Monday, 28 March 2016

Gungaderra Grasslands Nature Reserve VKFF-0843

After activating WWFF park Mulanggari Grasslands VKFF-0856 on Easter Sunday decided to activate the nearby previously unactivated park Gungaderra Grasslands Nature Reserve on Easter Monday.

The park is on the other side of Gungahlin Drive, to the South of the Canberra suburb of Palmerston. I entered via a lane way off Narryer Close.

This took me to a gate at the far North East corner of the reserve. A locked gate here but easy enough to climb over.

Operating position shown on Open Street Maps

Set up the squid pole using the grasslands sign for support. The mountain on the left is Black Mountain. Hard to see in this photo, but there are 2 Medium Wave radio station towers to the South, 666 2CN and 1053 2CA.

Shack on the table near the sign. Was a bit of a walk carrying the gear from the car...My TS-480 radio running 30 W off my 8400 mah battery.

Got on 40m. Good strong signals from park hunters in VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 and VK7. I was told Mike VK6MB called me but unable to hear him. The park was not that quiet on air, probably some interference from nearby power lines on Gungahlin Drive.

Made 3 park to park contacts, Nick VK3ANL/p in VKFF-0967 Green Lake RP, Justin VK7TW/p in VKFF-1179 Snug Tiers RA, also a SOTA Summit VK7/SC-008, and Marcus VK3TST/5 in Hale CP

Packed up for lunch in nearby Gungahlin town and headed home.

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