Monday, 19 March 2018

Conjola National Park VKFF-0108

After activating Corramy Regional Park in the morning headed to nearby Conjola National Park in the afternoon. The park lies to the North of Ulladulla and West of Sussex Inlet. I decided to visit a picnic area, Monument Beach Picnic Area, but wen I got there found the picnic table there not really suitable for operating from. Instead set up in a corner of the car park, using a bollard for squid pole support. Being a week day the car park was fairly quiet.

Operating location in the park from Protected Planet.

Shack on the table.

Got on 40 m. After working VK3SQ Geoff made a park to park contact with VK2JNG/p Gerard in VKFF-1348 Maroota Ridge State Conservation Area. He was quite weak, a 41 signal and there was an annoying buzzing noise around 7.144 Mhz. I moved away from the noise and called CQ after spotting myself on ParksnPeaks. Usual hunters started calling


Another park to park with VK4DX/p Mike in VKFF-1653 Springwood Conservation Park. Also low and noisy.


Not many calling, conditions quite poor. 20 m was even worse. As had made over 10 contacts enough for a VKFF point packed up. As close to the Walter Hood monument headed along the track to visit it, having not been here before.

Sign at start of walk.

The monument. Fenced off to stop vandals I suspect.

List of the ships crew and passenger killed in the wreck on 26th April 1870.

The monument wasn't far from the beach

Back at the picnic area a sign explaining a bit more about the wreck. It got caught in a gale and pushed off onto rocks just NE of here

Sign with the explanation of what happened to the Walter Hood. A sad story and a reminder of how dangerous this coast can be in bad weather.

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