Saturday, 5 November 2016

Gungahlin Hill Nature Reserve VKFF-0844 revisited

Following a review of WWFF ACT parks by Paul VK5PAS there was a query about Gungahlin Hill Nature Reserve, for some reason it is no longer listed as a park on the ACT Governments website, so wanted to confirm if it was still a valid park.

Gave me an excuse to return to it as still need another 14 contacts for the 44 needed for a WWFF point.

As per my activation last year drove to the park entrance off the Barton Highway, close to the Gundaroo Drive roundabout. At the entrance still the same signs about the park, being one of the Canberra Nature Parks. Still looks like the park is valid. Maybe the signs are due to be updated?

Made my way to the top of the hill. There are no direct paths, however the scrub is not thick so easy enough to cut my way across the paths to the top. Same concrete trig post at the top with Gungahlin on it. Black Mountain can be seen through the trees on the right.

As per my last activation here a very windy day, so dropped down the hill a bit to get some shelter. Ended up using the same fallen tree for squid pole support as last time.

 Looking back the other way

Shack behind the fallen tree out of the wind.

Got on 40m. As per the last few days conditions very poor, but at least some short distance stations making it through. Worked park hunters in VK1, VK2 and VK3, most with heavy QSB.

Made a rough park to park contact with Rob, VK4AAC/3 in VKFF-0958 Ararat Hills Regional Park. Due to strong winds Rob was just on a mobile whip, and had problems copying me with my 5w signal. Eventually made it.

After calls dried up on 40m switched to 20m. Only a contact with Rick VK4RF/VK4HA, despite several calls.

Gave it away and headed home. Managed to make 15 contacts so had qualified the park with 45 contacts for WWFF point purposes.

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