox’s Scrub C.P. VKFF-0824.
Fred, VK3DAC in Mornington Peninsula VKFF-0333.
Peter, VK3ZPF/3 in Point Nepean N.P. VKFF-0628.
Joe, VK3YSP/3 on the Dromana Pier.
Julie, VK3FOWL/3 on Dromana Pier.
Garry, VK5FGY/5 in Morialta C.P.
Ian, VK5CZ/5 in Spring Gulley C.P. VKFF-0816.
24 contacts with 14 of those being Park to Park contacts.
Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The weather was good, the flies not too persistent and pretty good radio conditions. Most importantly – NO RF NOISE! Brilliant.
Many thanks to all who gave us a call. Without your input the day would have been a dead loss.
Many thanks are due to Paul, VK5PAS also for his unceasing efforts in organising this weekend and the whole WWFF AND VKFF activity in general. A truly magnificent solo effort Paul!
We look forward to returning to complete our 44 contacts each.
I have now added some video at:-