Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dunlop Grasslands VKFF-0839

Dunlop Grasslands Nature Park lies North of the Canberra suburbs of Dunlop and Fraser in the far Northwest corner of the ACT, one side right along the NSW border.

Drove to Binns St in Fraser and parked. Note the loop at the end of the street is closed to traffic, so you need to walk past a road barrier.

Sign for the park. There is a locked gate nearby which I climbed over to enter the park.

Walked until finding a suitable large log for squid pole support and a radio shack bench.

Looking the other direction. Dipole legs tied to a couple of tree branches nearby. A bit windy but stayed up okay.

Radio shack on the log bench

Got on 40 m. The band busy with stations in the VK Shires contest, also some SOTA stations on air. Worked Paul VK3HN/P on VK3/VN-027, Rod VK2TWR on VK3/SM-085. Settled on 7.144 Mhz and worked several VKs in VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5.

Switched to 20 m and spotted myself. Got a good pileup of EU callers, some of the regular hunters such as S58AL and ON4VT. Lots of German, Italian and Spanish stations, a good solid signal from M0HDX. Most up around S8 and were giving my puny 5 w signal up to S7. One local caller, Paul VK1ATP not that far away.

Band seemed to die around sunset, getting cold so packed up and headed home after 28 contacts.

Sunset over the grasslands

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