Saturday, 28 November 2015

Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve VKFF-0841

After activating Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve in the morning, had lunch in Forde and headed along Horse Park Drive to the Western entrance to Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve. This park is large and joins Mulligans Flat, so possible to do a long walk through both parks.

There is a car park and a slot in the fence to pass through to access the park. This proved a bit of a challenge getting my camping table and chair through... Note the really high fence, keeps kangaroos in and predators out.

Not far from the gate on the right was a log which provided support for the squid pole. Mt Majura is just over the hill on the right.

Looking back the other way. The track going into the reserve behind.

Set up the shack in the shade of the trees. Horse Park drive visible. It was busy all the time, but not too noisy to be distracting.

Got on 40 m. Plenty of other park activations on, some I had worked earlier, others like myself in new parks. Another 17 more parks from VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5.

After a while I got a "Low"warning sign on the TS-480 indicating the car battery was going flat, first time I have seen this as it usually runs off the power supply at home. Probably from running high power earlier. Not getting much power out, so swapped over to my FT-817 and LifePO4 battery. A bit harder to get through on QRP as conditions varied, but continued okay.

Got a bit warm so gave it away after 32 contacts, headed home.

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