Sunday, 27 March 2016

Mulanggari Grasslands Nature Reserve VKFF-0856

On Easter Sunday decided to test out my new 8400 mah battery with a local park activation for the World Wide Flora & Fauna award, VKFF-0856 Mulanggari Grasslands Nature Reserve.

This park is to the East of the Canberra suburb of Palmerston and not that far South of Gungahlin town centre, in the North East corner of the ACT. Looking on a map chose an entry point of a gate off Gungahlin Drive. Map screenshot taken from Open Street Maps

Arrived at the gate, a gap for walkers to enter.

Set up the squid pole using the sign for support. Looking North. Note the hill on the far left, this is SOTA peak One Tree Hill VK1/AC-035.

Looking to the South. The Mountain on the left is Mt Majura and the one on the right Mt Ainslie, both SOTA peaks and Canberra Nature Parks.

Shack on the table at the base of the sign. My TS480 radio running around 30w off the 8400mah LifePO4 battery

Got on 40 m. As usual chased any active SOTA and park activations first. Worked Compton VK2HRX/p on VK2/CT-087 with a good signal, also park to park with Rob VK4AAC/3 in VKFF-0623 Greater Bendigo Regional Park.

Found a clear spot and got the usual park hunters chasing me. Good signals from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5 and VK7. John VK5BJE mentioned I was being called by Mike VK6MB, managed to work him with a bit of a struggle, about a 45 report, not bad for VK6 late in the day on 40m.

Another park to park contact with Peter VK3ZPF/p in VKFF-0950 French Island Marine National Park, a rare 1st time activation from the Eastern end of French Island.

Saw a SOTA alert for Tony VK1VIC/p on One Tree Hill, VK1/AC-035. As you can see from the photo to the North this was line of site for me, he was 59+20db...

Just before packing up called on 7.144 Mhz, got Adam VK2YK in another park, VKFF-0557 Yarriabini National Park

Tried 20m, didn't seem to be open. Managed 37 contacts before giving it away and heading home for lunch.

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